Black Lives Matter

Posted on June 13, 2020

By Jennifer Lyon Bell

There are no words adequate to express my support of the black community at this time.

There is no excuse for the systematic neglect, suppression, and outright slaughter of black and BIPOC people — encouraged and then explicitly covered up by the legal system. We know that murders like George Floyd’s happen every day. This system is corrupt.

 

Racism is currently woven into all of society:  Education, job opportunity, science, health, home ownership, all areas in which black and brown people suffer from inequity that has existed for generations. This is no secret. 

 

If you feel the same but don’t know how to help, some suggestions as to where we can band together and put our time and money:

 

Donate

Choose from 1) national (USA) organizations fighting racism 2) bail and legal funds for protesters, and 3) direct funds for individual victims and their families.

 

Donate directly to the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), a network of more than 100 member organizations, each focusing on different aspects of the civil rights and criminal justice reform movement.

 

Support

Campaign Zero: Join and support Campaign Zero, a comprehensive package of ten urgent policy solutions – informed by data, research and human rights principles – that can change the way police serve our communities.

 

8 Can’t Wait: A project by Campaign Zero, join and support the immediately-useful eight specific use-of-force policies that, when taken together, could reduce police violence by more than 70%. Tweet your support with #8CantWait. 

 

Learn

Read about how different racial justice advocates feel about the potential success of different tactics in eradicating police violence

 

Lean about the ACLU’s (American Civil Liberties Union’s) recent call to “divest from the police and invest in black and brown communities.”

 

Explore the monentary and non-monetary ways you can help end police violence via the list “97 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice”

 

 

#blacklivesmatter

#blm

#endracism 

#saytheirnames

#decolonize

#racialjustice

 

 

 

Photo: Black Lives Matter march, Amsterdam, June 2020. Credit: Shane Aldendorff

 

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