If you’re like me and have found yourself asking how you can participate in rallying for the #BlackLivesMatter movement, don’t stress. I did some research to see what sorts of resources are available that the public can make use of to contribute to this initiative, and hopefully, these sources can be explored by more of us to make our voices and the voices of the oppressed heard in the fight against racially-fueled police brutality.
All of this information comes from timeout.com.
(1) Donate to causes that are in need of funding and assistance – “Following the death of George Floyd and the protests across the USA, a number of fundraising drives have been set up to support Floyd’s family, bail out protestors who have been arrested and support the wider Black Lives Matter movement. Some, like the Minnesota Freedom Fund, have raised huge amounts of money and are now redirecting donations to other organisations. Here are some US organisations that you can fund right now to support black people and help the fight against racism.
- Black Lives Matter
- Black Visions Collective
- Reclaim the Block
- Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- American Civil Liberties Union
- National Bail Fund Network or local bail funds across the US
- National Police Accountability Project
- Know Your Rights Camp” the timeout website says.
(2) Attend a protest if you are able to.
(3) Sign petitions: “There are a number of petitions circulating in the wake of George Floyd’s killing, and you can add your name now. #JusticeforFloyd and Justice for George Floyd are demanding that all officers present at Floyd’s death be arrested and charged with murder,” timeout’s website explains.
(4) Show your support via social media channels and networks.
(5) Educate yourself: “f you’re not black, one of the most important things you can do right now is to learn something about the situation. Read up on why people are protesting. Check out the many links being posted on social media about police brutality, racial inequality and historical injustice in the USA, the UK and other countries. As well as speaking out, take some time to listen and absorb the stories and messages coming from the black community,” says the timeout website.
(6) Show your support for black business owners and creators: “If you want to help people at an individual level, the best way to start is by supporting black people’s creative and business endeavours. Employ black people; buy their books, music or films; donate to their Patreon pages; amplify their voices by sharing or retweeting; and patronise their shops, restaurants, cafés or bars,” says timeout’s website.
(7) Always be willing to listen, learn, and educate.
We need to work together to enable this civil rights movement to continue to progress. Please take the time to see how you can contribute to the cause.