If you have found yourself inclined to not only raise up your voice but also put your words to action lately, trust me, you are not alone. Moreover, your voice is welcomed. To be complacent in the face of injustice is to enable systems of oppression. While in the great American experiment, it’s always been crucial for the people to speak their minds in order to move the needle of progress, we are seeing the importance of our individually-joined voices particularly now, as well as how our everyday freedoms remain largely inaccessible to many in our nation. Those who have been marginalized, oppressed and otherwise restricted by inequities in American societal systems have known and experienced this for ages, but our great country isn’t great for everybody. It is essential that those who have enjoyed a level of privilege unobtainable to swaths of American citizens not only accept that they have been placed in a state of privilege, but actively work to dismantle how that privilege has benefited them to the detriment of others. We cannot truly call ourselves a coalition of united states until everyone that calls this country home is an equal part of that unity.
The following are resources you can use to take your beliefs, actions and attitudes beyond your social media stories and into the real world to stand for the change you want to see in our country and throughout the world.
Sidenote: While this article may include links and resources regarding specific people murdered, attacked or otherwise harmed by police brutality, it is important to note that there are countless amounts of Americans that have been physically or fatally assaulted by law enforcement that may not have made mainstream news. We stand with ALL of them.
Where To Donate:
Organized by Philonise Floyd, sister of George Floyd
“A community based nonprofit that combats the harms of incarceration by paying bail for low-income individuals who cannot otherwise afford it”
“A global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.”
“A nonprofit organization founded in 1920 ‘to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States’.”
• Donation to multiple Bail Funds
“Split a donation to all the bail funds listed on this page, or allocate specific amounts to individual groups.”
• Where to donate, Google Doc
How To Protest:
Including what to wear, riot control, defense against police weapons, health and safety, and much more
Including how to interact with law enforcement in the event that you are stopped, questioned or searched
Call out your racist and/or ignorant friends and family, use your platform to share petitions and donations and if you find out about fake protests, warn people, and much more
How To Educate Yourself:
Including resources for white parents to raise anti-racist children, podcasts to listen to, videos, films and shows to watch, social media accounts and organizations to follow, and much more
• Books on how to be actively anti-racist, Twitter thread
• Mental health resources for black people, Twitter thread
Resources to locate and contact your local representatives about their policies regarding police violence
This public #blacklivesmatter Google Doc provides a constantly updated list of resources for petitions, donations, protests, education, contacting officials and much more
This resource is constantly updated and includes a live map of protests, a missing persons thread and much more
Including protest support, how to prepare for a protest, knowing your rights, social media safety and educational resources