⬛ Black Lives Matter⬛ Selections on systemic racism⬛ Jared Seide’s recommended reading⬛ Lambda Literary Awards⬛ Upcoming Readers Write submission deadlines
|We grieve for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, David McAtee, and James Scurlock — only the most recent and visible Black lives lost to violence, often at the hands of police. We stand in solidarity with protesters all over the world marching in their names. Both on and off the page, The Sun supports the cause of social justice. If you’re able, please consider joining us in contributing to those working to end systemic racism, inequality, and police brutality. A list of organizations we support is included in the full statement on our website.As an organization whose staff is predominantly white, especially one in a homogeneous publishing industry, we have much work to do. We are committed to understanding our privilege and overcoming our implicit biases, and we welcome feedback that makes us better allies to marginalized voices, particularly Black and brown ones.|
|⬛ FEATURED SELECTIONS|
|We’ve gathered selections from The Sun’s archive that examine white supremacy, systemic racism, mass incarceration, police brutality, and other related issues. They are all freely available for anyone to read and share. We will highlight more from our archive in the coming days.|
|We Will Be Seen|
Tressie McMillan Cottom on Confronting Racism, Sexism, and Classismby Mark Leviton | February 2020
“The way racism often works is to simply transmute the definitions of words: if you somehow manage to meet the standard, we’ll just revise it so you don’t. . . .
White supremacy is defending inherited privilege and resources and the ability to pass them on. Until you disrupt that, I don’t know that we can change the economic base of culture and community.”
|To Protect and to Serve?|
Alex S. Vitale on the Overpolicing of America
by Mark Leviton | September 2019
“It’s a mistake to think of each episode of police misconduct as an isolated incident that might have gone another way if different officers had been involved. It’s not about individuals. The problem is a political imperative toward overpolicing.”
|⬛ RECOMMENDED READING|
|In our June 2020 interview, “The Power of Story,” Jared Seide discusses how listening to each other can restore our humanity. Seide, the executive director of Center for Council, often works with people in difficult settings — such as Hutus and Tutsis seeking restorative healing after the genocide in Rwanda, activists and police in California communities, and incarcerated people and correctional officers in state prisons. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, he is finding ways for people to maintain meaningful connections in a time of social distancing. For readers interested in learning more, he offers this reading list of essential books on navigating vulnerability, working with compassion, and the power of listening from the heart.|
|Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet|
by Joan Halifax
Halifax is a brilliant teacher who has written about cultivating compassion in great depth. This insightful book invites us to sit courageously with all that confronts us, and really discern how best to serve. I’ve found this to be a powerful and foundational practice.
|The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace|
by John Paul Lederach
Lederach writes about the need to envision a world where the well-being of our grandchildren is profoundly connected to the well-being of our adversaries’ grandchildren. He explores the notion of “critical yeast” — how small acts of compassion by a committed few can have enormous impact.
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador: http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc
The prequel to SLIES titled “Crimes & Impunity in New Orleans” will be out in September. Shelly goes to New Orleans to prepare for going to ES, but when she encounters sexism, racism & illegal activities by government agents, she begins to question whether she is the right person for this opportunity.