Black Lives Matter: Let’s Be Better Allies

Many of us are wondering what we can do to truly support our African-American friends beyond sharing our outrage online. Being a better ally to marginalized communities is a process and it can be tough to know where to start

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Things You Can Do

Don’t be silent – silence is complicity. You might not know exactly what to say, but saying something, even if it’s short and sweet, is better than not stating that you stand with the African American community.

Vote – Voting in local and federal elections is the first step to seeing change in our country! Are you registered to vote? If you’re not sure check your status here.

Call Your Representatives – Demand change from those already in office! Dial 202-224-3121. This number will direct you to the Capitol switchboard. When you call, ask to be connected to your senator or representative. Clearly state what issue you are calling about!

Recognize your privilege and use it for good – If you see someone being discriminated, treated unfairly or at risk of injury, INTERVENE. Don’t stay quiet, turn on your camera and record what’s happening and demand fairness!

Educate yourself – it is not the job of African Americans to educate you about racial injustice. It is your job to learn more on the subject so you can learn how to fight against it. Read up on history books, watch movies, listen to podcasts, and never stop learning!

Sign the petition by Color of Change – one of the easiest and most effective ways you can help right now is by signing this petition that asks Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey to block the police officers involved from receiving their pensions and ban them from ever becoming police officers again. The petition also calls on County Attorney Mike Freeman to immediately charge the officers with murder. You can sign the petition through this link, or you can text the message “Floyd” to the number 55156.

Peacefully protest – don’t forget a mask! We’re still in the middle of a pandemic and you should protect yourself and your fellow protestors.

Books and Articles You Can Read

The New Jim Crow

Between the World and Me

How to Be an Antiracist

Bad Feminist

The Source of Self-Regard

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Heavy: An American Memoir

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

White Fragility

Podcasts You Can Listen To

#TellBlackStories by the Color of Change.

Still Processing hosted by Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris of the New York Times.

Code Switch by NPR

Movies & TV Shows You Should Watch

When They See Us on Netflix

Freedom Riders available for rent or purchase on Amazon

13th on Netflix

The Watsons Go to Birmingham available to watch on-demand on Vudu

American Son on Netflix

Selma available for rent or purchase on Amazon

Queen and Slim available for rent or purchase on Amazon

Organizations You Can Donate To

Minnesota Freedom Fund https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/donate

George Floyd’s Family GoFundMe https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd

Black Lives Matter https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019

ACLU https://www.aclu.org/action/

This is a starter list and we understand there is a lot more that can be added, so we’d love any additional suggestions you might have,

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