Updated: Jun 5, 2020
By now, you've most definitely heard of the Black Lives Matter movement. If you're wondering where to start or how to help, here is a compiled list of all the possible ways to support the Black Lives Matter movement, regardless of how much money you have. All videos, podcasts, petitions, organizations, and sources are linked.
This post will be split into a few sections as follows:
1. Videos to Watch
2. Books to Read
3. Podcasts to Listen to
4. Petitions to Sign
5. Organizations to Donate to
6. Films/TV Shows to Watch
7. Organization to Follow
8. Numbers to Call/Text
9. Immediate Action Items
Note: This post will be very long and possibly overwhelming; remember that you do not have to do every single thing listed to be a good ally. Everybody has to start from somewhere. For now, do what you can, and when you are ready to do more, come back to this post again. Keep coming back as many times as you need to. This will always be here.
Note: This post was taken from another site. For more information, go to tinyurl.com/blklivesmatter-resources!
VIDEOS TO WATCH:
This video was posted by a black woman named Zoe Amira, with the intent to raise money for various BLM organizations via Adsense. The video is an hour long and is filled with art and music from black creators. It has a ton of ads, which will result in a lot of Adsense money. 100% of the Adsense will go to BLM organizations, including bail out funds for protesters. If you do not have money to donate, just click on this video, play it on loop in the background, and continue going about your day. The more times it is played the more revenue it will generate.
BOOKS TO READ:
Black Feminist Thoughts by Patricia Hill Collins
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Dianglo, PHD
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oulo
The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton and Lara Love Hardin
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell
How To Be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
PODCASTS TO LISTEN TO:
PETITIONS TO SIGN:
Note: If you choose to donate to Change.org, the donations will go toward promoting other petitions on Change.org rather than helping the cause you signed for. To donate to BLM foundations, see the section below.
ORGANIZATIONS TO DONATE TO:
FILMS/TV SHOWS TO WATCH:
Explained: The Racial Wealth gap
Time: The Kalief Browder Story
See You Yesterday
Who Killed Malcom X?
When They See Us
Dear White People
If Beale Street Could Talk
The Hate U Give
Little Fires Everywhere
Black Power Mixtape
I Am Not Your Negro
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
ORGANIZATIONS TO FOLLOW:
Color of Change (@colorofchange)
The Conscious Kid (@theconsciouskid)
Showing Up for Racial Justice (@showingupforracialjustice)
Families Belong Together (@fams2gether)
United We Dream (@unitedwedream)
The Leadership Conference (@civilrightsorg)
Equal Justice Initiative (@eji_org)
Black Lives Matter (@blklivesmatter)
Reclaim The Block (@reclaimtheblock)
Ethel's Club (@ethelsclub)
NUMBERS TO CALL/TEXT:
Text JUSTICE to 668366
Text ENOUGH to 55156
Text FLOYD to 55-156
Leave a message for Louisville Mayor and demand justice for Breonna Taylor (502) 574-2003
IMMEDIATE ACTION ITEMS:
Register to VOTE.
Check in on black friends, family, colleagues, and acquaintances.
Educate yourself- it is your job to learn about racial injustices and what you can do to help.
Be an advocate for mental health. Be aware of how content you post may affect others. Refrain from posting traumatic content as it can be triggering for many black people, as well as increase dehumanisation of black people.
Read the news and pay attention to social media. Ignorance is NOT bliss.
Choose action over inaction. Attend protests and share your #BlackLivesMatter posts online, regardless of your follower count. Your voice is powerful.
Be an ally at the dinner table. If you hear racist conversation among family or friends, correct the speaker and initiate a discussion of why this is wrong.
Create a long term strategy. How will you be an ally for the rest of your life? Donate to organizations if you have the means to do so. Every dollar counts.