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Doing the Work: Anti-Racism Resources and Accounts to Follow

Updated: Mar 19


The team at Avenue is dedicated as part of our company's purpose to actively “empower transformational change” in our community, and in our own office. The team at Avenue commits to holding a weekly round table meeting where we address our work in anti-racism, discuss what we are doing as individuals to unlearn our own unconscious biases and share those learnings within our circles of influence. This is in addition to ongoing monthly and quarterly anti-racism and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) education and training support.


We will be updating this post monthly with the materials we've been using to further our education on anti-racism. We're sharing a list of Black-owned Portland Businesses, (via Mercatus), and books, articles, and documentaries that we’ve found valuable in our ongoing journey of education on white supremacy and racial injustice. We encourage you to take a look and share within your own circles.


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Books

  • How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

  • White Rage by Carol Anderson

  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

  • Real American by Julie Lythcott-Haims

  • When They Call You a Terrorist by Asha Bandele and Patrisse Cullors

  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

  • So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

  • Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

  • A Black Woman's History of the United States by Diana Ramey Berry, Kali Nicole Gross

  • Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

  • Heavy by Kiese Laymon

  • I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made For Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

  • They Can't Kill Us All: The Story of Black Lives Matter by Wesley Lowery

Articles/Essays

Portland's Racist History (Articles)

Documentaries/Shows/Movies/Videos

  • 13th, Ava Duvernay, Netflix

  • When They See Us, Ava Duvernay, Netflix

  • Selma, Ava Duvernay, Available to rent

  • Dear White People, Justin Simien, Netflix

  • Just Mercy, Destin Daniel Cretton, Available to rent

  • Get Out, Jordan Peele, Available to rent

  • Watchmen, Available on HBO

  • The Racial Wealth Gap, Explained - Netflix/YouTube

  • The Hate You Give - Available to rent

  • If Beale Street Could Talk - Available to rent

  • Who Killed Malcom X? - Netflix

Podcasts

Accounts You Should Follow on Instagram

  • Rachel Ricketts, @iamrachelricketts

  • Rachel Cargle, @rachel.cargle

  • Layla Saad, @laylafsaad

  • Sharyna Holmes, @sharynaholmes

  • Victoria Alexander, @victoriaalxndr

  • Sonya Renee Taylor, @sonyareneetaylor

  • Blair Imani, @blairimani

  • #amplifymelanatedvoices - Hashtag to Follow

  • @soyouwanttotalkabout - Dissecting progressive politics and social issues in graphic slideshow form.

  • Toi Smith, @toimarie

  • @theconsciouskid - Parenting and education through a critical race lens.

  • @thisbrowngirlreads

  • Monique Melton, @moemotivate

  • @frequentlyheard




Avenue stands against the manifestations of racism, white supremacy, and violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.


We are at a loss for words and heartbroken over the acts of violence that occurred in Atlanta. We mourn for the families of the victims and to all in the Asian-American community who are hurting.


We cannot ignore the anti-Asian hate and violence that has been exponentially on the rise since COVID-19 and that disproportionately impacts women. We remain committed to dismantling the system of white supremacy and racism in all its forms.




Organizations to Support





This blog post was updated March 18th, 2021

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