There are many ways to support Black Lives Matter and Black and Brown people and communities – at the College, around the country, and the world. The list below is not exhaustive. It is offered to provide all of us with some options for ensuring we each continue to act. If you have resources you would like to suggest we add, please contact Roshawn Kershaw, president of Cazenovia College's Student Government Associate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENGAGE CIVICALLY – VOTE!
www.vote.org has resources for registration, absentee ballots, and a myriad of resources for not only voting, but also for gaining information on candidates in your area. Your vote matters – nationally … but your vote matters statewide and locally as well. Please engage and be involved!
PLANNING TO DONATE:
- Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a movement that "builds power to bring justice, healing, and freedom to Black people across the globe." Get connected to your local BLM chapter here, and you can donate here.
- Know Your Rights Camp. By teaming up with top defense lawyers, the Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative is providing legal resources to protestors. Know Your Rights Camp is also providing necessary resources, like food and housing, to the Black and Brown communities most affected by COVID-19.
- ActBlue will split your donation between 38 community bail funds.
- The Bail Project provides bail relief in 22 cities, including New York, Chicago, and Houston.
- The Emergency Relief Fund works within New York City to keep trans people out of jail, where they face acute and heightened risk of violence.
The Fight for Legal and Criminal Justice Reforms
- The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF) is America's top legal firm fighting for racial justice. "Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans." Visit their website and click on the "Donate" tab at the top.
- The Equal Justice Initiative. (EJI) provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. The organization challenges the death penalty and excessive punishment and provides re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people. EJI also provides research and recommendations to assist advocates and policymakers in the critically important work of criminal justice reform.
- The Innocence Project. The Innocence Project's mission is to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.
SUPPORT BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES
- The Official Black Wall Street website and Official Black Wall Street app have over 1800 businesses registered, highlighting Black-owned businesses across the country. Founded in 2015 by Mandy Bowman, Ms. Bowman has created the largest app and digital platform allowing consumers to find, review, and support Black-owned businesses.
- Beyoncé's Black Parade Route is an archive created by Zerina Akers to give Black-owned businesses a platform. This not only gives exposure to 1000's of businesses for free it eases the trouble of finding Black-owned businesses.
BEYOND FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS
- To help protesters, you could provide childcare and/or meals for those attending rallies. Or sew masks to protect protesters. Hand out supplies at marches or create signs for people to use.
- If you're a healthcare professional, you could help as a medic on the streets for protesters who are hurt by rubber bullets or tear gas—or share resources with those who are helping on the ground.
- If you know how to speak a language other than English, you can translate important documents and news about protests.
- Many Creators on YouTube are using their platform to make a change. Money earned from the Creator's videos are being donated to organizations and contributes are made just by watching a video. Information is displayed at the beginning of the video to inform the viewer if they are participating.
EDUCATE YOURSELF and KEEP LEARNING
- abstract stylist: The Basics of Black Lives Matter – and Why You Need to Act Today
List of Books to Read
- Times: Books to Read About Anti-racism
- BookTable: Black Lives Matter Reading List
- Vogue: Essential List of Black Lives Matter Stories
- Overdrive: Free to Libraries - Black Lives Matter Titles
List of Movies and Documentaries to Watch
- Netflix: Strong Black Lead
- Netflix: Black Lives Matter Collection
- Hulu: Black Stories
- Disney +: Celebrate Black Stories
- Amazon Prime Video: Black History Hardship and Hope
Have the Difficult Conversations:
For many people learning how to be a helpful ally, the best place to start is educating themselves and listening. For non-black people, having sometimes uncomfortable conversations about racial justice, police violence, and anti-blackness with your own families and communities can be helpful.
This document gives you resources on how to be a better ally to the Black community. It is intended to give you the platform to educate yourself everyday and move towards being more understand of the lives of others. It was created by Autumn Gupta and Bryanna Wallace as a starting place for people to educate themselves.