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
Minnesota Freedom Fund (no longer in need of funds. Consider donating elsewhere)
Click here for 16 organizations bailing protester out
How to use your voices to support the Black Lives Matter movement
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com
Subject: Justice for the Murder of George Floyd
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
Black Owned Beauty Brands
Black Mental Health and Wellness Resources
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.