Police Brutality in America Teach-Out
Conclusion / Lesson 2 of 2
Comprehensive Additional Resources
History and Evolution of Policing in America
From The Roots of Policing in the United States
Podcast: Origins of American Police
From a History of Black Lives Matter
Article: CityLab University: A Timeline of U.S. Police Protests - a recent history of protest movements responding to police brutality against Black lives.
Understanding the Impact of Police Violence
Full Article: I Am So Tired by Robert M. Sellers
From All Black Lives Matter
From “The Talk: Conversations Among Black Families”
Article: Riana Anderson: Talk, Walk and Chalk
Resource Hub: Seven Last Words of the Unarmed -education resource list based around the Seven Last Words performance.
Organization: Black Girls Matter - campaign by The African American Policy Forum.
The State of Modern Policing in America
Policing, Media, and Culture
Organization:The Marshall Project, - non-profit source of journalism on criminal justice.
Playlist: Police Brutality in America Teach-Out on Spotify. Content Advisory: some songs may contain violent or explicit lyrics.
Video: “I Can’t Breathe” - video performance of a poem by Charmaine Pratt
Article: Your Bookshelf May Be Part of the Problem - why diversifying your media landscape is an important part of self-education.
Responding to Police Brutality
From Protesting During a Pandemic
Article: What defunding police could look like in Detroit | Opinion by Chase Cantrell, Building Community Value
Podcast series: Justice in America - each episode explains a criminal justice issue in conversation with experts and advocates.
Find out about national and local law enforcement policies
- #8toabolition - information about the police abolition movement.
- Reclaim the Block - information and resources about policing alternatives.
- Critical Resistance - organization combating the global prison industrial complex.
- Campaign Zero - information about policy solutions and action items on police violence in the U.S..
- MP150: a People’s Project Evaluating Policing
Donate money to activist organizations or organizations supporting the wellbeing of activists and BIPOC
- The Loveland Foundation - Therapy fund focused on Black women and girls.
- The Steve Fund - national organization supporting the mental and emotional wellbeing of young people of color.
- The Bail Project - national bail fund combatting mass incarceration and inequity in the carceral state.
- NAACP: Legal Defense and Education Fund - legal organization combating racial injustice through litigation, advocacy, and public education.
Get involved in local organizations in your area
- Black Lives Matter - extensive list of organizations to donate to, ways to support ongoing actions, and additional resources for local, nation, and international anti-racist efforts.
- Poor People’s Campaign - a National Call for Moral Revival - A reinvigoration of MLK’s Poor People’s Campaign. Chapters available in all states with resources and training for new activists and organizers.
- Fight for $15 - national organization advocating for $15 national minimum wage and the right to workplace unionization. Local chapters available in many states.
- The Movement for Black Lives - Parent organization connecting Black organizations across the U.S. to debate and build a movement-wide strategy.
Learn and Listen
- Seeking Justice: Conversations on Incarceration - series by the University of Michigan offering a variety of perspectives on carceral justice.
- TransformHarm.org - resource hub on transformative justice and alternatives to traditional policing.
- INCITE! - network of radical feminists of color organizing to end state violence and violence in our homes and communities.
- Urban Institute feature articles on Structural Racism in America - hub of stories, data, and research on structural racism in a U.S. context.
- Demonstrating Effective Dialogue - members of the University of Michigan Program on Intergroup Relations discuss techniques for building effective dialogue on difficult subjects.
- How White Parents Can Talk to Their Kids About Race - conversation on how to discuss race with children with Jennifer Harvey, author of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America.
- How White People Can Talk to Each Other About Disrupting Racism - guide to starting conversations about anti-racism with friends and family.
- Showing Up for Racial Justice Toolkit: Calling People In About “Violence” - guide by Showing Up for Racial Justice with approaches and talking points for addressing issues that frequently surface.
Take Care of Yourself
- Burn Out Prevention Workbook - guided exercises and information for dealing with burn-out.
- Identifying Your Role and Practicing Self-Care as a Young Black Activist - starting point for sustaining work with health and wellbeing in mind.
- Liberate Meditation App - meditation app crafted for BIPOC.
- H.E.A.L. Resource list - living resource of mental health and wellness resources for BIPOC and allies.
- 44 Mental Health Resources for Black People Trying to Survive in This Country - Includes mental health resources, tips for navigating therapy, and Black-centered media related to health and wellness
- Young, Gifted, @ Risk and Resilient: A Video Toolkit to Support the Well-Being of Students of Color - a project by the University of Michigan National Center for Institutional Diversity.