BLM MOVEMENT

Before looking at these resources, remember: VOTE. Yes, when the presidential election comes around, but also please participate in local elections as well!!! Elect more POC, women, etc! Have conversations about race with family and friends, call out racism when it is exhibited by ANYONE. Let's end world prejudice and be at peace!!

 

Yes, you can still be racist as a non-black POC/non-black ethnic minority! Recognise the racist beliefs, sayings, and standards you were brought up with, and actively work to unlearn those teachings. General note: do not speak for a black person, as you will never truly understand what that person goes through on a day-to-day basis. Instead, raise their voice up when they are speaking and make sure you INCREASE THE VOLUME of their words. You should not be telling black people how they should be feeling. 

 

However, it IS our job to educate ourselves and other non-black individuals; it is not the responsibility of black people to do that for you. But when a black person calls you out or corrects you, SHUT UP AND LISTEN. Be open to learning and have a willingness to change racist habits, because the goal is to be the best ally you can be to black friends, family, partners, coworkers, neighbors, strangers, etc.

 

I continue to pray for equality for all, understanding and love, and together we can help get justice for George and his family, and for every black individual who has been murdered, abused, ignored and mistreated. Any action, no matter how small or big can make a difference because we can demand the change if all our voices are heard.

The list of resources below are links to petitions, fundrasiers/charities, numbers and emails to contact, movies, podcasts, books, articles, supporting businesses owned by black people, and tips for those who are planning to participate in the protests or are recovering from one. 

TAKE EFFECTIVE ACTION

Links to sign petitions

 

Links to donate

Contact - Numbers and Emails

  • For George Floyd:

           - Velma J, Korbel, Director

             Department of Civil Rights, Minneapolis

             (612) 673-3012

           - Mayor Jacob Frey

             (612) 673-2100

             https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/d189a2276e234cacb9f02db60dac0569 

           - Country Attorney Mike Freeman

            https://www.hennepinattorney.org/about/contactcitizeninfo@hennepin.us

            (612) 348-5550

          - Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison 

            651-296-3353

           

         -  Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz

            651-201-3400

            mn.gov/governor/contact/

         -  Minneapolis Police Dept. 

            police@minneapolismn.gov

            policereview@minneapolismn.gov

  • For Breonna Taylor: 

           - Louisville Mayor​

             (502) 753-1784 

             

           - Louisville Mayor Office

             (502) 574-2003

           - Louisville Metro PD

             (502) 574-7111

  • For Tony McDade:

           -  Tallahassee Police dept​

              ContactUs@talgov.com 

  

            - Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey

              Mayor@talgov.com 

            - Commissioner Jeremy Matlow

              https://www.talgov.com/Main/email.aspx?emailto=jeremy.matlow

            - Officer Kevin Bradshaw (officer on Tony's case)

              (850) 556-1726

***On top of demanding more information on the details of this crime and the name of the officer involved, make sure you call for them to remove Tony’s dead name and incorrect pronouns from the Tallahassee PD website.***

Educate Yourself 

TV Shows/Movies/Documentaries

  • 13th - dir. Ava DuVernay

  • When They See Us - dir. Ava DuVernay

  • Freedom Riders - dir. Stanley Nelson Jr.

  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution - dir. Stanley Nelson Jr.

  • Slavery By Another Name - dir. Samuel D. Pollard

  • Eastenders Keegan Baker Storyline - BBC One

  • 12 Years a Slave - dir. Steve McQueen

  • Freedom Writers - dir. Richard LaGravenese

  • To Kill a Mockingbird - dir. Robert Mulligan

  • The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 - dir. Göran Olsson

  • Eyes on the Prize - PBS documentary series

  • 4 Little Girls - dir. Spike Lee

  • 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets - dir. Marc Silver

  • I Am Not Your Negro - dir. Raoul Peck

  • Afraid of Dark - dir. Mya B.

  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson - dir. David France

  • The Hate U Give - dir. George Tillman Jr.

  • Ferguson - dir. Orlando de Guzman

  • Time: The Kalief Browder Story - dir. Jenner Furst

  • Let the Fire Burn - dir. Jason Osder

  • Just Mercy - dir. Destin Daniel Cretton 

  • White Wash - dir. Michael Sporn

  • Treme - dir. David Simon & Eric Overmyer

Books

  • The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
  • I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde
  • A Good Immigrant: 21 Writers What It Means to be Black, Asian And Minority Ethnic in Britain Today by Nikesh Shukla
  • Check Your Privilege by @ckyourprivilege on Instagram - with weekly Instagram lives
  • I'm Still Here Black Dignity in a World Made For Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown 
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

  • So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

  • Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel

  • How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide by Crystal M. Fleming

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  • Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It by Lisa Bloom

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor by Angela J. Davis Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 

  • Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America by Peniel E. Joseph

  • Why Are So Many Black Men In Prison? by Demico Boothe

  • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

  • A Taste of Honey: Stories by Jabari Asim

  • Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century by Dorothy E. Roberts

Podcasts

  • The Nod

  • The Stoop

  • Identity Politics

  • TWiB (This Week in Blackness)

  • 1619

  • 2 Dope Queens

  • Small Doses with Amanda Seales

  • Jemele Hill is Unbothered

  • Black Velt Voices

Extra Articles

Businesses Owned by Black People  to Support

USA BASED:

 

BLK & Bold is a coffee and tea company and 5% of all their profits go to initiatives that support sustaining youth programming, enhancing workforce development, and eradicating youth homelessness.

https://blkandbold.com/

 

Curl Box is a natural hair product subscription service. Evey month you can try new curly hair products and they’ll be shipped right to your door!

https://curlbox.com/

PUR Home sells natural and non-toxic household cleaning products.

https://pur-home.com/

Ginger and Liz is a nail polish company They have almost every color you could need and different types of top coats and treatments.

https://www.gingerandliz.com/

Coloured Raine is a black and woman owned cosmetics brand with the mission of helping spread diversity throughout the beauty industry. I’ve heard reallyyyyyy good things about their eye shadows!

https://colouredraine.com/

Camille Rose Naturals is a natural hair and skin care company. They use great indgreients and have some of my all time favorite products!

https://www.camillerose.com/

If you’re looking to get more into photography 10KRINGLIGHTS has a 10’ ring light that comes with a mini stand and there’s an extended tri pod that’s sold separately. Plus there’s a SALE going on right now for $100 off & free standard shipping!

https://10kringlights.com/collections/all

UK BASED:

Liha Beauty: skins oils, shea butters

www.lihabeauty.com 

Afrocenchix: Hair products

www.afrocenchix.com

Sincerely Nude

www.sincerelynude.com

Wales Bonner

Walesbonner.net

Daugther of a Bohemian

www.daughterofabohemian.com

La Basketry: homeware

www.labasketry.com

Reset Travel: travel cards and workshops

www.resettravel.co.uk/resources

Original Flava, by Craig & Shaun McAnuff

www.originalflava.com

Zoe's Ghana Kitchen by Zoe Adjonyoh

www.zoesghanakitchen.co.uk

Chikas Snacks

chikas.co.uk

Yard Confectionary Chocolate

www.yardconfectionary.com

Protests if you are able to

If you plan on protesting soon or are experiencing the effects of tear gas/pepper spray/etc, please follow these instructions to ensure your safety and take care of your body:

  • PEPPER SPRAY: After researching the healthiest way to wash pepper spray out of your eyes, it seems like liquid antacid and milk ARE NOT the most sterile solutions. Saline is actually the most helpful decontaminant. It will not burn or harm you. Mix 2 leveled teaspoons of salt per liter of water. Keep your hands away from your face, and get someone with clean hands to take your contacts out (if you’re wearing them) and decontaminate for you. Gently pour solution DIRECTLY in eyes (do not pour over head yet) for 10 seconds while blinking repeatedly. Then, while completely shielding eyes, lay back and pour solution over head so it washes down in the opposite direction of the eyes. Dab away with a towel, and then continue flushing out eyes for 15 minutes.

  • TEAR GAS: If you’ve been exposed to tear gas, keep calm and do your best not to panic or the irritation will worsen. Breathe slowly and do not swallow; instead, get all of the mucus out. Spit, blow your nose, rinse out your mouth (try not to cough because #COVID). Change out of the contaminated clothing into your extra change of clothes. If your eyes are exposed, wash them out with the earlier mentioned saline solution. For your face and mouth, you want to use the baking soda and water solution. Mix 3 teaspoons of baking soda for every 8.5 ounces of water. Spray on face/skin and in your mouth; the baking soda has a less acidic pH, and therefore aids in stopping the symptoms you may experience. When you get home, lay your clothes outside of your house for at least 48 hours so the chemicals aren’t infiltrating your home and harming you further. Then, wash your exposed clothes by themselves several times within the next couple of weeks before wearing them again. Keep in mind that it may stay in your clothes for months after exposure. Many sources have said to just throw your shoes away. When you get home from the protest, take a COLD shower. Actually, take multiple cold showers. Turn the A/C on. Drink lots and lots of water. Avoid putting on lotions, oils, and vaseline before, during, and after the protest as they can trap the tear gas chemicals in your skin. If you are having trouble breathing, you might need to use an inhaler or get administered oxygen. I HAVE BEEN AWARE THAT WEARING CONTACT LENESE DURING PROTESTS COULD CAUSE THE CHEMICALS FROM THE TEAR GAS COULD CAUSE THE CONTACTS TO BURN AND MELT INSIDE YOUR EYES WHICH WOULD EVENTUALLY BLIND YOU, SO PLEASE AVOID WEARING THEM AT PROTESTS!

PRE-PROTEST SAFETY MEASURES AND WARNINGS: 

  • COVID-19 is still very much a thing. Make sure you’re not only wearing a mask, but that you bring extra masks in case you get pepper sprayed/tear gassed. Do NOT keep the contaminated mask on. After the protest, please go get tested for COVID. Your health matters!!

  • Wear sunglasses or goggles to protect your eyes, clothes that cover & protect your skin well, and comfortable tennis shoes. Bring a change of clothes in case the ones you are wearing get tear gassed. Avoid wearing contacts, don’t wear grabbable jewelry, and don’t have loose hair. Don’t wear lotions, oil-based products, or moisturizer on your skin.

  • Don’t attend alone, go with friends & don’t lose them. Stay in/near the crowd in case you get targeted by cops. Be aware of snatch squads.

  • Bring lots of water, snacks, masks, saline, a change of clothes, a hand towel, wipes, several days’ worth of medical necessities (inhaler, prescription meds, etc.), menstrual pads, and emergency contact info.

  • Make sure your phone is completely charged, but you should also write phone numbers you might need on your arms in permanent marker. Although police cannot legally force you to unlock your phone with Face ID or Touch ID, you can never be too protected. Disabling these features during the protest is the safest option, as they cannot physically force you to tell them your passcode like they could possibly physically force you to unlock your phone with your face or finger.

  • Come up with an emergency plan with someone you trust outside of the protest. Someone who knows to enact this plan when they haven’t heard from you after a set amount of hours. Someone who can bail you out or notify your family or friends. Someone who can call you a lawyer or contact your place of work. This is extremely important.

  • Please be SUPER cautious of set-ups. There may be undercover cops trying to lure people into participating in destructive acts, or false-flag operations in front of certain businesses (ex: yesterday in Dallas, there was a random pile of bricks conveniently placed in front of high-end stores in an area with no construction). Snitch-jacketing is another tactic undercover cops may use; this is the act of choosing an individual from the target group and spreading rumors to their fellow group members that they are an “informant” or “snitch” in order to create divisions within the group. It singles that person(s) out and can result in a witch-hunt.

  • Many people are wondering if undercover cops are using the “color of the day” technique. At one protest, they may all be wearing green headbands but at another protest, they’ll be sporting pink bandanas. It will be something different each time, so you kind of have to keep your eyes peeled. For example, some people have noticed bigger men that are casually dressed, but are wearing white armbands. At closer examination, some of them have hidden gear or body cameras on. Be careful as this has already been something people are catching onto.

  • If you are a white person or non-black POC attending these protests, please keep in mind that this is NOT about you. You are there to show your support for the BLM and black community, to UPLIFT black voices, and to come to their defense as they fight for their right to LIVE WITHOUT FEAR. Do not show up if you just want to release your need to destroy property, or want to snag nice products from a few local businesses. You are missing the point. The media will focus on those moments of secretly white-driven chaos & ignorance, rather than on the majority who are peacefully protesting or looting to make their voices heard.

  • Last but not least, KNOW YOUR RIGHTS. You have certain rights as a protester & ACLU provides an easy-to-navigate page of them in the 1st link. The 2nd link is a video ACLU recently made about protesters’ rights. https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/protesters-rights/ https://twitter.com/ACLU/status/1266553313266368518?s=20

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