Updated: Jun 23, 2020
By now, you've most definitely heard of the Black Lives Matter movement. If you're wondering where to start or how to help, here is a compiled list of all the possible ways to support the Black Lives Matter movement, regardless of how much money you have. All videos, podcasts, petitions, organizations, and sources are linked.
This post will be split into sections as follows:
1. Petitions to Sign
2. Organizations to Donate to
3. Organizations to Follow
4. Numbers to Call/Text
5. Videos to Watch
6. Articles to Read
7. Books to Read
8. Podcasts to Listen to
9. Films/TV Shows to Watch
10. Resources for Parents and Children
11. Immediate Action Items
12. More Anti-Racism Resources
Note: This post will be long and possibly overwhelming; remember that you do not have to do every single thing listed to be a good ally. Everybody has to start from somewhere. For now, do what you can, and when you are ready to do more, come back to this post again. Keep coming back as many times as you need to. This will always be here.
PETITIONS TO SIGN*:
Note: If you choose to donate to Change.org, all proceeds will go toward promoting other petitions on Change.org, rather than the petition you signed. To donate to the causes you signed for, see the section below.
ORGANIZATIONS TO DONATE TO:
ORGANIZATIONS TO FOLLOW:
Antiracism Center (Twitter)
NUMBERS TO CALL/TEXT:
Text JUSTICE to 668366
Text ENOUGH to 55156
Text FLOYD to 55-156
Leave a message for Louisville Mayor and demand justice for Breonna Taylor (502) 574-2003
VIDEOS TO WATCH:
Netflix has released 13th on YouTube for anyone to watch free of charge.
Synopsis: Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay's examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country's history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America. This piercing, Oscar-nominated film won Best Documentary at the Emmys, the BAFTAs and the NAACP Image Awards. US Rating: TV-MA For mature audiences. May not be suitable for ages 17 and under.
2. Black Feminism & The Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers
Synopsis: Black Feminism challenges us to act on the inextricable connections of sexism, class oppression, racism, ableism, homophobia and transphobia. As the contemporary Movement for Black Lives has invigorated resistance to racism and structural violence, this panel reflects on ways that Black Feminism shapes and informs the current struggles and successes. Black Feminism remains a foundational theory and practice guiding social justice movements for Black lives. On Thursday, Jan 21 of Creating Change our Opening Plenary featured a panel with Charlene Carruthers, Reina Gossett and Barbara Smith.
3. "How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion": Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools
Video Description: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
ARTICLES TO READ:
“The Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was Dying” by Adam Serwer | Atlantic (May 8, 2020)
“Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi | Atlantic (May 12, 2020)
“Racism Is ‘Built into the Very Bones’ of Mississippi” by Jesmyn Ward | The Atlantic
“The Intersectionality Wars” by Jane Coaston | Vox (May 28, 2019)
“My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant” by Jose Antonio Vargas | NYT Mag (June 22, 2011)
The 1619 Project (all the articles) | The New York Times Magazine
"White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh
Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups developed by Craig Elliott, PhD
BOOKS TO READ:
Black Feminist Thoughts by Patricia Hill Collins
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Dianglo, PHD
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oulo
The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton and Lara Love Hardin
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell
How To Be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
America's Original Sin by Jum Wallis
An African American and Latinx History of the US by Paul Ortiz
Blindspot by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald
Citizen by Claudia Rankine
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper
Evicted by Matthew Desmond
PODCASTS TO LISTEN TO:
FILMS/TV SHOWS TO WATCH:
Explained: The Racial Wealth gap
Time: The Kalief Browder Story
See You Yesterday
Who Killed Malcom X?
When They See Us
Dear White People
If Beale Street Could Talk
The Hate U Give
Little Fires Everywhere
Available to Rent:
Black Power Mixtape
I Am Not Your Negro
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN
A Little Radical by Danica and Jason Russell
All are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
Dream Big Little One by Vashti Harrison
Same But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
The Color of Us by Karen Katz
A is for Activist by Annosanto Nagara
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake
Separate is Never Equal Read Aloud Video
"Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt" - Parenting Foward Podcast Episode
The Conscious Kid on Instagram
IMMEDIATE ACTION ITEMS:
Register to VOTE.
Check in on black friends, family, colleagues, and acquaintances.
Educate yourself- it is your job to learn about racial injustices and what you can do to help.
Be an advocate for mental health. Be aware of how content you post may affect others. Refrain from posting traumatic content as it can be triggering for many black people, as well as increase dehumanisation of black people.
Read the news and pay attention to social media. Ignorance is NOT bliss.
Choose action over inaction. Attend protests and share your #BlackLivesMatter posts online, regardless of your follower count. Your voice is powerful.
Be an ally at the dinner table. If you hear racist conversation among family or friends, correct the speaker and initiate a discussion of why this is wrong.
Create a long term strategy. How will you be an ally for the rest of your life? Donate to organizations if you have the means to do so. Every dollar counts.
MORE ANTIRACISM RESOURCES: