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    Black Lives Matter. Period.

    I don't have a monologue to start this off with. I would like to take some time to post resources for folks, that want to learn about the movement. Please feel free to post your own links to resources, articles, news and discuss what this means to you.

    Resources:
    https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/ - "#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives."
    https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/
    https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/ - "The American Immigration Council works to strengthen America by shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration and by working toward a more fair and just immigration system that opens its doors to those in need of protection and unleashes the energy and skills that immigrants bring."
    https://www.sentencingproject.org/ - "Founded in 1986, The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration."
    https://www.blackgirlscode.com/ - "Our Vision: To increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. To provide African-American youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected to be available in the U.S. by 2020, and to train 1 million girls by 2040."
    https://www.tmcf.org/ - "Established in 1987, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. TMCF member-schools include the publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs)."

    Articles:
    https://itstopswithme.humanrights.go...guide_2019.pdf

    Podcasts:
    Armchair Expert - Heather McGhee - Heather McGhee is an American political commentator, political strategist, currently a distinguished senior fellow and former president of Demos, a non-profit progressive U.S. think tank.
    Armchair Expert - Ibram X Kendi - Ibram X. Kendi is an American author and historian who teaches at American University. From July 2020, Kendi will join Boston University to launch the BU Center for Antiracist Research.
    Code Switch -*NPR's multi-racial, multi-generational journalistic podcast focused on race, ethnicity, and culture in the 21st century.
    1619 -*The podcast component of the New York Times series about the ways slavery built and transformed America.
    About Race -*The now-ended Panoply podcast starring Anna Holmes, Baratunde Thurston, Raquel Cepeda, and Tanner Colby, "about the ways we can't talk, don't talk, would rather not talk, but intermittently, fitfully, embarrassingly talk about culture, identity, politics, power, and privilege."
    Seeing White -*A 14-part podcast documentary series from Scene on Radio that seeks to answer the question of where "whiteness" even comes from, and what it's for.
    Pod Save the People -*Activist and organizer DeRay McKesson's popular social justice and politics podcast on the Crooked Media network, with co-hosts Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Sam Sinyangwe, and Dr. Clint Smith.

    I'm sure this doesn't need to be said, but I'll say it anyway. This is a very hot button topic. Please keep conversation relevant, constructive and level headed.
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    Movies / Film

    13th
    Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay's examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country's history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America.

    Just Mercy
    We believe in the power of story. Our film just mercy, based on the life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, is one resource we can humbly offer to those who are interested in learning more about the systemic racism that plagues our society. For the month of June, just mercy will be available to rent for free across digital platforms in the us.

    Movie List (per Portland Mercury)

    The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975
    Director/writer Göran Olsson admits his film isn’t comprehensive, but his outsider’s perspective lends a piquant slant unavailable to American filmmakers. He devotes almost as much time to ordinary black citizens dealing with injustice, drugs, and poverty as he does to leaders like Martin Luther King, Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, and Eldridge Cleaver, making us realize that Black people’s grievances resonate as urgently today as they did 40 years ago. DAVE SEGAL

    Selma
    Director Ava DuVernay's willingness to engage with this particularly American history of violence sets Selma apart—portraying a movement on film is an impossible task, but if DuVernay has succeeded, it's in the way Selma forces a kind of reckoning for its viewer. MEGAN BURBANK

    I Am Not Your Negro
    In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project—a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.

    Fruitvale Station
    Oscar Grant was the unarmed 22-year-old black man who was shot to death by a transit cop in an Oakland train station—Fruitvale Station—on January 1, 2009. At trial, the officer convinced the jury that he mistook his gun for a Taser. Convicted of involuntary manslaughter, he served 11 months and was home before the year was out. In a way, Grant himself is on trial in Fruitvale Station, humanized compassionately yet unflinchingly on the big screen. But ultimately, you need only ask yourself: Why does this man have to prove he doesn't deserve to be killed? In our culture, who has to prove themselves and who doesn't? JEN GRAVES

    Why Aren't There More Black People in Oregon? A Hidden History
    A filmed 2014 presentation at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art by PSU adjunct professor and writer Walidah Imarisha, covering aspects of Oregon history not taught in local schools, a history steeped in Black exclusion and discrimination, answering the question "Why Aren't There More Black People in Oregon?"

    If Beale Street Could Talk
    Moonlight director Barry Jenkins' masterful adaptation of James Baldwin's novel perfectly captures how macro issues—particularly the rigged systems that work against Black people in America—affect one family like shuddering, foundation-shaking aftershocks. ROBERT HAM

    Queen & Slim
    Queen & Slim may be the best—and is almost certainly the Blackest—film of 2019, and is perhaps most poignant for its gorgeous, complex, and multifaceted portrayal of the Black experience, where sparks of joy and love exist alongside pain, struggle, and oppression; a new American romance/drama written in the Black American language, told via a fully Black lens, and including a diverse array of characters who show that Black people are not a monolith. JENNI MOORE

    Arresting Power
    Making good use of rare (and expensive) archival footage from the Oregon Historical Society, the local documentary Arresting Power is at its strongest when telling the origin story of Portland’s police accountability movement—providing potent evidence that the marches and demands for change that erupted post-Ferguson are part of a decades-long tradition started by our city’s African American community. Many of those leaders also appear on camera, sharing their wisdom alongside testimonials from community members like Shirley Isadore, whose daughter Kendra James was killed by Portland police in 2003. It’s a good primer for anyone who cares about accountability. DENIS C. THERIAULT

    When They See Us
    Ava DuVernay's award-winning Netflix miniseries about the injustices visited upon Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Raymond Santana Jr., Korey Wise, and Yusef Salaam, and their eventual exoneration. DuVernay's media company and arts collective ARRAY has released a learning guide for families and educators to use when watching the miniseries with children.

    Blindspotting
    In rapidly gentrifying Oakland, Collin (Daveed Diggs) is trying to survive his last three days of probation when the slightest infraction will send him back to jail. However, his best friend Miles (Rafael Casal) is white, wild, and reckless. Collin should avoid Miles, but he doesn’t. While trying to get home before curfew late one night, he witnesses a rogue cop pursue and shoot a fleeing black man. CARL SPENCE

    Priced Out
    Cornelius Swart’s Priced Out assembles a wealth of information about the history of gentrification in the Black neighborhoods of North and Northeast Portland. This film is a follow-up to NorthEast Passage, a documentary Swart, a longtime reporter, co-produced in 2002; that film's central figure, Nikki Williams, spoke in favor of gentrification. Priced Out juxtaposes Williams’ current perspective with the recent developments that have turned several Portland neighborhoods into playgrounds for white newcomers. It’s as fascinating to watch as it is devastating to comprehend. SUZETTE SMITH

    The Murder of Fred Hampton
    In the late '60s, Fred Hampton became one of the most powerful voices in the Black activist movement, rising to the ranks of deputy chairman of the Black Panther Party and helping found the Rainbow Coalition, a multicultural group that united a disparate batch of Chicago community groups all fighting on behalf of civil rights and racial equality. So powerful that he was deemed a radical and was killed in a raid of his apartment by the Chicago police and the FBI. Director Howard Alk's 1971 documentary, offered up for streaming via Portland's Church of Film, is a damning expose into Hampton's death and an unforgettable portrait of his short but deeply impactful life. ROBERT HAM
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