How to Be a Part of the Solution: Black Lives Matter Resources

In Buzz, June 2020, Web Exclusive by Lauren Kruchten

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(Illustration by Jane Mount)

WEB EXCLUSIVE In the wake of protests against police brutality, white supremacy and racist policies, Americans have taken to the streets to demonstrate peacefully and call for change. But there is a lot more many of us can do to inform ourselves about these issues and what needs to be different. We’ve curated a list of ways folks can educate themselves about the history of racism and white supremacy in America as well as ways they can support the Black Lives Matter movement. Additionally, here are some local resources and ways to be supportive.

Where to Donate

Contribute to the fight for equality and human rights.

American Civil Liberties Union – aclu.org
The Bail Project Fund bailproject.org
Black Visions Collective – blackvisionsmn.org
Campaign Zero – joincampaignzero.org/#campaign
Color of Change – colorofchange.org
Fair Fight – fairfight.com
Minnesota Freedom Fund – minnesotafreedomfund.org
NAACP – secure.actblue.com/donate/naacp-1
Official George Floyd Memorial Fund gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd 

What to Watch/Read

Educate yourself on the history of racism in America and the Black Lives Matter movement.

WATCH:
13th
American Son
Clemency
Dear White People
Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap
LA 92
Time: The Kalief Browder Story
When They See Us
Who Killed Malcom X?

READ:
The 1619 Project
“Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“The Autobiography of Malcolm X” by Malcolm X
“Barracoon: The Story of the ‘Last Black Cargo’” by Zora Neale Hurston
“Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
“Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People” by Anthony Greenwald and Mahzarin Banaji
“Brit(ish)” by Afua Hirsch
“Chokehold: Policing Black Men” by Paul Butler
“Citizen: An American Lyric” by Claudia Rankine
“The Color of Law” by Richard Rothstein
“Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism” by Derrick Bell
“The Blood of Emmett Till” by Timothy B. Tyson
“The Fire Next Time” by James Baldwin
“The Fire This Time” by Jesmyn Ward
“Girl, Woman, Other” by Bernardine Evaristo
“The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America” by Nikesh Shukla
“Heavy: An American Memoir” by Kiese Laymon
“How To Be An Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
“How We Fight for Our Lives” by Saeed Jones
“How We Fight White Supremacy” by Akiba Solomon
“I’m Still Here” by Austin Channing Brown
“Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson
“Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention” by Manning Marable
“Me and White Supremacy” by Layla Saad
“Mindful of Race” by Ruth King
“The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander
“Slavery By Another Name” by Douglas A. Blackmon
“So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo
“Stamped from the Beginning” by Ibram X Kendi
“Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism and You” by Ibram X Kendi and Jason Reynolds
“Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston
“Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge
“White Fragility” by Robin Diangelo

Who to Support

Support the Black Lives Matter movement through these organizations.

Black Lives Matter – blacklivesmatter.com 
Justice for Breonna – justiceforbreonna.org
Run With Maud – runwithmaud.com
Unicorn Riot unicornriot.ninja

Who to Follow

Black Lives Matter – @blklivesmatter
Benjamin Crump – @attorneycrump
Color of Change – @colorofchange
Equal Justice Initiative – @eji_org
NAACP – @naacp
Rachel Cargle – @rachel.cargle
Reclaim the Block – @reclaimtheblock
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights – @civilrightsorg
United We Dream – @unitedwedream

Who to Text

Sign these petitions to demand justice for Black victims of police brutality.

Text FLOYD to 55-156
Text JUSTICE to 66-8336
Test ENOUGH to 55-165

How to Take Action

Register to vote.
Check in on your black family members, friends, colleagues and partners.
Educate yourself about what it means to be anti-racist.
Share resources with those around you.
Be an ally.

Know of some other resources or ways to be helpful? Email us.

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