ORGANIZATIONS TO FOLLOW
Black Lives Matter DC is a member-based abolitionist organization centering Black people most at risk for state violence in DC, creating the conditions for Black Liberation through the abolition of systems and institutions of white supremacy, capitalism, patriarchy and colonialism.
Over 1,000 people are killed by police every year in America. Campaign Zero is calling on local, state, and federal lawmakers to take immediate action to adopt data-driven policy solutions to end this violence and hold police accountable.
With more than 1.5 million members, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nationwide non-profit, non-partisan, membership organization devoted to ensuring free speech, equal rights, and other civil liberties. The ACLU of the District of Columbia, has more than 14,000 local members, fights to protect and expand civil liberties and civil rights for people who live in, work in, and visit D.C., and in matters involving federal employees and agencies.
The mission of Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp is to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders.
SUPPORT/AID FUNDS TO SUPPORT
Black Lives Matter DC is raising funds for the Mutual Aid Network East of the River in Washington, D.C. This Mutual Aid Network is a grassroots, community-focused and lead ecosystem for folks in DC (District of Columbia) who are engaged in or are looking to plug in. Black Lives Matter is collecting and purchasing supplies to make hygiene bags, sack lunches and provide other material support.
EDUCATE YOURSELF – LISTEN
“Remember when folks used to talk about being “post-racial”? Well, we’re definitely not that. We’re a multi-racial, multi-generational team of journalists fascinated by the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting.”
On Pod Save the People, organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with fellow activists Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Sam Sinyangwe, and writer Dr. Clint Smith. They offer a unique take on the news, with a special focus on overlooked stories and topics that often impact people of color.
“1619” is a New York Times audio series, hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones, is an audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling. For more information about the series, visit nytimes.com/1619podcast.
EDUCATE YOURSELF – READ
This article from PBS offers parents a way to give children a window into a world outside their own. Instead of shying away from hard truths, parents can explain that a long time ago, people were separated by the color of their skin. Some people did not think that was fair, and men and women of all races united to make a change. This is a straight-forward example that teaches empathy, cooperation and the commonality of a shared goal.
“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” is an essay written by Peggy McIntosh and published in Peace and Freedom magazine in 1989. It covers 50 examples, or hidden benefits, from McIntosh’s perspective, of the privilege white people experience in everyday life.
The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative. Read more about The 1619 Project.