I’m not sure if you’ve been paying attention to what’s been going on in the US lately (or for that matter around the world), but shit’s gotten real intense.
It’s because of this that I admit I have been too quiet. I haven’t used this platform the way I should have. I don’t have much to say beyond that, but I will say this: If you’re placing property above human lives, you’re an incredibly cruel person. Black lives are more important than a lamp at Target.
Regardless, here’s what you can do currently if you’re trying to join the revolution and feeling stuck. My recommended lists on reading, listening, and watching were pulled from Facebook images that had no attribution, however, they’ve been regularly put on various lists including this incredible anti-racism resource guide from Victora Alexander (@victoriaalxndr on Twitter).
Sign the petition for George Floyd.
Donate to the Gofundme for the Floyd Memorial.
Donate and support Campaign Zero which uses research to assist in identifying solutions to end police violence.
Donate to the National Police Accountability Project – lead by the National Lawyers Guild.
Donate or support Decarcerate PA (my personal fave).
Also Just Leadership USA for supporting decarceration efforts.
Donate to Unicorn Riot which brings you non-profit media reporting (or if nothing else, Share their website widely).
Get involved with the Northstar Health Collective.
“Donate” the ad revenue for these youtube videos by watching them (they can be on in the background but the sound must be on – plug in headphones and leave them running!)
Donate to the Ahmaud Arbery Gofundme.
EDUCATE YOURSELF (And keep learning).
This entire resource guide from Victora Alexander (@victoriaalxndr on Twitter)
Other recommended reading:
White Fragility – Robin DiAngelo
How to Be an Anti-Racist – Ibram X. Kendi
The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander
Divided Sisters – Midge Wilson and Kathy Russell
The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
They Can’t Kill Us All – Wesley Lowery
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
Fatal Invention – Dorothy Roberts
Locking Up Our Own – James Forman
The Miner’s Canary – Lani Guiner and Gerald Torres
The Wretched of the Earth – Frantz Fanon
Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson
1619 (New York Times)
Intersectionality Matters! Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
Pod For The Cause (Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights)
Parenting Forward Podcast (episode “Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt”)
Fare of the Free Child Podcast
Rent and watch Just Mercy (it’s free right now, and I have had a hard time finding negative responses to it).
Other recommended watching:
Netflix: 13th, American Son, Dear White People, See You Yesterday, When They See Us
Hulu: If Beale St Could Talk
Hbo/Cinemax: King in the Wilderness, The Hate U Give
Learn about Black history and culture.
Work with, donate to, or otherwise support your local Black Lives Matter chapter.
Or donate to Black Lives Matter.
Donate to the Bail Project – Or, please, please please donate to the Philly Bail Fund
Support the African American Policy Forum and their various social justice policies
Buy from Black-Owned Businesses (Okay, these are on Etsy, I like cute shit.)
But also this one: The Butters
Also ALL OF THESE
Check out some amazing sex educators I know:
Dirty Lola, Jimanekia, Ericka Hart, Kevin Patterson.
Also check out the Dirty Loladex for her incredible curation of BIPOC, LGBTQ, and Disabled folks on Twitter
VOTE. If it’s not time to vote, Call your members of Congress, call all your representatives. Call everyone. Tell them that change is needed and asked them to support Reps. Pressley and Omar’s resolutions condemning police brutality.
Text FLOYD to 55156 to demand all four officers be charged and arrested with Floyd’s death
Call DA Michael Freeman at (612) 324-4499 and demand all four officers be charged and arrested
(Know your rights as a protestor).
If you can’t protest or donate, here are some other options, written in part by Ejeris Dixon (@ejeris) on Twitter: 26 Ways to Be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets
Support your friends of color. This comes in many ways, and I can’t link to anything specific because no one speaks for everyone. I would probably start with a “how can I support you”. Maybe an offer to order them dinner or pick up/buy them groceries for a no-contact drop-off. It is scary and dangerous right now.
Stop (And I’m guilty of this one too) sharing videos and posts with videos of the murder of Black people.
Say their names. Say them over and over until you realize that this list cannot keep growing. Until the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, Tony McDade, James Scurlock, see the justice they deserve.
Look, I’m a white person, so I’m certain I’ve missed something, messed something up, or could do more here. This is a starting line. This is the bare minimum, but I know that I have folks who follow me that may not get access to a list like this elsewhere. So, if I missed something, or you think I could add something, message me on social media and let me know.
Until Next Time,
The Frisky Fairy