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  • Denial is the Heartbeat of America: “To say that the attack on the U.S. Capitol is not who we are is to say that this is not part of us, not part of our politics, not part of our history. And to say that this is not part of America, American politics, and American history is a bald-faced denial. But the denial is normal. In the aftermath of catastrophes, when have Americans commonly admitted who we are? The heartbeat of America is denial.”
  • Nice White Parents: “If you want to understand what’s wrong with our public schools, you have to look at what is arguably the most powerful force in shaping them: white parents. A five-part series from Serial Productions, a New York Times Company. Hosted by Chana Joffe-Walt.”
  • Accessibility in the Arts: A Promise and a Practice: An accessibility guide geared toward small-scale arts nonprofits and the potentially expansive publics these organizations serve. It details specific ways in which disabled people are excluded from cultural spaces and offers possible solutions to those barriers. Moving away from historical and juridical definitions of accessibility, this guide considers the unique capacity of small scale arts organizations to meet the needs of disabled communities. It engages principles of disability justice to think through what can urgently be done to create more equitable and accessible arts spaces.
  • Media-based organizing: speaking and listening, as a community: Allied Media Projects (AMP) cultivates media for liberation. For nearly two decades, the AMP’s Allied Media Conference (AMC), a collaboratively designed event that explores the intersections of media and communications, art, technology, education, and social justice, has shaped the vision and practice of media-based organizing. Through their work and broad network of art, media, and technology projects, the AMC has identified the essential traits of media-based organizing as a collaborative process that uses media, art, or technology to address the roots of problems and advances holistic solutions towards a more just and creative world.
  • Asian American Feminist Antibodies (care in the time of coronavirus): From the Asian American Feminist Collective (AAFC) and Bluestockings NYC – “With the COVID-19 pandemic neither behind us or solely ahead of us, this zine offers a way to make meaning of the coronavirus crisis through long-standing practices of care that come out of Asian American histories and politics. We bring together first-hand accounts and analyses from our communities, including health and service workers and caregivers on the frontlines, students, people living with chronic illness, journalists, and organizers. Together, this collection of stories, essays, and artwork shows how we experience, resist, and grapple with a viral outbreak that has been racialized as Asian, is spoken of in the language of contagion and invasion, and reveals the places where our collective social safety net is particularly threadbare.”
  • How to Reimagine the World: Collaboration Principles for Artists & Social Justice Organizers: From Micah Bazant, Forward Together, and CultureStrike – “Imagine Black liberation movements without music, trans and queer freedom struggles without dance, immigrant justice movements without posters and murals. Art and culture are not just accessories to organizing, they are indispensable. Critical. The blood and fire of our movements. They sustain us and allow us to not only imagine, but to feel the world we are building together.”
  • Printmakers Against Racism w/ Desiree Aspiras: Desiree Aspiras of Printmakers Against Racism comes on The Print Cast podcast to talk about the launch of her fundraising project which aims to support organizations fighting systemic racism.
  • pine | copper | lime’s Podcast with Justin Sanz: In this episode of pine | copper | lime Miranda speaks with Justin Sanz, the workshop manager at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York City, about the ways in which those of us in the print world can recognise and address the history of racial inequality in the arts, how the workshop strives to honour the legacy of Robert Blackburn and his commitment to integration, and the ways in which they are keeping the shop going in the time of COVID and social distancing.

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