SPECIAL ISSUE #1: The First Pride Was A Riot 🏳️🌈
Hello everyone, we're interrupting our regularly scheduled program to bring you a special issue dedicated to the ongoing fight for black lives happening in the US and across the world. Below you'll find links to bail funds, reading materials, wellness opportunities and other things you can use to contribute to the protest action currently happening in the US. We hope you'll use this as a handy guide to take action and contribute to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
THE RECENT CASES
National Bail Fund Network: Directory of Community Bail Funds
National: Act Blue Bail Funds for Protestor
National: The Bail Project
Atlanta: Atlanta Solidarity Fund
Los Angeles: Peoples City Council Freedom Fund
Los Angeles: BLM LA Action Bail Fund
Louisville: Louisville Community Bail Fund
Minneapolis: Minnesota Freedom Fund
New York: Free Them All For Public Health
New York: Trans Emergency Release Fund
New York: Bail Out NY
Philadelphia: Philadelphia Bail Fund
Black Visions Collective
ACT Blue Bail Fund
The Black Film & TV Collective
Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund
Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
Tony McDade's Family Fund
Ahmaud Arbery's Family Fund
Louisville Mutual Aid
DEFUND THE POLICE PETITIONS
Critical Race Theory Resource Folder: A Google drive full of reading and resources on critical race theory from Black, Indigenous, Latin American and Asian and Middle Eastern perspectives. Compiled by Haaniya Hangus.
Ways You Can Help: A roundup of petitions, bail funds and donation pages you can contribute to.
75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice: An article that is continually updated by and for white people looking to lend support to the movement at this moment in time.
An introduction to police brutality: 100 Year Hoodie pulled together a site and collection of videos to help educate people in your community about why this is happening, and the very long history behind it.
A list of black-owned bookstores: A roundup of U.S. black-owned independent bookstores you can support right now with your book orders
Police Abolition: The Marshall Project provides a curated collection of links of news, reporting and essays on this specific moment.
Support for DTLA Protesters (and beyond): The National Lawyers Guild of Los Angeles has a collection of ways you can help out in LA, and they're also offering a free Legal Observer trainings via Zoom, so that people can learn to deter and document excessive force and civil rights violations by police.
FILMS & DOCUMENTARIES
3 Brothers, Spike Lee (Twitter)
13th, Ava DuVernay (Netflix)
Whose Streets?, Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis (Hulu)
I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck (Kanopy)
If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins (Hulu)
When They See Us, Ava DuVernay (Netflix)
Problem Areas, Wyatt Cenac (Youtube)
3 & 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets, Marc Silver (HBO)
Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland, David Heilbroner & Kate Davis (HBO)
If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise, Spike Lee (HBO)
Class Divide, Marc Levin (HBO)
Homecoming, Beyonce (Netflix)
Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later, Brent Renaud & Craig Renaud (HBO)
It Does Not Matter If You Are Good, Elle Magazine
Cops Are Always The Main Characters, Vulture
Donald Trump Is A Nazi. Full Stop., GEN
Armed Resistance In The Civil Rights Movement, The American Prospect
Don't Fall For The Chaos Theory Of The Protests, The Atlantic
Of Hoodies And Lost Time, NPR Code Switch
White Americans, Your Lack of Imagination Is Killing Us, The Washington Post
We Are The Governed. We No Longer Consent To Let The Police Kill Us, The Washington Post
Want Police Reform? We Need Independent Medical Examiners and Coroners, The Washington Post
The Double Standard of the American Riot, The Atlantic
Why Police and Soldiers Love Frank Castle and "The Punisher", Vulture
Police Brutality is a Public Health Crisis, Vox
The 1619 Project (all the articles), The New York Times Magazine
A Decade of Watching Black People Die, NPR Code Switch
The Police Don't Change, Slate
These Videos Show the Police Aren’t Neutral. They’re Counterprotesters., Vox
Why the Policing Problem Isn’t About “a Few Bad Apples”, Vox
The Case for Reparations, The Atlantic
10 Minute Calming Yoga for Anger and Frustration
Yoga For All with Jahmal Clemons
Liberate Meditation App
Headspace Meditation App (currently free for many U.S. residents)
Dropbox Care Package by Roxane Gay
Dive in Well
Finally, if you're looking for concrete ways you can contribute to #blacklivesmatter, consider working through the action items in the #BirthdayForBreonna campaign. The initiative seeks to bring visibility to the case of Breonna Taylor and demand justice for her unjust death at the hands of the police.
That's it for now. We'll be back next week. Keep fighting the good fight and make us proud.
Yelling about police brutality this time,