Anti-racism and social justice resources for the parks and beyond

Here at the Parks Conservancy, we believe in the power of nature, public lands and the history of resistance to inspire and educate.  

Below is an ongoing list of resources that we are finding useful as we examine racism and the outdoors. If you know of other helpful books, articles, videos, or guides that you think should be added to this list, please let us know at media@parksconservancy.org

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Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Angel Island State Historic Park – California State Parks (video) 

A glimpse into Yosemite’s Chinese History (video) 

 

Recolor the Outdoors - Alex Bailey (video) 

 

Here We Stand - An #EveryoneOutside Film (video) 

 

Conservation for Whom? - Avarna Group and POST (video) 

 

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Power, Privilege, & Oppression – University of Denver (video) 

13th on Netflix – Ava Duvernay (video) 

Black Lives Matter—here at the Parks Conservancy, on our public lands and across the nation. We condemn anti-Black racism. Read our full statement in support of Black lives. 

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The recent escalation in anti-Asian violence, hate crimes, and harassment is a tragedy and threat in the parks and everywhere. The nonprofit Stop AAPI Hate received 3,795 reports of anti-Asian hate incidents from March 2020-February 2021, the largest number of which were reported from California.  

At the Parks Conservancy we believe in examining our history to learn from it, and we acknowledge the parks have been sites of racism against Asian Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities over time. We look to a future where parks can be catalysts for change and a safe refuge for all—and this will require action from all. 

Here are resources that provide knowledge and ways to act against anti-Asian violence: 

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Asian Americans - PBS (docuseries) 

Talking to Kids about Asian American Identity & Racism - Immigrant History Initiative (video)

Pandemic and Acts of Hate Against Asian Americans: From Past to Present – National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (video) 

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Breaking Down Privilege - Chescaleigh (video) 

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Seeing White – Scene On Radio (podcast) 

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White Men: Time To Discover Your Cultural Blind Spots – Michael Welp, TEDxTalks (video) 

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Five Tips To Be An Ally – Chescaleigh (video) 

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Brené Brown with Ibram X. Kendi On How To Be Antiracist – Unlocking Us (podcast) 

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