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.

The anti-oppression resources and guides collected and presented below are the collaborative efforts of the RESULTS Anti Oppression working group, represented by grassroots volunteer advocates and staff.

VIDEO: Our Values (2.5 mins)

The Creation of Wealth Inequality, from 2019 RESULTS US Poverty Racial Wealth Inequality presentation

Black Lives Matter: Solidarity and action

RESULTS sees the persistent burden of racism and police brutality, especially on Black communities, including our grassroots volunteers, partners, staff, and board who are directly impacted when society fails to recognize that Black lives matter. Here are ways we encourage you to take action.

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.

  • Ableism
  • Ageism
  • Classism
  • Colonialism and White-saviorism
  • Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
  • Racism
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Sexism
  • Xenophobia

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.

Anti-Oppression Resources and Book List website by Native Land Digital

October 2020: Race Equity, COVID-19, and Advocate Self-Care

Guest Speakers: Otis Rolley of the Rockefeller Foundation; Janelle Stewart and Jamie Meyer of Effinity 

Join the webinar via Zoom on October 3 at 1:00 pm ET, or dial (669) 900-6833 or (929) 436-2866, meeting ID 994 444 828

June 2020 National Webinar: Solidarity and Action

Guest Speakers: RESULTS volunteers and staff

Join the webinar via Zoom on June 6 at 1 pm ET, or dial (669) 900-6833 or (929) 436-2866, meeting ID 994 444 828

December 2019: Understanding Equity and the Tax Code

Guest Speaker: Funke Aderonmu, Georgetown Center on Policy and Inequality

Join the webinar via Zoom on Nov. 5 at 8 pm ET or dial either (929) 436-2866 or (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 873 308 801.

December 2019 Webinar Recording with Audio Transcript

December 2019 Webinar Slides (PDF)

December 2019 Webinar Slides (PPT)

If you want to report an oppressive incident that occurred in your capacity as a RESULTS volunteer, staff person, or as a participant in a RESULTS event, please complete the form at the link below.

Anti-Oppression Incident Reporting Form


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