We love AORTA! Check them out! Better yet, hire them for consulting or workshops in your community!
AORTA is a worker-owned cooperative devoted to strengthening movements for social justice and a solidarity economy. We work as consultants and facilitators to expand the capacity of cooperative, collective, and community based projects through education, training, and planning. We base our work on an intersectional approach to liberation because we believe that true change requires uprooting all systems of oppression.
Helpful Readings from AORTA:
*For your perusal and printing, remember to get AORTA’s consent before distributing*
On recognizing oppression (good beginner’s guide!)
2006 UC Davis Reorientation Guide
A guide to what it’s REALLY like to experience UC Davis.
Check out the Icarus Project
Get yourself some free learnin’!
The Development Without Displacement Report, on resisting gentrification by Causa Justa in the Bay Area
This American Life: House Rules. 11/22/2013. Great show on racial discrimination in housing in the US, historical and today
Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice by Jessica Gordon Nembhard. Book that dispels the myths that co-op history is white dominated, or that People of Color have not been participating in co-ops.
On sobriety as accessibility, particular to queer/non-normative spaces
And here’s a Tumblr page on the theme of Queer Sobriety Support
On intoxication culture and sobriety as an accessibility issue, especially in queer spaces
Additional Social Justice Resources
The Problem with Privilege by Andrea Smith
White Supremacy Culture by Tema Okun
Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
White Fragility Is Racial Violence by Amelia Shroyer
28 Common Racist Attitudes and Behaviors by Debra Leigh
Calling In: A Quick Guide on When and How by Sian Ferguson
Calling IN: A Less Disposable Way of Holding Each Other Accountable by Editors of Black Girl Dangerous