A Moment of Silence for George Floyd
June 4, 2020
Eight minutes, 46 seconds.
In solidarity against systemic racism, here are links to resources and reading collected over the past week from friends and community in Aotearoa New Zealand and elsewhere.
Black Lives Matter, a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada “dedicated to eradicating white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.”
Authority Collective, a group of more than 200 womxn, non-binary and gender expansive people of color working in the photography, film and VR/AR industries. Their mission is to “empower marginalized artists with resources and community, and to take action against systemic and individual abuses in the world of lens-based editorial, documentary and commercial visual work.” A direct link to their anti-racism resources: Resources for Photographers and Beyond on Anti-Racism.
Donations / Actions
Emergency Release Fund (pre-trial release for LGBTQ people)
Reclaim the BlockÂ
National Bail Fund Directory
Free Black Mamas
Bail Funds/Legal Help by City
Pro Bono Reps Info and More
Minnesota Freedom FundÂ
Communities United for Police Reform
Justice for Tony McDade Petition
Justice for Breonna Taylor Petition
Justice for Regis Korchinski-Paquet Petition
Justice for Dreasjon Reed – Donation
Justice for Ahmaud Arbery
George Floyd Memorial Fund
James Scurlock Memorial Fund
Guides / Guidance
10 Steps To Non-Optical Allyship by Mireille Harper. Designed as a point of departure into deeper reading and more difficult conversations, the toolkit includes links to writers and resources including @nowhitesaviors, @laylafsaad, @rachel.cargle, @ckyourprivilege.
Me and White Supremacy A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad leads readers through a “journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on black, indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.” As Saad says: “Do the work”. Author, speaker and teacher on the topics of race, identity, leadership, personal transformation & social change, Saad unapologetically confronts the oppressive systems of white supremacy and patriarchy, while offering important teachings and tools for transforming consciousness, cultivating personal anti-racism practice and taking responsibility for our individual and collective healing.
A Guide to White Privilege by Portland, Oregon-based designer Courtney Ahn, “Keep the momentum. Keep protesting. Keep speaking up. Keep donating. Keep offering resources. Keep signing petitions. Keep contacting your public officials. Keep putting in the work.”
Race Theory, Anti-Racist Literature, and Art Theory is a growing compilation of essays, articles, scans, and interviews by Milly Cai, categorised into folders for sharing and downloading as a way to learn and educate, in working towards anti-racism:
History of Visuality
Archives and Western Gaze
Racial Formation and The Power of Visual Representation
The Culture of Sentiment—Critical Literature
Surveillance and Looking
An Anti-Racism Resource for Diasporic Communities in Aotearoa is a living resource created by Asian activists from Migrant Zine Collective and Asians Supporting Tino Rangatiratanga. Direct link to the resource here. Any questions, suggestions or edits, feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support / Connect / Work
Ngā Aho is a network of Māori and Indigenous design professionals who come together to support each other to better service the design aspirations of our Māori and indigenous communities. “ʻHe toka hāpai mai nō ngā whenua’ — our members live and work right across the motu.” Search the site to find designers, architects and artists across Aotearoa.
Black Creatives Aotearoa for creatives of African, Caribbean and/or mixed descent in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Over 200 members across the country featuring writers, poets, singers, musicians poets, film-makers, chefs, restauranteurs, creative entrepreneurs, hairdressers and more. Founded by Dione Joseph in 2018, “Creating work opportunities, sharing stories, information, and learning how we can work better as a community that is increasingly becoming more visible in Aotearoa NZ is our aim.”
Migrant Zine Collective amplifies, celebrates and shares the voices of migrants-of-colour in Aotearoa/New Zealand. “The idea kickstarted in early 2017 upon the release of GEN M (short for “Generation Migrant”), a zine collated and self-published by Helen Yeung in the hopes of celebrating her own Hong Kong-Chinese diasporic background, along with personal stories of individuals in the Auckland community. … We aim to open up a space where people-of-colour are able to discuss and unpack topics such as identity, feminism, racism, decolonisation and inequality, in a safe and accessible manner, and connect individuals through a range of zine workshops and community events.”
NUKU Women, Aotearoa, “Changing the narrative for and about kickass indigenous women. NUKU invites indigenous wahine to look at the world through a different lens, a personal lens, a cultural lens, a lens made by and made for indigenous women – mā hine, mō hine, kia hine!” NUKU relies on grants, koha, sponsorship and merchandise sales, help NUKU grow Indigenous leaders and change-makers.
Thursdays in Black, Aotearoa
Tēnei te Huri ki te Ao Tūkino Kore, ki te Ao Pāwhera Kore – Towards a World Without Rape and Violence
Black Females in Architecture, (BFA) is a London-based network and enterprise founded by Selasi Setufe, Neba Sere, Akua Danso (also Transformations: Action on Equity) and Alisha Morenike Fisher to increase the visibility of black and black mixed heritage females within architectural industry and other built environment fields. “AS CO-FOUNDERS, WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF BLACK AND MIXED HERITAGE WOMEN AND/OR NON-BINARY COMING TOGETHER TO PROVIDE EACH OTHER A SPACE TO EXPERIENCE THE CREATIVE OPPORTUNITIES AND NETWORKS THAT ARE ALL TOO OFTEN OUT OF REACH FOR WOMEN LIKE US” In so doing, BFA actively addresses issues of inequality and diversity within the industry.
Hire Black Female Creatives, a growing resource by New York art director Alena King.
Read / Subscribe / Donate / Vote
The Pantograph Punch publishes urgent and vital cultural commentary by the most exciting new voices in Aotearoa “providing a nurturing space for the next generation of writers, and in championing voices and perspectives that have historically been marginalised. What sets us apart from other platforms is our supportive editorial process, with our writers receiving feedback and mentoring as they develop their pieces. Most importantly, we are committed to honouring our obligations to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.”
Five picks from the archives:
Love Thy Trolls: What Pākehā Can Do About Online Racism
Julia Craig on what Pākehā can do to make online spaces safer for everyone else.
I’m Sick of Words Like “Diversity”, “Inclusion” and “Representation”
Julie Zhu challenges empty rhetoric in her speech at the Power of Inclusion film industry summit.
Mana Rangatahi: Young Māori on Standing with Ihumātao
Tayi Tibble: Ten rangatahi Māori on what standing with mana whenua at Ihumātao meant for them.
Old Asian, New Asian
Labour’s recent use of leaked real estate statistics have brought to the forefront a long history of anti-Asian sentiment, and it’s something we should discuss, writes K. Emma Ng.
Campaigns of Hope: Considering Quest and I Am Not Your Negro
Inequality isn’t inevitable, it’s engineered. Lana Lopesi.
E-Tangata, a not-for-profit online Sunday magazine specialising in stories that reflect the experiences of Māori and Pasifika in Aotearoa. Run by the Mana Trust, it is “dedicated to building a stronger Māori and Pacific presence in the New Zealand media. … a labour of love by a part-time team of accomplished journalists and writers who want to see, throughout the mainstream media, a more balanced and better informed reflection of New Zealand lives and issues. We’re doing our part by specialising in stories that get to the heart of what it means to be Māori or Pacific in Aotearoa.”
Read, subscribe, support: click “Become a supporter” at the bottom or top of the page.
ActionStation Aotearoa, an independent, crowdfunded, community campaigning organisation, “Our mission is to tautoko (support) and whakamana (uplift) everyday New Zealanders to act together in powerful and coordinated ways to create what we cannot achieve on our own: a society, economy and democracy that serves all of us, everyday people and Papatūānuku, the planet we love.”
Imagine a world where police help people instead of harming them — and help make it happen. Earlier this year, ActionStation commissioned Māori Mermaid to create images that show another path is possible, one based on support, care and compassion instead of guns. Now they are crowdfunding to take these powerful and important messages to the streets.
SURVEY RESULTS: Māori and Pasifika perspectives on armed police trial — these results were launched on Sunday 5 April on The Hui. View the discussion and the full episode here.
Fundraisers / Initiatives
At Printed Matter, Inc., NYC, a compilation of Black Artists and Publishers currently in stock. These works are all on consignment and the artists and publishers will receive compensation for their work. For a limited time, 100% of the funds raised through the purchase of these artworks will be donated equally between the organizations listed on the site.
At Moana Fresh, Avondale, Tāmaki Makaurau, a collaboration with artists Huriana Kopeke-Te Aho (Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou, Rongowhaata, Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Kahungunu, Fale’ula), Ahilapalapa Rands (Kanaka Maoli, Fijian, Pākehā) and Momoe Tasker (English/Samoan-Chinese) to design t-shirts with 100% of the proceeds going to the Black Lives Matter Movement. Moana Fresh supports 16 Pacific and Maori artists making a range of hot art and accessories.