Anne Braden Program 2018 Second Session Readings

A note on the readings: Where articles/books/videos were available online or we have the author’s permission, we have linked them directly, otherwise please buy/borrow/find at the library the book/video. We encourage everyone to honor the emotional and intellectual labor of these authors and media makers by buying the works from which excerpts have been taken where possible. This is especially important as many of these authors are folks of color/queer/poor or working class people. When sharing any of these readings with others, please also pass on this message.

We assign some readings that were difficult for us to read. 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 to have a reading group together, or get help on terms you’re struggling with. We’ve also created this glossary to support with key terms.

All of these categories are very overlapping, 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.


Black Liberation

  • Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Case for Reparations,” The Atlantic, June 2014. (32 pages text, 61 page PDF: best read online for the interactive maps at
  • “I am Not Your Negro” documentary film (strongly recommend whole movie, last 30 mins required) (Link takes you to a website where you can rent the film)
  • Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, “Double Standard of Justice,” Chapter 4 of #BLACKLIVESMATTER to Black Liberation (26 pages)
  • 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 pages).


Climate Change

Imperialism & Neoliberalism

Class & Classism


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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

Deconstructing Class – Building Analysis and Power

Black Liberation