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NASCO's Anti-oppression List: Action Camp Resources and Further Readings

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Websites and Collectives

The Blackstripe

An informational website dedicated to providing information regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people of African Descent.

Bluestockings Activist Research Project

Each month Bluestockings Activist Research Project invites organizers and movement researchers to reflect on the work they do and compile a list of books that have helped shape their analysis of social justice issues. This month they've teamed up with Fierce, an organization building the leadership and power of LGBTQ youth in NYC.

Catalyst Project

A center for political education and movement building based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  They are committed to anti-racist work in majority white sections of left social movements with the goal of deepening anti-racist commitment in white communities and building multiracial left movements for liberation.

Challenging White Supremacy Workshop

Useful definitions, articles, etc.

Class Action

Class Action inspires action to end classism. They raise awareness, facilitate cross-class dialogue, support cross-class alliances, and work with others to promote economic justice.

Colours of Resistance     

A grassroots network of people who consciously work to develop anti-racist, multiracial politics in the movement against global capitalism. They are committed to helping build an anti-racist, anti-imperialist, multiracial, feminist, queer and trans liberationist, anti-authoritarian movement against global capitalism.

The Deaf Queer Resource Center

Information that specifically pertains to Deaf and Queer individuals.

Freedom Center

Freedom Center is a support and activism community run by and for people labeled with severe 'mental disorders.' We call for compassion, human rights, self-determination, and holistic options. We create alternatives to the mental health system's widespread despair, abuse, fraudulent science and dangerous treatments.

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation

GLAAD offers training and technical assistance on how to handle the media.


Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

GLSEN is an educational and advocacy group with chapters all over the United States dedicated to end anti-gay bias in schools.

121 W. 27th ST. Suite 804, New York, N.Y. 10001 

(212) 809-8585

Highlander Research and Education Center

The Highlander Center is a residential popular education and research organization that brings workers, grassroots leaders, community organizers, educators, and researchers together to address the most pressing social, environmental and economic problems facing the people of the South.

The Icarus Project

A network of people living with experiences that are commonly labeled as bipolar or other psychiatric conditions, The Icarus Project envisions a new culture and language that resonates with our actual experiences of 'mental illness' rather than trying to fit our lives into a conventional framework.

INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence

INCITE! is a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color and our communities through direct action, critical dialogue, and grassroots organizing.

Intersex Society of North America

National Center for Transgender Equality

The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond

Racial justice

Project South

Connecting struggles of the Global South to the U.S. South.  Resource for workshops/trainings/organizing materials. | The Colorlines Blog

 News and articles on race and politics in the U.S., the blog of Colorlines Magazine.

Right to the City

National urban movement for housing, education, health, racial justice, and democracy.

Southerners on New Ground (SONG)

Anti-racist feminist queer organizing (and so much more). Organizing tools, gatherings.

Tim Wise

Essays on racism

Western States Center

Activist and leadership training institute based in the Pacific Northwest.

Contains useful resources on dismantling racism in social justice organizations,building grassroots power, and reproductive justice

Western States Center, PO Box 40305, Portland, OR 97240



Books, Readings, and Publications


American Karma.  Sunil Bhatia

Indian American identities, colonialism, gender, language, race-based immigration laws, "People of Color" cultural identity in North America

Anti-Semitism. Minnie Bruce Pratt, Barbara Smith, and Elly Bulkin


Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out. Loraine Hutchinson and Kani Kaahumanu

Sexual orientation

A collection of essays by a diverse group of authors who address issues like the role of bisexuality in the movement of sexual orientation equality.

Black Like Me.  John Griffin

Race relations in the deep South, written in 1959

Black on the Block: The Politics of Race and Class in the City.  Mary Pattillo.

Gentrification, race relations, violence, public housing, case studies of Chicago

Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of Shifting Self.  Rebecca Walker.

Intersectionality, multiculturalism

Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity. Lise Funderberg


Bridging the Class Divide. Linda Stout


Founder of the Piedmont Peace Project, Linda Stout's experiences as an anti- classism activist provide valuable grassroots and community organizing tools and challenge organizers to analyze the effectiveness of the methods they currently use.

Color of Violence: the INCITE! Anthology. INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence

Race, sexism

Colorlines Magazine

A national (U.S.), multi-racial magazine devoted to the creativity and complexity of communities of color. 

Conversations - Straight talk with America's Sister President. Johnetta B. Cole

Race, gender

This book relates the struggles and triumphs of everyday African American women.

Conquest: Sexual Violence and the American Indian Genocide. Andrea Smith

Colonization, genocide, sexual violence, indigenous rights in North America

The Cost of Privilege: Taking on the Systems of White Supremacy and Racism. Chip Smith/Freedom Road Socialist Organization

The Culture of Make Believe. Derrick Jensen

A Different Mirror: a History of Multicultural America (2008).  Ronald Takaki

Comparative racial/ethnic histories

Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breathe Fire. Sonia Shah

Race, sexism

Everyday Acts Against Racism. Maureen T. Reddy, editor


A great book for parents and teachers who have been raised in multicultural families, or those who wish to aid in the growth and development of children.

Everywhere All The Time. Matt Hern


Field Day. Matt Hern


Exterminate all the Brutes: One Man's Odyssey Into the Heart of Darkness and the Origins of European Genocide. Sven Lindqvist

Race, colonialism

Friends Make the Best Medicine. The Icarus Project

Mental health

Games for Actors and Non-Actors. Augosto Boal

Theatre of the Oppressed

GenderQueer: Voices From Beyond the Sexual Binary. Joan Nestle, Riki Wilchins, Clare Howell


Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology. Barbara Smith, editor

Race, sexism

Homegrown: Engaged Cultural Criticism.  bell hooks, Amalia Mesa-Bains.

Family, feminism, pedagogy, culture, multiculturalism

Homophobia. Byrne Fone

sexual orientation

How Does it Feel to be a Problem?  Being Young and Arab in America.  Moustafa Bayoumi

Arab American & Muslim American identity; stereotypes, racism, cultural identity, youth

I Begin My LIfe All Over: The Hmong and the American Immigrant Experience.  Lillian Faderman, Ghia Xiong

Assimilation, Hmong culture, shamanism, generational differences

I'm Chocolate, You're Vanilla: Raising Healthy Black and Biracial Children in a Race-Conscious World - A Guide for Parents and Teachers.  Marguerite A. Wright.

Development of race-consciousness

In Defense of Childhood. Chris Mercogliano


Is Lighter Better?  Skin-Tone Discrimination Among Asian Americans.  Joanne L. Rondilla, Paul Spickard

Colorism, internalized racism

Islamophobia: Making Muslims the Enemy.  Peter Gottschalk and Gabriel Greenberg

Muslim stereotypes analyzed through political cartoons, cultural perceptions, media portrayal

A Katrina Reader: Readings by and for Anti-Racist Educators and Organizers

Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty.  Dorothy Roberts.

Reproductive justice, racism

Killing Rage: Ending Racism. bell hooks

Racism, sexism, feminism, patriarchy, resistance

Left Turn Magazine

A Movement publication written by folks on the ground resisting global capital, white supremacy, heteropatriachy, and imperialism in the U.S. and abroad.

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. James Loewen

Madness and Civilization. Michel Foucault

Mental health

Memoir of a Race Traitor. Mab Segrest


Middlesex. Jeffrey Eugenides

A fiction book that explores what it is to live as an intersexed person.

My Gender Workbook. Kate Bronstein


Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness. The Icarus Project

Mental health

Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender Conformity. Matt Bernstein Sycamore


No Disrespect.  Sister Souljah

Writings on race, class, gender.  Sister Souljah is a "rapper, activist, and hip-hop rebel who grew up in the projects in NYC."

Not Quite White: White Trash and the Boundaries of Whiteness.  Matt Wray.

Stereotypes of poor rural whites in the US, eugenics

Orientalism.  Edward Said.

East/West divide, colonialism, imperialism

Our Land Before We Die: The Proud Story of the Seminole Negro.  Jeff Guinn

Oral history, indigenous rights, racism, colonialism, cross-border issues

Race and Mixed Race.  Naomi Zack

Mixed-race identities; cultural and historical context in the US; Black, White, and Mixed-Race family identities

Rainbow of Desire. Augosto Boal

Theatre of the Oppressed

Refusing to Be a Man: Essays on Sex and Justice. John Stoltenberg


The Revolution Will Not be Funded. INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, editor

Roll Down Your Window: Stories From a Forgotten America.  Juan Gonzalez

US-Mexico border issues, inner cities, class and economic justice

Savage Inequalities. Jonathon Kozol

Race, class, and age

Seeds of Racism in the Soul of America.  Paul Griffin

Racism in white liberalism & white feminism, theology, intellectualism

Should America Pay?  Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations.  Raymond A Winbush.

Links between slavery and contemporary race relations; African American history, Native Hawaiians and Indigenous rights

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches.  Audre Lorde

Feminism, intersectionality, oppression

Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections from an Angry White Male.  Tim Wise.

Selected essays on racism

Stone Butch Blues. Leslie Feinberg

Sexual orientation, gender, transgender issues

The Story of My Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky.  Farah Ahmedi, Tamim Ansary

Afghan American Identity; cultural assimilation, youth, immigrant experience

Talking About Race: Community Dialogues and the Politics of Difference.  Kathering Cramer Walsh.

Race relations in the US, civil life, citizenship

Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice: A Sourcebook. Maurianne Adams, Lee Anne Bell, Pat Griffin

This book includes opinions and experiences from several well-known facilitators through discussion and suggested activities. It is designed to give a foundation to those who wish to explore diversity in a group setting.

Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. bell hooks

Race, class, and the education system

Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonials.  The Latina Feminist Group.

Feminism, intersectionality

Theatre of the Oppressed. Augosto Boal

The Teenage Liberation Handbook. Grace Llewelyn


The Third Space of Sovereignty: The Postcolonial Politics of U.S.-Indigenous Relations.  Kevin Bruyneel

Indigenous resistance, American colonialism

This Bridge Called my Back: writings by radical women of color. Cherrie Moraga, Gloria Anzaldua

Race, sexism

Tools for White Guys who are Working for Social Change...and other people socialized in a society based on domination. Chris Crass

Race, sexism

Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-speaking United States.  Hector Tobar

Latino-American identity and culture, family, language, immigrant experience, marginalization

Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue. Leslie Feinberg

Trans issues

Transforming a Rape Culture. Emilie Buchwald, Pamela Fletcher, Martha Roth


Transgender Warriors: Making history from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman. Leslie Feinberg

Trans issues

The Underground History of American Education. John Taylor Gatto

Age: the institutionalization of ageism

This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation. Gloria E Anzaldua, Analouise Keating

Under Western Eyes: Personal Essays from Asian America.  Garrett Hongo

Asian American identities, assimilation, generational differences, racism, language, family, stereotypes

Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action Anti-capitalist, anti-oppression, and anti-imperialist publication.

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice. Paul Kivel

A great book for both White people and people of color, it explores tactics                     that can be used to address concerns regarding racism.

When the Drama Club is Not Enough: Lessons from the safe schools program for Gay and Lesbian students. John Perrotti and Kim Westheimer

Sexual orientation

Where We Stand: Class Matters.  bell hooks

Race, class, family, feminism, solidarity w/ poor folk

White Like Me.  Tim Wise


Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race.  Matthew Frye Jacobson.

Cultural assimilation, history of whiteness, racism, white privilege

Whitewashed: America's Invisible Middle Eastern Minority.  John Tehranian.

Middle Eastern Americans, war on terrorism, racial profiling

"Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria?" And other Conversations about Race. Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D


The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love.  bell hooks

Patriarchy, masuclinity

Yours in the Struggle: Three Feminist Perspectives on Anti-Semitism and Racism. Elly Bulkin                 

Race, anti-semitism, sexism

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name. Audre Lorde

Zero Tolerance: Resisting the Drive for Punishment in our Schools. ed. William Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, Rick Ayers (unread by us, tell us what you think)


More Authors to Check Out...

  • Ella Baker
  • Cesar Chavez
  • Piya Chattergee
  • Angela Davis
  • Thich Nhat Hahn
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Amina Mama
  • Michael Nagler
  • Howard Thurman
  • Alice Walker
  • Ronald Takaki



At Home in Utopia.  Michal Goldman.  2008

Jewish immigrants organize housing co-ops in the 1920's & 30's

Bamboozled. Spike Lee. 2000


Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story.  Bill Kavanagh, 2008

Race, segregation, housing

A Class Divided.  PBS Frontline Documentary


In 1968, Jane Elliot, a teacher in a small, all-white town in Iowa, divided her students into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups and gave them a daring lesson in discrimination...this is the story of that lesson, its lasting impact on the students, and its enduring power thirty years later.

Color Adjustment. Marlon Riggs. 1992


Crash. Paul Haggis.  2004


Ethnic Notions. Marlon Riggs. 1988


Flag Wars.  Linda Goode Bryant & Laura Poitras.  2003

Gentrification, communities of color, gay communities, homophobia, racism

Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action.  Robert Grossman.  2005.

Land rights, environmental racism & injustice

Jana Sanskriti.

Documentary about the Indian federation of Theatre of the Oppressed near Kolkatta.


Just Call Me Kade. Sam Zolten. 2002

Transgender issues

 Life and Debt. Stephanie Black. 2001.

Globalization, race, class

PBS Point of View documentaries.

Perspectives of people whose stories haven't been traditionally told; topics brought up include race, class, health, immigrant rights, stereotypes, feminism, religion and spirituality, stereotypes, mental wellness, ability, ageism, sex work, sexuality, etc.

Rehearsing Reality.

An interactive docufragmentary on Theatre of the Oppressed.


Shellmound. Andrés Cediel. 2004

Race, native american rights

The Take. Avi Lewis, Naomi Klein. 2004


This Black Soil: A Story of Resistance and Rebirth.  Working Hands Productions.  2004

Rural organizing, affordable housing, prison industrial-complex

Tongues Untied. Marlon Riggs. 1990

Race, sexual orientation

Venus Boyz.  Gabriel Baur.  2002

Female masculinity

Waging a Living.  Roger Weisberg.  2006

Working poor, class issues

Whatever You Destroy.  Yoni Goldstein.  2004

Resistance art, gentrification, working class community in Ann Arbor, MI


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