Oppressive behavior often reinforces historical hierarchies of power and belittles the experiences, emotions, and thoughts of historically marginalized communities. Oppressive behavior holds us back individually and collectively from reaching our full potential. Oppressive systems breed poverty, and by working to undermine oppressive systems in our daily life, we strengthen our work towards the end of poverty.
Learning about oppression is a life-long personal journey through which we can strive to learn about issues and perspectives we aren’t aware of and ourselves. We all have blind spots, biases, and privileges we aren’t mindful of.
We encourage you to explore the resources below as a start in deepening your knowledge, understanding, and ability to work in solidarity and be a co-conspirator in undoing the oppressive systems that we have inherited.
To learn about oppression, we must first define it and know what it looks like. Below are several types of oppressive practices that lead to oppressive attitudes and behaviors. The list below and the training and resources provided on this page are not limited, and we will strive to share additional anti-oppression resources to support our advocacy.
As we all have a multitude of expressions of our identity, we must look at all areas of oppression as they intersect within the framework of our advocacy.
Intersectionality is the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.