How to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement

WILL BE UPDATING: Links to all petitions, donations, and educational resources below

I know all the information circulating the media and news can be overwhelming. With all these links flying around Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, I wanted to share a compilation of all of the resources available. I will be adding to this list as the conversation around race continues. Our country has faced systematic racism for far too long, and every dollar, every signature and every effort counts right now.

I’ve broken it down into categories of where you can donate, what to sign and what books and films you can watch/read for further education on the issues.

Just reiterating, I’m merely an ally trying to share my resources. These are NOT the only resources or a checklist for people to check off. The fight for change doesn’t end there. I’m still educating myself every day, and encourage those not aware of our injustices to continue the conversation.

Where you can donate:

Be sure to look at their social media accounts and homepage for these to see if they’ve reached their goal.

Where you can sign petitions:

What to watch/read:

Books to read:

  • How To Be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri
  • White Supremacy and Me by Layla F. Saad
  • Why I’m No longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge⁣⁣⁣
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Films and series to watch:

  • 13th (Netflix)
  • Fruitvale Station (Netflix)
  • Hidden Figures (Amazon Prime)
  • I Am Not Your Negro (Amazon Prime)
  • Do The Right Thing (Amazon Prime)
  • Malcolm X (Amazon Prime)
  • The Hate You Give (Amazon Prime)
  • Selma (Amazon Prime)
  • See You Yesterday (Netflix)
  • Dear White People (Netflix)
  • Atlanta (Amazon Prime)
  • Black-ish (Amazon Prime)
  • Degrassi Next Class: Season 2 (Netflix)

How to protest:

If you’re looking to protest, I encourage everyone to stand up and rally together, but remember to stay safe. If you’re looking to find a protest near you, Mashable did a great article on the steps to finding one near you: https://mashable.com/article/how-to-find-george-floyd-protests-near-me/?europe=true

CNN: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/02/us/how-to-protest-safely-know-your-rights-wellness-trnd/index.html

Wired: https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-protest-safely-gear-tips/

I haven’t blogged in almost a year. I have a love/hate relationship with my blog. All it takes is one snide comment of “you’re trying to become an influencer” for me to ditch writing on it for a while. However, now is not the time to be silent.

The events that have taken place have upset me to my core. I’m angry, confused and sad over the death of George Floyd. I am disappointed with my white peers and POC who have taken no action. In times of injustice, it is essential that people stand up and become an ally. Everyone is contributing in their own way. If you have anymore resources for me to add to the list, please comment below, and I’ll add it.

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

Desmond Tutu

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