Now more than ever, we need real change in this country. This is something I've thought for a long time and with every new killing of a Black person by police, I became angrier and angrier... but I was too uncomfortable and scared to say anything. This can no longer be the case. So today I wanted to share some ways that you can support Black Lives Matter and those who have lost their lives. I have shared/seen a lot on my social media but I want to share an aggregated list here as well for people to refer back to.
George Floyd, Change.org
George Floyd, ColorofChange.org (can also text FLOYD to 55156)
Breonna Taylor, Change.org
David McAtee, Change.org
Black Students at North Central College, Change.org
15 Percent Pledge, 15percentpledge.org
I have personally signed all of these petitions and it only takes you a minute and costs nothing to show support.
Official George Floyd Memorial Fund, GoFundMe.com
Chicago Black and Brown Business Relief, GoFundMe.com
Chicago Black Owned Business Relief, GoFundMe.com
Rebuild Black Communities in Chicago, GoFundMe.com
The Loveland Foundation, TheLovelandFoundation.org
Black Lives Matter Chicago
Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Black Youth Project 100, BYP100.org
Brave Space Alliance, BraveSpaceAlliance.org
Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation, SoulinChicago.org
Chicago Community Bond Fund, ChicgoBond.org
Black Owned Chicago, a site with a list of Black-owned businesses in Chicago
Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery, a Black-woman owned bookstore in Chicago
Congress.Cards, send postcards to your representatives to demand change
Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap (Netflix)
Time: The Kalief Browder Story (Netflix)
When They See Us (Netflix)
Who Killed Malcom X? (Neflix)
Just Mercy (Amazon Prime)
This YouTube video featuring Black artists and creators
All proceeds from the ad revenue in this video will be donated to various causes to help BLM
Too many good ones to list so here is a list from @booksandthecitypod on Instagram
Here is a list of all of them on my Bookshop.org profile where you can support indie bookstores with your purchase
OTHER ACTION ITEMS
Follow Black and BIPOC voices on your social media feeds
Listen to relevant podcasts — I recommend '1619' from the New York Times which also has related essays online if you search "1619 project"
Check out bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES for more reading material to re-educate yourself
If you shop at Sephora, use your extra Beauty Insider points to donate to the National Black Justice Coalition
Please share with anyone looking for resources for real and actionable change they can make personally and in their communities!
Disclosure: The Bookshop.org link is an affiliate link which means, at no additional cost to you, I will make money off of your purchase. If you choose to purchase through my link, I pledge to donate the funds to The Loveland Foundation which supports therapy funds for Black women and girls.