There are a number of ways that you help the effort to defeat systemic racism. From petitions to protesting, we've compiled a list actions and resources that you can use to show your support today.
Common Cause - Add your voice to the conversation by learning how to to contact your local, state, and federal representatives. You can also view the legislative actions and donors that your represetatives are associated with.
Safety Guidelines For Protestors - If you are protesting, follow these guidelines for doing so safely.
Pro Bono Legal Aid & Other Services - A list of firms providing pro bono legal aid to protestors organized by city and state.
Cash Bail Funds - A list of organizations providiing financial support for peaceful protestors that have been arrested.
Letters for Black Lives - Talking about race can be difficult. Letters for Black Lives makes having that conversation with our loved ones easier in various languages and with regional context.
Elijah McClain - Elijah Jovan McClain was a 23-year-old African-American massage therapist from Aurora, Colorado who died after a choke hold by police and sedation by paramedics.
Andres Guardado - Andrés Guardado was an 18-year-old Salvadoran American man shot in the back and killed by a Deputy Sheriff from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department near Gardena and West Compton
Release Joshua Williams - Joshua Williams was 18 when he was arrested for stealing a bag of chips and lighting a QuikTrip trash can on fire in the aftermath of a protest sparked by the death of Antonio Martin near Ferguson, MO.Despite having no prior criminal record, he was given eight years, a sentence many have questioned.
George Floyd - George Floyd was an African-American man killed during an arrest after allegedly passing a counterfeit $20 bill in Minneapolis. A police officer knelt on Floyd's neck for nearly eight minutes resulting in his death.
Breonna Taylor - Breonna Taylor was an EMT and aspiring nurse that was killed in her own home when three plainclothes police officers executing a "no-knock" warrant returned gunfire after her boyfriend fired a warning shot because he thought he was shooting at intruders.
Ahmaud Arbery -Ahmaud Marquez Arbery was an unarmed 25-year-old African-American man who was fatally shot near Brunswick in Glynn County, Georgia, while jogging on Holmes Road in the Satilla Shores neighborhood.
Shukri Abdi -Abdi drowned June 27, 2019, in England. Despite the fact that Abdi’s mother previously stated she had been bullied at school and could not swim, the Greater Manchester Police initially treated her death as a “tragic incident” and said they did not believe there were any suspicious circumstances.
Sandra Bland - Sandra Bland was a 28-year-old African American woman who was found hanged in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas, on July 13, 2015, three days after being arrested during a pretextual traffic stop.
David McAtee -On June 1, 2020, David McAtee, an African-American man, was fatally shot by the Kentucky National Guard in Louisville during protests over the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
Regis Korchinski-Paquet - Regis Korchinski-Paquet was a 29-year-old Indigenous-Ukrainian-Black Canadian woman that died after allegedly falling off a balcony following a police wellness check. Her death was ruled as a suicide despite many eye witnesses claims that Regis was pushed off the balcony.
-Tony McDade was a a 38-year-old African-American transgender man who was fatally shot in the Leon Arms apartment complex by an officer of the Tallahassee Police Department.
- Joao Pedro was a 14-year-old boy who was shot inside of his uncle's house in São Gonçalo, in the metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro, during a Federal Police operation supposed by Rio de Janeiro's Civil and Military police.
- In 1999, 19-year-old former high school basketball state champion and star football player Julius Jones was arrested days after a businessman was gunned down by a black man in a white suburb of Oklahoma City. Currently, Julius Jones is on death row in Oklahoma, despite maintaining his innocence and compelling evidence that he was wrongfully convicted.
- In 1982, Army veteran Willie Simmons, was prosecuted under Alabama's habitual offender law. Mr. Simmons he had three prior convictions, one of which was for grand larceny. He told reporter Beth Shellbure the other two were for receiving stolen property. He was convicted of 1st-degree robbery and sentenced to life without parole for stealing $9. Simmons has spent the last 38 years in prison.
-Sean Reed was tased and shot repeatedly in the back by Indianapolis police following a car chase. He livestreamed his own death, which was used as evidence of the officer's excessive and deadly force
-On January 11, 2013, the body of Kendrick Johnson was discovered inside a vertical rolled-up mat in the gymnasium of Lowndes High School in Valdosta, in the U.S. state of Georgia, where he was a student. Despite contradictory evidence, a preliminary investigation and autopsy concluded that the death was accidental.
-On November 22, 2014, Tamir Rice, a 12-year old African-American boy, was killed in Cleveland, Ohio, by Timothy Loehmann, a 26-year-old white police officer. Rice was carrying a replica toy gun; Loehmann shot him almost immediately after arriving on the scene.
- Siyanda Mngaza is a 21 year old black woman that has been jailed for 4+ years for grevious bodily harm after defending herself from 3 racially motivated attackers.
-Chrystul Kizer is a human trafficking survivor who is being charged with life in prison for acting in self-defense against her trafficker.
-Elijah Jovan McClain was a 23-year-old African-American massage therapist from Aurora, Colorado who died after a choke hold by police and sedation by paramedics.
- Andrés Guardado was an 18-year-old Salvadoran American man shot in the back and killed by a Deputy Sheriff from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department near Gardena and West Compton.
- Rayshard Brooks was a 27-year-old Black man who was shot and killed by Atlanta police via an unjustified use of deadly force following a complaint that he was sleeping in his car.
- Said Joquin was a 26-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by officers in North Carolina following a traffic stop.
- 18-year-old Dayshawn McHolder was shot in face with a rubber bullet by Sacremento Police while peacefully protesting.
- Dan Gregory was shot while trying to defend other protesters from getting shot by a gunman that drove into a crowd of protesters.
- On June 1, 2020, David McAtee, an African-American man, was fatally shot by the Kentucky National Guard in Louisville during protests over the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
- Tony McDade was a a 38-year-old African-American transgender man who was fatally shot in the Leon Arms apartment complex by an officer of the Tallahassee Police Department.
- Breonna Taylor was an EMT and aspiring nurse that was killed in her own home when three plainclothes police officers executing a "no-knock" warrant returned gunfire after her boyfriend fired a warning shot because he thought he was shooting at intruders.
- Ahmaud Marquez Arbery was an unarmed 25-year-old African-American man who was fatally shot near Brunswick in Glynn County, Georgia, while jogging on Holmes Road in the Satilla Shores neighborhood.
Brandon Saenz Medical Fund
-Brandon was walking to get something to eat in downtown Dallas, and encountered protesters as he walked. Police officers began walking towards the protestors and with no warning or provocation, they opened fire on the crowd and struck Brandon in his left eye.Brandon had to undergo surgery where they were unable to salvage his eye and had to remove it.
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The 13th - Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.
When They See Us - In 1989 a jogger was assaulted and raped in New York's Central Park, and five young people were subsequently charged with the crime. The quintet, labeled the Central Park Five, maintained its innocence and spent years fighting the convictions, hoping to be exonerated.
Time: The Kalief Browder Story - This series traces the tragic case of Kalief Browder, a Bronx teen who spent three horrific years in jail, despite never being convicted of a crime.
The Black Panthers - Filmmaker Stanley Nelson examines the rise of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s and its impact on civil rights and American culture.
LA 92 - Stark footage traces decades of police brutality and public uprising leading up to the 1992 acquittal of four LAPD officers filmed beating Rodney King.
Selma - Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant making it difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, Selma became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers pressed forward on an epic march culminating inthe signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Just Mercy - After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian, who is sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite evidence proving his innocence.
Fuitvale Station - Oscar Grant is now trying hard to live a clean life and support his girlfriend and young daughter. Flashbacks reveal the last day in Oscar's life, in which he accompanied his family and friends to San Francisco to watch fireworks on New Year's Eve, and, on the way back home, became swept up in an altercation with police that ended in tragedy.
Stranger Fruit - On Aug. 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo., Officer Darren Wilson kills 18-year-old Michael Brown.Now, Michael Brown's family discusses the events of that day.
I Am Not Your Negro - In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, "Remember This House." The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am - Author Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, history, America and the human condition.
The Stoop - Stories from across the Black Diaspora.
Jemele Hill is Unbothered - Award-winning journalist and culture critic Jemele Hill interviews the most compelling figures in news, pop culture, politics and sports. Expect unbothered and unfiltered conversations.
The Nod - Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings gleefully explore all the beautiful, complicated dimensions of Black life.
Historically Black - Objects hold history. They're evocative of stories stamped in time. As part of The Washington Post's coverage of the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture, people submitted dozens of objects that make up their own lived experiences of black history, creating a "people's museum" of personal objects, family photos and more. The Historically Black podcast brings those objects and their stories to life through interviews, archival sound and music.
Tinseltown Tea - Cory and Judith are two black women creatives talking about the do's, don'ts and the hell nah's of the entertainment industry from Tinsel Town aka Hollywood.
Pod Save the People - On Pod Save the People, DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with Sam Sinyangwe, Kaya Henderson and De’Ara Balenger. They offer a unique take on the news, with a special focus on overlooked stories and topics that often impact people of color.
Young Original and Black - Young, Original & Black celebrates and uplifts the black voices apart of this generation’s creative class. Through interviews, conversations and live collaborations, host (and creative) Aisha Oxley explores the process, the “why” and the legacies in the making of young black creators: from visual artists to videographers and every kind of creative in between.
Intersectionality Matters with Kimberle Crenshaw - Intersectionality Matters! is a podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory.
About Race - Featuring key voices from the last few decades of anti-racist activism, About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge looks at the recent history that lead to the politics of today..
The Diversity Gap - When it comes to diversity, good intentions are only the beginning. Join Bethaney Wilkinson as she explores the gap between good intentions and good impact as it relates to diversity, inclusion and equity. On The Diversity Gap podcast, we'll be learning from thought leaders, authors, creatives and more about the diversity gaps in society and culture. Our goal is to discover promising practices for closing diversity gaps in our everyday lives and work!.
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