RESOURCE LIST: How to support the BLM protests against injustice

UPDATED:  Following the  horrific murder of George Floyd, just the latest in a too-long list of people of color killed at the hands of police, many of us are sitting at home, staying safe and feeling like we should be doing more. Here are some things can do to support the protests and support people of color, whether you hit the streets or are staying home to stay safe. Most of the list resources below are updated regularly.  This page is also updated regularly (not all updates will be emailed if you are signed up for post emails, so check back regularly.)

SUPPORT BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES

LEARN, EDUCATE YOURSELF, EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN, INFORM YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS.

ARE YOU READY TO VOTE? ARE YOU REGISTERED? HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR REGISTRATION STATUS LATELY?

“When we think about politics, a lot of us focus only on the presidency and the federal government. And yes, we should be fighting to make sure that we have a president, a Congress, a U.S. Justice Department, and a federal judiciary that actually recognize the ongoing, corrosive role that racism plays in our society and want to do something about it. But the elected officials who matter most in reforming police departments and the criminal justice system work at the state and local levels.” -Barack Obama

  • When We All Vote: Register to vote, and if you are registered this site also has a link to check your registration, considering all of the attempts to suppress the vote, make sure your registration is up to date! Once you are all set, make sure your friends and family are registered and their registration is up to date!
  • Check with your Secretary of Statehere is a list by state, and your town clerk to see if your town/county/state has a way to vote by mail or early vote.
  • PAY ATTENTION TO LOCAL ELECTIONS! The people who make the changes we need to reform police practices are going to face tough fights against their local police unions.  Support the progressive candidates who will work to make changes, as they battle the institutions that have been in place for too long.
  • Don’t forget the District Attorney’s or County Prosecutors who are elected! Unfortunately we’ve learned how close these elected officials are with police (often supported by police unions) which makes it difficult to prosecute police.

SHARE! USE SOCIAL MEDIA!

  • Share the resources on this page, share what you’ve done, share videos of protests shared by others, share videos of police violence and abuse. Be cognizant of the violence in videos of police brutality, it’s important to share these too, it’s how this current uprising began, but add a warning – many PoC have had to deal with the trauma of abuse and many have said on social media and television that watching these videos can be triggers, but they know we have to share them.
  • CHECK YOUR SOURCES (new).  Before you share information on social media, know where it came from. Often memes don’t cite sources, we had one posted on our Facebook page recently and were reminded by followers that there was no source, and further that some of the info wasn’t true – we removed it.  (We are usually careful and rarely have to remove a post!) So to use memes as an example, if it looks important, take a minute to do a Google search on the information, find the source and add it to your post. (Snopes.com is a great resource for fact-checking!)
  • FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK! If you haven’t yet, please do – you will become part of a community of thousands just like you.

FINALLY – STAY SAFE, WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF A PANDEMIC

 

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One comment

  • Thank you! Stay well. Ann 💕🙋

    On Sun, Jun 7, 2020 at 11:30 PM Cape Cod Women for Change wrote:

    > Cape Cod Women for Change posted: “UPDATED: Many of us are sitting at > home, staying safe and feeling like we should be doing more. Here are some > things can do to support the protests whether you hit the streets or are > staying home to stay safe. Most of the list resources below are updated” >

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