Take Action: Stand With Black Lives Resource Guide

“Revolution is not a one time event.”
– Audre Lorde

Please use this guide as a resource jump off point for getting involved, taking action, sharing information, and for continued learning. This page is a work in progress and process and will continue to grow and be updated as the landscape of the work shifts. We welcome suggestions for additions!

This is the work of all of us. Dismantling racism and anti-Blackness is everyone’s work and more explicitly the work of those who benefit most from the historical legacy of institutional racism and anti-Blackness! It is NOT the job of Black people to teach you. It is NOT the job of Black people to listen to your hurt feelings or help you manage your stress around these issues and taking action.

The guide is multiple pages. You can click through each section at the bottom of this page. Let’s get to work!

How Can I Take Action From Home?

Petitions You Can Sign
Click the hashtags below to access the correlating petitions

#StandWithBre
#RunWithMaud
#JusticeForFloyd
#DefundThePolice
#MovementForBlackLives
#MakeJuneteenthANationalHoliday
#JusticeForRayshardBrooks

Make Calls and Hold Elected Officials Accountable

https://defund12.org/
Email government officials and council members to reallocate egregious police budgets towards education, social services, and dismantling racial inequality via this crowd-sourced tool.

#JusticeForBre
This website will walk you through the call process and help you with dialing the numbers to call. Click here and go to this website to demand justice for Breonna Taylor and to demand the Louisville City Council pass Breonna’s Law aimed at regulating no-knock warrants.

You can also use this call script and these call numbers:


Donate
Grassroots organizations need resources to sustain the vital groundwork required for long-term, strategic capacity building. Put your money where your mouth be. Remember that donations can also be made in time. Volunteer and donate your time and talents if organizations are looking for volunteers.

The Black Lives Matter Movement
The BLM movement, founded in 2013 after George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin, is a multi-national organization that combats white supremacy through demonstrations, petitions, and online organizing. You can donate here, or donate to the original chapter in Los Angeles through their GoFundMe page here

Movement for Black Lives (M4BL)
The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) formed in December of 2014, was created as a space for Black organizations across the country to debate and discuss the current political conditions, develop shared assessments of what political interventions were necessary in order to achieve key policy, cultural and political wins, convene organizational leadership in order to debate and co-create a shared movement wide strategy. Under the fundamental idea that we can achieve more together than we can separately. Donate here.

SNaPCo 
SNaPCo builds power of Black trans and queer people to force systemic divestment from the prison industrial complex and invest in community support. A donation will help fund programs — like a 16-week internship program to create effective leaders to end the crisis of mass criminalization — support trans people that are in need, and bolster a SNAP4FREEDOM school that helps educate collaborators on how they can turn words into action. Donate Here.

Reclaim the Block
Started in 2018, Reclaim the Block organizes the Minneapolis community and council members to move funds from the hands of the police to other areas covered by the city’s budget. “We organize around policies that strengthen community-led safety initiatives and reduce reliance on police departments,” the organization says in its mission statement. You can donate here to help those on the field protesting. 

BEAM
BEAM is an organization working to “remove the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing,” according to its mission statement. Support programs that address mental health and healing in Black communities with a one-time donation here, or a monthly contribution here

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF)
The LDF has fought racial injustice through litigation, advocacy, and public education for over 75 years. Support the organization’s continued battle to improve our judicial system here

The National Association of Black Journalists 
Help support Black journalists and media professions by donating to America’s largest group for journalists of color. The organization promotes media diversity and supports workers who have been laid off or struggle to find employment. 

SaveMoneySaveLife
This organization’s mission is to use art and entertainment to foster sustainable change. We aim to curate accessible events and knowledge that uplifts and contributes to pushing culture and creativity further.  At our core, SMSL is a creative cohort – engaging community with cross-cultural, interdisciplinary programs and resources. Our place-based and project-oriented work uses S.T.E.A.M. education to facilitate experiences that integrates contemporary cultural art, traditional knowledge, and community service. Donate here.

Essie Justice Group
Essie Justice Group is a nonprofit organization of women with incarcerated loved ones taking on the rampant injustices created by mass incarceration. Our award-winning Healing to Advocacy Model brings women together to heal, build collective power, and drive social change. We are building a membership of fierce advocates for race and gender justice — including Black and Latinx women, formerly and currently incarcerated women, transgender women, and gender non-conforming people. Donate here.

A Long Walk Home
A Long Walk Home empowers young artists and activists to end violence against all girls and women. They advocate for racial and gender equity in schools, communities, and our country-at-large. Donate here.

DARE
Direct for Rights And Equality. Donate here.

AMOR
We are an alliance of grassroots organizations, providing community support in Rhode Island and southern New England for victims of hate crimes and state-sponsored violence. Donate here.

Youth Empowerment Performance Project
The mission of YEPP is to create a safe environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer youth experiencing homelessness to explore their history, investigate new ways to address their struggles and to celebrate their strengths through personal and leadership development, as well as community development programming that incorporate different art-expression forms. Donate here.

Assata’s Daughters
Assata’s Daughters (“AD”) first formed in 2015 as a volunteer-based collective of Black women, femmes, and gender non-conforming people, to address a shortage of programming and community for women-identified, femme, and gender non-conforming young Black people in Chicago. Assata’s Daughters continues to be an abolitionist organization led by Black women using a Black queer feminist lens and relationship-based tactics to organize bases of young Black people in divested-from areas of Chicago.
Donate here.

Split Donation To 70+ Bail Funds in the USA
Split a donation between 70+ community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organizers. Donate here.


Funds to help victims & families
Justice for Breonna Taylor
Gianna Floyd Fund
Ahmaud Arbery Fund
Regis Korchinski Fund
Jamee Johnson Fund
Rayshard Brooks Fund