"Anti-Oppression is a commitment to dismantle systematic violence inflicted on marginalized communities, often benefiting the powerful. This violence may be emotional, economic, physical, environmental, psychological, or generational."
This guide provides resources to those who wish to learn about and combat oppression of various kinds in our society by embracing diversity, equality, and inclusion, and rejecting social constructs that discriminate and oppress. This isn't a comprehensive document, but rather a starting place for finding information about these topics. Each tab contains a variety of resources, from peer-reviewed academic works to the lived experiences of people from the represented communities. Much like issues of oppression and social justice, this guide isn't static and will evolve over time in order to reflect changes in our society.
Anti-oppression work does not happen alone: this guide would not be possible without Amanda Broyles, Danielle Costello, Michael Holt, Crystal Miller, and Jessie Whitten. If there are resources you would like to recommend for the guide or if there are resources that are problematic, please contact Robert Griggs-Taylor (email@example.com).
Ableism: discrimination or prejudice against individuals with disabilities
Activism: a doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous action especially in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial issue
Addiction: a compulsive, chronic, physiological or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, behavior, or activity having harmful physical, psychological, or social effects and typically causing well-defined symptoms (such as anxiety, irritability, tremors, or nausea) upon withdrawal or abstinence; the state of being addicted
Ageism: prejudice or discrimination against a particular age-group and especially the elderly
Ally: one that is associated with another as a helper : a person or group that provides assistance and support in an ongoing effort, activity, or struggle; often now used specifically of a person who is not a member of a marginalized or mistreated group but who expresses or gives support to that group
Classism: a belief that a person's social or economic station in society determines their value in that society; prejudice or discrimination based on class; the systemic oppression of the lower class and middle class to the advantage of the upper class
Diversity: the condition of having or being composed of differing elements; the inclusion of people of different races, cultures, etc. in a group or organization
Equity: justice according to natural law or rights, specifically freedom from bias or favoritism
Inclusion: the act of including; the state of being included; the act or practice of including and accommodating people who have historically been excluded (as because of their race, gender, sexuality, or ability)
Intersectionality: the complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intersect especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups
Microaggression: a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a racial minority)
Oppression: unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power; a sense of being weighed down in body or mind
Pedagogy: the art, science, or profession of teaching
Queerphobia: (or homophobia) a systemized discrimination or antagonism directed against queer/LGBTQAIP+ persons
Racism: a belief that race is a fundamental determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race; behavior or attitudes that reflect and foster this belief
Reproductive Justice: the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities
Sanism: (also called mentalism or neuro-discrimination) a systematized discrimination, antagonism, or exclusion directed against neurodivergent people based on the belief that neurotypical cognition is superior
Sexism: prejudice or discrimination based on sex, especially discrimination against women; behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex
Sizeism: discrimination or prejudice directed against people because of their size and especially because of their weight
Transphobia: irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against transgender people
Xenophobia: fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign