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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 facilitating meetings
On combating cultural appropriation
On recognizing oppression
(good beginner's guide!)
How oppressive practices can manifest on our communities
2006 UC Davis Reorientation Guide
to what it's REALLY like to experience UC Davis.
Check out the Icarus Project
On anti-oppressive psychology
Get yourself some free learnin'!
The Sins Invalid Project
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
Essays by Clementine Morgan: "Community, Accessibility, and Sober Spaces"
& "Drinking The Glue That Holds Us Together"
for the zine "Filling the Void: Interviews about Quitting Drinking and Using." This zine is available for loan through the SCHA Coordinator
, or can be purchased here
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
List of Conflict Mediators within SCHA
NASCO Conflict Resolution Video
Conflict Resolution Skill Development
SCHA Conflict Resolution Assessment Survey
Additional Social Justice Resources
The Problem with Privilege
by Andrea Smith
Infiltration: How the Values of Oppressive Systems Tend to Arise in Co-ops (And What we Can Do About It)
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