How to Communicate our Values in Political Advocacy

 

Below you will find a selection of readings handpicked by historian, activist, and Session One speaker, Timothy McCarthy.  While not required, these readings will help prepare you to understand the value-based and identity-driven lessons of Session One.


All of the readings have been selected by the session’s speaker and do not reflect policy positions of the Resistance School.


Session One Reading Highlights

Students for a Democratic Society, Port Huron Statement (1962):
http://coursesa.matrix.msu.edu/~hst306/documents/huron.html

Black Lives Matter, "A Vision for Black Lives" (2014/15):
https://policy.m4bl.org/

Women's March on Washington, "Mission and Vision" (2016/17):
https://www.womensmarch.com/mission/


Full Session One Syllabus

 

National Addresses and Speeches

Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address (1865):
https://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?doc=38

Frederick Douglass, Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln (1876):
http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/oration-in-memory-of-abraham-lincoln/

Ida B. Wells-Barnett, "Lynch Law in America" (1900):
http://www.blackpast.org/1900-ida-b-wells-lynch-law-america

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, "Four Freedoms" Speech (1941):
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/fdrthefourfreedoms.htm

Martin Luther King, Jr., March on Washington Address (1963):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0yP4aLyq1g

Malcolm X, "Ballot or the Bullet" Speech (1964):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oVW3HfzXkg

 

Foundational Documents

Declaration of Independence (1776):

http://www.ushistory.org/DECLARATION/document/

U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights (1789/91):
https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution-transcript

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948):
http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html

 

Manifestos and Mission Statements

Thomas Skidmore, "The Rights of Man to Property" (1829):
http://www.ditext.com/skidmore/property.html

American Anti-Slavery Society Manifesto (1833):
http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/manifesto/

Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions (1848):
http://ecssba.rutgers.edu/docs/seneca.html

Students for a Democratic Society, Port Huron Statement (1962):
http://coursesa.matrix.msu.edu/~hst306/documents/huron.html

Black Lives Matter, "A Vision for Black Lives" (2014/15):
https://policy.m4bl.org/

Women's March on Washington, "Mission and Vision" (2016/17):
https://www.womensmarch.com/mission/

 

Articles

Kimberle Crenshaw, "Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color," Stanford Law Review (1993):
http://socialdifference.columbia.edu/files/socialdiff/projects/Article__Mapping_the_Margins_by_Kimblere_Crenshaw.pdf

Timothy Patrick McCarthy and John McMillian, "America's Radical Roots," The Nation (2010):
https://www.thenation.com/article/americas-radical-roots/

Sa'ed Atshan and Darnell L. Moore, "Reciprocal Solidarity: Where the Black and Palestinian Queer Struggles Meet," Biography (2014):
https://muse.jhu.edu/article/576918/pdf