San Francisco Local Resources

Bay Area black-owned businesses, upcoming non-SURJ-led protests, and more.

Indigenous People of the Bay Area

Learn more about the indigenous Ohlone people whose land we occupy.

The Indigenous Bay Area, 1769. From "Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas" by Rebecca Solnit. Cartography by Ben Pease. Source: Business Insider.

Read (Short Form)

Readings that are 5 minutes or less.

"The First White President" by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy. Read here >

"No, I Won’t Stop Saying 'White Supremacy'" by Robin DiAngelo

Article on the ways white supremacy captures the all-encompassing centrality and assumed superiority of people defined and perceived as white. Read here >

"White Supremacy and Trump Cannot Have Our People" by Chris Crass

Article on the differences between middle-class and working-class orientations to the work of ending racism. Read here >

Read (Long Form)

Readings that are 5 minutes or longer.

"An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States" by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples. Learn more >

"The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness" by Michelle Alexander

Civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander examines how Jim Crow laws morphed into a racist system of mass incarceration. Learn more >

"Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing" by Dr. Joy DeGruy

An exploration of the ongoing impact of slavery on African Americans in the United States and throughout the diaspora. Based on twelve years of qualitative and quantitative research, Dr. DeGruy shows how intergenerational trauma, continuing oppression, internalized racism, and other factors combine to create Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome. Learn more >

"Dismantling Racism: A Resource Book for Social Change Groups" by the Western States Center

Contents include:

  • The Context of Dismantling Racism Work

  • Developing Shared Language and Analysis

  • From Internalized Racist Oppression to Empowement

  • From Internalized White Supremacy to Anti-Racist White Ally

  • Anti-Racist Organizational Development

  • Moving Racial Justice Organizing

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Listen (Podcasts)

A selection of foundational podcasts on racism and white supremacy.

Slate Academy Podcast: "The History of American Slavery"

America's defining institution, as told through the lives of nine enslaved people. Enroll in the college course you wish you'd taken, learning from acclaimed historians and writers, alongside Slate's Jamelle Bouie and Rebecca Onion. Learn more >

Slate Academy Podcast: "Reconstruction"

The era of Reconstruction that followed the Civil War was our best chance to build an American democracy grounded in racial equality. Its failure helps explain why race, “states’ rights,” and the legacy of the Confederacy remain central themes in our politics today. Learn more >

"Seeing White" Podcast series

Just what is going on with white people? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for? Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions. Learn more >

Watch (Films)

A selection of movies available online through various streaming apps (culled from NPR).

The U.S. imprisons more people than any other country in the world, and a third of U.S. prisoners are black. In this infuriating documentary, director Ava DuVernay argues that mass incarceration, Jim Crow and slavery are "the three major racialized systems of control adopted in the United States to date."

Narrated by the words of James Baldwin with the voice of Samuel L. Jackson, I Am Not Your Negro connects the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter. Although Baldwin died nearly 30 years before the film's release, his observations about racial conflict are as incisive today as they were when he made them.

In this two-part series, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. chronicles the last 50 years of black history through a personal lens. Released days after the 2016 election, some themes of the documentary took on a deeper meaning amid Donald Trump's win. "Think of the civil rights movement to the present as a second Reconstruction — a 50-year Reconstruction — that ended last night," Gates said in an interview with Salon.

Resources for Children

How to talk to children about race and social justice.

"Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice" from the Oakland Library

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"#RaiseUpJustice Diverse Books Starter Kit" by SURJ National

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SURJ Bay Area Youth and Families Resource List 2020

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