Latest assignment: An annotated bibliography about reparations

As part of my senior study project and final year at Goddard College, I wanted to learn more about reparations movements. My adviser encouraged me to read the books that I have written about in this annotated bibliography, which I wrote with an intention to share out some of the content that I highlighted in my reading of each of these books. The books that I have included in the annotated bibliography are:

Robinson, R. (2001). ​The debt: what America owes to Blacks. New York: Plume.

Anderson, C. (1994). ​Black labor, white wealth: the search for power and economic justice. Edgewood, MD: Duncan & Duncan.

Rodney, W., Strickland, W., Hill, R. A., Harding, V., & Babu, A. R. (2011).​ How Europe underdeveloped Africa. Baltimore, MD: Black Classic Press.

BooksAnnotated Bibliography on Reparations

Latest assignment: An annotated bibliography about reparations

Back to School Bibliography Part 1

So, I am back in school after a more than 4 year hiatus, looking at white supremacy, colonialism and the prison industrial complex through a public health lens/as public health hazards, in a Health Arts and Sciences program at Goddard College. I dropped out to organize and now I’m trying to balance both organizing and school – and make the two intersect more than I was able to in the past. This means I want my schoolwork to be useful to the movement and so I am seeking ways to share it out in community. Here are some of the incredible resources I’ve been privileged enough to have access to in the last two months…

Baldwin, J. (1998). On being white… and other lies. In D. Roediger (Ed.), Black on white: Black writers on what it means to be white (177-180). New York, NY: Schocken Books.

BC Teachers Federation. (2015). Project of heart: illuminating the hidden history of Indian residential schools in BC. Retrieved from:

Blackmon, D. (2009). Slavery by another name: the re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil  War to World War II. New York, NY: Anchor Book

Blee, K. (1991). Women of the Klan: racism and gender in the 1920s. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Bernstein, N. (2014). Burning down the house: the end of juvenile prison. New York, NY: The New Press

Bockern, S., Brendtro, L. & Brokenleg, M. (2001). Reclaiming youth at risk: our hope for the future. Bloomington, IL: Solution Tree.

California Newsreel (Producer). (2008). Unnatural causes: is inequality making us sick? [DVD Series]. United States: Vital Pictures, Inc.

Fanon, F. (1967). Black skin, white masks. New York, NY: Grove Press.

Foucault, M. (1977). Discipline and punish: the birth of the prison. New York, NY: Pantheon Books

Grande, S. (2004). Red pedagogy: Native American social and political thought. Lantham, MA: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

LeFlouria, T. (2015). Chained in silence: Black women and convict labor in the new south. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press.

MacPhee, J. (2010). Celebrate people’s history: the poster book of resistance and revolution. New York, NY: Feminist Press

Magnani, L. (1990). America’s first penitentiary: A 200 year old failure. San Francisco, CA: Northern California Ecumenical Council American Friends Service Committee.

Maté, G. (2012). The power of addiction and the addiction of power. [TED Talk] Retrieved from:

Native Struggles for Land and Life: An Interview with Winona LaDuke. (1999, December). Multinational Monitor, Volume 20, Number 21. Retrieved from:

Ogden, S. (2005)W-20170/Other: A Native Woman & Former Prisoner Speaks Out. Retrieved from

Rhodes, L. A. (2001). Toward an anthropology of prisons.  Annual Review of Anthropology, 30(1), 65-83. doi:10.1146/annurev.anthro.30.1.65

Somé, M. (1998). The healing wisdom of Africa: finding life purpose through nature, ritual, and community. New York, NY: Penguin Putnam Inc.

Stevenson, B. (2012). We need to talk about an injustice. [TED Talk]. Retrieved from:

Veeraraghavan, L. (2014, February 25). Decolonizing pipeline resistance: an interview with Freda Huson. Retrieved from:

Wilson, A. & Yellow Bird, M. (2005). For Indigenous eyes only: a decolonization handbook. Santa Fe, NM: School of American Research Press.

Back to School Bibliography Part 1

Olympia Rafa Solidarity Mural Project

As my partner and I make our way up north this month, we were very fortunate to stop in Olympia, WA, to visit with our dear friend Sarah, an Anne Braden Program alum as well, who is doing incredible work with the Olympia Rafah Solidarity Mural Project. Look at this beautiful community work of art and activism!

Olympia Rafah Mural

Here is more information from their website, about this incredible mural project:

The Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project, co-produced by Break the Silence Mural and Arts Project and the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, was made possible by the collective effort of more than 150 groups and individuals–from local to global, from Olympia, Washington to Rafah, Palestine, from Turtle Island to Latin America to Sri Lanka and Indonesia to Derry, Ireland to Tel Aviv, Israel.

This multi-media project aims to build relationships across movements, cultures and great distances. It honors those who have lost their lives striving for liberation, and seeks to strengthen and make more visible the efforts of some of the many organizations and individuals who dare to imagine a different world.

You can call the wall to listen to descriptions of each of the groups that is represented on the mural.

Needless to say, we left feeling immensely inspired by this incredible example of community solidarity. Onward!

Olympia Rafa Solidarity Mural Project

Art Auction in support of Unist’ot’en Camp Healing Centre

Three community-based artists are teaming up to sell artwork in support of the Unist’ot’en Camp Healing Centre.

What is the Healing Centre all about? For five years now the Unist’ot’en Camp has been a bastion against the many fossil fuel pipelines proposed to cross the northern part of British Columbia. Each year​ we have grown in strength and reach. Last year, with the generous financial support of hundreds of people just like you, a secure ​​Bunk​ ​​House was constructed at the Camp. Sleeping as many as 20 people at a time, the bunk house has enabled activists to maintain a substantial presence at the Camp through all seasons.

Many people first get involved with the Unist’ot’en Camp because our stance is clear and no nonsense – there will be no pipelines built on Unist’ot’en land. But they soon realize that the Camp is much more than just a blockade. It is a place of learning, of healing, of connecting with nature, of breaking with the legacy of colonization. Now this work will be expanded and consolidated through the establishment of a Healing Centre.

The Unist’ot’en Camp Healing Centre ​will have indigenous youth as its main focus. The Centre ​will contain counselling rooms, meeting rooms,​a kitchen and dining hall​ and sleeping quarters (From:

So far, supporters of the camp have raised a lot of funds and we hope to raise some more, through the sale of artwork online. Here is the online Fundrazer site:

Xaanja and Zephaniah Free, artists based on Lkwungen, WSANEC and Esquimalt territories in the city of Victoria, have donated the following work:

Tree of Life WaterTableJug





Free, Xanja Ganja. Tree of Life: Water Table Jug. 2014. Ceramic Scuplture (Jug). 6.25 inches tall x 5 inches wide. Minimum bid $150.

Nature is FREE donated prints framed

Free, Xanja Ganja. “Nature is FREE”. 2014. Ink on Stonehenge paper. 4 x 6 inch print (linocut). Minimum bid $35.

beautiful courage xfree

Free, Xanja Ganja. “Beautiful Courage” (Dipdytch). 2014. 2 Acrylic Paintings, 8 x 11 Inch Canvas Paper. $500.

Beautiful Courage Poem xfree

LaughingatDeath zfree

Free, Zephaniah. “Laughing at Death” (Diptych). 2014. Fine Art Poster Prints of Ink Drawing. 18 x 24 Inches. Minimum bid $70.

personae xfree

Free, Xanja Ganja. “Personae”. 2014. Fine Art Poster Print of Drypoint Print. 18 x 24 Inches. Minimum bid $35.
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Free, Zephaniah. “Witches Sabbath”. 2014. Fine Art Poster Prints of Scratch Point Etching. 18 x 22 Inches. Minimum bid $35.

Annie Banks, currently living on Ohlone territories in the city of Oakland, California, has donated the following artwork:
MD AB Linocut 2015
Banks, Annie and Mutope Duguma. “Each of Us”. 2015. Ink on paper, 8 X 11 print (lino-cut). Minimum bid: $50.00

Dignity and Liberation

Banks, Annie. “Dignity and Liberation”. 2014. Ink on paper, 12 X 20 print (lino-cut). Minimum bid: $150.00

If you would like to purchase any of this artwork, please contact

Donations can be made to Unist’ot’en Camp by:

General donations: Checks can be sent to: Tse Wedi Eltlh at 620 CN Station Road, Smithers BC, V0J-2N1 or send an e-transfer to fhuson (at) (be sure to send the e-transfer password in a separate email to the same email address)

Unistoten Camp’s website:

Fundraiser for most recent project, the Healing Center, currently being built at the camp:

And more suggestions on how to support here:

Art Auction in support of Unist’ot’en Camp Healing Centre

5th Round of the Anne Braden Program Complete

For the past seven months, I have had the immense privilege of living again on Ohlone territories, in Oakland, California, to take part in the Anne Braden Program once again, but this time as a Braden Leadership Team member.

More about the program here:

The entire, invaluable 2015 reader here:

And once again, it has been completely transformative for me. I have learned immense and incredibly important lessons – and the timing couldn’t be more important, as both the incredible and beautiful resistance and resurgence of opposition to white supremacy abounds, and the horrific reality of racist violence continues.

For now, I want to share the beautiful panels that the Catalyst Project has organized during the Anne Braden Program this year. Each one is so full of incredible insights and amazing speakers – please take the time to watch and if you can, share with people you know – a dear comrade of mine has even been organizing community screenings.

Videos and transcripts of Catalyst Project’s panels:


Anti-Racist Organizing Strategies Panel

Another World is Possible: Visionary Politics Panel

and Photos from Indigenous Resilience and Resistance to Colonization Panel

As you can see, this organization is doing a huge amount of work to support anti-racist organizing. Please consider making a donation in support of this work. You can donate online here:


5th Round of the Anne Braden Program Complete

New video from Unist’ot’en Camp: Please share!

Please see the latest video from Unist’ot’en Camp here


From their Facebook page:

Despite numerous correspondences of “No to all pipelines” on Unist’ot’en en territories – TransCanada Coastal GasLink has been ignoring our hereditary governance system and infringing on Unist’ot’en Territory through Canadian Helicopters, Getumdone Contracting, and McElaney Survey crews. See the disrespect of this greedy industry in action.


More updates on

Also, Unist’ot’en Camp’s 6th annual summer action camp is coming up July 8-12 and you can sign up here.

6th Annual camp

And there are many ways to support the camp, please see the following info!

General donations: Checks can be sent to: Tse Wedi Eltlh at 620 CN Station Road, Smithers BC, V0J-2N1 or send an e-transfer to fhuson (at) (be sure to send the e-transfer password in a separate email to the same email address)

Unistoten Camp’s website:

Fundraiser for most recent project, the Healing Center, currently being built at the camp:

More suggestions on how to support here:

And they have an updated list of wanted items and supplies here (from:

Camp List of Needs: Food Items: Potatoes, carrots, beets, onions, squash, cabbage, rutabaga, apples, oranges, limes, lemons, avocado, cucumber, peppers, kale, spinach, lettuce, flour, oats, canola oil, rice, quinoa, cornstarch, dried chickpeas, peanut butter, nuts (cashews, almonds, macadamia, other), raisins (sulphite free), butter

Note: most food items are needed in LARGE quantities! If you can try, try to connect with a supplier or grocery store that might be willing to donate!

Non-Food Items: large coolers, work gloves, food-grade buckets with lids, clipboards, markers (permanent/dry erase), cloth tape, precision torque bits, waterproof dry bags, quality baking pans…. and of course, cash!

New video from Unist’ot’en Camp: Please share!