BLACK

LIVES

MATTER.

Raise your voice about the unjust actions committed against innocent lives; whether you are a member of the black community or an ally. Support the movement. Enough is enough. 

TEXT JUSTICE TO 668366

TEXT FLOYD TO 55156

TEXT RESIST TO 50409

TEXT ENOUGH TO 55156

FOR INTERNATIONAL ALLIES

Postal codes:

90015 - Los Angeles, California

10001 - New York City, New York

75001 - Dallas, Texas

CALL

Mayor Jacob Frey: 612-673-2100

District Attorney Mike Freeman: 612-348-5550

Minneapolis Police Union: 612-788-8444

CALL & EMAIL SCRIPT

"My name is [name], and I'm calling from [city,state,zip]. You can reach me at [phone #]. I'm calling to demand justice for [name of victim] by supporting the arrest and charging with murder of all police officers involved in [his/her/their] death. What took place was a racist hate crime and an abuse of power, and speaks to the systematic violence police unleash on Black communities in America every day. You need to hold these officers accountable, hold the department accountable, and publicly condemn [name of victim]'s murder as a racist act enabled by a racist system"

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The voices of the Black community, are the most important to hear and understand.

Educate yourself on their experience.  

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Vivienne Garner

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Responses to the BLM Movement In the U.S. by Congressional Members 

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PROTEST SAFETY

WHAT TO WEAR

- nondescript, solid color, layered clothing, cover identifying tattoos

-goggles & mask

- emergency contacts written on you

- heat resistant gloves

- tie your hair up

WHAT TO BRING

- water 

- milk for tear gas

- snacks

- washcloth

- protest signs

- bandages & first aid supplies

- cash/change & ID

DON'T BRING

- cell phone without first turning off face/touch ID, going on airplane mode, and disabling data

- jewelry

- contact lenses

- anything you don't want to be arrested with

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LEGAL HELP

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A Master Thread of Lawyers Donating/Offering Their Services

 

Attorney donating (pro bono) services to protesters arrested

in Chicago, Indianapolis, or Louisville

Attorney willing to represent protesters taken into custody in Dallas, TX

Attorney who will represent protesters arrested in Houston, TX pro bono

Attorney willing to represent a maximum of five protesters arrested in Atlanta, GA

Attorney willing to represent protesters pro bono in Atlanta, GA

National Lawyers Guild NYC: What to do if Someone You Know is Arrested 

THE      WILL DIRECT YOU

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WHY YOU SHOULDN'T POST PHOTOS/VIDEOS OF RACISM BASED VIOLENCE

It is a common misconception amongst advocates and allies that posting images or videos of racism based violence will spread awareness, or change the perspective of white supremacists. However, this can actually be very harmful. These kinds of posts can create anxiety within the black community, placing stress and in some cases triggering PTSD. Some psychologists have even called it a "modern day lynching", a method of murder white people used to use to scare black people into submission. In addition, these videos desensitize white supremacists, normalizing the actions of violence taken against black Americans. 

HOW SAYING"ALL LIVES MATTER" DISMISSES THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT

Anytime #BlackLivesMatter trends on any platform, non-people-of-color respond with #AllLivesMatter.  Their reasoning for this differs, but it ends up belittling the movements that people of color have fought to have.  While all lives do matter, all lives aren’t attacked and oppressed on a daily basis.  The black lives matter movement sheds light on the situation in order to get these people the recognition they need and eventually the change they’re fighting for, which is the change that our society needs.  Black Lives Matter doesn’t have a goal of belittling the lives of other people, but All Lives Matter dismisses the struggles that African Americans have gone through in order to make it to where they are today.

These are some incredible sources that we used in order to be able to compile this information. Visit them for more ways in which you can support this movement.

BLM funds/petitions/actionables

Black Lives Matter Card

National Resource List #GeorgeFloyd+

BOOKS

So You Wanna Talk About Race -Ijeoma Oluo

 

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the New Age of Color Blindness -Michelle Alexander 

 

I Know the Caged Bird Sings -Maya Angelou

 

How to be an Antiracist -Ibram X. Kendi

 

Let's Talk About Race (children's literature)

-Julius Lester

 

A is for Activist -Innosanto Nagara

 

 

 

Why defunding the law enforcement agencies is necessary in the United States

From 1977-2017, state and local government spending on police in the U.S rose from $47 billion to $117 billion. That’s a $70 billion funding increase for an establishment that helps enable the incarceration of African Americans at 5 times the rate of white Americans. Now, defunding the police doesn’t mean the end of law enforcement as we know it, defunding the police means reallocating funding towards other agencies that invest in their communities. Agencies that focus on providing services like healthcare, education, and more. Defunding the police doesn’t mean the U.S becomes a less safe place, what it means is less police presence in communities of color (reducing the likelihood of violent altercations) and allows for reinvestment into infrastructure in poorer communities. Research also suggests that crime is a response to social conditions, meaning when the police are defunded and resources are invested into communities in meaningful ways, crime is reduced.

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Discover More Ways to Educate Yourself and Support the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Systematic racism will continue after this stops being a "trend".

This isn't a challenge, lives are being lost, do something about it. 

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Photos taken by Parker Gutman 

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