The death of George Floyd followed by too many other murders of Black people by police officers has served as a catalyst for countless protests across the US and the world. The world is starting to talk about BLM in a new light; people taking action, policymakers creating change, and people donating money to great organizations.
Below are some meaningful ways and resources you can use to educate yourself on these issues and help support the Black Lives Matter movement.
Go to peaceful Protests
Be responsible and make sure to continue to practice social distancing by wearing a mask and keeping distance.
Donate if you are able
Below is a list of organizations you can donate to, if you have the ability to do so. If you don't, sharing their message and amplifying their voices is extremely helpful.
Their mission is to implement “transformative and healing justice” as well as “powerful campaigns”.
Reclaim the Block's mission is to “organize Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety."
BLM’s mission “is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives."
Educate yourself by reading books
This book “reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it."
The New Jim Crow "challenges the civil rights community—and all of us—to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.”
Ijeoma Oluo "explores the complex reality of today's racial landscape--from white privilege and police brutality to systemic discrimination and the Black Lives Matter movement--offering straightforward clarity that readers need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide”
“a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the most important essayist in a generation and a writer who changed the national political conversation about race” (Rolling Stone)”
“A poetic and powerful memoir about what it means to be a Black woman in America―and the co-founding of a movement that demands justice for all in the land of the free.”
“Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides.”
This book covers the “counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality."
Listen to Podcasts
“What Black people are fighting for – in case you missed it. Why silence is a violent attack. How social media practices SEGREGATION. What INFLUENCERS and coaches can do to authentically ally with Black leaders. Some FACTS you can’t unhear about the Black experience in America. How to deal with your systemic racism, check your privilege, and deal with it. The steps to take RIGHT NOW and the journey to embark on FOREVER.”
“The guys begin with all the cop related TV shows being cancelled. The NYPD's press conference and the topic of defunding the police, the guys take the time to remember Jas Waters, Joe addresses the Barbs over Nicki and he apologizes to Marlon Wayans.”
A podcast hosted by Kimberle Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and leading scholar of critical race theory.
This documentary “explores the lives and families of the five male suspects who were falsely accused then prosecuted on charges related to the rape and assault of a woman in Central Park, New York City.”
This covers an “in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.”
Call your policymakers and sign petitions - demand change and use your vote!
Petitions can help influence policymakers, especially when lots of people support them. Its a quick and easy way to show your support of BLM.
Here is a list of some powerful petitions you can sign today!
Support Black businesses
Put your money to action and support Black-owned businesses. Your dollar can be your vote towards what you want to see more of and supporting POC owned businesses is a great way to do that. Below is a list of phone apps that can help you find these types of businesses in your area.
EatOkra - Black-owned restaurants
TheBlackWallet - Black-owned businesses
BlackNation - Black-owned businesses
At Waste Free Earth, we are spending time to educate ourselves and assess how we can do our part to fight racial injustice. We hope you are inspired and take action yourself.