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Readings + Resources


Anti-oppression Resources


So You Want To Talk About Race (Ijeoma Oluo)
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Michelle Alexander)
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (Richard Rothstein)
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (Robin DiAngelo)
How to be an Antiracist (Ibram X. Kendi)
Caste (Isabel Wilkerson)
Are Prisons Obsolete? (Angela Davis)
Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in The Cafeteria? (Beverly Tatum)
White Awake (Daniel Hill)
Why I No Longer Talk to White People about Race (Reni Eddo-Loge)
Evicted: Poverty And Profit In The American City (Matthew Desmond)
Lakota Women (Mary Crow Dog and Richard Erdoes)
The Best We Could: An Illustrated Memoir (Thi Bui)
Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (Cathy Park Hong)


A Letter from Marc Dones On the Necessity of Black Futures
5 Ways White People Can Take Action in Response to White and State-Sanctioned Violence (For white people)
How the U.S. Got Its Police Force (Time Magazine)
What is Colorism?  (VeryWell Magazine)
The Focus of Cross – Cultural Psychology (VeryWell Magazine)
Systemic Racism Takes a Toll on BIPOC Mental Health (VeryWell Magazine)
Building Inclusive AI: Strategies for Training Against Racism (AIFWD)


Black History Buff
Nice White Parents
1619 Project
Small Doses with Amanda Seales
White Lies
Code Switch
Ear Hustle
Intersectionality Matters

Racial Equity Toolkits

National Alliance to End Homelessness' Racial Network Toolkit
King County Equity and Social Justice Tools
National Innovation Service: Designing Equitable Systems

Racial Equity Websites

Race Forward

History of Racism in Housing

Racial Restrictive Covenants: Enforcing Neighborhood Segregation in Seattle
University of Washington Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project article about the history of racial restrictive covenants in the City of Seattle and how these shaped segregated neighborhoods.

The 1964 Open Housing Election: How the Press Influenced the Campaign
University of Washington Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project article about King County's 1964 Open Housing Ordinance that would have banned racial discrimination in real estate sales and housing.


Facing Race 2016: Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity
This report from Washington Community Action Network examines 34 bills from the 2015 Regular and Special Sessions that have the most direct impact on racial equity. While these bills affect all Washingtonians, they have a particular impact on disparities between white residents and people of color. The Housing Alliance contributed to the affordable housing section of the report. 

Filing a Housing Discrimination Complaint Online with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability. If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or apartment and you believe your civil rights have been violated, you can file your fair housing complaint online here.


National Equity Atlas
PolicyLink developed this National Equity Atlas as a comprehensive resource for data to track, measure, and make the case for inclusive growth in America’s regions, and states, and nationwide. The Atlas contains data on demographic changes and racial and economic inclusion for the largest 150 regions, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States as a whole.

Racial Bias, Even When We Have Good Intentions
This New York Times article provides a comprehensive run-down of empirical evidence showing the prevalence of racial bias in just about every decision we make, from buying an iPod to decisions on whether or not to rent to someone.

Current Statistics on the Prevalence and Characteristics of People Experiencing Homelessness in the United States
This research data has some of the best race/ethnicity/homelessness data we have found to date. This fact sheet contains data from multiple sources, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) July 2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress (AHAR). This fact sheet also includes data from the 1996 National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients (NSHAPC). Although these data are older, they represent the most comprehensive study of homelessness to date and are cited to provide historical context. Notes about differing definitions of homelessness are included as needed.

NLIHC Housing Spotlight: Who Lives in Federally Assisted Housing?
The National Low Income Housing Coalition published this report in 2012 breaking down the various demographics of households assisted by HUD programs.

HUD tells Homeless Shelters to Respect Self-Identified Gender
In February 2015, HUD released guidance for how shelters should house transgender-identified individuals, recommending that people staying in shelters and transitional housing programs should be able to access these spaces based on their self-identified gender.

Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey
The National LGBTQ Task Force and National Center for Transgender Equality published this comprehensive report in 2013 about the widespread discrimination transgender and gender non-conforming people in just about every area of life: education, employment, family life, public accommodations, housing, health, police and jails, and ID documents.

Injustice at Every Turn: A Look at Black Respondents in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey
The National Black Justice Coalition took the above survey to create this report that "overwhelmingly found the combination of anti-transgender bias with structural and individual racism meant that transgender people of color experience particularly devastating levels of discrimination."

Housing Discrimination Against Racial and Ethnic Minorities 2012
A regularly repeated study by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sent African-Americans and whites to look at apartments and found that African-Americans were shown fewer apartments to rent and houses for sale.

This American Life: House Rules
Much of this radio program focuses on the history and enforcement of the Fair Housing Act. They also look at the issue of racial housing discrimination.

National Fair Housing Alliance 2018 Fair Housing Trends Report: Making Every Neighborhood a Place of Opportunity
This comprehensive report published by D.C.-based National Fair Housing Alliance presents data and recommendations on how we can continue to strengthen the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

For more information about the Housing Alliance's Anti-oppression and equity work, please contact Ma.Caroline Lopez.