#BLACKLIVESMATTER What can I do to make a difference?

Hello my loves, I hope that you are all well during these troubling times. I really wanted to make a post about the BLM (Black lives matter) movement and the current situation in America. Although I have never discussed any of my personal political views on my blog, it is so, so important to me to stand up and fight for justice, to fight for what is right. This is going to be the most important post that I will ever write on this blog. I am proud of my own black heritage as a Sudanese woman and my pride is what drives me to stand up to the racism that attacks our community.

Being in the UK, I did find myself feeling quite helpless. I felt so out of touch from the Black lives matter movement. Watching what has happened to George Floyd and Breonna Taylor lately, and Sean Rigg, Mark Duggon, Sheki Bayoh in the past struck a cord in my spirit that has been ringing non-stop for justice and change. I’m sure many of you feel the same as I do, so after much research, I have compiled a list for anybody who may be feeling like I was feeling – for anybody who is desperately scouring their heads for something that they could do to make a difference.

Petitions and donations

Petitions are one of the simplest ways to join in on the black lives matter movement from anywhere in the world, at any time. There are constantly new petitions being started that fight for the justice of black people and against the racist murders and attacks. It takes two minutes to fill in a small form to sign a petition and it takes one minute to share it.

These petitions have made such a difference already – as we have seen in the case of George Floyd’s murderers being prosecuted, the review of Belly Mujinga’s death and Breonna’s law being passed. I have listed some petitions that are being shared currently that I am aware of – please do take the time to sign these petitions, and also please do leave any petitions that I have not listed below in the comment section below .

http://chng.it/StT2WwVrxx

http://chng.it/gtbFHYjdXs

http://chng.it/GXN7ym8hqx

http://chng.it/5vvYgdWvm2

http://chng.it/KPCH9jGDTG

http://chng.it/cTFXKchBt2

http://chng.it/zstvQXPGwQ

Full list of more petitions here

Donations

Donations are another quick and easy way to support the black lives matter movement. The petitions I listed above offer the opportunity to either chip in a small donation or to share links for other people to sign petitions – so please do so if you are in a comfortable position to. Here are some other good places to consider donating to:

Split a donation between 70+ community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organizers

List of Bail Funds for Protestors across the Country

Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund

There are other ways to help to generate money if you do not have the means to do this traditionally – Youtube fundraisers!

By searching the black lives matter hashtag on YouTube, you can find videos that help to raise money through Adsense. All you have to do is to watch the advertisements in videos all the way through. It costs you nothing, and you can even just leave videos playing in the background whilst you are doing other things. I have linked some of these videos down below:

Twitter thread with more fundraising videos here

Educate yourself on BLM

We live in a social media age and it can be tempting to rely on social media for news – particularly when there is such a constant outpour of new information broadcasted right before our eyes. But, it is so important to take it upon ourselves to find reliable sources that educate us with accuracy to ensure we are not misinformed or ignorant to these matters. Even if you believe you are well informed on the BLM movement, there is always more to learn. In this world, it is not enough for an individual to not be racist, rather, an individual must be anti-racist, and you can only do this by deepening your understanding:

www.blacklivesmatter.com

https://www.blackvisionsmn.org

https://8cantwait.org

Books to read:

Full list of resources:

  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  • Taking Up Space by Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi
  • I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou
  • So you want to talk about race? by Ijeoma Oluo
  • How to be an antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • Natives by Akala
  • Freedom is a constant struggle by Angela Y. Davis
  • Revolutionary Suicide by Huey P. Newton
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • I Will Not Be Erased by Gal-dem
  • Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi Coates
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • Eloquent Race: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr Brittney Cooper
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins

Things to watch:

  • 13th
  • Dear White People
  • The Black Power Mixtape 1967 – 1975
  • American Son
  • When They See Us
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Just Mercy
  • Who killed Malcolm X?
  • The Hate U Give
  • Time: the Kalief Browder story
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Selma
  • Hello Privilege. It’s me, Chelsea
  • Explained. season 1 – episode 1: the racial wealth gap

Podcasts:

  • 1619
  • About Race
  • Code Switch
  • The Diversity Gap
  • Intersectionality Matters!
  • Momentum: a race forward podcast
  • Pod For The Cause – Pod Save The People

Protests

Protests are the final form of support that I am going to be speaking about in this post. Whilst I agree they are one of the most effective ways to apply pressure on our governments and promote international solidarity, we are in the middle of a pandemic and this has made many people – including myself – hesitate joining in these mass protests. If you are able to – join in! But please do stay safe. Facebook groups and twitter are where I have found most of the protests being organised – so I would say those are your best bets.

To conclude…

More than anything, it is so important to carry on standing in solidarity with BLM through continuous conversation. This must still be something we are fighting for when it stops ‘trending’. It is one thing to post about the things that we can do, but it is another thing to post about what we are doing. This is what keeps the movement alive, this is what keeps the resistance strong. Keep reading books, keep watching movies, keep listening to podcasts, keep encouraging your friends to do the same and keep talking about the injustice in the world. We must stand together to stand any chance against the oppressive institutions that act against us.

I send you all of my love and blessings,

Stay safe,

Roubs

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