Hey ya’ll!

I hope this finds you healthy and safe. Over the past week, social media has been flooded with an influx of information regarding how to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Today this culminated in the “blackouttuesday” initiative which is drawing support as well as criticism. Nevertheless, there is work to be done regardless of how you choose to express your pain/outrage/exhaustion/support. Let’s not lose sight of that.

IMO I personally can get overwhelmed when there’s too much information presented to me at once. As I mentioned, social media has been flooded with a lot of much needed, well meaning content but it’s been…well…a lot. Because I know I’m not the only one feeling like I’m missing out on important information because there’s just so much of it, I wanted to organize some of that information here for quick and easy reference. This is a working document and resources will be added as they become available and/or apparent to me. Please feel free to send recommendations to be added to this list. Peace and love to you all.

Where to donate to support the Black Lives Matter movement

North Carolina

New Saints Collective

North Carolina Justice Center

North Carolina Environmental Justice Network

The Muse NC Learn more about how funds will be used here

National Resources

Black Lives Matter

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund

Minnesota Freedom Fund (no longer in need of funds. Consider donating elsewhere)

Black Visions Collective

Reclaim The Block

Campaign Zero

The Bail Project

Communities United Against Police Brutality

Know Your Rights Camp

The Atlanta Solidarity Fund

National Bail Out

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

GoFundme for Gianna Floyd

Click here for 16 organizations bailing protester out

ActBlue will divy up your donations amongst multiple bail out organizations. Click here.

How to use your voices to support the Black Lives Matter movement

Find petitions for George Floyd here and here. Find a petition to defund the Minnesota Police here.

Text “FLOYD” to 55156 to demand that the officers that murdered George be charged with murder.

@Maasaipg on Instagram created this awesome template to send to the Minnesota Police Department. I will I could have shared it via stories, but since I couldn’t I’ll retype it here. Feel free to copy and send to Police@minnesota.gov, minneapolis311@minneapolismn.gov, and citizensinfo@hennepin.us

Subject: Justice for the Murder of George Floyd

Hello,

My name is [insert name]. I am a resident of [insert city, state] and I am emailing today to demand accountability for the racist murder of George Floyd.

I demand that charges be pressed against all officers involved in this heinous racist murder, including specifically Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao. They should not be allowed to keep their jobs and should be charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for murder.

George Floyd would be alive today if it was not for the gross abuse of power and white supremacy exhibited by the Minneapolis Police Department. All officers involved must face consequences for this murder in order to provide justice to his family, and prevent police from committing further brutal acts of violence against the black community.

I addition, I demand that you start providing more support toward community efforts and organizations outside of the polices force in order to prevent police brutality and violence in the future.

Sincerely [insert name]

*Note that I did update some of the wording so if you want the template as originally developed, you can find it in her bio on instagram.

Find a petition for Ahmaud Arbery here.

Text “JUSTICE” to 55156 to demand the District Attorneys George Barnhill and Jackie Johnson be removed from office.

Find a petition for Breonna Taylor here.

Text “ENOUGH” to 55156 and demand the officers that murdered Breonna see justice served.

Take additional action to further Breonna’s case here

How to educate yourself on the Black Lives Matter movement and systemic racism

How to Be and Antiracist By: Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped From the Beginning By: Ibram X. Kendi

White Fragility By: Robin DiAngelo

White Rage By: Carol Anderson

Just Mercy By: Bryan Stevenson

American Lynching By: Ashraf H. A. Rushdy

Fatal Invention By: Dorothy Roberts

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do By: Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD

Kid Friendly Books on anti-racism

The Color of Us By: Karen Katz

The Skin I’m In By: Pat Thomas

Let’s Talk About Race By: Julius Lester

Support Black Owned Businesses

North Carolina

https://www.blackdollar.ninja/home

Beyu Caffe

Clean & Press 4 Less

Boricua Soul

Bright Black

Bull City Butler

BStill Clothing

Smile It’s a Durham Thing

Candy Carver

Dame’s Chicken and Waffles

Kindred Seedlings Farm

Gavin Christianson Bridal

Wonderpuff

National Brands

27 Black-Owned Brands to Support Today and Every Day

Here’s a List of Black-Owned Businesses and Organizations to Support in O.C.

7 Black Owned Businesses to Support Online Right Now

30 Articles Highlighting Black Owned Business by XONecole.com

Black Owned Beauty Brands

Briogeo Hair Care

KNC Beauty

Mented Cosmetics

Golde

Nyakio

UOMA Beauty

Klur

Beauty Bakerie

OUI the People

Coloured Raine

Melanin Haircare

Be Transcendent

21 Black-Owned Beauty and Wellness Brands to Support Right Now—And Always

Black Mental Health and Wellness Resources

McLaurin Mental Wellness

Shine Text

Therapy for Black Girls

BEAM Community

https://www.blackandwellmag.com/black-health/2020/5/28/men-in-wellness

Black Owned Wineries

Again, this list is nowhere near comprehensive or exhaustive . I will be adding more information as I find it, and welcome suggestion of resources to add. I love you all.

6 Comments on “Black Lives Matter: A Resource Guide

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  2. great resources! thank you for compiling them for us!

    • You’re so welcome, Lo! I just want to make sure I’m helping to move our cause along ❤️

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