Jun. 08, 2020
Resources to help you get involved and drive change.
The past few months have illuminated years of appalling tragedies and systemic inequalities, including the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor (among too many others). With the current protests, the call for change is echoing across the country. While this is a long road, there are several ways we can come together to create a new world, and a new standard to hold ourselves accountable to.
Big and small, every action counts. We’ve compiled a list of actionable resources that have helped us get involved, and we hope it can do the same for you.
Donations are an effective way to help organizations who are on the ground doing the heavy lifting. We’ve listed a variety of organizations doing a variety of work, including legal aid and bailout funds.
- Black Visions Collective
- National Black Disability Coalition
- Know Your Rights Camp
- The Marshall Project
- NAACP LDF
- LGBTQ Fund
- Campaign Zero
- The Loveland Foundation
- Bay Area Anti- Repression Committee Bail Fund
- National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Chapter
- Transgender Gender-Variant Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP)
- People’s Breakfast
Signing petitions is a positive action you can take from anywhere to show up and support causes you believe in.
- Black Lives Matter Petitions
- Solidarity as a non-protestor
- You can also find a compiled list of petitions here from organizations such as change.org, Amnesty International, NAACP, and Color of Change.
Support Black-Owned Businesses
Where you spend your money matters. Consider doing a conscious shift in your shopping habits and direct them to businesses who need your support in more ways than one.
- List of Eateries in the Bay Area
- 59 Black-Owned Brands to Support Today and Every Day
- 12 Black-Owned Bookstores You Can Support Right No
Amplify Black Voices
Part of equality is making sure every voice is heard and represented, and that includes the creative field. By sharing the creativity of Black Creators and Innovators, you help celebrate their hard work and make sure that it becomes acknowledged.
Educate Yourself and Others
It all starts with learning more, here are resources we’ve used to educate ourselves, family, and friends:
- So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- White Tears, Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad
- Why I’m No Longer Talking About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- How To Be Less Stupid About Race by Crystal M Fleming
- Black Feminist Thoughts by Patricia Hill Collins
- How to be Anti Racist by Ibram X Kendi
- Skin Again by bell hooks
- The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
- Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone
- Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
- Anything by Angie Thomas.
- Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester
- All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
- “Algorithms of Oppression” by Safiya Noble
- “Rage Inside The Machine” by Rob Smith
- “Technically Wrong” by Sara Wachter-Boettcher
- 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
- American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
- Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
- Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) — Hulu with Cinemax or available to rent
- Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
- Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
- Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
- I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
- If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
- Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
- King In The Wilderness — HBO
- See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
- Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
- The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
- The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
- When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
- White Lies
- 1619 Podcast
- The Big We
- Seeing White – Scene On The Radio
- Code Switch, an NPR podcast tackling race from all angles
- Jemele Hill is Unbothered, a podcast with award-winning journalist Jemele Hill
- Hear To Slay with Roxane Gay and Tressie McMillan Cottom
- Pod Save The People
Talk About It
Change starts from the heart and your home, do not underestimate the power of having honest conversations with your family and loved ones.