“You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.”
– Maya AngelouExcerpt from poem, “Still I Rise”
The last several days have been incredibly difficult for many people across the U.S. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others, is, unfortunately, a reminder of the everyday systemic racism our country was built on and still thrives on to this day.
Every American and every human in this world deserves to feel safe, equal, and to have the same opportunities as everyone else, regardless of their color of skin, where they come from, or who they are. As a white Latina, I’ve wondered what I can do to help in building a more just society.
Please don’t feel like you’re not doing enough. Doing something is better than doing nothing at all. Every act of kindness, every act of service, every protest, every donation, every social media post, no matter how small, these things help. Just look what we’ve accomplished in a few days. All four of the officers complicit in George Floyd’s death have been charged. That’s because of all of us doing our part.
So, now that I’ve practically written a novel as an intro, here are some ways you can help:
The following are organizations I’ve donated to and thoroughly researched:
The Loveland Foundation was established in 2018 by Rachel Cargle in response to her widely successful birthday wish fundraiser, Therapy for Black Women and Girls. The Loveland Foundation is the official continuation of the effort to bring opportunity and healing to communities of color, and especially to Black women and girls. Through fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more, The Loveland Foundation hopes to contribute to both the empowerment and the liberation of the communities they serve.
Over 1,000 people are killed by police every year in America. Campaign Zero calls on local, state, and federal lawmakers to take immediate action to adopt data-driven policy solutions to end the violence and hold police accountable. On Campaign Zero’s website, you can view their extensive research, policy proposals, and solutions to ending police brutality.
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund fights for racial justice. ough 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. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.
Additional Places to Donate
I haven’t done quite as much research on the following, but they are widely reported to be reputable organizations to donate to. As with any charity or organization, please do your own research!
- I also love this more comprehensive list found from Town&Country featuring 22 different social justice organizations.
This petition aims to “reach the attention of Minneapolis Mayor Frey and District Attorney Mike Freeman to beg to have the officers involved in this disgusting situation fired and for charges to be filed immediately.”
This petition is to “demand the officers who killed George Floyd are charged with murder.” You can also sign by texting “Floyd” to 55156.
This petition calls for the justice of Taylor, an unarmed black woman who died in her apartment after being shot at least eight times by Louisville, Kentucky, Metro Police in March.
This petition aims to demand justice for George Floyd and his family. “When you sign, our platform will automatically send your message to Hennepin County District Attorney Mike Freeman, who has the power to arrest and charge these police officers,” according to the website.
This petition insists “that officials ensure safe policing in times of unrest.”
Read, Listen, Watch, Learn
Books to Read
Movies to Watch
Documentaries to Watch
TV Shows to Watch
Support Black-Owned Businesses
Supporting small businesses in your community is always a great thing to do. Official Black Wall Street helps you find a directory of black-owned businesses to support.
Voting is one of the most powerful abilities we have. Whether you’re American or a citizen of another country, if you have the right to vote, please do so! Voting is one of the best ways we can create meaningful, lasting change through the governments that represent us.
If you’re not yet old enough to vote, or if you do not currently have the ability to vote, take time to research and educate yourself on politics at your local, state, and federal level. Government at every level affects us, so please vote in every election you possibly can, not just presidential elections.
Go to Vote.org to register to vote.