Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources (For Allies, Orgs, & POC)
Topic: Racial Equity
For Allies & Organizations
BFAMFAPhD BFAMFAPhD makes Art, Reports, and Teaching Tools to advocate for cultural equity in the United States. We bring people together to analyse and re-imagine power relationships in the arts. BFAMFAPhD is a collective of artists, designers, technologists, organizers, and educators who work in the intersection of art, technology, and political economy.
Glossary of Racial Equity Terms Language can be used deliberately to engage and support community anti-racism coalitions and initiatives, or to inflame and divide them. Discussing definitions can engage and support coalitions yet is important for groups to decide the extent to which they must have consensus and where it is okay for people to disagree. It is important to keep in mind that the words people use to discuss power, privilege, racism and oppression hold different meanings for different people. People at different stages in developing an analysis tend to attach different meanings to words like discrimination, privilege and institutional racism. When people are talking about privilege or racism, the words they use often come with emotions and assumptions that are not spoken.
Honor Native Land: A Guide and Call to Acknowledgement The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture calls on all individuals and organizations to open public events and gatherings with acknowledgment of the traditional Native inhabitants of the land. Acknowledgment is a simple, powerful way of showing respect and a step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history and culture and toward inviting and honoring the truth. Imagine this practice widely adopted: imagine cultural venues, classrooms, conference settings, places of worship, sports stadiums, and town halls, acknowledging traditional lands. Millions would be exposed—many for the first time—to the names of the traditional Indigenous inhabitants of the lands they are on, inspiring them to ongoing awareness and action.
List of White Supremacy Characteristics This is a list of characteristics of white supremacy culture which show up in our organizations. Culture is powerful precisely because it is so present and at the same time so very difficult to name or identify. The characteristics listed below are damaging because they are used as norms and standards without being pro-actively named or chosen by the group. They are damaging because they promote white supremacy thinking. They are damaging to both people of color and to white people. Organizations that are people of color led or a majority people of color can also demonstrate many damaging characteristics of white supremacy culture.
The Importance of Addressing Racial Trauma and Re-traumatization from Film If we continue to dismiss racial trauma and the aspects that can lead to re-traumatization, harm will continue to be a part of that cycle. Shedding light on the topic and advocating for change can help those who have experienced racial trauma seek help and begin to facilitate their healing process. Prevention and the provision of resources such as psychoeducation can serve as a catalyst to extinguish the stigmatization of mental health conditions in minority communities and increase their overall well-being. It is imperative we first recognize the inner-workings of racial trauma to better address its long-lasting and prevalent effects as it shows up in media and film. This can help normalize mental health treatment. Once we begin to shed light on topics such as this one, we can begin to make visible the historically socially invisible populations and advocate for the visibility of occurrences that are often seen as minute.
Making Waves: A Guide to Cultural Strategy Making Waves: A Guide to Cultural Strategy from The Culture Group explains the concept of cultural strategy—how it works, and why it matters. We include historical and contemporary examples to bring the theories and concepts to life, and offer practical steps for initiating and deploying cultural strategy. This reference guide is now available to advocacy organizations, foundations, organizers, and artist activists who want to effectively integrate these practices into their social change work. We can arrange for bulk orders of the book as well as presentations based on materials from the guidebook as a training for advocacy organizations, foundations, funder affinity groups, and others interested in learning more about cultural strategy for social change.
Toolkit: Analyzing Departments on their Racial Equity This Racial Equity Toolkit from the Race & Social Just Initiative is designed to assist departments to analyze the racial equity impact of policies, programs, initiatives and budget issues.
For People of Color (POC)
African Voices African Voices is a non-profit arts organization that supports the art and literature of people of color. The organization publishes a quarterly literary magazine and sponsors literary readings, community forums, a writers’ conference and a film festival for women of color.
First Nations Films First Nations Films creates and distributes award-winning television documentary films for, by and about Indigenous people – Sharing Our Stories! Our exclusive programs are distributed to broadcasters, schools, libraries, universities and other individuals and institutions throughout the world.
Indian Health Services Indian Health Services is the Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Their mission is to assure that comprehensive, culturally acceptable personal and public health services are available and accessible to American Indian and Alaska Native people.
Native Arts and Culture Foundation The Foundation awards national and regional fellowships to American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists. They honors mentor and apprentice artists by facilitating the intergenerational transfer of cultural knowledge and artistic skill in traditional and contemporary visual arts. As catalysts for cultural equity, they promote the work of our fellows and artist projects, produce issue-oriented presentations, panels, publications and workshops, and sponsor efforts that further intercultural enrichment.
ONABEN ONABEN enables Native Americans to realize dreams for a better quality of life through owning and operating a successful business. ONABEN accomplishes this mission by providing accessible business programs, services, financing, and positive business-to-business relationships including business workshops for artists.
Seattle Indian Health Board The Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization incorporated in the State of Washington. We provide community health care and services targeting the urban American Indian and Alaska Native population in the greater Seattle/King County area. We are state-recognized and our ambulatory health care services are nationally accredited through the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). AAAHC recognition signifies that the health care services we provide meet or exceed national standards. We have been serving our community since 1970.
Gay City Health Project | King County Gay City Health Project is an innovative multicultural gay men’s health organization and the premiere provider of HIV/STD testing in King County. Our mission is to promote the health of gay and bi men and prevent HIV transmission by building community, fostering communication and nurturing self-esteem.
Lifelong AIDS Alliance | Western Washington Lifelong AIDS Alliance (LAA) provides housing and home chores, food and nutrition services, insurance continuation, transportation, case management and emergency financial assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS. LAA also has community services that include prevention education and national public policy advocacy.
Hollywoman’s Diversity Directory Hollywomen.com is a new platform exploring the legacy, chronicling the present and anticipating the future of women and diversity in the film & media industries. It offers news, interviews, profiles, spotlights, historical perspectives & research, resources and dedicated tools for & about filmmakers. Browse the Diversity Directory, an index of 100+ organizations, projects & festivals focusing on diversity in the entertainment industry.
WomenArts WomenArts provides many resources on its website including: lists of funding sources where you can view annotated lists of funders sorted by the kinds of projects they fund; approximately 200 foundations are listed; resources, which includes basic information about fundraising and links to other helpful organizations; WomenArts Network, designed to make it easy to contact women who have artistic work or skills to share; and more.
Washington Women in Need | Washington State Washington Women in Need (WWIN) is a nonprofit organization that helps low income women in time of need with funding for health care. WWIN pays health care providers for dental services, health care insurance premiums, hearing test and hearing aids, mammograms, mental health counseling, preventive physical exams, vision exams and eyeglasses. Low income women, 18 and older residing in the state of Washington are eligible to apply.
Women Make Movies | Women Make Movies (WMM) is a multicultural, multiracial, nonprofit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women. WMM provides services to women film and video makers through its Distribution Service and the Production Assistance Program which provides training, fiscal sponsorship and information services to independent media artists.