Museums Association: Julie’s Bicycle launches climate justice hub

Museums Association: Julie’s Bicycle launches climate justice hub. “A free online library of climate justice resources has been launched to support organisations such as museums that want to understand the systemic causes of the climate crisis and how it intersects with issues of social, economic and environmental injustice. The Creative Climate Justice Hub, which has been created by the climate action non-profit Julie’s Bicycle, will also examine how arts and culture are responding creatively to the environmental emergency.”

Grist: The little-known open-source community behind the government’s new environmental justice tool

Grist: The little-known open-source community behind the government’s new environmental justice tool. “In February, the White House published a beta version of its new environmental justice screening tool, a pivotal step toward achieving the administration’s climate and equity goals…. But this new screening tool is not only essential to environmental justice goals. It’s also a pioneering experiment in open governance. Since last May, the software development for the tool has been open source, meaning it was in the public domain — even while it was a work in progress.”

Indiana University: Digital timeline tracks ‘Making and Unmaking of Black Wealth’ to aid racial justice conversations

Indiana University: Digital timeline tracks ‘Making and Unmaking of Black Wealth’ to aid racial justice conversations. ‘Land, Wealth, Liberation: The Making and Unmaking of Black Wealth in the United States’ is an interactive timeline with photos, videos, historical information and resources for educators covering 1820 to 2020. The project explores the ways African Americans in the U.S. have produced wealth, and the factors that have affected their ability to build and maintain wealth and access economic opportunities.”

Financial Planning: A Quaker immigration divestment list and the growing scope of ESG data

Financial Planning: A Quaker immigration divestment list and the growing scope of ESG data. ESG stands for “Environmental, Social, and Governance,” I believe. “As more clients seek politically infused portfolios and products of all bents, a Quaker organization launched a new database tracking the immigration impact of publicly-traded firms. The American Friends Service Committee revealed the findings earlier this month of its research on which companies the organization accuses of ‘profiting from border militarization and the surveillance and criminalization of immigrants.’”

New Database: Open Society Justice Initiative (HeinOnline Blog)

HeinOnline Blog: New Database: Open Society Justice Initiative. “To honor our core value of corporate citizenship, we are pleased to offer our newest database, Open Society Justice Initiative, a collection of materials free of charge to core American and international subscribers, and to the libraries of any other interested organizations or institutions…. The Justice Initiative publishes reports, handbooks, briefing papers, legal and policy submissions, and fact sheets exploring and advocating on issues of human rights and justice. Beyond its publications, the Justice Initiative represents individuals before domestic and international human rights tribunals.”

Business Mirror: Online forum crosses intersection between art and activism

Business Mirror: Online forum crosses intersection between art and activism. “Artist groups pushing for social justice converged to examine how art and activism cross paths to rally and protest against oppressive regimes. In the recent online forum, titled ‘Intersections of Art, Activism and Social Justice in the Philippines,’ several art movements discussed their roles in critical discourse and protest movements from the Marcos dictatorship to the Duterte administration.”

Bloomberg: The Woman Who Did Facebook’s Racial Audit Is About to Be Really Busy

Bloomberg: The Woman Who Did Facebook’s Racial Audit Is About to Be Really Busy. “[Laura] Murphy spent most of her career navigating politics and policy, but recently she’s taken her talent to the corporate world, moderating conflicts between companies and advocates who criticize their impact on racial and social justice. She’s emerged as a pioneer of the corporate civil rights audit, a new tool for getting companies to confront their role in perpetuating racial disparities.”

Hyperallergic: Busch-Reisinger Museum’s New Instagram Account Redefines the Boundaries of Its Collection

Hyperallergic: Busch-Reisinger Museum’s New Instagram Account Redefines the Boundaries of Its Collection. “Founded as the Germanic Museum at the turn of the 20th century, the Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum has reinvented itself spatially and conceptually on several occasions over its nearly 120-year history. In recent years the museum’s curatorial team has been reassessing what these moments of reinvention mean for the museum’s identity in the 21st century. How can the Busch-Reisinger remain vital well into the future? How will the contours of the museum change, whether through new acquisitions, the reframing of current holdings, or the changing demands of contemporary audiences?”

Getty: How Getty Archivists Support Racial Justice

Getty: How Getty Archivists Support Racial Justice. “As archivists at the Getty Research Institute, it’s our job to describe and organize the materials in Getty’s collection to make them easy for researchers, scholars, and historians to find. Our work largely takes place indoors, is often solitary, and far removed from the action of protests of social justice movements. But as we help shape the historical record, there is reparative work that we can do as archivists to support communities fighting for justice.”

California State University Northridge: CSUN Prof Weighs the Power of Social Media to Empower Communities of Color

California State University Northridge: CSUN Prof Weighs the Power of Social Media to Empower Communities of Color. “Video of the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, taken by witnesses, sparked outrage on social media, fueled by the fact that this was not the only online video of an officer taking the life of a Black American. According to California State University, Northridge criminology and justice studies professor Brianne Posey, young activists using video of encounters between police officers and civilians of color are both helping and not helping shift the power dynamic between the two groups.”

“Beyond the Performative”: Social Justice and Archives, Part 2 (Terrapin Tales)

Terrapin Tales: “Beyond the Performative”: Social Justice and Archives, Part 2. “In our post “Challenging the Status Quo”: Social Justice and Archives we explored the role of libraries and archives in working toward social justice and asked three University of Maryland Libraries and SCUA staff members to reflect on what social justice means to them. We’re continuing this series by exploring the perspectives of three more staff members! We asked these questions: 1) what do you do and what are some of your daily responsibilities? and 2) in your position, what does social justice in the archive or library mean to you?”

Washington Post: Corporations are working with social media influencers to cancel-proof their racial justice initiatives

Washington Post: Corporations are working with social media influencers to cancel-proof their racial justice initiatives. “Advocating for racial allyship is not something corporate America has traditionally embraced. But the multiracial protests against police brutality last year prompted many companies to examine their role in combating systemic racism and pushing White Americans to reflect on their understanding of race and privilege — all while trying to increase market share. With every new well-meaning — or opportunistic, depending on the details — effort comes the potential for public and painful missteps.”

‘Can You Find the Gun?’: virtual art festival explores social justice (The Mercury)

The Mercury: ‘Can You Find the Gun?’: virtual art festival explores social justice. “The festival showcases 13 projects that include short films and documentaries, animated shorts, an interactive digital archive and a video game. The pieces engage with topics ranging from the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality to domestic violence and the impacts of the pandemic on different communities. The festival culminated in a panel event on March 31, but the works remain viewable on the [Social Justice Art & Film Festival] website.”

OCLC: OCLC to convene a diverse group to ‘Reimagine Descriptive Workflows’ in libraries, archives

OCLC: OCLC to convene a diverse group to ‘Reimagine Descriptive Workflows’ in libraries, archives. “OCLC has been awarded a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to convene a diverse group of experts, practitioners, and community members to determine ways to improve descriptive practices, tools, infrastructure and workflows in libraries and archives. The multi-day virtual convening is part of an eight-month project, Reimagine Descriptive Workflows.”

Mpls.St.Paul: Minneapolis Launches Just Deeds Project to Discharge Racially Restrictive Housing Covenants

Mpls.St.Paul: Minneapolis Launches Just Deeds Project to Discharge Racially Restrictive Housing Covenants. “Minnesota has one of the nation’s highest disparities in home ownership. We owe that in part to racially restrictive covenants—legal clauses in property deeds that prohibited people of color from owning and renting homes in certain areas—that were first recorded in south Minneapolis in the early 20th century. Racially restrictive covenants were outlawed in 1968, but their legacy shapes our neighborhoods to this day. This week, the city of Minneapolis launched the Just Deeds Project to allow homeowners to fully discharge the covenants recorded against their properties and ‘reclaim their homes as equitable spaces.’” This program is available in other Minnesota cities as well.