Resources for Parenting for SJ

About Inequality and Economic Justice

Definitions, Tools, Research
  1. Economic Policy Institute
  2. United for a Fair Economy
  3. Center for Popular Economics 
  4. Class Action
  5. A blog, podcast and website with good info about poverty – Talk Poverty
  6. Play the game Spent to get a feel for what it is like to be living in poverty
  7. Must listen  Podcast on Poverty Myths in America
  8. Livable Wage in 2015, according to State of VT Basic Needs Budget and the Livable Wage (2015) is $80,000 for a family of 4.
Film clips
  1. “Wealth Inequality in America”
Must-read Books & Articles
  1. Allan Johnson
  2. PBS on why to take care of other peoples’ kids
  3. Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America. New York: Metropolitan, 2001. The best-selling book about the invisible working class.
  4. Hooks, Bell. Where We Stand: Class Matters. New York: Routledge, 2000. Hooks’ insightful narrative on the interaction of race and class and her own transition to relative privilege and security.
  5. Pittleman, Karen, and Resource Generation. Classified: How to stop hiding your privilege and use it for social change. This whole book is available for free download as a .pdf at this website!
Organizing for Change
  1. National Domestic Workers Alliance
  2. Resource Generation
  3. Fight for 15
  4. Vermont Workers Center
  5. Migrant Justice
Resources specific to talking with kids about economic justice (I will be updating this section. I had a hard time finding resources that were appropriate.)
  1. Kids Can Make a Difference
  2. Story of Solutions 

About Race, Racism and Racial Justice

Mamas, papas, caregivers – here are some excellent resources for you and your teens. Also take a look at our page for books to read with your kids.

Definitions, Tools, Research
  1. Racial Equity Tools has tools, resources, definitions.
  2. United for a Fair Economy has excellent infographics and reports which illustrate the very tangible impact of racism today. For example: Black people are 3 times as likely to be killed by police as white people.
  3. An excellent compilation of many resources by the Catholic Workers in St. Louis, MO.
Film (clips and features)
  1. Brave New Films has excellent short films which document racism today, as well as the impact of racism like mass incarceration.
  2. White Like Me by Tim Wise
  3. Race: The Power of an Illusion by California Newsreel
  4. How to talk about race by Jay Smooth (10 min)
  5. Being Muslim in America in 2016
Must-read Books
  1. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Organizing for Change
  1. Black Lives Matter This is the official website for Black Lives Matter. Read more about the principles of the movement and find out how you can support the movement.
  2. Showing Up For Racial Justice Through community organizing, mobilizing and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability.
Resources specific to parents talking with their kids about race:
  1. How to not accidentally raise a racist
  2. 100 Race Conscious Things you can say to your child to advance racial justice
  3. Meilan Carter-Gilkey details the hard conversations she has had with her 3 black sons about their safety in racist America
  4. Dispatches from Black Motherhood – by Mater Mea’s Anthonia Akitunde
  5. When Grace Lin Realized She Was Chinese
  6. How to Talk to Your Mixed Race Kids about Race
  7. How white parents should talk with their kids about race
  8. 5 Tips for talking with kids about racism
  9. A bunch of articles from Huffington Post
  10. An article from a pre-school teacher about why it’s important to start talking about difference very early – and she gives many examples of things that kids might say or do and how you can respond in a way that gives children the foundation for bias-free thinking and action.
  11. 10 tips for analyzing children’s books for racism and sexism

About Housing Justice

The Coalition on Homelessness, based in San Francisco, California, has a powerful, active Housing Justice workgroup, made up entirely of homeless and formerly homeless parents.

The Groundworks Collaborative, here in my town of Brattleboro, VT, whose tagline is ‘basic needs met withimgres dignity’. The board education has included workshops to help board members understand the root causes of poverty, and the front page of their website includes a photograph from their “Coffee and Conversations” program, which is a photography and mixed digital media exhibit that brings together two cross-sections of our community, those who are experiencing/have experienced homelessness and those who have stable housing. Their shelter includes a ‘peer advocacy’ program, empowering former residents to return to the shelter as mentors.

The Housing Justice Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to investigating mortgages, securitization, and foreclosures. They are committed to advocating alternatives to foreclosure and exposing mortgage fraud.

Photo credit to Kimberly Todd, Detroit Free Press

Photo credit to Kimberly Todd, Detroit Free Press

The National Housing Law Project whose mission is to support housing justice by increasing and preserving the supply of decent, affordable housing, improving existing housing conditions, including physical conditions and management practices, expanding and enforcing low-income tenants’ and homeowners’ rights, and increasing housing opportunities for racial and ethnic minorities.


Neighborhood Funders Group has launched the Working Group on Housing Justice and Community Transformation, which intends to convene and organize funders, advocates, practitioners, policymakers, and thought leaders in support of more inclusive and equitable communities of opportunity.  The Working Group uses a “housing justice” frame to emphasize the way in which housing and finance policy shape broader patterns of spatial, racial and economic inequality in the U.S.  Rooted in a racial and economic justice framework, the Working Group will play a strategic role in shaping the field by fostering collaboration and joint learning among funders and community leaders working at the intersection of housing and community development, corporate accountability and racial justice.

About Food Justice

Personal Change:
    1. Tips for gardening with kids. And here’s a practical resource. Growing food is connected to social justice because we are taking our dollars out of a food industry that harms people and the planet. When we grow food and/or buy food from people we know, we can be sure the food we are putting in our bodies isn’t harming people or the planet. This isn’t always possible because of cost and available resources, but see #2 for ways the community is supporting this change.  Remember – Jan & Feb are the perfect time to start planning your spring garden. In the northeast (USA) many things can be planted in April.
    2. Think with your kids about the foods you buy and where they come from. Use the Environmental Working Group’s guides to help you out.
Community Change:
    1. Support community gardening efforts for low-income neighborhoods, both with time and money. There are small organizations around the country engaging in this exciting work. Here’s an example from NYC.
    2. Or support a garden at your kids’ school.
    3. Donate to subsidized farm CSA shares – like NOFA’s share the harvest.
    4. Think creatively with other community members about what can be done – Starting a Community Kitchen would be super cool!
Food System Change:
    1. Appreciate the people who grow our food. Become a regular at the farmers’ market. Get to know the migrant workers in your town.
    2. Support their efforts for a fair and just food system – and You can donate, show up at rallies, volunteer in many ways.
    3. Check out this list of food justice websites around the US and world. And here’s another great list of resources for food system change.

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