Inspired by Hyperallergic’s Weekend Required Reading, this list with excerpts is of reading that I’ve found helpful in the past week. The links are live, but I’ve also made .pdfs of everything:
How it Feels
Seeking Community: Memories of ‘The Poetry Project’
In light of what happened on November 8th in America, I think a conversation about community is important for many reasons, not the least being the rather utopian idea that there is someplace you can go where you feel safe. I came to the project because I knew that I would meet poets there and I did. But I didn’t necessarily always feel welcome in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, which is one reason why I have no nostalgia for that time.
I’m sure they voted. And maybe they campaigned and canvassed and volunteered. And maybe they were genuinely disappointed by the results of the election. But they have the luxury to not really give a fuck 12 hours later—to discuss the election results with the same glib curiosity and intrigue they’d discuss sabermetrics or James Harden’s true shooting percentage—because this election doesn’t change much for them. It’s not a sweeping referendum on their status as full citizens. It’s not confirmation that their country would rather choose a self-sabotaging white supremacy than witness you make even a modicum of progress.
Things to Keep in Mind
Things Laura Learned
Remember: They will do whatever the fuck they want because they can.
Invite staffers on “field trips” and show them what it’s like in your communities. Show them the work you are doing. It works.
Things to Remember
Autocracy: Rules for Survival
Rule #1: Believe the autocrat.
Rule #2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule #3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule #4: Be outraged.
Rule #5: Don’t make compromises.
Rule #6: Remember the future.
Where, maybe, to Turn
Start to Process the Election at These NYC Cultural Spaces and Events
BUFU — a project dedicated to deconstructing the Black and Asian relationship, whose name stands for “by us, for us” — is teaming up with Yellow Jackets — a queer and intersectional “Yellow American collective” — to host this event. The focus is in three parts: “Process/ Mourn/ Activate.” Bring some food to share. More info here.
The National Immigration Law Center is dedicated to fighting for the rights of low-income immigrants through litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and various other methods. Donate or learn how you can attend a local training here.