This online fundraiser hosted by Ignota Books is set up to raise money for Black liberation organisations and bail funds in support of resistance movements in the US, with poetry from Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Raymond Antrobus, Jay Bernard, James Goodwin, Bhanu Kapil, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Fred Moten, M. NourbeSe Philip and Nisha Ramayya, among others.
Another free e-book from Verso – this one by US sociologist Alex S. Vitale, whose recent opinion piece in The Guardian
on defunding the police makes a good introduction to this in-depth work on US policing.
Dr Cornel West draws a relationship between capitalist economy, the militarised nation state, market driven culture, racism and ‘the neo-fascist moment in the White House’. Quoting Beckett, he concludes: ‘try again, fail again, fail better.’
Jane Hirshfield’s poems are quiet yet piercing pieces of insistence and persistence that embrace the wholeness of human experience. Her longtime practice of Soto Zen Buddhism and determination to overcome injustice are both powerfully present in this poem read by musician and activist Amanda Palmer.
This 2017 polemic by Reni Eddo-Lodge offers an essential framework for how to acknowledge and counter the structural racism endemic in Britain. Borrow or buy this book from a local independent store and follow the author’s suggestion to match-fund with donations to your local and national racial justice organisations.
Track of the Day
A rat done bit my sister Nell.
(with Whitey on the moon)
Her face and arms began to swell.
(and Whitey's on the moon)
I can’t pay no doctor bill.
(but Whitey’s on the moon)
Ten years from now I’ll be payin’ still.
(while Whitey's on the moon)