• Los Angeles Direct Action Network

    Principles of Anti-Oppression: Power and privilege play out in our group dynamics and we must continually struggle with how we challenge power and privilege in our practice.

  • Global Exchange

    Anti-oppression work incorporates goals such as contributing towards building multiracial social movements, creating a safer space for all voices to be heard and valued, and enabling all participants to increase their effectiveness in social justice through a collective learning process.

  • SOA Watch

    You have written extensively on feminist issues and on racial
    oppression in America, and your analyses are always thoughtful and incisive but, in terms of being an intellectual in the elitist sense of the word, does it bother you that the masses of African American women and men may, perhaps, not get a chance to know who bell hooks is; may not be reading your material that has so much to say about the struggles that they are engaged in?

  • SOA Watch

    We live in the wealthiest country in the world, but the greatest percentage of that wealth is in the hands of a tiny percentage of the population. It is environmentally and technically possible for everyone to enjoy a good standard of living if wealth were redistributed, exploitation ceased and the arms race abandoned.

  • Community Tool Box

    A recent study found that Black students who were asked to identify themselves by race when taking a standardized test consistently scored lower than other Black students who were not asked to specify their race.

  • SOA Watch

    Hidden Assumptions and Attitudes: 1. The assumption that the dominant group represents humanity as a whole: for example, that "man" refers to all people, that pink band-aids are flesh-colored.

  • SOA Watch

    Men talking over women - Men's comments being valued over women's comments - Men not sharing information with women - Men primarily being approached for ideas, info, direction, approval, etc. - Men adopting and taking credit for ideas originally put forward by women - Men doing a disproportionate share of the public work

  • Tao.ca

    Practice noticing who's in the room at meetings - how many men, how many women, how many white people, how many people of color, is it majority heterosexual, are there out queers, what are people's class backgrounds. Don't assume to know people, but also work at being more aware.

  • Ricky Sherover-Marcuse

    Because racism is both institutional and attitudinal, effective strategies against it must recognize this dual character. The undoing of institutionalized racism must be accompanied by the unlearning of racist attitudes and beliefs.

  • Common Cause Ottawa

    Over the course of the last several decades, anti-oppression politics have risen to a position of immense influence on activist discourse in North America. Anti-oppression workshops and reading groups, privilege and oppression checklists and guidelines, and countless books, online blogs and articles make regular appearances in anarchist organizing and discussion. Enjoying a relatively hegemonic position in Left conversation, anti-oppression politics have come to occupy the position of a sacred object—something that expresses and reinforces particular values, but does not easily lend itself to critical reflection.

  • Escalating Identity

    This pamphlet – written collaboratively by a group of people of color, women, and queers – is offered in deep solidarity and in the spirit of conversation with anyone committed to ending oppression and exploitation materially. It is a critique of how privilege theory and cultural essentialism have incapacitated antiracist, feminist, and queer organizing in this country by confusing identity categories with solidarity