Black Lives Matter…but what can YOU do about it?

This is a guest post by Anaïs Peterson, a Pittsburgh-area social-justice advocate.  She wrote this on Facebook on June 3, and I am reposting it here to spread this information to people who choose not to use Facebook.  I have not looked into all these resources personally.

This post is aimed at people who want to stand up for the idea that Black Lives Matter but are uncertain what to do.  It’s especially confusing at this time, when attending a protest march could increase your risk of catching coronavirus–but even in ordinary times, many people have never attended a protest and have believed that not being racist themselves meant that this issue didn’t involve them.  Anaïs explains why we need to do more and gives many options for how we can do it!

Hello everyone!
Over the past week, I have heard people saying they do not know how to help, where to donate, what to do, etc. To help move folks from passive confusion to active support and action, I wanted to share this post with an incomplete collection of resources and information.

I am writing this directly towards the people who are currently my neighbors in an upper-middle-class suburb of Pittsburgh; I am writing this to the white and/or wealthy people I graduated from high school with, whose activism started and ended with yesterday’s blackout; I am writing this to non-Black people who are stepping away from racial justice in this moment because it is overwhelming and exhausting.

In this moment I want to remind y’all it is not enough to be passively supportive and say you are anti-racist. Anti-racism is not doing things to make you feel good, to post on your social media, to tell your Black friends about later to absolve yourself. To be anti-racist is a constant commitment to learning and growing and actively holding yourself accountable especially when it is difficult and uncomfortable.

Places to Donate

In this moment it is the responsibility of non-Black people with money, primarily white people, to donate. Here’s why:

Black people built this country for free, their labour and capital stolen from them. To this day Black people are still systemically discriminated against, and reparations have not been paid. It is the responsibility of people with capital, people who are today wealthy because of Black labour, to recognize this and show up with your wallets in this moment. If you are someone who says, “But I didn’t own slaves,” this is how you start to reckon with that legacy. No, you did not own slaves, but you are still benefiting from systems of white supremacy–and Black communities are still damaged by that same legacy.

Pittsburgh Based

Bukit Bail Fund (https://www.bukitbailfund.org/donate)
Abolitionist Law Center (https://abolitionistlawcenter.org/donate/)
SisTersPgh (https://www.paypal.me/sisterspgh)
Venmo @/PGH-Freedomfund
Black Mental Health fund (https://www.gofundme.com/f/22vs53f5)
1Hood Media (https://www.1hood.org/support-1hood-media/#)
Radical Youth Collective (https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/invest-in-young-people-political-power-donate-to-the-pa-student-power-network/)

National

Mass List of all Bail funds (https://www.communityjusticeexchange.org/nbfn-directory)
BYP100 (https://secure.actblue.com/donate/byp100-1)
National Lawyers Guild (https://www.nlg.org/donate/)
Thread of gofundmes for Black folks (https://twitter.com/RyukosGokuUni/status/1265839563613908992)

Minnesota

Reclaim the Block (https://secure.everyaction.com/zae4prEeKESHBy0MKXTIcQ2)
Black Visions Collective (https://secure.everyaction.com/eR7GA7oz70GL8doBq19LrA2)
North Star Health Collective (https://www.northstarhealthcollective.org/donate)
Official George Floyd Memorial (https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd)
MPD150 (https://mpd150.com/)

Kentucky

Louisville Bail Fund (https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/louisville-community-bail-fund/)

Ways to financial support for those who can’t donate at this time

Stream this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCgLa25fDHM&feature=youtu.be)
(https://www.youtube.com/playlist…)
**IF YOU HAVE MONEY, DO NOT DO THIS ACTION IN PLACE OF DONATING! DONATE AND PLAY THE VIDEOS! YOU CAN AND SHOULD DO BOTH!**

𝐈𝐌𝐏𝐎𝐑𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐓 𝐄𝐃𝐈𝐓:
D𝐨 𝐍𝐎𝐓 𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐟𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐛𝐲 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐮𝐧 𝐊𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞.𝐨𝐫𝐠, 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐙𝐞𝐫𝐨, 𝐨𝐫 𝟖𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐰𝐚𝐢𝐭.

Readings

This is NOT the moment to reach out to Black folks in your life and ask them for information. Below is a list of readings for you to engage with at this time. If you decide to purchase them, do not buy from Amazon–support Black-owned bookstores (see incomplete list at the end of this section).

* Asterisked books are free pdfs or ebooks that are currently being offered for free. *

White Supremacy and Whiteness

Me and White Supremacy (Layla F Saad)
How to Be an Anti-Racist (Ibra X. Kendi)
So You Want to Talk About Race (Ijeoma Oluo)

Police

* Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? (https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/941-who-do-you-serve-who-do-you-protect) *
* Rise of the Warrior Cop (https://drive.google.com/…/1i23mTTM9BvlRZCVgp9vbY6WRmucgf1X2) *
* The End of Policing (https://www.versobooks.com/books/2817-the-end-of-policing) *

Prisons

* Are Prisons Obsolete? (https://collectiveliberation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Are_Prisons_Obsolete_Angela_Davis.pdf target=”_blank”) * (You could instead purchase the book, by Angela Y. Davis)
* Abolition Democracy (https://bibliotecadaluta.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/abolition_democracy.pdf) * (You could instead purchase the book, by Angela Y. Davis)
The New Jim Crow (Michelle Alexander)
* A Jailbreak of the Imagination (https://drive.google.com/…/1TCxrfL6fOBQj0DNbtpU-97Uo9SA6sOaX) *
* Is Prison Necessary? (https://drive.google.com/…/1W6g2GLTriPyNcLiAeYyMzNkTDfiWdSCL) *

Black Feminism

* Black Feminist Thought (https://drive.google.com/…/1zoQtsD4N5qa3rvWOlqsjw9qWH0bheN5e) *

Miscellaneous

* Black History Month drive full of readings (https://drive.google.com/…/fol…/0Bz011IF2Pu9TUWIxVWxybGJ1Ync) *
* Critical Reading drive with an incredible depth of readings (https://drive.google.com/…/1vJTfZMZvrh3sEpF6unAdi8ZUDYAkgzUt) *
* Black Revolutionary texts drive (https://drive.google.com/…/18y0_2wm85L113fVWYdgljq9uuIlmlbl3)*

Infographics & Articles

* What Is Abolition? (https://drive.google.com/…/1i23mTTM9BvlRZCVgp9vbY6WRmucgf1X2)*
* White Witness and the Contemporary Lynching (https://newrepublic.com/article/157734/white-witness-contemporary-lynching) *
White Debt (https://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/06/magazine/white-debt.html)
* Cops (https://www.instagram.com/p/B-h9N2NgMe6/)*
* Why is This Happening? (https://www.100yearhoodie.com/why) *
* White Supremacy (https://www.instagram.com/p/CAq9_0uJary/) *

Black Owned Book Stores

Booksandcranniesva.com
https://hakimsbookstore.com/
https://www.msn.com/…/the-black-owned-bookstore…/ar-BB14W380 (list)
https://shoppeblack.us/2018/11/black-owned-bookstores-2/ (list)
https://aalbc.com/bookstores/list.php (list)

Podcasts

White Lies by NPR
The 1619 Project by the New York Times
Uncivil by Gimlet Media
The Witness Podcast Network – Pass the Mic

Documentaries

13th
American Son
Dear White People
See You Yesterday
When They See Us
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
Hulu
If Beale Street Could Talk
The Hate U Give

Notes and Resources on Being an Ally/Accomplice

Beyond the Hashtag (https://www.teenvogue.com/story/beyond-the-hashtag-how-to-take-anti-racist-action)
10 Steps to Non-Optical Allyship (https://www.instagram.com/p/CA04VKDAyjb/)
Anti-Racism Resources for White People (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO-QgirITwCTugSfKie5Fs/mobilebasic)
75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice (https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234)
Save the Tears: White Woman’s Guide (https://tatianamac.com/posts/save-the-tears/)
Scaffolding anti-racism resources (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PrAq4iBNb4nVIcTsLcNlW8zjaQXBLkWayL8EaPlh0bc/preview?pru=AAABcp6uIFU*kPg_ZsMhEO7wjtW3XtnIvQ)

Other Comprehensive Resources

https://Tinyurl.com/blmforever
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jaSwdU_Bb5pzYssYHRM4MHto489G6SQ8Yd32f1hu_S8/edit

This is absolutely an incomplete list of resources, places to donate, and ways to be anti-racist. Please share additional resources in the comments below or the original Facebook post!

Please also note this post doesn’t even begin to touch the issues of anti-Blackness in Asian American communities, but that does not mean it is not also equally on my mind. Non-Black POC, we aren’t off the hook right now at ALL!

3 thoughts on “Black Lives Matter…but what can YOU do about it?

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing Anaïs’s post here. What a great treasure trove of links of things we can do! I’m looking for my own next action steps in being anti-racist so I’m bookmarking this page.

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