This week, I am taking a break from my regularly scheduled blog posts to talk about a very pressing issue in today’s society. It should not have taken the tragic loss of George Floyd’s life to wake us all up, because this has been going on for a very long time, but now that it has, it’s time to take action.
I decided the best thing I can do with my blog during a time like this is to use it to share information about the Black Lives Matter movement, why it’s important, and how people can help and get educated.
You can find this list of places to donate to at Refinery29.com
- Donate to Justice For Regis.
- Donate to Black Lives Matter Toronto or Black Lives Matter Vancouver.
- Donate to Official George Floyd Memorial Fund.
- Donate to Belly Mujinga’s family, including her daughter.
- Donate to the Toronto Protestor Bail Fund, which provides legal support to anyone protesting in Toronto.
- Donate to The Minnesota Freedom Fund, which provides funds to pay bail for those protesting in Minnesota.
- Donate to The Bail Project, which provides funds to pay bail for those who have been arrested during the protests. You can split your donation between the 39 bail funds (including the Philadelphia Bail Fund, the LGBTQ Freedom Fund, the Community Justice Exchange National Bail Fund Network and the Mississippi Bail Fund Collective) by clicking here.
- Donate to the National Bail Fund Network, which includes a directory of community bail funds.
- Donate to The Movement For Black Lives, a global initiative which aims to support Black organizations to conduct conversations about current political conditions.
- Donate to North Star Health Collective, which coordinates and provides healthcare services, resources, and training to those protesting in Minnesota.
- Donate to Unicorn Riot, which supports journalists on the front line.
- Donate to Black Visions Collective, which centers its work to develop Minnesota’s emerging Black leadership to lead powerful campaigns.
- Donate to Reclaim The Block, a grassroots organization that works to provide the Minneapolis community with the resources they need to thrive.
- Donate to Say Her Name, a campaign that calls attention to police violence against Black women, girls, and femmes.
- Donate to justice for David McAtee, a Black restaurant worker killed by police in Kentucky.
- Donate to I Run with Maud: Ahmaud Arbery fund by his best friend.
Learn About The Victims – Say Their Names
Books To Read To/With Your Children
Below are just 6 books that you can read with your child that will teach them about race. For the complete list I took these from, and more information about them, click here.
Talk To Your Children
Books For You To Read
Educating yourself about racism, Black lives, and what you can do to help is very important. If you’re interested in reading books to educate yourself, these are some highly recommended books. To see the complete list, click here.
Another book I want to mention is “They Said This Would Be Fun – Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up” by Eternity Martis.
I personally know the author of this book. I haven’t had a chance to purchase and read it yet (I also have never been much of a book reader) but everything I ever read that Eternity has written was amazing, and I was not surprised at all to see how well-received her book has been. It is definitely next on my list of books to buy. This book was based on her 2015 Vice article, “London, Ontario was a Racist Asshole to Me,” which I have read and highly recommend checking out.
Speak Up Against Racism
Petitions to Sign
You can find this list of petitions at Refinery29.com
- To demand that a transparent investigation is held into the actions of the police officers present when Regis Korchinski-Paquet died, you can sign the petition here.
- To demand racial data on police-involved deaths in Canada, you can sign the petition here.
- To demand justice for George Floyd, you can sign the petition here.
- To demand that the police officers involved with George Floyd’s death are arrested and charged with second-degree murder, you can sign the petition here.
- To demand the immediate arrest of the three officers who were present when Chauvin kneeled on George Floyd’s neck, sign the petition here.
- To demand justice for Belly Mujinga, the railway worker who died from coronavirus after she was spat on by a man claiming to have COVID-19, you can sign the petition here.
- To demand justice for Breonna Taylor, the Black emergency medical technician who was fatally shot in her apartment by the Louisville Metro Police Department, sign the petition here.
Take Care Of Your Mental Health
Here are a few articles from The Mighty on mental health that are very relevant right now.
- 8 Mental Health Resources for Black Folks – Because You Deserve Support
- Who Is Looking Out for the Mental Health of Black America?
- 10 Tips for Connecting With Others (and Yourself) During COVID-19-Induced Isolation
- 3 Shows Normalizing Black Mental Health (and Doing It Well)
If you have any other resources you think I should add, please include them in a comment below.
If you have a story you want to share, this is a welcome place to do so. I’d love to hear it and get more insight into what Black people go through on a daily basis.