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Black Lives Matter – Resources, Where To Donate, How To Help

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.

Donate

You can find this list of places to donate to at Refinery29.com



Learn About The Victims – Say Their Names

Unarmed. And dead. 
TRAYVON MARTIN, KEITH SCOTT, ATATIANA JEFFERSON, JONATHAN FERRELL, JORDAN EDWARDS, STEPHON CLARK, AMADOU DIALLO, RENISHA MCBRIDE, TAMIR RICE, SEAN BELL, WALTER SCOTT, PHILANDO CASTILE, AIYANA JONES, TERRENCE CRUTCHER, ALTON STERLING, FREDDIE GRAY, JOHN CRAWFORD, MICHAEL BROWN, JORDAN DAVIS, SANDRA BLAND, BOTHAM JEAN, OSCAR GRANT, COREY JONES, AHMAUD AUBREY.

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.


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.

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