Actions for Everyone
BLM: As we reach the third week of national on-going protests after the murder carried out by the police of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis, George Floyd, I’d like to re-share these very useful links for anyone who is protesting on the streets or wants to support the Black Lives Matter movement. We have sadly seen another black man die in the hands of the police in Atlanta, Rayshard Brooks, who’s killer has been charged with felony murder.
Ways To Help – Official Black Lives Matter website on ways to support the movement
National Resource Spreadsheet – A document with national resources from bail funds to protesting guidelines
As protests go on around the nation, the demand for defunding the police has harnessed great support. But what does the call for “defund the police” look like? I found these words by representative Alexandra Ocasio Cortez explain is perfectly:
“It looks like a suburb. Affluent white communities already live in a world where they choose to fund youth, health, housing etc more than they fund police. When a teenager or preteen does something harmful in a suburb (I say teen bc this is often where lifelong carceral cycles begin for Black and Brown communities), White communities bend over backwards to find alternatives to incarceration for their loved ones to ‘protect their future,’ like community service or rehab or restorative measures. Why don’t we treat Black and Brown people the same way?”
You can find more on her perspective in this Marie Claire article. What else can you do to help #DefundThePolice?
- Call your local government and find out how funding works for your community. And ask your representatives what they are doing in order to allocate funds towards at risk youth, health, education and alternatives to incarceration.
- Sign the BLM initiated petition
- Read this Tool Kit by the The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
- Go protest!
- Donate to entities like the ACLU who are frontrunners in these topics
- You can find more options in this article by Refinery29
Given the state of the world, you’ve probably found yourself lately talking to friends and family about systemic racism, politics, police and other heavy topics. I’ve seen many posts on social media about fights with family over these topics and even I have found myself discussing these uncomfortable but necessary topics with loved ones. Like today, for example, I found myself discussing the racist history of Aunt Jemima, the pancake and syrup brand that has decided to change their image.
How can you talk to your loved ones about these topics? It’s important we do so, even if it isn’t fun.
Here are some good sources to help you lead that conversation.
Want to have better conversations about racism with your parents? Here’s how
How to talk about racism with your white parents
How to talk to your non-black family members about race, according to therapists
On-going series of Trump Hates The Environment: These past weeks we’ve seen two major rules that protect animals being attacked.
First, Trump wants to roll back on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which leaves more than 1,000 species of birds unprotected against industry. We still have a 45 days period for the government to hear public comments so please call your representatives.
Then, they are finalizing a rule that will allow hunters to kill wolf, coyote and bear cubs in their dens in Alaska. Mention this to your representatives while you call them to ask for police defunding!
And here are some Things That Made Me Smile this week:
An underground plant exchange where white folks send plants to black folks