To have to educate yourself about racism instead of experiencing it all your life, in and of itself, is a privilege.
The fight for racial equity is not a fight that can be fought by any one person or race alone, and it's going to take more than a week of listening. It starts with identifying hard truths about our own lives, and the things we've allowed to continue because it was either uncomfortable, or inappropriate to speak up. The world is coming to understanding that the comfort of White people is not worth the lives of Black people, and it's time to start speaking out and showing up for our fellow humans.
I've comprised a list of resources and references of where to donate, where to learn, and how else we can help the Black community as we move forward.
We want to know this story ends.
We're making The End.
- Yrsa Daley Ward
Petitions to Sign
(you can also sign the White House Petition for Breonna Taylor)
for more racial justice petitions click here
Sign Black Lives Matter petitions to demand more form the government in regards to the Coronavirus, as well as Racial Data on the Coronavirus.
Sign the Movement for Black Lives’ petition to push elected officials to fight against militarization in communities of color.
Where to Donate
Black Lives Matter : blacklivesmatter.com
Support the movement for Freedom, Liberation and Justice for Black people, and the ongoing fight to end state-sanctioned violence and end white supremacy.
NAACP Legal Defense Fund : naacpldf.org
Nonprofit Organization servicing criminal justice, economic justice, education, policing, and voting rights.
Act Blue : secure.actblue.com
Split a donation between up to 70+ community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organizers.
The Bail Project : bailproject.org
Sylvia Rivera Law Project : srlp.org/donate
Provides direct representation for low-income transgender people and transgender people of color.
The Black Trans Advocacy Coalition : blacktrans.org/donate
National organization led by Black trans people, dedicated to addressing inequality in health, employment and housing for trans people.
The Loveland Foundation : thelovelandfoundation.org
Healing communities of color, especially to Black women and girls.
The Innocence Project : innocenceproject.org
Exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustices.
Black Artists + Designers Guild : badguild.info
Nonprofit organization cultivating the next generation of black artists and designers
Educators & Online Courses
Rachel Cargle : @rachel.cargle
Public academic, writer, and lecturer. Subscribe to a free 30-day #DoTheWork course, designed to be an eye opener and call-to-action for those who seek to be allies to black women. Also available is her signature lecture on Upacking White Feminism.
The Great Unlearn : @thegreatunlearn
Curated by Rachel Cargle, The Great Unlearn provides resources and critical discourse to aid in unlearning through a monthly, self paced syllabus and a community of various experts.
Nova Reid : @novareidofficial
Rachel Ricketts : @iamrachelricketts
Racial justice educator, spiritual activist, change-maker, healer, and author. Offers several online courses in Spiritual Activism, for diving deep, facing discomfort, and dismantling racist hetero-patriarchy at rates for both BIPOC and White/White-passing.
Me and White Supremacy : Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor, Layla Saad
Eloquent Rage : A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, Brittney Cooper
Heavy : An American Memoir, Keise Layman
How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
Just Mercy : A Story of Justice and Redemption, Bryan Stevenson
Redefining Realness : My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, Janet Mock
Sister Outsider : Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press Feminist Series), Audre Lorde
So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo
I know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
The Warmth of Other Suns : The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson
The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander
This Bridge Called My Back : Writings by Radical Women of Color
"The Bridge Poem" from This Bridge Called My Back
Momentum : A Race Forward Podcast
Intersectionality Matters with Kimberlé Crenshaw
The Groundings : Exploring moments in social justice history from a decolonial lens.
Pod for the Cause : From the Leadership Conference Civil & Human Rights
DMV Black-Owned Wedding Vendors
Photographer, Washington DC & Florida
Photographer, Baltimore MD
Photographer, Washington DC & California
Pastry Chef, Columbia MD
Photographer, Baltimore MD
Planning, Washington DC & Charlottesville VA
Planning, Washington DC
Catering, Washington DC
Photographer, Charlottesville VA
Full list of Black-Owned DMV Wedding Businesses on Washingtonian.com
Photo by Rudney Novaes
Black-Owned Vegan & Cruelty-Free Beauty
Mented Cosmetics : @mentedcosmetics
Beauty Bakerie : @beautybakeriemakeups
Vegan & Cruelty free
Nola Skinsentials : @nolaskinsentials
Vegan, Cruelty free & Clean Skincare
The Lip Bar : @thelipbar
Lamik Beauty : @lamikbeauty
Vegan, Cruelty free & Clean
Juvia's Place : @juviasplace
Vegan friendly & Cruelty free
Danessa Myricks Beauty : @danessa_myricks
Fenty Beauty : @fentybeauty
Pat McGrath Labs : @patmcgrathreal
Coloured Raine : @colouredraine
Vegan friendly & Cruelty free
DMV Black-Owned Vegan Restaurants
Flight American Fusion : @flightbaltimore
The Greenhouse Juice Cafe : @greenhousejuicecafe
Gangster Vegan Organics : @gangsterveganorganics
Visit vegnews.com for an extensive list of Black-Owned Vegan Businesses in the US