In Solidarity

Black Lives Matter and we wholeheartedly support the intersectional approach of the Black Lives Matter Global Network.

We mourn for the families and communities of Tony McDade, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the many others who have been disproportionately targeted by a justice system embedded with racist ideologies and violent strategies.

Our website currently hosts vital resources and we will continue to occupy a position of active listening (signing petitions, donating to organizations, buying artwork from black artists, supporting black-owned businesses, among other forms of support) and holding space for artists and activists bringing about meaningful change toward a more just world. 

As a small gallery space and more recently as a virtual gallery, we welcome the call to collaboratively move forward on projects concerned with the representation of black artists and institutional accountability. We approach this project with rigor and are earnestly listening to the members of our extended community who have shared incredible resources for supporting this urgent moment. We are mindful of the historical precedents leading up to this moment and the radical tactics required for moving forward to a world transformed, with racial justice as a guiding principle.

Unrequited Leisure is a member of the Nashville Gallery Association, all of whom will postpone their exhibitions this month with the hope of making space for and amplifying the voices of community members working to share news and rally support for a movement, for which we stand in solidarity.

Resources
(Many compiled by outside sources)

Nashville
Black Lives Matter Nashville
https://www.paypal.me/BlackLivesMatterNash

Gideon’s Army
https://gideonsarmyunited.org/
“Gideon’s Army is a community-based, grassroots organization that uses restorative justice programs to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline through social activism by children, families, and the community. Our programs address school-push-out, youth violence, policing, and juvenile justice.”

Nashville Bail Fund
https://nashvillebailfund.org/

National
Black Lives Matter:
https://blacklivesmatter.com/

Email templates and resources:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uyVPCibl4HAqOQbJMoRyg1CZA3pVYwvsDHVPqWVThbw/mobilebasic

Audre Lorde Project Linktree:
https://linktr.ee/audrelordeproject

Master sheet for bailout funds:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/0/d/10UdoN5WVUZQtH81JX4SrQutcw1YBe4hQfJlpLws301c/htmlview

Media Resources
Image Scrubber by Everest Pipkin
https://everestpipkin.github.io/image-scrubber/

Anonymize your online footprint by Everest Pipkin
https://pastebin.com/TPgtvmVB

An Activists Guide to Information Security (2016)
(Sprout – by the Anarchist Black Cross – Dresden)
https://ia801909.us.archive.org/32/items/AnActivistsGuideToInformationSecurity/activist-info-sec-SCREEN.pdf

Digital Security for Activists
(Sprout – by The Riseup Collective)
Older and interesting for understanding the history of security online
https://ia802205.us.archive.org/7/items/DigitalSecurityForActivists_439/digital_security_for_activists-SCREEN.pdf

Criticism and Interesting Counterpoints (A subjective list)
This response:
https://www.vulture.com/2020/06/anti-racist-reading-lists-what-are-they-for.html

To this (or lists like these) Anti-Racist Reading List
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/29/books/review/antiracist-reading-list-ibram-x-kendi.html

This great roundtable:
https://www.democracynow.org/2020/6/1/keeanga_yamahtta_taylor_protests_class_rebellion
Starts right around the 20 minute mark

Boots Riley Twitter story – compelling and accessible as he is well known to be:
https://twitter.com/BootsRiley/status/1266851333438500865

An additional list of resources compiled by our interns
(for whom we are so thankful!)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SbyHpcD6H22uVW7vjuGQZEHr-iai0EMxECKAsR5gzkg/