Welcome back, Bruins!

We’re excited to bring back a new year of innovative research and trailblazing speaker events. Missed out on our events last year? We’ve compiled this reading list so you can explore the works of some of the great scholars and activists we invited to speak in 2020-2021, including Alicia Garza and Dean Spade!

2020 Awards Celebration ft. Alicia Garza

by Alicia Garza

In a powerful exploration of recent history, the founder of Black Futures Lab and cocreator of Black Lives Matter examines the moment we’re in, how we got here, and how we can build movements together to create a just and equal world.

Lady Don’t Take No is a podcast created by Alicia Garza for people who like their political commentary with a side of beauty recommendations.

Cover page for the 2020 CSW Policy Brief

In 2019-2020, the CSW Policy Brief Prize honored scholars and activists for challenging the dominating punitive approaches to justice in the United States.

Release Elderly Lifers to Reduce Mass Incarceration by Jane Dorotik

Long-Term Incarcerated People Need Retirement Benefits by Romarilyn Ralston with Ginny Oshiro and Fidelia Santos-Aminy

by Dean Spade

This book is about mutual aid: why it is so important, what it looks like, and how to do it. It provides a theory of mutual aid, describes how mutual aid is a crucial part of powerful movements for social justice, and offers concrete tools for organizing.

with excerpts from Melanie Yazzie (Diné)

The Red Deal is a call for action beyond the scope of the US colonial state. In response to popular demand, the Red Nation expands their original statement filling in the histories and ideas that formed it and forwarding an even more powerful case for the actions it demands.

The Red Nation Podcast features discussions on Indigenous history, politics, and culture from a left perspective.

Conversations in Black Feminist Practice: Black Queer Radicalisms ft. Charlene Carruthers and C. Riley Snorton 

by Charlene Carruthers

Drawing on Black intellectual and grassroots organizing traditions, like the Haitian Revolution and the US civil rights movement, Unapologetic challenges all of us to make the movement for Black liberation more radical, more queer, and more feminist.

by C. Riley Snorton

Drawing on a deep and varied archive of materials— early sexological texts, fugitive slave narratives, Afro-modernist literature, sensationalist journalism, and Hollywood films—Snorton attends to how slavery and the production of racialized gender provided the foundations for an understanding of gender as mutable.

by C. Riley Snorton

C. Riley Snorton traces the emergence and circulation of the “down low”—black men who have sex with men as well as women and do not identify as gay, queer, or bisexual— demonstrating how these portrayals reinforce troubling perceptions of black sexuality generally.

Author Chat Series: Akwaeke Emezi x Zoé Samudzi Organized by the Salt Eaters Bookshop and the Black Feminism Initiative

by Akwaeke Emezi

In this extraordinary memoir, Akwaeke Emezi reveals the harrowing yet resolute truths of their own life. Through candid, intimate correspondence with friends, lovers, and family, Emezi traces the unfolding of a self and the unforgettable journey of a creative spirit stepping into power in the human world.

by Zoé Samudzi

Samudzi and Anderson make the case for a new program of transformative politics for Black Americans. This is an uncompromising book that does not negotiate with intolerance. As Black as Resistance is a call to everyone who is ready to work for the liberation of all people.

Check out the Salt Eaters Bookshop’s curated list of Black feminist theoretical texts for additional literature recommendations!  

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