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Building Block

Building Block

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06.08.20
Continuing to Learn

Building Block is reading, watching, listening, reflecting, protesting, learning, and taking action toward an anti-racist future.

As a small team of five women of color, we stand against police brutality, against a government that emboldens racism, and stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. As minorities ourselves, we acknowledge the path of success that has been paved for us by black activists who have fought, and continue to fight, for a more just society. We also know that the more we can inform ourselves the better, so we would like to share some resources that we’ve collectively found useful in examining ourselves further. There is an understanding that the education doesn't stop here however, listening is the first step, so we would love to hear your recommendations at info@building--block.com anytime.

In addition, we will be donating 40% of our webshop sales this week towards the ACLU, Know Your Rights Camp, and The Innocence Project.

With love,
The Building Block Team

(*image by Henry Ossawa Turner)

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CALLING & SIGNING:

LA Budget Reform
Budget reform for other states within the US
Justice for George Floyd
Justice for Breonna Taylor
Justice for Tony McDade
Justice for Julius Jones
Reopen Sandra Bland’s case
–Pass Georgia Hate Crime Bill
–Reject EARN IT

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READING:

Riot by Gwendolyn Brooks
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
Uses Of Anger by Audre Lorde
Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
On Intersectionality by Kimberlé Crenshaw
Whiteness: A Wayward Construction, essays by David R. Roediger, Amelia Jones, and Ken Gonzales-Day
Algorithms of Oppression by Safiya Umoja Noble
bell hooks
Cassandra Press

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WATCHING:

Black Girl, Ousmane Sembène
Daughters of the Dust, Julie Dash
Eurydice, Kandis Williams
13th, Ava DuVernay‎; Spencer Averick
I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck
The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975
If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins

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EXPLORING:
(Black artists and designers)

Nicole Miller
Howardena Pindell
Lorna Simpson
Carrie Mae Weems
Chakaia Booker
Xaviera Simmons
Hassan Rahim (12:01 Creative Studio)
Gee’s Bend Quilts

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EATING:
(at Black-owned restaurants)

Caribbean Gourmet (Los Angeles)
Bloom & Plume Coffee (Los Angeles)
VanillaBlack Coffee (Los Angeles)
Comfort LA (Los Angeles)
Poppy + Rose (Los Angeles)
Buna (Los Angeles)
Alta (Los Angeles)

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LISTENING:

George Floyd + DJ Screw
Code Switch Podcast
1619 Project Podcast
Brown Up Your Feed with Mandy Harris Williams, NTS Radio
–Also: Thelonious Monk, Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan, Fela Kuti, Lijadu sisters

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ADDITIONAL DONATING:

Black Lives Matter local chapters
Color of Change
The Okra Project
Wide Rainbow
Movement 4 Black Lives
Moms 4 Housing
National Bail Out Fund
Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund for Black Women & Girls

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Los Angeles, CA 90012
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