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Thank you for deciding to step up and become an active ally. Your support as a non-Black individual is critical to dismantling the corrupt systems in place to oppress Black people. It is pivotal to assist the Black community through all avenues during the protests and beyond to ensure not only that no more Black lives are lost due to our nation’s deeply embedded racism but that they are uplifted and repaid the reparations they’re long overdue. Remaining silent and complacent is just as violent. In doing this, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
Say Their Names! (Out Loud!)
Before you do anything, understand why you’re doing this and who you’re doing this for.
Read each name and what happened to them, understand why this must end.
George Floyd (Murdered May 25th / Minneapolis, Minnesota)
A 46 year old security guard, detained for use of an alleged counterfeit bill, officer
Derek Chauvin held his knee on his neck for nearly 9 min, despite Floyd
protesting he couldn’t breathe, until he died. As of 6/3/20, all four officers
responsible have been arrested and charged.
Breonna Taylor (Murdered March 13th / Louisville, Kentucky)
A 26 year old emergency medical technician, shot 8 times in her own home by
officers who had the wrong address. The officers who murdered her Sgt.
Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove still have yet to be arrested
Tony McDade (Murdered May 27th / Tallahassee, Florida)
A 38 year old trans man profiled by police as a stabbing suspect and
subsequently shot dead. The officer who killed him and his identity are protected
by Florida Law, and have been placed on administrative leave.
Ahmaud Aubrey (Murdered February 23rd / Brunswick, Georgia)
A 25 year old out jogging in the middle of the day. He was followed and gunned
down by former police Officer Gregory Michael and his son Travis Michael, who
have been arrested and charged.
And countless others…
Eric Garner (Murdered July 2014 / New York, New York)
Michael Brown (Murdered August 2014 / Ferguson, Missouri)
Tamir Rice (Murdered November 2014 / Cleveland, Ohio)
Alton Sterling (Murdered July 2016 / Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
Philando Castile (Murdered July 2016 / St.Paul, Minnesota)
Stephon Clark (Murdered March 2018 / Sacramento, California)
… and so many more that we haven’t forgotten.
Below, you will find a checklist* of tangible tasks that you can achieve to further support the Black community and the #BlackLivesMatter movement on top of the continued awareness you will bring through your social media. You will also find information and resources created by Black people on how to best support them.
By joining these movements, you can stay informed on current issues and how to best provide support.
PETITIONS (Sign Every One)
Our combined signatures can be enough to sway local and state politicians to instate the necessary change in our society. Make your voice heard!
Petitions Via Website
Petitions Via Text
WEBSITES (Visit Daily For New Topic)
Defending Black Lives (Activities, updates, online seminars and more!)
Follow them and their hashtags!
Donating and providing financial support to community funds is an easy and effective way to show your solidarity.
*Do not donate to any fundraisers hosted by Shaun King.*
If you’re confused as to why, read this most recent article. There are plenty of others that you can find from over the years if you do additional research.
Mutual Aid (Donate A Minimum of $5 to Each)
Mutual aid is when people rally to meet each other’s basic survival needs with a shared understanding that the systems we live under are insufficient. Paying it forward, together.
Support George Floyd’s Community!
Support Ahmaud Arbery’s Family
Search for mutual aid groups in your community.
With unjust arrests continuing to be made, it’s important that we free our fellow protesters on the ground but be wary that some have gotten more attention than others! If a fund has received enough funds, support another!
SUPPORT YOUR CITY! (Donate at Minimum $20)
Originally $750 per person, reports say the fine has almost tripled!
Thread of Others in Need
Take the time to unlearn racist behaviors and language, learn how to identify racism,
combat it and advocate against it by teaching others.
(Spend 30 Minutes Reading)
(Listen to One & Discuss with a Friend)
Books (Choose At Least One Book)
Buy books directly from the publisher / author. Do not support Amazon!
Additionally, consider joining a book club to actively engage with other readers.
Noname Book Club
Terms and Phrases (Pick a Word & Think of Examples)
“Not all cops?!” Yes all cops! Though someone may have had the
purest intentions when joining the police, they are still supporting an oppressive
tool of racism. If you know someone who works for the police, it’s time to have a
Social Media is the voice of the people and the catalyst to mobilize supporters during times where action is needed. It's the main form of communication and a powerful tool that should be treated appropriately.
(especially without consent!)
Conversations & Responses (Discuss a Topic with your Family)
For us white people, our skin protects us from the brutality of police and grants us advantages throughout life. During a protest, we can use this to provide support for the Black community to block aggressive reactions from the police.
Rules of Protesting
The work does not end when George Floyd’s murderers go to jail.
The work does not end when Breonna Taylor’s murderers go to jail.
The work does not end until we have dismantled a broken system, educated ourselves on the concepts of race, capitalism, and justice, reparations have been repaid to the Black community, and an equitable system to insure no more Black lives are taken by police brutality.
The work does not end, even there, for we will have committed to fighting forever.
*this is an evolving checklist. as information becomes available and corrections are made, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for either