Anne Braden 2019 Session Two Readings

Below you will find:

  • Required readings
  • Readings for the Zionism webinar (for everyone) and the Challenging Male Supremacy (for people with male privilege)
  • Readings for the case studies on imperialism for each magical creature group
  • Recommended readings

We are assigning some readings that were difficult for us to read. And we’re going to talk about some theories that are difficult to grasp. It’s totally normal to struggle to read theoretical pieces that weren’t written for mass consumption. But we think it’s worth it, because how we understand what we’re up against impacts what we think the solutions are, and how we need to organize to get there.  In order to do that we need to know the history that we’ve been denied through traditional school systems.

If you’re struggling with reading, reach out to others in the group to read together, or get help on terms you’re struggling with. We’ve also created this glossary to support with key terms. All audio and video that didn’t have accompanying transcripts or accurate closed captioning is transcribed, with links here

A note on the readings: Readings are provided free for use by participants studying in the Anne Braden Training Program for Anti-Racist Organizers, a noncommercial, nonprofit educational program. We encourage everyone to honor the emotional and intellectual labor of these authors by buying the works from which excerpts have been taken where possible. This is especially important as we all have white skin privilege and many of these authors are folks of color. When sharing any of these readings with your comrades, please also pass on this message.

All of these categories overlap, and many of these readings are deeply intersectional. We offered these categories to help you all pull out themes, but take them with a grain of salt and look for interconnections.


Required Readings

Anti-Black Racism and Black Liberation

  • Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Case for Reparations,” The Atlantic, section VII till end (11 page text excerpt). best read online at
  • I am Not Your Negro (strongly recommend whole movie, last 30 mins required) – To access go to, login:, password: JamesBaldwinIsGod, find movie on prime movies by searching. If you get a request for a code to login to amazon, clear your cookies on your browser and log in again. Here’s how to do that on chrome, firefox, and safari. Email if this is confusing.
  • Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, “Double Standard of Justice” From #BLACKLIVESMATTER to Black Liberation excerpt Starting with Postwar Policing (18.5 pgs)
  • Charles Payne, “Slow and Respectful Work: Organizers and Organizing”, Chapter 8 of I’ve Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle. (29 pgs)


Role of white women in white supremacy

Imperialism & Neoliberalism

Class & Classism


Total pages – 206

Total Audio – 186 mins 3 hrs and 6 mins

Challenging Male Supremacy Homework:

This is for the required challenging male supremacy workshop for people who have male privilege, including cisgender (non-trans) men, and trans, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, or non-binary people who understand themselves as having male privilege, no matter your gender identity. If you have questions about whether or not you should participate, contact is a trans guy who is happy to chat with you about this!).

Zionism webinar readings (20 pgs total):

  • Nadine Naber, Eman Desouky, and Lina Baroudi, “The Forgotten ‘ism'”  Color of Violence : the INCITE! Anthology (16 pages)
  • from the BDS movement website, “Colonialism and Apartheid” please read the following short sections, which are listed on the left side of the webpage (4 pgs): Summary, Brief Background, The Origins of Israel: Zionism and Settler Colonialism, Nakba

Assignments for imperialism small groups:

Dragons – Puerto Rico

  1. The Intercept, The Battle for Paradise: Naomi Klein Reports from Puerto Rico (17 min)
  2. Nelson Denis, “After a Century of American Citizenship, Puerto Ricans Have Little to Show for it,” The Nation(9 pgs)
  3. Nelson Denis, “Historical Overview” from War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony (15 pgs– this can be skimmed, you don’t have to read every word)

Faeries – Haiti

  1. Whitney Webb, “Mass Protests in Haiti, Like France’s Yellow Vests, Threaten Modern Oligarchic Structure,”  Mint Press News (7 pgs)
  2. Gardy Guiteau, “An Abbreviated Timeline of Haitian History,” left turn (4 pgs)
  3. Robert Roth, “Haiti: Roots of an Uprising,” Haiti Action Committee (3 pgs)


Elves – Honduras

  1. US role:  (this is an excerpt of a longer article) Dana Frank, “Honduras: Which Side is the U.S. on?,” Honduras: human rights (1 pg)
  2. Violence rising and what drives it: Sarah Lazare, “There is an Epidemic of Assassinations Targeting Human Rights Defenders in Latin America,” Alter Net (2 pgs)
  3. Al Jazeera, “Honduras arrests ‘mastermind’ behind Berta Cacares murder” (2 pgs)


Centaurs – Venezuela

  1. Jon Schwarz, “Elliot Abrams, Trump’s Pick to Bring ‘Democracy’ to Venezuela has spent his life crushing democracy,” The Intercept (10 pgs)
  2. Vijay Prashad, “The 12-Step Method of Regime Change,”Counter Punch (8 pgs)


Unicorns – Yemen

  1. Amy Goodman, “Yemenis Suffer ‘Silent Deaths’ as Saudi Arabia Refuses Human Rights Probe in Deadly US- Backed War” Truthout (7 pgs)
  2. Vijay Prashad, “Why the World is Ignoring the War in Yemen,” The Wire(4 pgs)


Merpeople – Palestine

  1. Statement from US Palestinian Community Network (1 pg)
  2. Boycott, Divestment, and Sactions (BDS) short video (4 min)
  3. Michelle Alexander, “Time to Break the Silence on Palestine,” The New York Times(7 pgs)


Recommended Readings & Video By Subject

Indigenous Resistance and the Colonization of North America

Imperialism and Global Peoples’ Movements for Justice

Patriarchy, Feminism & Queer & Trans Liberation


Anti-Black Racism and Black Liberation: