We are in the middle of another race war. It is time to incite positive change not only for the Black community, but for social justice everywhere for everyone. It starts with us. Check yourself. Self-awareness is key to holding ourselves accountable for how to put an end to race wars, once and for all. Posting and researching information on social media can be a starting point, but the real work starts within our own homes and chat groups. These conversations must be had, with political leaders, with our children, with our elders, with each other.
Vote!! Our votes as citizens of the United States count! We need to vote in droves, not just for the presidential election, but also for the Spring/ Summer primaries in our districts. Rally up your friends for a Vote Brunch. Stand in line as a unit, cast your ballots, then head over to a local business to grab a bite together. Social distancing? Meet up for a Zoom chat where you and your circle discuss what’s next in being part of the change, then mail in your voter ballots. Not sure if you are registered to vote, where to go, or voting dates in your state? Visit Vote.Org
to register, and get all of your voter information. Educate yourself Visit the NAACP’s
website information on the cause, ways you can help, developments in how #WeAreDoneDying
is getting Congress to take every measure in ensuring it protects Black lives, how to organize or join a peaceful protest in your local area, and more. Sign petitions. Color of Change
has a petition urging the officers who killed George Floyd to be charged with murder. The call for legislation to demand law enforcement polices their own starts here.
The Black Lives Matter
movement also provides resources, including the petition #DefundThePolice
demanding those monies be invested in communities to provide assets ensuring people of color not only survive, but thrive. Know someone who is on the frontlines of protests? Have telephone numbers handy for bail bonds help, by visiting Community Justice Exchange
For additional tools, visit National Resources List,
a master doc including information on nationwide charities to donate to, free legal help per state for arrested protestors, mutual aid funds, tips for attending protests, and more.