This week, there’s been so much information online, and on social media, of the many ways to help support the black lives matter movement. In order to clarify and condense this info, we pulled together a list that breaks it all down – showing you 5 ways you can help right now.
Keep scrolling to see all the ways to get educated, take action, and support the black community.
And for even more information, see our previous posts Be The Change: Organizations & Resources To Fight Racial Injustice and Ways To Educate Yourself (And Others) On Racial Issues.
1. EDUCATE Yourself
Educating yourself – and those around you – is an important part of the process of beginning to understand racial injustice, and how it affects all of us. It can also go a long way in creating understanding and empathy towards others. Here are some places to start:
An article by President Obama about how the country can bring about change at this moment.
This book explicates the dynamics of White Fragility and how we might build our capacity in the on-going work towards racial justice.
An article with advice from psychologists on developmentally appropriate ways to talk to children of all ages about racism and police brutality.
Movies & TV Series
Here are a few important movies, documentaries, and TV series to help you learn more.
- Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap – CA Discussion of how slavery, housing discrimination, and centuries of inequality have compounded to create a racial wealth gap.
- Time: The Kalief Browder Story -This series traces the case of Kalief Browder, a Bronx teen who spent three years in jail, despite never being convicted of a crime.
- When They See Us – Based on the true story of five teens from Harlem falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park.
- I Am Not Your Negro – Based on the unfinished book by author James Baldwin, this documentary journeys through black history and the events that lead us to today.
- 13th– In this documentary, scholars, activists, and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.
2. DONATE TO Organizations & Fundraisers
Here are just a few of the organizations and fundraisers you can donate to and support victims, empower communities, and help bring about change.
An organization on the front lines of fighting for freedom, justice, and liberation in the black community.
An organization dedicated to ending police violence in America.
Support one of 38 community bail funds around the country to assist those arrested while demonstrating.
A fund established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist George Floyd’s family.
3. Sign Petitions & Email Your Elected Officials
Putting your name behind efforts for social justice and reform is another way you can be an ally, along with reaching out to your elected officials to demand change and accountability.
A resource for looking up your state and local elected leaders and finding their contact information. You can also CLICK HERE for the contact information for leaders in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, New York, and other cities around the country.
CLICK HERE for even more petitions.
4. Support Black Businesses
There are also lots of small things you can do to show your support for the black community – including shopping from black-owned businesses. Check out our post 24 Ways To Support Black-Owned Businesses and the additional resources below for places to shop.
- Goodee – Sustainable decor, objects, and accessories from around the globe
- Bolé Road Textiles– textiles woven in Ethiopia
- Clare– Direct to consumer paint company
- Pop Up Home– Vintage furniture, lighting, and accessories
- AphroChic– wallpaper, fabric, and furnishings
- LemLem – Men’s and Women’s clothing
- Tree Fairfax – Leather bags & accessories
- Mahnal – Brass jewelry
- Bohten – Eyewear
- Brother Vielles – Handcrafted shoes and bags
Last, but certainly not least, exercise your right to vote in every election. Local and primary elections don’t receive nearly the attention that presidential and state elections do, but they determine the leaders that will be enacting laws that affect Black Americans the most.