I just wanted to start this by saying THANK YOU and that I am proud of every single person who is speaking up and acting towards change. I hope this list of resources helps you to further impact the change that needs to happen. Together, WE can make a difference. Here’s some ways how you can support #BlackLivesMatter:
Donate. Even as little as $5 to a bail fund, a memorial fund, or any other organization you believe in.
- George Floyd Memorial Fund – Official GoFundMe to support the Floyd Family
- Minnesota Freedom Fund – Community-based nonprofit that pays criminal bail and immigration bonds for individuals who have been arrested while protesting police brutality.
- Black Visions Collective – A Black, Trans, and Queer-Led organization that is committed to dismantling systems of oppression and violence, and shifting the the public narrative to create transformative, long-term change.
- Reclaim the Block – Coalition that advocates for and invests in community-led safety initiatives in Minneapolis neighborhoods.
- Campaign Zero – Online platform and organization that utilizes research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in America.
- Unicorn Riot – Non-profit organization that is dedicated to exposing root causes of dynamic social and environmental issues.
- Black Lives Matter – official #BlackLivesMatter organization. #BlackLivesMatter is an online forum intended to build connections between Black people and our allies to fight anti-Black racism, to spark dialogue amongst Black people, and to facilitate the types of connections necessary to encourage social action and engagement.
- The Bail Project – a non-profit designed to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system ‒ one person at a time.
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund – America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice through litigation, advocacy, and public education.
- National Bail Out – Reuniting Families and Ending Money Bail and Pretrial Detention
If you want to donate internationally, you can use zip-codes 90001, 91743, 33101, 29169, 02052, 02122.
EDUCATE YOURSELF (Books)
Here’s a list of reading and books that can help you educate yourself on topics like racism, being anti-racist, systemic inequality, white privilege, and more.
BOOKS TO READ:
- Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
- Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper
- Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
- How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold
- Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
- Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherrie Moraga
- When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
MORE RESOURCES (Petitions + More)
Sign a Petition:
- Justice for George Floyd – White House Petition – recognized by the government
- Hands up Act – Would punish police officers for shooting unarmed citizens
- Department of Justice – Mandatory Life Sentence for Police Brutality
- #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd – Demand the officers who killed George Floyd are charged with murder
More Anti-Racism Resources:
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
- Anti-Racism Project
- Save the Tears: White Woman’s Guide by Tatiana Mac
- Showing Up for Racial Justice’s educational toolkits
- “Why is this happening?” – an introduction to police brutality from 100 Year Hoodie
And finally, BE VOCAL. Use your voice, your social media platforms, and any other outlet you can to show you care and share your stance.
Feel free to comment any additional resources not mentioned in this post. We’re all in this together.