Guides and resources to taking informed civil action
WE MUST DISMANTLE WHITE SUPREMACY. SILENCE IS NOT AN OPTION.
We are outraged about the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless others in the Black community by police officers. We have to speak out, sign petitions, donate money to bail funds to support people in these states protesting the deaths. We have to stand together with the victims of murder, marginalization, and repression because of their skin color, and with those who seek justice through protests across our country.
We are still on the path to learning and figuring out the right ways to give back, how to feel, and how to react. We are very willing to learn/unlearn and are dedicated to overcoming this inequality, we know it's going to be a long road. Below is a list of resources linked to websites to help us all become more informed as we engage in civic action from here on out. Please write us if you have questions, comments or if there’s something we can amend/add to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email government officials and council members to reallocate egregious police budgets towards education, social services, and dismantling racial inequality via this crowd-sourced tool.
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Black Women's Blueprint- This group, which runs the Museum of Women’s Resistance in Brooklyn, seeks to realize an equitable future for black women, including those in the arts.
Black Visions Collective - This Minnesota-based, queer- and trans-centered organization is dedicated to dismantling systems of violence. It works with black communities, including those in the art world, and helps promote investment in black leaders across diverse career fields.
Brooklyn Bail Fund- The inability to afford bail and bond (especially for people of color and immigrants pushes already struggling families further into the margins of society. Even a short time in jail can mean the loss of a job. Unemployment, eviction or deportation and during the current crisis, can directly lead to death.
Ella Baker Center - Focusing on changing the narrative of public safety to be less focused on fear and punishment, and more focused on having a living wage job, healthy food, and affordable childcare, healthcare and housing.
NAACP Legal Defense Fund- America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.
National Bail Fund Network - A directory of bail funds by city. For example, another way to show support to Breonna Taylor is through people in her state protesting her death who are being arrested for it.