Publishing@SFU in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

We stand in solidarity with protesters who are resisting anti-Black police violence. Black Lives Matter. Here are some places to donate if you have the means (h/t to @canlesbrarian for gathering these): 

Bail Funds in US states: https://www.autostraddle.com/43-bail-funds-you-can-absolutely-support-right-now/

Black Lives Matter Vancouver: https://www.gofundme.com/f/blmvan

Black Lives Matter Toronto: https://blacklivesmatter.ca/donate/

Anti-Black violence is part of the ongoing crisis of white supremacy and settler colonialism. It is our responsibility to stand against anti-Indigenous violence and to recognize how these different forms of oppression are intertwined. 

We also recognize the ongoing crisis of anti-Black racism in Canadian publishing, and would like to highlight the urgent work being done by organizers, educators, and activists who are working hard to transform this industry. Follow the work of Breathing Space Creative @BSC_AuthorCare, @cicelybelle’s https://www.cicelyblainconsulting.com/, BIPOC of Publishing in Canada @BIPOCPub, People of Color in Publishing @PocPub, and Ebonye Gussine Wilkins (https://egwmedia.com/) to learn more. 

We also recognize that, as part of Canada’s publishing community and university system, we have a responsibility to address anti-Black racism in our own practices. We commit to:

  1. Undergo anti-bias training at a faculty level; 
  2. Continuously revisit our curriculum to ensure that we are centring the legacies of colonialism and racism in Canadian publishing as well as our own institution;
  3. Encourage BIPOC enrolment in our Master of Publishing program by reducing barriers to access, including targeted funding and the discouragement of unpaid internships; 
  4. Continuing to learn about our own complicity in anti-Blackness as well as settler colonialism by reading and listening. 

To better understand the history and present of anti-Black violence in Canada as well as the strength of Black art and storytelling, we recommend: 

Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard (@policingblack), published by @fernpub

The Skin We’re In by @DesmondCole, published by @PenguinRandomCA

How She Read by Chantal Gibson, published by @caitlinpress

The Gospel of Breaking by Jillian Christmas, published by @Arsenalpulp

The Black Prairie Archives: An Anthology by @karina_vernon, published by @wlupress 

I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter by David Chariandy, published by @PenguinRandomCA

Brother by David Chariandy, published by @PenguinRandomCA

A Map to the Door of No Return by Dionne Brand, published by @PenguinRandomCa

Blank: Essays and Interviews by M. NourbeSe Philip, published by @bookhugpress 

The Hanging Of Angelique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montreal by @afuacooper, published by @HarperCollinsCa

The Outer Harbour by @WaydeCompton, published by @Arsenalpulp

George and Rue by George Elliott Clarke, published by @HarperCollinsCa

The Dyzgraphxst by @canisialu, published by @PenguinRandomCa

Dear Current Occupant by Chelene Knight (LWEstudio), published by @bookhugpress 

100 Days by Juliane Okot Bitek, published by @UAlbertaPress

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