Local Actions to Support Separated Immigrant Families 7/26-8/19

July 23-29

Public Awareness Campaign: What’s at the end of the line?

Various light rail stations around Seattle

Contact NWDC Resistance for more info.

The fundamental inhumanity of the detention system has been highlighted over and over again in recent weeks, with thousands of people gathering nationwide to call for the abolition of ICE. Still, many people remain unaware that detention and deportation are happening right here right now – in Seattle, in SeaTac, in Tacoma. 
The SeaTac Prison is blocks away from Angle Lake station. We’re launching a public awareness campaign to make sure that every person who rides the light rail knows what’s happening at the end of the line. The week of July 23-29, we’ll be gathering at light rail stations to talk to riders about why all forms of detention need to end NOW.
Sponsored by Northwest Detention Center Resistance/Resistancia al NWDC

 

Thursday July 26

Domestic Workers Demand STOP to Zero Tolerance and Family Detention

8:00am-11:00am

1000 2nd Ave. Seattle

Domestic workers, house cleaners, parents, teachers and community leaders unite to denounce the inhumane mistreatment of children separated from their families by ICE because of the “Zero Humanity” and family detention policies implemented by the Trump administration. Many of us are immigrants and mothers. We know the pain and worry that occurs when we are separated from our own families. We can’t imagine what it would be like to raise our children in jail or to be forcefully separated from them. No child should experience this trauma, mistreatment, and fear. It’s our duty to denounce such treatment, and that’s exactly what we’ll do on July 26 when we rally outside the ICE offices in downtown Seattle. The rally will include special speakers Roy Sokale, Farin Houk, and Isabel Quijano, immigrant mothers and workers who demand an end to family separation.

Seattle will not be complicit! We invite any person opposed to family detention, separation of families, Zero Tolerance and all inhumane immigration policies to stand with us as we share our demand: STOP Zero Tolerance and family detention!

Sponsored by CASA Latina and WA Immigrant Solidarity Network/Red de Solidaridad de Inmigrantes en WA.

 

Sunday July 29

Solidarity Day at SeaTac Prison

1200pm

Federal Detention Center, SeaTac

Hundreds of you joined us at SeaTac Federal Prison last month to oppose the detention of 200+ immigrant parents who were separated from their children at the border. The fundamental inhumanity of the detention system has been highlighted over and over again in recent weeks, with thousands of people gathering nationwide to call for the abolition of ICE. On July 29, we’ll be back at SeaTac to keep pushing for an end to all forms of detention. You’ll hear from formerly detained people and people with family in detention. Bring signs and come ready to shout!

Sponsored by Northwest Detention Center Resistance/Resistancia al NWDC.

 

Monday July 30

Summer Dignity Vigil-H2A Summer Edition

11:30am-1:30pm

205 E Magnolia St, Bellingham

Every Monday during the summer, we are meeting at the WTA Bus Station on Railroad Ave. and Magnolia. This summer location is a meeting point for those who are looking to express their outrage: about the child separation issue, about injustice against farm workers, and about an absence of necessary protections for undocumented and immigrant folks.
Berry season is upon us in this berry center for the nation. Farm workers will be out in the fields doing the arduous and valuable labor of bringing that bounty to our tables. We will be out passing flyers and letting the summer downtown crowd know that laborer’s well-being and a farm worker’s life is worth more than a civil infraction ticket and a $36,500 fine. We will continue to stand in solidarity with undocumented and immigrant families and people. In addition, we come together to stand against law enforcement and federal immigration collaboration which leads to deportation.
We are not giving up on a true Sanctuary City Ordinance with civilian oversight and accountability built into it! 
We are showing up. Again and Again. Every Monday. And, City Hall? We’ll be back!
This event is held in an outdoor venue which is wheelchair accessible. 

Sponsored by Keep Bellingham Families Working.

 

Sunday August 5th

March Por La Dignitad/Farm Worker March for Dignity

5:15am- 5:00pm

Mom’s Bar & Grill 8874 Bender Rd

Lynden, WA- with shuttles available.
Join farm worker leaders from Community to Community (C2C) in an historic march in rural Whatcom County. The march starts in Lynden at sunrise , typical starting time in the fields for farmworkers.
Join us anytime between 5:15am and 5:30am at parking lot of Mom’s Bar and Grill for sunrise ceremony. There will be hot coffee and chorizo burritos, donations accepted.
We will be joined by the National Farm Worker Ministry and local Faith Community leaders as well as worker leaders from the National Food Chain Workers Alliance, WA State Labor Council, Re-sources for Sustainable Communities and leaders from the environmental movement.
We invite our friends, supporters and allies to accompany us. We will begin with a sunrise ceremony at Mom’s Bar and Grill, 8874 Bender Rd in Lynden and march from there. 
This will be a day long reflection on a day in the life of a farm worker; from the time they start work until their day ends. Walk with us on country roads that border Canada and acres of raspberry and blueberry fields where the fresh berries that are stocked on your grocery shelves are harvested. See the heart of the local agricultural economy and reflect on climate change, our local food system, community building and labor issues in Whatcom County from a farm worker perspective.
We will end at Camp Zapata with a vigil, food and celebration, speakers, and music. 
The entire march is 12 miles, the average number of hours a farm worker is in the fields during peak season – there will be 2 additional starting points for those that cannot start with us at 5:15 am – with shuttles available. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION COMING SOON
To Volunteer, donate funds or sign up for a potluck dish e-mail us at c2clogistics@foodjustice.org

Sponsored by Community to Community (C2C).

 

Sunday August 12

Monthly Solidarity Day

1:30pm

Northwest Detention Center 1623 E. J St. Tacoma

Last week, over 170 people detained at NWDC went on hunger strike to show solidarity with immigrant parents separated from their children at the border and to draw attention to the abysmal conditions under which they’re being held. During the most recent hunger strike, as always, we worked to amplify the voices of people in detention and pressured GEO to fulfill their demands. On August 12, we’ll be back at NWDC for our monthly solidarity day – showing folks inside and their loved ones outside that we’re with them until the system crumbles.

Sponsored by Northwest Detention Center Resistance.

 

Tuesday August 14

Cabaret of Evil: fundraiser for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

7:30pm-1:30pm

Substation 645 NW 45th St. Seattle

This month’s Cabaret of Evil further seeks to undermine our illustrious local (and national) government ICE agents in their efforts to protect children by keeping them in cages, separated from their families and forbidden any human contact. Join Seattle Super Villainess Morgue Anne and her cabaret of Mischievous Miscreants as they raise money for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project the only way they know how – with a good old-fashioned strip tease. 

Sponsored by Seattle Super Villainess Morgue and the Mischievous Miscreants.

 

Wednesday August 15th

Kent Rapid Response Training

2:00pm -4:00pm

World Relief Seattle 841 Central Ave. N. Set C-106 Kent, WA

The Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network is partnering with World Relief to host a rapid response training in Kent, WA on August 15th. Now more than ever, it is crucial for us to step up and defend our immigrant and refugee communities. The training will cover how to interact with ICE agents in the workplace and home. Additionally, individuals will learn how to document ICE activity, and be a part of a rapid response team. Join us to ensure you know your rights and can help protect your family and neighbors. All are welcome!

Sponsored by the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network & World Relief

 

Friday August 17th

Coming to Shore: A Fundraiser for KIND & ASAP.

6:00-9:00pm

Re-Bar Seattle 1114 Howell St. Seattle

Coming to Shore is a community-organized fundraiser by local artists, performers, activists, and volunteers coming together to help our immigrant neighbors in this time of crisis. Like many of you, we are angered and hurt by our government’s treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers. Separation and indefinite incarceration of families are wrong. Instead of shying away from the news, we want to do something to help!

Coming to Shore will feature sea & shore-themed burlesque performances and more to be announced. We will also have a silent auction featuring gift cards, items from your favorite local businesses and even more. 

100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser will be donated to the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) (https://asap.urbanjustice.org/) & Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) (https://supportkind.org/). Proceeds include sales from entry ticket sales, raffle tickets sales, and winning silent auction bids.
**If you have any questions or If you are a performer or if would like to donate something to our silent auction, please contact us with details at comingtoshore@gmail.com.**

Sponsored by Re-Bar Seattle and various individuals

 

Sunday August 19th

Clínica Gratuita de Inmigración/ Free Immigration Clinic

10:30am-3::00pm

Rainbow Center 2215 Pacific Ave. Tacoma WA

Know your rights. Family preparation. DACA renewal assistance. Free legal advice. No appointment needed. Families welcome. Email: Karen@Rainbowcntr.Org   Telephone: (253) 383-2978
Sponsored by Colectiva Legal del Pueblo and Tacoma Rainbow Center

June Immigration Actions

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Local Level Actions

Regional Level Actions

National Level Actions

 

 

 

Gun Reform Actions

This post will be updated.

Youth/School Actions and Groups

District Wide Walkout for Gun Law Reform

Wed Feb 21st, 11:22 at Bellingham High Schools and Middle Schools, then students will meet at City Hall at 12:00 for the community to join in.

Organized by: Local high school students in Bellingham #studentsforaction.

On Wednesday February 21st at 11:22 am we invite students, families, and teachers to participate in an district wide walk out for gun law reform. At 11:22am, we will all get up and walk out of class.
SQHS: walk to the common area where lunch is where we will hold a ceremony to speak about the victims of the Florida school shooting.
SHS: meet in the student lounge for a 30 minute ceremony
BHS and Options: meet in the BHS commons for a 30 minute ceremony
AFTER THE CEREMONY: head to City Hall to march at noon.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1887594601530605/ (Note: this Facebook event is for the community to support the students.)

 

Teachers Take Action Against Gun Violence

Tues March 6th

Organized by Teachers Take Action Against Gun Violence: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersTakeAction/

Open to teachers, students, parents, and ANYONE ELSE who cares about a teacher or a student!

Teachers are starting to mobilize as a force to protect our schools, because apparently no one else is going to do it. We’re planning a lobby day, targeted legislative outreach, and teacher prep mobilization blitz for March 6, with the purpose of planning the lesson, scaffolds, outcomes, and more to help our students as they organize to demand gun control NOW on March 14 and April 20, while also organizing teachers wherever we can to take action and go to their state capitals as well.

No known local contact/organizer so far.

 

ENOUGH: National School Walkout

Wed March 14th, 10:00 am 

Organized by Women’s March Youth Empower: https://www.womensmarch.com/empower/

https://www.womensmarch.com/enough

Women’s March Youth EMPOWER is calling for students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in a #NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes at 10am across every time zone on March 14, 2018 to protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods.

WWU

Whatcom Community College

Mount Baker High School

Orcas Island High School

Sedro Woolley High School

 

March for Our Lives

Sat March 24th, in Washington, D.C. with sister marches nationwide

Organized by March for Our Lives: https://www.marchforourlives.com/ 

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.

Bellingham: https://www.facebook.com/events/218714885356746/

Bellingham organizers: https://www.facebook.com/BellinghamMarchForOurLives/

Blaine:http://act.everytown.org/event/march-our-lives-events/9543/signup/?source=&akid=s245206..kJIwnk&zip=

 

National School Walkout

Fri April 20th, 10:00 am

Organized by National School Walkout: http://act.indivisible.org/event/national-school-walkout/

On the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, walk out of school, wear orange and protest online and in your communities.

No knowl local contact/organizer so far.

 

Teachers, Parents, Students and Allies for Gun Reform NOW

Facebook group intended to mobilize people ready for action intended to produce real gun reform. Run by local folks.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/GunReformNOW/

 

Whatcom County Students Against Gun Violence

Local Facebook page for students, teachers, and families that are tired of the gun violence, and want to make a change.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/WCSAGV

 

Students for Action

Students For Action is an organization with student safety in mind, and is led and created by students of the four high schools in Bellingham, Washington.

https://www.facebook.com/Students4Action/

https://www.instagram.com/studentsforaction/

 

WWU Students Against Gun Violence

WWU Students against Gun Violence is a student-led organization committed to action that brings change to ensure the safety of students on campus – here and across the country. This page is a place for students, faculty, staff and all members of the Western community to communicate, plan and share action opportunities with each other.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WWUStudentsAgainstGunViolence

Other Groups

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Moms Demand Action is a program of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country, with more than 1.5 million grassroots supporters

New Member Meet and Greet Sat February 24th, 10:30 in Bellingham.

https://www.facebook.com/events/326049207884967/

Moms Demand Action Skagit County

Moms Demand Action WA

 

Everytown for Gun Safety

Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.

https://everytown.org

Petition: Tell streaming services: Stop the NRA from spreading its hateful rhetoric and DUMP NRATV!

 

Alliance for Gun Responsiblity

The Alliance for Gun Responsibility is a nonprofit that works to end the gun violence crisis in our state. We work on gun responsibility issues, policy and programs in communities across Washington. Gun violence prevention is a priority for Washingtonians and we are proud to be a driver of meaningful change in our state.

https://gunresponsibility.org

Action: Join Students to Take OLYMPIA on Tuesday March 6th at 10:15am to help our final push for the School and Community Safety Bill SB-6620

 

Grandmothers Against Gun Violence

Grandmothers Against Gun Violence works collaboratively with other groups to reduce gun violence and remedy the complex societal factors that contribute to a culture of gun violence.

http://www.grandmothersagainstgunviolence.org/

 

Drain the NRA

Drain The NRA is a  grassroots movement that  combats  the gun lobby’s stranglehold on Congress  by boycotting and divesting from the gun industry and its corporate partners, while shining a light on those politicians who value the NRA’s financial contributions over the lives of their own constituents.

https://www.drainthenra.com/

 

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025.

http://www.bradycampaign.org/

 

Moms for Gun Reform PostCard Campaign

Moms demand common sense gun control to ensure no more children are executed at school. Join us in our non-partisan post card campaign to our elected officials to let them know that the NRA does not speak for us and we demand that our voices are heard.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/154228091952177/

 

Current Pending Legislation

WA State

SB5992 – Concerning bump-fire stocks. Bans the sale, manufacture, and possession of bump-stocks, which are trigger-modifications.

Status – 2/27/18 PASSED both chambers

How did your legislators vote?

Roll call 40th LD

  • 1/25/18 Senator Kevin Ranker – yea
  • 2/23/18 Representative Christine Lytton – yea
  • Representative Jeff Morris – yea
  • 2/27/18 Final Senate vote with House amendments – Senator Ranker – yea

Roll call 42nd LD

  • 1/25/18 Senator Doug Ericksen – nay
  • 2/23/18 Representative Vincent Buys – nay
  • Representative LuAnne Van Werven – nay
  • 2/27/18 Final senate vote with House amendments – Senator Ericksen – yea

 

SB5553 – Preventing suicide by permitting the voluntary waiver of firearm rights for persons vulnerable due to suicide or other danger to self or others.

Status – 2/23/18 PASSED both chambers

How did your legislators vote?

Roll call 40th LD

  • 1/24/18 Senator Kevin Ranker – yea
  • 2/23/18 Representative Christine Lytton – yea
  • Representative Jeff Morris – yea

Roll call 42nd LD

  • 1/24/18 Senator Doug Ericksen – yea
  • 2/23/18 Representative Vincent Buys – nay
  • Representative LuAnne Van Werven – nay

 

SB5444 – Concerning enhanced background checks and licensure for assault weapons and large capacity magazines.

Status – IN COMMITTEE This measure has been revived by the Senate Ways & Means Committee as part of a larger package of school safety measures in SB6620.

 

SB6620 – Improving security in schools and the safety of students. This is a package of measures, including those proposed in SB5444. In addition, it would:

  • Prohibit the sale or transfer of a semiautomatic rifle or shotgun with tactical features unless both a federal and a state background check have been completed through law enforcement.
  • Prohibit a person under the age of twenty-one from purchasing a semiautomatic rifle or shotgun with tactical features.
  • Establish a grant program through the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for school districts to implement emergency response systems to expedite the response and arrival of law enforcement in the event of a threat or emergency at a school.
  • Create the Students Protecting Students program within the Office of the Attorney General (AGO) to provide an anonymous way that students and the community can report unsafe, potentially harmful, dangerous, violent, or criminal activities or the threat of those activities.

Status – IN COMMITTEE (Rules). First read on 2/23/18.

National

HR 38 – Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. This would greatly weaken state laws on concealed weapon, mandating reciprocity of permits among states. If passed, a Washington resident who could not pass a background check under our state law could obtain a concealed weapons permit from another state with lax or no background check.

Status – PASSED THE HOUSE. May be taken up by Senate this spring.

How did your Representatives vote?

Roll Call 1st District

  • 12/6/17 Representative Suzan Del Bene – nay

Roll Call 2nd District

  • 12/6/17 Representative Rick Larsen – nay

(Thanks to League of Women Voters Washington State for the great summary on their site.)

 

Recommended Actions for the Week of 20170529

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Local Level Actions

National Level Actions / Other

From the Calendar

Every Monday: Attend a vigil hosted by C2C between 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m. This week will be a bit different because City Hall will be closed for Memorial Day. We will meet at City Hall like normal and then march over to the Police Station. Show the powers that be that you stand by our undocumented workers and anyone else running afoul of ICE. Let the officials know it’s not alright to tear families apart!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 5:30-8:30p.m.: Meet the candidates for Whatcom County Council and Bellingham City Council and provide feedback to the political committee for the Sierra Club Mt. Baker Group. The event is being held at YWCA, 1026 N Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225. Social hour will start at 5:30p.m. (bring an appetizer to share if you wish) and the program starts at 6:15p.m. Please visit the Riveters Collective calendar or Facebook to learn more.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017, from 6:30-8:00p.m.: Come and learn how you can help Riveters Collective Earth Team plan and promote environment-related action.  We shall meet at Bellingham Public Market, 1530 Cornwall Ave., in the conference room (near Film is Truth).

Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 9:00-11:00a.m.: Come join the UterRun Fun Walk or Run. All proceeds go to benefit the Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood. Please visit Facebook for tickets.

Step Three to Taking Action

Now you are informed and ready- time to act! Your best two tactics are your money and your time. Let’s talk $$.

Photo by Newton Free Library on flickr. Used under Creative Commons license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

First, donations.

There are a bajillion organizations working to do good. Many run on donations. It can be hard to figure out who to donate to. What do you care about? Which organizations are legit? How much money? How often? What about local groups vs. national organizations?

Narrow it down
This might be difficult. Many of us care about all of it- the environment, women’s rights, healthcare, LGBTQ rights, etc. Try picking your top three issues and start with those. Maybe even make a calendar where you focus on different issues each month or quarter.
This is a good list of ideas (check the comments, too): http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-wo…

Find legitimate organizations
Charity Navigator is a great tool to help you decide who will use your donation effectively.

Every bit helps
If you only have a few bucks to spare and are wondering if it’s even worth donating that much, know that it DOES HELP. We are working on a scale of millions of people making donations. A buck or two adds up.

If you can swing an automatic monthly donation, go for it.

Think globally, act locally (and nationally and globally)
Don’t forget about your hometown organizations. You can often have the most impact with these small fish. Use our Civic Tithing tool to help find local organizations and set up monthly donations. Also, Charity Navigator has a rich search function, including a way to look for local charities: https://www.charitynavigator.org/in…

 

It’s also time to boycott

You can also make a difference with your everyday spending habits.

Anti-Trump
You can choose to spend your money at places that do not support Trump or his family’s businesses. Shannon Coulter started the #grabyourwallet boycott in late October. Here is the current list of business to boycott, scripts to use to tell them why you’re boycotting, and alternative businesses to use instead: https://grabyourwallet.org/

Pro-justice
You can also sign up to participate in the Injustice Boycott, which began last December. This boycott is about preventing police brutality and racial injustice.
Do you know of any other current boycotts?

That’s your first action: donate and spend wisely. Next up, how to use your time to make a difference.

Missed step two? Read it here.

Ready for step four? Read it here.

Take action:

Civic Tithing

Civic tithing can stabilize funding for our local organizations in an uncertain economic future. And that future will arrive on January 20. From the Old English for “one-tenth”, tithing has traditionally meant giving part of one’s income to a church or government. In civic tithing, we take the routine giving concept and apply it to civic and community organizations in Whatcom County. Together, our group could improve and stabilize the financial outlook for organizations serving our community in 2017.

First, decide how much of your income you could part with on a monthly or yearly basis, whether 0.1% or 10%. Take the annual cost and divide by 12. Then set up monthly donations to an organization in that amount.

To help you identify organizations, a few Riveters Collective members curated this list for us. Improvements to this list and tool are coming, but we’re pushing this in draft form so you can start using it now. You can search by topic; that’s pretty much the only bell or whistle.

Please note: As always, we welcome your constructive feedback (especially if it is packaged with an offer of help in improving the online accessibility of this list)!

Take action:
How much $/month are you pledging to donate to these groups? Enter the monthly total in the box. Your response is ANONYMOUS and will help Pantsuit Bellingham demonstrate our people power!

Womxn’s Marches – Bellingham, Seattle, DC


We’re getting a lot of questions about the Women’s Marches.  Here are links to information for marches in Bellingham, Seattle and DC.

Womxn’s March on Washington – Bellingham

Event Information
Website
Facebook page
Facebook event

 

Womxn’s March – Washington State – Seattle

Event Information
Website
Facebook group
Facebook event

Transportation
Our bus is full, and there are at least three buses departing from Bellingham for the march.  I will update this as I get new information.  If you don’t have a ticket and you want one, watch the Pantsuit Bellingham Facebook feed and then bus event closely, I have seen several posts selling tickets in the past couple of days.

If you purchased a bus ticket through Pantsuit Bellingham and Bellair Charters, your bus departure information:
Sunset Square Kmart parking lot at 7a.m. on 21 January 2017.
Join the Facebook Event for some pre-march pep-talking and organizing.

If you have a ticket for a bus chartered by Whatcom Democratic Women’s Club, event details can be found here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-march-charter-bus-round-trip-bellingham-tickets-30571121046

 

Women’s March on Washington – D.C.

Event Information
Website
Facebook page

 

 

Sanctuary X – A Status Report

The president-elect’s statements around deportation of undocumented people has prompted a call for bold statements from local institutions. Our Sanctuary X action team is researching what it means to be a “Sanctuary” city or institution, what institutions can and should take a position on immigration enforcement, and the current state of their policies (see our draft here).

Our Sanctuary X group is compiling answers to these questions so we can:

1. Identify opportunities for action. How do current policies compare with the goals of groups representing undocumented people – such as Western’s Blue Group and Community to Community Development?

2. Identify mechanisms for filling the gaps. How can we join the efforts of existing groups? Where efforts don’t already exist, how can we be most effective.

3. Take action to affect progress toward the identified goals.

If you have relevant information or want to work with us on supporting the human rights of undocumented people in our community, please send an email to pantsuitbellingham@gmail.com .

Diverse Books Pledge

Literature that “reflects and honors the lives of all young people” (www.weneeddiversebooks.org) is essential to creating a more just society.  Children, and the people who read to them, benefit immeasurably from both seeing themselves in books and from the opportunity to listen to and learn one another’s stories.  Currently, the experiences of people of color, people with disabilities,  and LBGTQ  people are vastly under-represented in children’s and young adult books.  Let’s help change that!

Wade Hudson, CEO of Just Us Books, an independent publisher that celebrates the diversity of Black people, history, and culture, offers a Diverse Books Pledge which provides ideas for concrete  actions to make a difference.  It begins…

To help increase the number of quality children’s books that help celebrate diversity, and to support the diverse books already available, I pledge to:  

…and goes on to outline 10 very do-able steps to take, from buying books from small presses/publishers owned by people of color, to writing on-line reviews.

Some resources to help in carrying out the Diverse Books Pledge:

Websites/Book Lists

We Need Diverse Books  – a great resource for information and inspiration, including a full page of book lists.  We Need Diverse Books is grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

Lee & Low Blog – Lee & Low: About Everyone, For Everyone, is the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the country, and also one of the few minority-owned publishers in the U.S.  Their blog highlights a variety of books and offers author interviews and educator resources.

Coretta Scott King Book Award -given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.

Pura Belpre Award -is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Mighty Girl Book Lists -Offers a huge collection of titles with filters that make for efficient searching.

50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know – an age appropriate list of titles compiled by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a study and research library.

Publishers/Small Presses

Person of Color Owned Small Presses/Publishers

Articles

The Apartheid of Children’s Literature  by Christopher Myers

Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books? by Walter Dean Myers

Equity in Publishing: What Should Editors Be Doing?  by Antonio Aiello