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The most fundamental human right is the right to live.
— Ibram X. Kendi (@DrIbram) May 30, 2020
“Even as the global fight against the pandemic has forged new bonds and inspired acts of profound generosity, we are confronted again by old hatreds and the enduring legacies of anti-black racism and inequality. It is a familiarity that makes me deeply restless for change. Part of that change is the work we do here to learn and listen across lines of difference and to build a community grounded in trust and respect. Part of that change is our work to trace the roots of inequality and its pernicious effects and to equip our students with the understanding and insight needed to create a better world.”
Dr. Claudine Gay
Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and of African and African-American Studies
Gender & Sexuality Studies and the Interdisciplinary Studies Department at NMSU grieve the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others whose lives have been taken from them, their families, and communities by state sanctioned violence and murder. We also mourn the loss of Ahmaud Arbery and so many others whose lives have been taken from them by the agents provocateurs of white supremacy. As many already know, these poles of anti-blackness often operate in tandem. We stand in solidarity with Black people and all those calling for and seeking justice. Gender & Sexuality Studies and the Interdisciplinary Studies Department avow that Black Lives Matter. Black death also matters, be it at the hands of police violence or the multitude of inequities forced upon Black communities since 1619 that now claims Black life under the name of COVID-19.
Gender & Sexuality Studies and the Interdisciplinary Studies Department at NMSU also want to share in the mourning over the deaths, harm, and sickness of indigenous peoples, especially those in New Mexico and the Navajo Nation, due to COVID-19 pandemic. We grieve these and stand in solidarity with you as you experience this harm to your communities while you also are dealing with the epidemic of MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) and so many other injustices, inequities, threats to your sovereignty.
Our department continues its support for asylum seekers, migrants, Dreamers, and undocumented persons as their lives continue to be harmed by unjust policies and other forms of state sponsored violence, here and elsewhere.
We join in solidarity.
The following contains information and links to numerous digital resources pertaining to the current crisis as well as critical conversations on this and connected topics. This page, like the Pandemic 2020: Digital Resources page, is a community support document that we conceptualize as a digital action-zap. The reason for this is because we approach such support documents as digital actions created to raise awareness about events needing immediate attention. Please see The ACT UP Historical Archive for specific explanation about actions and zaps.
something @prisonculture has said over the years stays with me: welcome to the struggle or welcome to the movement
that gesture of invitation, so important
not, " you weren't here before, so you can't be here now"
not the weird ideological purity some people demand
— k'eguro (@keguro_) June 3, 2020
People are out there risking their lives and safety to protest around the nation. During a PANDEMIC.
This. Is. History.
— Tananarive Due (@TananariveDue) May 30, 2020
IF YOU ARE ONLY SAYING GEORGE FLOYD’S NAME, YOU ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION.
Breonna Taylor – Black woman murdered by police.
Tony McDade- Black trans man murdered by police and Tallahassee police department STILL has not released the name of the officer.
— Ericka Hart (She/ They) (@iHartEricka) May 30, 2020
“If you, as a White person, would be happy to receive the same treatment that our Black citizens do in this society, please stand.” pic.twitter.com/dFN6frQnZn
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) May 30, 2020
One of the originators of Krump Big Mijo expressing himself. If you know the history behind Krumping, you’ll understand how deep this clip is. https://t.co/t5RqAoLfRg
— Lito, M.Ed. 👳🏾♂️🇭🇹 (@Sir_Waveyy) June 1, 2020
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
by Steven Thrasher
|Ibram X. Kendi’s||
by Creede Newton
by Mariame Kaba
Color of Change Petition
|From Little Rock to Parkland: A Brief History of Youth Activism
by Erin B. Logan
by Maya Dukmasova
by Erica B
Burning down police stations and Target stores is not "destroying our communities." Poverty, wage theft, lack of housing, lack of health-care, mass imprisonment, and policing, surveillance, poisoned water, under-resourced schools ARE!!!!
— Kim Wilson (@phillyprof03) May 30, 2020
Chile…whole grown human people really graduate college from “world class institutions” with not one ounce of racial literacy. This is both a moral and pedagogical dilemma.
— Aireale Rodgers (@AirealeJoi) May 31, 2020
If you’re not working for justice, stop calling for peace.
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) May 30, 2020
|Official Navajo Nation COVID-19 Relief GoFundMe|
|SAY THEIR NAMES:||
Native American youth organization in
destroyed by fire on May 27, 2020.
|Ways You Can Help||
way to donate to multiple
bail funds across the country
PEOPLE AT HOME: if you're not going out on the streets to protest, you're not limited to helping via petitions & donations (although those are important/worthwhile)
any successful protest NEEDS some people to stay home in order to fulfill the following roles:
— ryro 🦇 (@gendervamp) May 31, 2020
White people: whatever outrage and sadness you are feeling – pouring it all out on social to your Black friends won't make them feel connected to you, it just places the burden of your feelings on top of their own.
Send money, send a meal, buy from Black businesses. BE USEFUL.
— Ijeoma Oluo (@IjeomaOluo) May 30, 2020
by definition police sources cant be trusted about these protests… the protests are *against them.* it's a super basic conflict of interest
— Talia Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) June 1, 2020
My 16 year old daughter, didn’t know how to put how she was feeling in words so she expressed in dance. Please retweet and share widely so my little girl knows she is heard. Thank you #JusticeForGeorge pic.twitter.com/fEeL7OMLru
— Robin RN CHPN FNP-C (@maui_nurtures) May 31, 2020
Making Things Better
|How to be an ally in light of George Floyd’s murder||
by Elly Belle
|For Asian Americans: Dear Mom, Dad, Uncle, Auntie: Black Lives Matter to Us, Too|
by Radiant Raja
|Mutual Aid Hub||
by Annie Tan
|Why Saying All Lives Matter Is Not Helpful
by Jess Bird
by Reflekt Mag
by Marcos Gonsalez
|Here’s a whole library for Black History Month
by Catherine Bouris
by Araceli Camargo
Perhaps it can help someone but as a longtime protester, any white person's job at a protest is to support, provide numbers, and provide barriers between BIPOC and the police. If you're showing up and trying to take the lead I can promise you it's not the right thing to do.
— Sara E. Century, Super Genius (@saracentury) May 30, 2020
It's great that y'all are contributing to bail funds, but many of them have more money than they can use rn (thanks to your help) so I encourage you to ALSO donate to mutual aid funds! They help the ppl we're fighting for directly & are esp necessary during the pandemic. THREAD:
— lyd (@thegirlwithfood) June 1, 2020
“Cops kills white people too” THEN WHY TF ARE YALL NOT FIGHTING AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY???
— echevarria 🍃 (@drawntosenia) June 3, 2020
If you've been out in in a big crowd protesting today, consider self quarantining for 14 days to avoid this being a super spreader event. Your actions after the protest can help save Black lives too.
— syrus marcus ware (@syrusmarcusware) May 30, 2020
Don’t use milk to flush ur eyes out!!!! This explains why!!! pic.twitter.com/eEpEAvC8Xe
— alex (@n7ughty) June 1, 2020
Since you’re not likely to have access to running water and soap to keep the Rona away while protesting, hand sanitizer is a wonderful alternative for keeping disease transmission down. Be careful though, the high alcohol content is flammable.#AVirologistsGuideToProtesting
— K. Taylor, Ph.D., M.S. – Sisqo Stan (@KYT_ThatsME) May 29, 2020
Keeping Each Other Solid On these Streets
by Kandist Mallett
|Protest Tips from HK|
|Thread: Just Going to Leave These [Resources] Here||Tips from a Riot Dad//BLM|
|Protest Sign Making 101|
I’m going to say this: now is the time to make sure that you try to keep and support your black faculty at institutions. And if you don’t have any in your department, you need to start asking your institution why there aren’t any. All students will benefit.
— Dr Merritt is tired and annoyed (@BlackPhDE) June 1, 2020
A whole ass thread for the “no one has been doing anything on police violence against Black women & queer people” crowd. Black feminists been out here. More resources: https://t.co/C13Q9Lr4fL from a network of organizations across the country. Join us. #SayHerName #CiteBlackWomen https://t.co/9KAVTgcncH
— Andrea Ritchie (@dreanyc123) May 31, 2020
To those suggesting that political scientists need to start studying "this stuff". We are and we're here. You may not have heard of some of us, and we may not be published in the the journals to which you first turn, but trust, we exist.
— Allison P. Harris (@AlliPatter) June 1, 2020
Many of my Black friends and I have gotten messages from white colleagues asking about our well being and how they can help. Rather than burden us with your guilt, invite us to co-author papers and grants with you. Invite us to be on the symposium or be the guest speaker.
— Dr. Jasmine Abrams (@DrJasmineAbrams) June 3, 2020
For Educators and Administrators
|To my white educators
Thread by Joe Truss
Thread by Mark Huelsman
|Institutions are about to invoke the work of scholars in departments born of struggle
Thread by Johnathan Flowers
|Friendly Reminder for ELA
Thread by Cody Miller
|Journalism is in Trouble
Thread by Evette Dionne
|the most central part of my pedagogy as a lit professor
Thread by Marcos Gonsalez
|Here’s something REAL easy white academics can do
Thread by Alfred L. Martin
|Black people, we have learning to do, too. Black hetero/cis people need to learn about Black queer & trans history.
Thread by Eve Ewing
|Demands on Universities
Thread by Hannah Alpert-Abrams
|All these universities adopting statements of solidarity and diversity…
by Jennifer Joness
|Citation is Academic Currency
by Danielle Slakoff
|As we fight to dismantle racist institutions…Let us not forget
by Karen Tongson
y’all keep talking bout the f*ench revolution like haiti isn’t RIGHT here
— tskit/tank (@untilmypockets) May 31, 2020
Black Pain Matters!
Black Voices Matters!
Black History Matters!
Black Children Matters!
Black Women Matters!
Black Men Matters!
Black Joy Matters!
Black Mental Health Matters!
BLACK LIVES MATTER.
— thuggerWhoo🦋 (@DixriouS) May 31, 2020
This is the time to imagine freedom. Imagine your freedom in all of its glory. What does it look and feel like? Even as you protest, organize, learn, teach, support and share–do not forget to imagine your freedom and mine. Everyone has the capacity to engage in this radical act.
— Professor Fleming (@alwaystheself) May 30, 2020
#BlackoutDay is proof that performative allyship is actively dangerous to black people.
— Crutches&Spice ♿️ : Rude For A Disabled Person (@Imani_Barbarin) June 2, 2020
BLK JOY & Care
|Zine: Black Photo Booth
Words by Mariame Kaba
Designed by Neta Bomani
|Black Joy Should Be A Public Health Recommendation
by Patia Braithwaite
|Brother Therapy:||Sound Healing for Abolition with Heather Archer||Reclaim Your Breath
with Tracee Stanley
by Sara Clark
for when you are feeling overwhelmed
|Meditation for Grief
by Adria Moses
with Nomakhosi & Black Healers Connect
AND DON’T MISS: #BlackBirdersWeek
— BlackAFinSTEM (@BlackAFinSTEM) May 29, 2020
Hey y’all I’m Alex and coincidentally my last name is Troutman and I’m a wildlife Biologist ! As a part of #BlackBirdersWeek with #BlackAFinSTEM today I’ll be showcasing #blackinNature form my perspective. To start off here are two species I’ve worked with so far pic.twitter.com/onRrfOLrbR
— Al_Troutman (@n8ture_al) May 31, 2020
I’m excited to go to grad school but also nervous. The lack of diversity in STEM has led me to question my capabilities and my place in biology. #BlackBirdersWeek has truly reinvigorated and reassured me that I’m not alone. I can do this, & I BELONG HERE. #BlackWomenWhoBird pic.twitter.com/02h7CT3cm0
— Abbigail Turner (@_saveelephants) June 5, 2020
This week has been rough due to all of the rage & sadness I've felt. Birding has been a brief, but needed reprieve this week. Don't have the best equipment, but I spotted my 1st Baltimore oriole of the season & more! Here are Common loons too! #BlackInNature #BlackBirdersWeek pic.twitter.com/q34WWCLXjb
— Milton Newberry, III (@MiltonicDynamo) June 4, 2020
Final day of #BlackBirdersWeek and we celebrate #BlackWomenWhoBird I've been birding 25 yrs, didnt know any, so I made my own. So I celebrate my daughter who has quickly become a exceptional birder. Here's last night's quest for her lifer Common Poorwills. #BlackInNature pic.twitter.com/nY8x0FQTTT
— Coach Pack (@qthetrackcoach) June 5, 2020