Headlands Center for the Arts


Black lives matter. Black voices matter.

The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and countless other victims of racist policing and policy did not take place in a vacuum. As an organization occupying former U.S. military buildings on land originally home to the Native American Coast Miwok, we must examine, and dismantle, our own complicity in white supremacist culture. We are part of that society and its systems. To break from that complicity requires continuous and consistent acknowledgement and work.

At Headlands, we strive to support, elevate, and amplify the work of artists and culture workers who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color. That alone isn’t enough, just as it isn’t enough to rely on artists to build a better world. We must all—especially white people—examine ourselves, engage in difficult conversations with our peers, and work to dismantle racism in all its overt and covert forms. Our staff remains committed to this ongoing process, and we encourage you to join us.

Black lives matter. Black voices matter.


Resources:

Resources, to support Black Lives Matter, with some details specific to the Bay Area

National Resource List, containing a list of attorneys, by state, offering legal services, a list of action items for those who cannot donate or protest in person, and a list of bail funds, memorial funds, and other organizations and organizers who need monetary support. Compiled by @botanicaldyke.

List of Bail Funds by State

Split a donation over 70 bail funds and activist organizations.

bit.ly/printersforBLM is a directory of printers offering free services for antiracist and #blacklivesmatter protest materials. Primarily US-based, expanding internationally. Compiled by @lmnqe


Self-education:

Black Lives Matter. A global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is “to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.”

The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.

Talking About Race, from the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus from JSTOR  is a collection of free-to-access articles assembled to try to help students and learners understand that the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Emmett Till and countless others were not isolated, tragic incidents perpetrated by a few bad individuals, but part of a broader pattern of institutionalized racism.

Anti-Racism Project offers an eight-week course, mini-workshops, and professional development classes to examine the crucial and persistent issue of institutionalized racism, internalized racism, white privilege, and the myths of immigration in order to understand how they feed ongoing racial injustice.

She Shreds Media’s Compilation of Anti-Racist Resources. Compiled by She Shreds Media, this collection of anti-racist resources includes podcasts, books, and action items collected from organizations and individuals across social media and the internet.

An Antiracist Reading List features a selection of books across subject matter, compiled by National Book Award winner and 2019 Guggenheim Fellow Ibram X. Kendi.

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice. It falls to white people to educate themselves and each other about antiracist work, and to confront their own racisms. This is a list to aid in that work.

Anti-Racism Resources for White People is another compilation of readings, podcasts, films, and other media to serve as educational tools for white people committed to engaging in antiracist work, compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein in May 2020.

Building a Police-Free Future: Frequently Asked Questions is a web page, zine, and one-sheet centered on the concept of police abolition published by MPD 150.

We will strive to update these resources as needed.