HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT BLACK LIVES
DONATE TO CAUSES THAT NEED FUNDING.
Here are some US organizations that you can fund right now to support black people and help the fight against racism:
This is maybe one of the EASIEST things that you can do right now. Petitions are held online and you can sign your name with the click of a button. You are only one name but this is where the strength in numbers come to play - if enough of us sign, petitions can gain tons of traction. Here are some petitions that you can sign today:
EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT THE ANTI-RACIST MOVEMENT
The black lives and anti-racist movement is NOT NEW! Educate yourself about the history of the movement, read books by black leaders, and most importantly, be open to having conversations with people who may be able to give you more information. Here are a list of books right now that are highly recommended:
Freedom is a Constant Struggle
So You Want to Talk About Race
How to Be Antiracist
The New Jim Crow
SHOW UP TO A PROTEST
With the current pandemic, protesting may not be the best option for those wanting to support the movement. However, if you plan to join a protest, wear a mask and be sure to keep good distance from you are walking along side as best as you can.
Bring a protest sign to show your support, stay with the group, and don't incite violence.
USE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA TO SHOW SOLIDARITY.
Don't let the fear of saying the wrong thing keep you silent about injustice. Speak your truth and show your support for black lives. The best way to show your solidarity is by using hashtags that support black voices, such as #blacklivesmatter, #nojusticenopeace, #JusticeforFloyd.
Also, follow black leaders on social media to hear what they have to say. Use your platform to show your support but don't take the moment to make it about you.
SUPPORT BLACK ARTISTS & BUSINESS-OWNERS
Do you like music and art? Do you like to eat delicious food? Great! Support black artists and creators by commissioning their artwork or purchasing their music, and so much more. Be sure to put your money where your heart is - buy from black-owned businesses, including restaurants, retail, and also larger companies that support the movement.