Radical Reading List

and other abolitionist, anarchist, anti-fascist, autonomous anti-capitalist and anti-colonial essentials!

The following book titles are listed in alphabetical order by the last name of the author. *Titles with an (*) are not downloadable pdf files, but are links to other webpages. Follow the legend below for book topics and genres.

Scroll down for a list of podcasts, movies and documentaries, and more! Click here for book themes, topics, and more.

Have suggestions? Email them to usccarecollective@gmail.com and we’ll add them to the list!






Davis, Angela – Political Prisoners, Prisons, and Black Liberation (1971)*













Palmer, Cara E. – Fighting for Justice in the Workplace: A History of Labor Struggles at the University of Southern California Since 1995*











Radical Podcasts

  • AfroQueer a podcast about queer Africans living, loving, surviving, and thriving on the African continent and in the diaspora. Listen now!
  • Disability After Dark is a podcast that looks at disability, sexuality and everything in between! Real conversations about disability, sexuality and everything else about the disability experience that we don’t talk about; The things about being disabled we keep in the dark. Listen now!
  • The Food 4 Thot podcast is a roundtable discussion podcast wherein a multiracial mix of queer writers talk sex, relationships, race, identity, what they like to read, and who they like to read. Listen now!
  • The It’s Going Down radio and podcast is a digital community center for anarchist, anti-fascist, autonomous anti-capitalist and anti-colonial movements. Our mission is to provide a resilient platform to publicize and promote revolutionary theory and action. Listen now!
  • The Queer Arabs is a podcast where hosts Alia, Ahmed, and Ellie (often featuring guests from around the world) talk about whatever LGBTQIA+ SWANA (Southwest Asian/North African)-related (or tangentially related!) topics they come across. They have episodes in both English and Arabic, and can be listened to on their site or most podcast apps.
  • The Queer Black & Awkward podcast is a laid-back podcast discussing thought provoking LGBTQ+/racial topics & other stuff that will stimulate your senses. Follow their instagram!
  • The Queer Witch is a podcast that explores the intersection between queerness and witchcraft. Listen now!

Radical Movies, Documentaries, and Series

  • 13th (2016) – Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. Watch now on Netflix, or watch for free on YouTube.
  • When They See Us (2019) – Based on events of the 1989 Central Park jogger case, this series explores the lives and families of the five male suspects who were falsely accused and then prosecuted on charges related to the rape and assault of a woman in Central Park, New York City. Watch now on Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (2013) – Though he once spent time in San Quentin, 22-year-old black man Oscar Grant is now trying hard to live a clean life and support his girlfriend and young daughter. Flashbacks reveal the last day in Oscar’s life, in which he accompanied his family and friends to San Francisco to watch fireworks on New Year’s Eve, and, on the way back home, became swept up in an altercation with police that ended in tragedy. Based on a true story. Watch now on Netflix
  • American Son (2019) – An estranged couple reunite in a Florida police station to help find their missing teenage son. Watch now on Netflix
  • 12 Years a Slave (2013) – In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner, he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Then in the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon’s life forever. Watch now on Netflix
  • Malcolm X (1992) – A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the ’50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left a legacy of self-determination and racial pride. Watch now on Netflix
  • Dear White People (2017) – This series follows a group of students of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The students are faced with a landscape of cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics. Through an absurdist lens, the series uses irony, self-deprecation, brutal honesty and humor to highlight issues that still plague today’s”post-racial” society. Watch now on Netflix
  • Who Killed Malcolm X? (2020) – In February 1965, Malcolm X is murdered; three men are arrested, but only one admits to being part of the plot; decades later, one activist pledges to find the real killers, and vows to learn the truth about what officials knew regarding the crime. Watch now on Netflix
  • Time: The Kalief Browder Story (2017) – The criminal justice system tragically failed 16-year-old Kalief Browder, who spent three years in Rikers Island jail awaiting trial — two of those years in solitary confinement — after being arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack. The case was never prosecuted, the charges were ultimately dropped, and Browder committed suicide after his release. His story and the challenges it poses to a basic understanding of American liberties are central to this six-part documentary. It’s a comprehensive review of the case, using first-person accounts, archival footage, and cinematic re-creations of key scenes from Browder’s life. Exclusive interviews with a wide range of people connected to the story, from politicians to close friends and family members to social reformers, are also featured. Watch now on Netflix
  • Moonlight (2016) – A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him. Watch now on Netflix
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) – In early 1970s Harlem, daughter and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Watch now on Hulu
  • Selma (2014) – Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Watch now on Amazon Prime, or watch for free on Youtube
  • Get Out (2017) – Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015) – Filmmaker Stanley Nelson examines the rise of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s and its impact on civil rights and American culture. Watch now on Amazon Prime

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