Responding to Bigotry and Harassment

With the 2016 election, an uptick in harassment and violence has come. We need to learn to keep ourselves & each other safe. Some of us are at risk of facing more violence directly; some of us use our bodies & voices to protect others. Let’s keep each other safe.

Firstly, some deeply important reading:

Audre Lorde: The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism: keynote presentation by Audre Lorde.

Essential Reading for Racial Justice: books about “the conversations surrounding racial injustice”, recommended by Jim Wallis.

How to talk to your loved ones about a Trump Presidency.

Conflict Resolution and Alternatives to the Police.

Here are some resources that deal with specific issues.

Keeping your community friendly & safe

Hate Has No Home Here: multilingual signs with the message “Hate has no home here.”

Welcome Your Neighbors: multilingual signs with the message “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.”

Yes, I’ll Accompany My Neighbor.: sign-up for people in New York City willing to travel with those who’d like someone to accompany them. By the Arab American Association of New York.

Understanding racial injustice

Are You Sure You’re Not Racist?: confronting racism.

#CharlestonSyllabus & #FergusonSyllabus: readings about specific events of racial injustice & their historical background.

Lynching in America: Confronting the History of Racial Terror: provides historical background of acts of racial terror against African Americans. By the Equal Justice Initiative & Google.

Syllabus for White People to Educate Themselves: readings about racial injustice & actions to fight it.

One Last Try At Explaining Racism To White People: “It is the inconsistency, inattention, carelessness and power of white people that has entrenched racism so deeply into our societal systems.”

Understanding Systemic Anti-Black Racism in the United States: A Reference List for #BlackLivesMatter: provides historical background for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Understanding privilege

How Privileged Are You?: “check(list) your privilege”; while written for the people of India, broadly applicable worldwide.

White Privilege Resource Guide: understanding & dealing with unearned privilege, and how to become an ally.

Becoming an ally

Conversations on Racism With White People Getting Stuck or Looping? Thirteen Questions To Get It Moving Again: advice for “having these difficult, awkward and hard conversations”.

For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies: “six things you can do to be stronger allies”.

The Radical Copyeditor’s Style Guide for Writing About Transgender People: for respectful writing about transgender people.

Confronting bigotry & harassment

How America Spreads the Disease that is Racism by not Confronting Racist Family Members and Friends: “[…] if we can identify the symptoms, then we can put a stop to it through education and awareness.”

How to Help if Someone is Being Harassed: tips to respond & intervene even without directly confronting the harasser.

#MomentofTruth: Bystander Intervention: strategies for bystanders who witness hateful attacks & harassment to intervene.

Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry: guide to responding to bigotry & harassment, as well as countering bias, in many settings. By the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Fighting racism

5 Ways to Disrupt Racism: video in response to post-Brexit hate.

Another Day, Another Hashtag. White People, You Gotta Get to Work NOW: various actions to fight racism.

How to Be an Anti-Racism Activist: various ways to raise awareness for & support anti-racism efforts.

Research says there are ways to reduce racial bias. Calling people racist isn’t one of them.: why merely calling out racism is ineffective, and what strategies are effective in fighting racism.

Fighting fascism & group supremacy

Six Things You Can Do in the Wake of the White Supremacist Attacks in Charlottesville: action steps to take in response to the neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Fighting Islamophobia

One American Muslim’s Requests: ways to fight Islamophobia.

What to do if you are witnessing Islamophobic harassment: step-by-step guide to responding to Islamophobic harassment.

Fighting online harassment

How-To Hack Harassment: using tech skills to effectively combat online harassment. By #HackHarassment.

Protecting civil rights

What to Do if Your Rights are Violated at a Demonstration or Protest: guide by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Digital Security Tips for Protesters: advice from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

For community leaders & organizers

Political Research Associates: For Organizers: ‘what to do when…’ section offers resources for dealing with harassment.

Center for Applied Nonviolent Actions and Strategies (CANVAS): Publications: wide variety of resources.

For the LGBT+ community

LGBT+ affirming ministries within Christian denominations:

Affirming Church Directory & Affirming Denominations: Christian churches & denominations in the United States & Canada that welcome LGBT+ people. By the GALIP Foundation.

Find a Welcoming Church: worldwide directory of Christian congregations that welcome LGBT+ people. By the Institute for Welcoming Resources, a project of the National LGBTQ Task Force.

Queer Grace: LGBT+ & Christian resources.

Wet Feet Ministry: Christian ministry offering a safe place for questions & support for LGBT+ people facing opposition from religious communities — Email:

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