2020 BLM Resource Guide

Last update: July 28th, 2020

Update (7/8): This is not a moment but a movement. Justice for Breonna Taylor.

Table of Contents

General Information         

Mental Health Resources         

Anti-Racism Resources         



Additional Resources/Add                                                                                                                                         

General Information/ Resources 

Detroit Chapter Logo


Ways to Connect:

Email- leadership@blmdetroit.com

Website- BLMDetroit.com


Twitter- twitter.com/DetroitBLM

Lansing Chapter Logo


Ways to Connect:

Website- iberationpac.org/BLMLansing

Facebook- facebook.com/BLMLansing

Twitter- twitter.com/BLMLansing

Support protesters

  • Legal Rts Ctr: (612) 337-0030

San Diego Specific Resources

Southern California Black Lives Matter Chapters




Long Beach BLM





Mental Health Resources

Therapy For Black Girls

So often the stigma surrounding mental health issues and therapy prevents Black women from taking the step of seeing a therapist. This space was developed to present mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant.

Our Mental Health Minute (via Dr. Riana Anderson U-M SPH, Thanks!)

Ri + CT discussed their dreams of bringing psychology content to the community in a fun and relevant way and created this fantastic platform for all to enjoy. With 2 seasons and over 25 episodes on mental health content, they hope to provide materials that are relatable, informative, and helpful in engaging Black people with mental health knowledge and treatment. Ri and CT are determined to make their content grow through videos, podcasts, and online engagement. Their work - both in research and through OurMHM - is for, of, and inspired by the people, and they take no greater pride than being servant leaders through this venture. Their vision is to:

1) Reduce stigma about mental health in the Black community

2) Provide resources in access, utilization, and quality of mental health care

3) Increase mental health literacy (in a fun and relevant way!)

Check out their latest video: Putting Our Necks on the Line: Breathing in the Midst of Racism !!

Open Path Collective

In partnership with licensed mental health clinicians in private practice throughout the fifty states, Open Path Psychotherapy Collective provides middle and lower-income level individuals, couples, families, and children with access to affordable psychotherapy and mental health education services.As long as there is a financial need, our lifetime membership will allow you to see anyone in our network for the rates listed above. This is our guarantee. A lifetime membership only costs $59.


Talkspace is an online and mobile therapy company based in New York City. It was founded by Oren and Roni Frank in 2012. Talkspace users have access to licensed therapists through the website or mobile app on iOS and Android.

*** Resources from U-M School of Social Work via Dr. Linda Chatters

Mindfulness in Uncertain Times

Tumultuous headlines, health, and financial insecurity, isolation, family tensions… all these can leave us feeling agitated, nervous, just not ourselves.  This class will provide practical support for developing a daily meditation practice that’s appropriate for you (or fine-tuning it, if you have one already); cultivating basic mindfulness skills; and applying those skills in meeting life’s challenges, to respond wisely instead of reacting impulsively.

  • 8 Sundays, May 31 – July 19
  • 2:00-3:00pm, U.S. EDT.
  • Online via Zoom. Includes instruction, a guided practice exercise, and Q-and-A.
  • For ages 17 and up.
  • Fee: by donation

Instructor: Barbara Newell, JD, mindfulness, and meditation teacher. Barbara trained with Thich Nhat Hanh and works regularly with nationally-recognized teachers Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.  Click here to register

Saline, Ann Arbor, and Ypsilanti Drop-ins.

These are now combined... join whichever sessions are most convenient in a given week. Still led by AACFM Teachers and other colleagues in the Ann Arbor mindfulness meditation community, we're now online. No charge.

  • Tuesdays, 11-Noon,
  • Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 pm
  • Fridays, 11-noon, all EDT.  

The above sessions are accessed by the same Zoom link and meeting ID. Click https://zoom.us/j/993192822 or call 646-558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 993 192 822


Cancer Support Community Drop-In

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1–2 pm EDT
  • Ongoing

These free guided mindfulness meditations are available to anyone impacted by cancer. Beginners and experienced practitioners welcome. Visit www.cancersupportannarbor.org to get the Zoom link

Are you feeling a desire to deepen your practice and/or share with a grounded community about your experiences in quarantine? Then consider these options:

  • PRIVATE MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION SESSIONS with Barbara Newell, over phone and Zoom. For more information and to schedule a free initial consultation, please contact her directly barbara@barbaranewell.com. You can also check out her podcast here.
  • SHARE and CARE SESSIONS with Pam Schweitzer On Wednesdays, 6-7 pm EDT, the Share and Care group is offered to participants of the Ann Arbor, Saline and Ypsilanti drop-in meditations as an opportunity to discuss concerns and experiences associated with the pandemic since discussion is not part of the open meditations.  It does not include meditation. Click https://zoom.us/j/993192822 or call 646 558 8656 and enter Meeting ID: 993 192 822

Resources for self and community care




2. Healing Racial Trauma by Sheila Wise Rowe: The Road to Resilience


Meditation Exercises:

1. Black Lives Matters Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma by Dr. Candice Nicole http://drcandicenicole.com/2016/07/black-lives-matter-meditation/ 

2. Soulfulness 4 Life: https://soulfulness4life.com/ uses a culturally congruent approach to mindfulness


1. Liberate app: Liberate is the #1 meditation app for the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community. Listen to dozens of guided meditations to ease anxiety, find gratitude, heal internalized racism and microaggressions and celebrate Blackness.


2. The Safe Place: a Minority Mental Health App geared towards the Black Community to bring awareness, education and hope.



1. The Breakdown with Dr. Earl: A Mental Health Podcast

2. The Homecoming Podcast with Dr. Thema

3. The Sexually Liberated Woman with Ev’Yan Whitney

4. Kindred Medicine a sacred storytelling podcast with Dr. Shena


1. Songs Giving us (Much Needed) Life by Code Switch (NPR)

Anti-Racism Resources

** Provided by U-M SPH & SW professor Dr. Linda Chatters

Readings on trauma

On piece is on it sharing articles of videos that have images of the murder of either George Floyd or Ahmad Arbery, particularly as thumbnails. This is a trauma porn that focuses on the death of Black bodies (something we never see with white bodies). Here is an article that may be useful for non Black folks in how to not replicate trauma on social media while talking about this.


Allyship from the API Coalition in the U-M School of Social Work

API Coalition


  1. 20+ Allyship Actions for Asians to Show Up for the Black Community Right Now
  2. Anti- Racism Resource
  3. 6 Ways Asian Americans Can Tackle Anti-Black Racism in Their Families
  4. Black and Asian-American Feminist Solidarities: A Reading List
  5. Allyship v. Accomplice

This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. Feel free to circulate this document on social media.

To take immediate action to fight for Breonna Taylor, please visit FightForBreonna.org.

Resources for white parents to raise anti-racist children:

Articles to read:

Videos to watch:

Podcasts to subscribe to:

Books to read:

Films and TV series to watch:

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • Just Mercy - MOST PLATFORMS (Warner Brothers has made this free to rent throughout June in response to the protest and injustice | Linked is Amazon however it is free and available on other platforms)
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Good Trouble- Hulu
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent
  • King In The Wilderness — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • http://www.arraynow.com - Ava Duvernay created an interactive reflection tool for people to use as they watch When They See Us. They're hoping it will deepen the conversation and inspire action (Thanks Ifunanya!)

Organizations to follow on social media:

  • Antiracism Center: Twitter
  • Audre Lorde Project: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
  • Black Women’s Blueprint: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
  • Color Of Change: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
  • Colorlines: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
  • The Conscious Kid: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
  • Equal Justice Initiative (EJI): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
  • Families Belong Together: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
  • The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
  • MPowerChange: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
  • Michigan Liberation: Twitter | Facebook
  • Muslim Girl: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
  • NAACP: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
  • National Domestic Workers Alliance: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
  • RAICES: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
  • Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
  • SisterSong: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
  • United We Dream: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

More anti-racism resources to check out:

Webinar # 1 Racism: The Ultimate Underlying Condition (Tuesday, June 9th @ 2PM EDT)

Join APHA for the first webinar in the Advancing Racial Equity series providing an in-depth look at racism as a driving force for the social determinants of health and equity. The kick-off webinar of the Advancing Racial Equity series will examine racism and its historic and present day impact on health and well-being. Presenters will:

  • identify the multiple levels on which racism operates;
  • describe the physiological impacts of racism and discrimination on health; and
  • explore the principles for and barriers to achieving health equity.


*** Please look into each fund and site before donating. Each donation link is not directly geared towards the current BLM movement***

Minnesota Freedom Fund *** look at their twitter page to learn more about how their funds are distributed before donating ***

A grassroots organization currently working with the National Lawyers Guild and the Legal Rights Center. Donations will be used to bail out arrested  protestors and to supply those on the field. Every dollar of financial donations to Minnesota Freedom Fund helps them help free people. Donations can be one time or recurring.

Black Lives Matter 

#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives. Your support of the movement and the ongoing fight to end state-sanctioned violence, liberate Black people, and end white supremacy forever.

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund

This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George.  A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund.


Anyone wishing to send cards, letters of encouragement  and/or contributions in the form of a money order or check, may do so by mail at:


The Estate of George Floyd

c/o Ben Crump Law, PLLC

122 S. Calhoun Street

Tallahassee, FL 32301

Attn: Adner Marcelin


All checks must be made out to: The Estate of George Floyd

The Bail Project

The Bail Project is a national Revolving Bail Fund created n to combat mass incarceration and reshape the pretrial system in the United States. 100% of online donations are used to bring people home. Since bail money comes back to us when cases close, we're able to recycle every dollar donated at least twice per year.

Reclaim the Block

A grassroots organization based in Minneapolis, will use funds to address community needs. Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety. We believe health, safety and resiliency exist without police of any kind. We organize around policies that strengthen community-led safety initiatives and reduce reliance on police departments. We do not believe that increased regulation of or public engagement with the police will lead to safer communities, as community testimony and documented police conduct suggest otherwise.

Louisville Community Bail Fund

The Louisville Community Bail Fund exists to not only bail out folks, but provide post-release support to get them from jail, fed, and to a situation of safety. LCBF also maintains a focus on preventative measures for those targeted by law enforcement and threatened with incarceration. While we work with national networks, we are also one of the only bail funds that rely entirely on support from individuals in our social justice community.

Black Visions Collective 

Organization based in Minnesota, led by black queer/trans folks (thanks for the addition Akemi!), that  focuses its work on transformative justice in the state. aim to center our work in healing and transformative justice principles, intentionally develop our organizations core “DNA” to ensure sustainability, and develop Minnesota’s emerging Black leadership to lead powerful campaigns. By building movements from the ground up with an integrated model, we are creating the conditions for long term success and transformation. Black Visions Collective envisions a world in which ALL Black Lives Matter. We use the guidance and brilliance of our ancestors as well as the teachings of our own experiences to pursue our commitment to dismantling systems of oppression and violence. We are determined in our pursuit of dignity and equity for all.

Other Donations:

** Donating to a Change.org link? Please recognize that a good portion of your donation goes towards the site. Your donation goes further when allocated to one of the various bail bonds found below (read the bail bond description though)! You can sign AS MANY PETITION as your heart desires though! (Thanks Allyse!) ***

Bail Funds:


Justice for Big Floyd

Please join us in demanding justice for George Floyd and his family by adding your name to our super petition.  When you sign, our platform will automatically send your message to County Attorney Michael Freeman, who has the power to arrest and charge these police officers. We need all hands on deck to demand justice: please add your name to tell County Attorney Michael Freeman that they need to be put behind bars.


Text “FLOYD” to 55156 and sign!

Text “JUSTICE” to 668366

Text “JUSTICEFORBRE” to 55156

Text “ENOUGH” to 55156 - demand justice for Breonna Taylor

Text “JUSTICE” to 55156 - demand DA George Barnhill and Jackie Johnson are removed from office

Resist Bot

Contact your representatives in under 2 minutes. Text the word RESIST to me on iMessage, Messenger, Twitter, Telegram, or to 50409 on SMS* and read what I text you back. I’ll turn your texts into a letter, and deliver it to the elected officials you choose: from your state legislator to the President.

Justice for George Floyd

We are trying to reach the attention of Mayor Jacob Frey and DA Mike Freeman to beg to have the officers involved in this disgusting situation fired and for charges to be filed immediately. Please help us get justice for George and his family!

Justice for Breonna Taylor

Sign the petition demanding that:

  1. The Mayor and City Council address the use of force by LMPD.
  1. Fire and revoke the pensions of the officers that murdered Breonna. Arrest, charge, and convict them for this crime.
  1. Provide all necessary information to a local, independent civilian community police accountability council #CPAC.
  1. Create policy for transparent investigation process due to law enforcement misconduct.
  1. Drop all charges for Kenneth Walker, Breonna’s boyfriend, who attempted to defend them and their home.
  1. Release the 911 call to the public for accountability.

Contact Minneapolis Representatives

Write a letter demanding justice to Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. Demand County Attorney Mike Freeman charge the officers with murder by calling him at 612-348-5550.

Send an Email to the Minneapolis Police Department Demanding Justice

This is a pre-filled email - all you have to do is fill out your name and location. Created by @benlross on Instagram. (Thanks Jasdeep!)

Other Petitions:

Other Contacts?

Contacting Ann Arbor/Detroit reps (Thanks Kelli!)

County Attorney Mike Freeman:


Mayor Frey 


City Attorney's office 

(612 673-3000) - Demand that they release people who have been detained on low-level charges and for protesting during a PANDEMIC

GEORGE FLOYD is the name of the man who was murdered by DEREK CHAUVIN (badge 1087), TOU THAO (badge 7162), Thomas Lane, and J Alexander Kueng. If you truly care about getting justice, make phone calls to these numbers and express your anger. We cannot let another killer cop walk free.

UPDATE: As of May 29, Chauvin has been charged for third-degree murder. Continue pressuring officials for harsher charges because what he did was clearly not an accident. Also continue pushing for the other cops who were at the scene to be charged.

Contact Outline and Info 

The Action Pac Hotline - coaches you through the calls and connects you with the offices who can arrest the police officers who murdered George Floyd

(612) 324-4499

International Affairs Division

City Hall, Room 112

350 South 5th Street

Minneapolis, MN 55415

(612) 673-3074

Velma J. Korbel, Director

Department of Civil Rights

City Hall, Room 239

350 South 5th Street

Minneapolis, MN 55415

(612) 673-3012

Mayer Jacob Frey


(612) 673-2100

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman

C-2000 Government Center

300 South Sixth Street

Minneapolis, MN 55487



(612) 348-5550

MPLS FBI field office

(763) 569-8000

MPD 3rd Precinct

(612) 673-5703

MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

(651) 793-7000

Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis

(612) 788-8444

Louisville Mayor (demand justice for Breonna Taylor)

(502) 753-1784

MN Precinct Inspector


Commander of Training Unit






City Councillor Gord Perks - Parkdale - High Park


(416) 392-7919

MPP Bhutilla Karpoche - Parkdale - High Park


(416) 763-5630

MP Arif Virani - Parkdale - High Park


(416) 769-5072

Mayor of Toronto John Tory


(416) 397-2489

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders


(416) 808-2222

Solicitor General - Minister Sylvia Jones


(416) 325-0408

(519) 941-7751

Attorney General of Ontario Doug Downey


(416) 326-2220

(705) 726-5538

Sample Email:

Hello [recipient],

I am writing to you in regards to the incident that occurred at 100 High Park Avenue on May 27th, 2020. A 29 year-old Black woman, Regis, has died after allegedly falling off her balcony, despite police being present.

As a concerned citizen, I am very upset and disturbed at the events that took place and the allegations that this caused on the part of the police. I am demanding justice and answers as to the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet.

A complete and transparent public and independent investigation needs to take place. Charges need to be brought to all the officers involved, as well as all information and evidence should be made available to the public.


[your name]


Murdered by Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove

Louisville Metro PD

(502) 574-7111

Louisville Mayor Office

(502) 574-2003



Tallahassee Police dept


Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey


Commissioner Jeremy Matlow https://www.talgov.com/Main/email.aspx?emailto=jeremy.matlow

Officer Kevin Bradshaw - Officer on Tony's case

(850) 556-1726

Justice for Elijah McClain

Change petition

*If you know the account that made this image please let us know so we can give credit! Its cut off at the bottom!*

Additional Resources:

Please feel free to add additional resources! This guide is primarily Michigan centered as this started as a resources guide for current students in the area. If you would like to add resources for your specific city (Los Angeles, Atlanta, DMV, etc) that would be awesome! Let us know which local organizations to support, which lawmakers need their phones and inboxes blown up, and where the next protest or meet up is at! You can either add them down here or you can place them in the set categories above.

Hello All! Thank you so much for contributing to this document over the weekend. I did not expect this kind of response although this (and more) is the recognition this movement deserves.  Although I love the community that continues to inform and update this document, it has taken on a life of its own and we want to make sure it remains a space SPECIFICALLY for RESOURCES. With that, the comments have been turned off. Please know that this is a living document and will be updated accordingly. If you have any resources or information that you would like to add please contact us (DM) at @MedicinalMelanin_ on Instagram or request access!

Ann Arbor/Detroit Area Protest Doc

If you are a more visual person, this website has many of the same resources! Of course ctrl+F would work for this document but I personally think this website is awesome and well organized! Check it out! https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#