Since we first published this piece in June, peaceful protests have continued across the country against the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, and in solidarity with all BIPOC for the trauma and loss they have experienced as communities in America. The shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin is the latest act of violence against Black Americans, and peaceful protests against such brutality have been met with deadly force. As a direct result of our privilege, many of us will never be able to fully understand what it means to live under conditions of oppression and fear, but that does not mean we are unable to take a stand with our neighbors of color against these systemic injustices. In fact, it is our duty to educate ourselves on racism and the racist structures that exist all around us in order to grasp what role we can play in dismantling them through anti-racism.
To that end, we have compiled a list of resources that either provide direct help to those who need it most in the fight for justice or provide educational materials for allies looking to develop a more critical understanding of the responsibilities that white people and people outside BIPOC communities play in the struggle for a more equitable society. This list is by no means exhaustive and will continue to be updated.
How to Demand Action in Jacob Blake’s Case
- Call the Wisconsin Department of Justice at 608.266.1221
- Call/email the Kenosha District Attorney at 262.653.2400, or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call/email the Kenosha Mayor’s Office at 262.653.4000, or email@example.com
- The Bail Project:
- A nonprofit organization that aims to mitigate incarceration rates through bail reform.
- National Bail Fund Network:
- Includes a directory of community bail funds to which you can donate.
- George Floyd Memorial Fund
- The Loveland Foundation:
- Providing national financial assistance to women and girls of color seeking therapy.
- Minnesota freedom fund:
- Understand the discriminatory nature of cash bail practices and donate to a fund securing protestor release and freedom for BIPOC.
- NAACP Legal and Defense and Aid Fund:
- Help fund the NAACP’s legal teams in their pursuit of winning landmark legal battles.
- Black Visions Collective:
- A black, trans, and queer-led social justice organization and legal fund based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
- Reclaim the Block:
- An organization dedicated to reallocating funds from the police department into community initiatives that promote health and safety.
- Campaign Zero:
- An organization dedicated to limiting police interventions, improving community interactions and ensuring accountability
- The Collective PAC:
- An organization building black political power through getting out the vote, organizing donors, and sponsoring candidates.
- Mutual aid resource directory by state
- Justice for George Floyd (petition and hotline available)
- Justice for Breonna Taylor
- Justice for Ahmaud Arbery
- Justice for Jacob Blake
- Anti-racism content/resource list
- New York Times 1619 Project
- Listen to the 1619 Podcast
- Know your protester’s rights
- Friend finder for arrested protesters
- How to be actively anti-racist
- A trauma therapist’s perspective on protesting
- A list of anti-racist social media accounts to follow
- “The anti-racist allyship starter pack”
- Stamped from the Beginning
- White Trash: The 400 Year Untold History of Class in America
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism
- A People’s History of the United States
- How to be an Anti-Racist
- Decolonizing Wealth
- We Need to Talk
- We Keep Us Safe
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
- Follow, support and amplify black photographers documenting the protests:
- Support black-owned travel companies and creative communities:
- Petition for fair and equitable treatment of BIPOC photographers
- Decolonizing Documentary and Journalistic Photography/Writing
- Additional resources for practicing socially conscious photography and supporting artists
Please reach out to us with any additional anti-racism resources in the comments or on Twitter.