Standing in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, using my social platforms to help move forward the healing of this invidious situation we all are facing.
Ignoring it or thinking it’s just going to go away, it’s not. Only if everyone participates. Use your social platforms to stand against racism.
When I was a young child one of my best friends was a black, a classmate – my dad (I didn’t realize until many years later he was a racist.) went to his family and told them that we can no longer be friends. Since I was not in the room, when he spoke to them I can’t repeat what he said.
Basically, Randy said that he was no longer able to speak to me or walk, or study together. I was heart-broken. I couldn’t understand why people were so mean, my dad was the biggest bully around.
I copied this from a newsletter I get, to give some suggestions for you to get involved – protesting isn’t for everyone, however we all can do something. If you are looking for a space to put your energy, time, or resources, here are a few options:
- The Movement For Black Lives: Support their work to build Black political power to influence national and local agendas in the direction of our shared vision for Black Lives
- National Lawyers Guild: The National Lawyers Guild provides legal support for those protesting and organizing against injustice.
- Black Visions Collective: Black Visions Collective believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in right relationship within our ecosystems.
- Anti-Police Terror Project: APTP is a Black-led, multi-racial, intergenerational coalition that seeks to build a replicable and sustainable model to eradicate police terror in communities of color.
- List of Bail Funds for Protestors across the Country: This list was created with the National Bail Fund Network and the Community Justice Exchange who organizes to end all forms of detention, criminalization, and surveillance.
- May/June Bail Fund and Support List: This is a grassroots-led mutual aid compilation for needs specific to demonstrations taking place in Minnesota.
- The Bail Project: is a national nonprofit organization that pays bail for people in need, reuniting families and restoring the presumption of innocence. In fighting mass incarceration, they aim to secure freedom for as many people as possible and ensure equal justice for all.
- Poor People’s Campaign: confronts the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, and militarism. As a nation we are at a critical juncture — and we need a movement led by working people that will shift the moral narrative, impact policies and elections at every level of government, and build lasting power for poor and impacted people.
- Color of Change: is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization that helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, they move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.
- Mijente: is a national hub for Latinx and Chincanx organizing that advocates on behalf of those communities as well as other oppressed communities. It has been leading the charge within Spanish language media, attempting to bring awareness and solidarity with Black-led protests and organizations. It serves as a link between many Black-led organizations and Spanish-speaking communities, participating and leading in solidarity actions in several states.
- Repaired Nations: is a pan-African network of support and resources that catalyzes the growth of cooperative ventures for a thriving and resilient future. Join Repaired Nations 12 week Instagram Live Book club to learn about the history of cooperative economics in the Black Community.
- NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund: is the country’s top legal firm fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, it seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve justice for all. It also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle.
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