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by Erin Bates June 02, 2020
While we take a break from our own voice to amplify the current movement of Black Lives Matter, we want to provide you with the information our own team is utilizing to contribute to the movement. We encourage all our fans to listen, donate, petition and educate to further understand the purpose behind #BLM.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
The NAACP was founded in 1909, and they continue to build political power and ensure the wellbeing of communities of color.
National Police Accountability Project
NPAP’s central mission is to promote the accountability of law enforcement officers and their employers for violations of the Constitution and the laws of the United States, and are currently fighting to end police brutality of all forms.
Campaign Zero is a police reform campaign committed to using data informed proposals and policy to end police violence in America.
Black Lives Matter
Donate to help contribute to their global network and support the movement, end state-sanctioned violence, liberate Black people, and end white supremacy forever.
If you haven’t taken the time to sign some petitions, now is the time to do so. There are numerous petitions floating around, but here are some that are still in need of signatures:
Black Lives Matter has several petitions going right now; one to defund police in order to invest in black communities, and the other two related to the impacts COVID has and will have on the black community.
The Color of Change has several ongoing campaigns asking for signatures. The first petition is asking congress to help fund safer elections for black voters. They have another petition demanding justice for Breonna Taylor and charging officers involved.
There are countless books and documentaries that address racism and inequality in our country. Here are a just a few of our top picks that contain valuable information to learn from:
13th (2016), Netflix
This documentary brings together politicians, activists and thought leaders to explore the mass incarceration of African Americans in the U.S.
The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson (2017), Netflix
This documentary explores the life of Marsha Johnson, a black trans woman who was an activist during the Stonewall riots and gay rights movement in the 1970’s.
“The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander
A great novel that addresses how the judicial and criminal systems perpetuate segregation within our country. From slavery to jim crow to civil rights and the war on drugs, Alexander shows how discrimination has always been a part of our history.
“Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys (New Perspectives in Crime, Deviance, and Law)” by Victor Rios
Rios, a former gang member, follows the lives of 40 young black and latino men living in Oakland. For three years, he studies the impact of early criminalization in their lives and what struggles they face on a daily basis. An eye opening read that showcases the true inequality young people of color face everyday.
This list is by no means all encompassing, and we will continue to update and add relevant information as needed. It is up to all of us to stand up and positively change ourselves and our community.