|Feeling helpless as we face the systemic racism in our country? It is not new and won’t easily change. It won’t go away unless good people of all colors step up and say enough is enough. It has only been brought into sharper focus since George Floyd’s death. There are many things you can do! Here are a few of the ways to make a difference.
- Call your local officials and find out how funds are being used. Ask them to invest some funds in resources people need, especially for Black communities, Indigenous communities, and communities of color. There are many places that other agencies are better equipped to do the job and the resources are needed for this to occur. Monies can be used to invest it in people of color community-led education, health, and safety programs (such as funding for schools, treatment for opioid abuse, and conflict intervention programs that don’t rely on the police). You can use this tool from Common Cause to get the contact info for your local officials.
- Support Black-led organizations and impacted communities. You can use this page to split a donation and there are even more organizations to consider here.
- Pursue anti-racist education. Resource here lists a few helpful readings to check out and share.
- Ask your representative to co-sponsor the Omar-Pressley resolution. Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN-5) and Ayanna Pressley (MA-7) have introduced a resolution in the House condemning police violence. Call your representative and demand that they co-sponsor the resolution and speak out publicly about the need for the House to pass it without delay.
- Protest safely. If you are able to protest and are planning to join any this week, please do so safely. The Anti Police-Terror Project has identified best practices for safety if you choose to attend in-person protests or events. Know the risks and do what you can to minimize the risk for you and those around you. The ACLU also has a “know your rights” page on their website which you can find here
If you live in this system of white supremacy,
you are either fighting the system or you are complicit.
There is no neutrality to be had towards systems of injustice,
it is not something you can just opt out of.
– Ijeoma Oluo (author and speaker on race relations)