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Table of Contents

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A Brief History.

Graphics That Help Break It Down

How To Help [From Home Edition]

Get into it!

Black Art (that focuses on inequality)

Black Podcasts

Literature about Anti-racism

Pro-Tips

1: DON’T BE A PERFORMATIVE ALLY

2: HOW TO CHECK IN ON BLACK FRIENDS

3: You Don’t Always Need To Call The Cops

4: Dear Allies of the South Asian Communities...

But Jasmine, what about...

1: ...the Police ‘kneeling With Us’ ?

2: ...Looting + Rioting?

3: ...my mom/dad/sibling/relative who’s a police officer?

4. ...“abolish the police”? IS that even possible?

5: ...if I make a mistake? Do I just give up?

How to help: Protestor Pro-tips

PART ONE: Safety

PART TWO: Know Your Rights

PART THREE: Ally Etiquette at a protest

Invest: Black-Owned Business to support by State

Invest: In the next Generation- Raising Racially Conscious Children

Black Mental Health Resources                                                        [FAQs]

***PRO TIP- Use CTRL + F to search for specific words!

A Brief History.

To get into all of it now would require more time than I have. If you’re in college, take a class on it. If you’re in grade school or out of school, buy a book about it. Here’s a glimpse of what black people have gone through. America, France, and Europe have rioted, looted, colonized, pillaged, exploited, tortured, and killed Black people for centuries. This is nothing new.

*A thread inspired by @africanarchives*

246 years of slavery

1619-1865

afterward, there was sharecropping and convict leasing….

petty vagrancy laws were created after slavery to arrest Black youth.

PLUS the 13th Amendment still allows for slavery if you are convicted.

99 years of Jim Crow Laws

1865-1964

(really more than that)

86 years of lynching

1865-1954

(obviously more than that)

14 years of the Civil Rights Movement

1954-1968

(again way more than that. the fight for civil rights is ongoing)

Police brutality

since the VERY beginning

American police started out as slave patrols.

                                                                        

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Graphics That Help Break It Down

ANTI RACIST SPREADSHEET BY @PATIASFANTASYWORLD

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By John T. Milliken Department of Medicine

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How To Help [From Home Edition]

THIS IS THE GOLDEN PAGE.

PRACTICAL STEPS YOU CAN TAKE RIGHT NOW.

I write these names with a very, very heavy heart. We need to keep fighting. I’m pushing through my pain because I want us to do our best to keep this list from growing. It’s already too long. Thank you for joining me in this endeavor. With love, Jas

Murdered

Justice for Oluwatoyin (“Toyin”) Salau.

“Toyin was a 19-year-old activist. Toyin, described as “powerful and strong with a happy soul”, was a fierce advocate for the full protection of Black lives. After releasing a series of tweets describing

sexual assault, her body was found in Tallahassee on June 15th, 2020.”

“Oluwatoyin was a freedom fighter. We will continue to fight in honor of her legacy. She did not ask to be a martyr for justice. May her death shake up systems on behalf of Black girls everywhere who exist at the intersection of racial injustice and gender-based violence.” -Justice for Black Girls

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DONATE

DO NOT DONATE TO

CONTACT

        Tallahassee PD: 1 (850) 891-4200

        Senator Janet Cruz (Tallahassee Office): 850-487-5018

        Office of Governor Ron DeSantis: (850) 717 9337

Information compiled by @itsecogal

Justice for Breonna Taylor

Breonna Taylor should be 27 today. She was an essential worker, an EMT who protected all of us, but wasn't treated like she was essential by police, who broke into HER home (they had the wrong house), and riddled her with bullets. We can’t talk about police brutality without talking about the countless Black women who are targeted, killed, and often forgotten. The FBI has announced an investigation into her murder, but Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer still hasn't fired the officers that were involved.”

Action for Breonna:

Justice for Tony McDade

a Black trans man was killed by police in Tallahassee last week. His murder, another part of the tragic history of violence against Black transgender people in the US. His killing was the 12th violent death of a transgender or gender non-conforming individual this year so far. Black LGBTQ people, in particular, Black transgender people, are at a greater risk of violence every day in this country, but also heightened police violence, and have very few protections and resources.” -color of change

Justice for Nina Pop

“Nina Pop, 28, was found murdered in her apartment on May 3. She is the 5th trans woman of color to be killed in the past month. We're seeing an epidemic of violence against trans women of color that can no longer be ignored. The average life expectancy of Black trans women is 35. Too often violence against Black trans women is met with silence & inaction. As we honor and remember her life, we're demanding justice for Nina Pop and her loved ones When we fight for Black people, we fight for all Black people.” - color of change

Justice for Rayshard Brooks

#RayshardBrooks should be alive today, but he’s yet another Black person whose life was stolen because of police violence. The officers who murdered him shouldn’t be allowed to roam the streets while Rayshard's family is left to mourn with no justice.

ACTION FOR RAYSHARD:

Justice for Sean Reed

Sean Reed was killed by Indianapolis PD. He was on Facebook Live and kept streaming after they killed him. The officers could be heard joking that he would need a closed casket. Living while Black should not be a crime. Sean Reed's life was cut short by a system that enables the criminalization of our bodies.” - color of change

Justice for Ahmaud Arbery

Ahmaud’s Arbery death is akin to a modern-day lynching. He was chased down, shot, and killed. His murder was an act of hatred and white supremacy. His executioners, two white men, Gregory and Travis McMichael, remain free because of an unjust system that villainizes Black victims. Enough is enough.”

“We are demanding #JusticeforAhmaud. Sign the petition and join us in demanding the immediate resignation of District Attorney George Barnhill & District Attorney Jackie Johnson.” -color of change

Actions for Ahmaud: Donate to Ahmaud’s family and SAY HIS NAME. #JusticeforAhmaudArbery Support the family in their fight for justice. Donate Today!

Justice for Tamir Rice

#TamirRice's life was cut short by police who refused to see him as the child he was. The lack of justice that followed has not been forgotten. As we honor and remember his life, we'll continue to fight for #WinningJustice to hold police accountable.”

Tamir Rice was 12 years old.

Justice for Jordan Davis

“Today, we honor and remember #JordanDavis, who was killed for simply existing as a Black boy. We send our love to his mother & family, and will cont. to honor his memory by continuing to fight for a fair and balanced criminal justice system that values Black lives.”

Justice for George Floyd                 

...on May 25th he was murdered by Minneapolis police officers. George Floyd was a Black man, who was murdered in broad daylight after a grocery clerk called the police thinking he was writing a bad check. For seven minutes, George laid on the street while officers Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao held their knee on his neck as he was struggling to breathe. He lost consciousness and yet they continued to strangle him. Numerous bystanders pleaded with the police officer to let him go, while Floyd said the words “I can’t breathe,” several times, but the officer refused to remove his knee from Floyd’s neck.

After the murder, officers called his death a "medical problem." And it wasn't until the video was released clearly showing them choking him, did we finally see the truth. This was a blatant and disgusting coverup to prevent accountability for their brutal act of police violence.

This is incomprehensible. His life was taken in a senseless act of violence at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department, all for being “suspected” of writing a bad check.

Police continue to hunt down Black folks in cities across America and we refuse to sit silent. It was not too long ago we heard Eric Garner utter the same last words, “I can’t breathe.” And just months ago, officers stormed Breonna Taylor’s home and murdered her in a botched investigation.

We must honor George Floyd’s life by seeking justice for him and his family.

Action for George

Mayor Jacob Frey: 612-673-2100                                

DA Mike Freeman: 612-348-5550

Email: citizeninfo@hannepin.us

Minneapolis Police Department: 612-673-2345

Email: police@minneapolismn.gov

Names and Badges of the murderers:

“Hi my name is _______ and I am from ________. I am calling on behalf of George Floyd and the injustice that he faced. I demand those four offices to be arrested and charged with murder. Being fired is not enough. This affects me because [insert your own reasoning here].”

Justice for Tamla Harsford

“The first step in getting Justice for Tamla Horsford is getting Ron Freeman out of office as sheriff, he is corrupt and unethical and is obstructing Horsford's friends and family of justice.

The hope is if Ron gets fired, sent to jail or whatever, there is a higher chance Tamla Horsford's Case gets re-investigated.”

Learn more about the case here Justice For Tamla Horsford 

Learn more about Forsyth County Forsyth Exposed

SIGN

CONTACT the following people:

Justice for Sandra Bland

“Sandra Bland was arrested for a traffic stop on July 10, 2015, by Brian Encinia. She was found dead in her cell three days later. Encinia was never indicted, in spite of the fact that he physically assaulted her on camera. It was found that the jail did not follow proper protocols in this case. There is a new video that has come to light. It is quite possible that this video was hidden from the grand jury.”

SIGN: This petition for Sandra Bland’s Case to be reopened.

Justice for Freddie Gray

“Freddie Carlos Gray Jr. was only 25 years old when he died due to injuries he obtained while in police custody. Freddie Gray was arrested after cops discovered he had a switchblade knife, which the officers accused of being unlawful. However, according to Baltimore's state attorney, the spring-assisted knife that Freddy Gray carried was legal under Maryland law.”

SIGN: This petition to bring Freddie Gray’s Murderers to justice.

DONATE: To the official Freddie Gray memorial fund.

Justice for Trayvon Martin

“On February 26, our son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed as he walked to a family member's home from a convenience store where he had just bought some candy. He was only 17 years old.”

“Trayvon's killer, George Zimmerman, admitted to police that he shot Trayvon in the chest. Zimmerman, the community's self-appointed "neighborhood watch leader," called the police to report a suspicious person when he saw Trayvon, a young black man, walking from the store. But Zimmerman still hasn't been charged for murdering our son. “ - GoFundMe

DONATE: To the Trayvon Martin Foundation, created by Trayvon’s parents to educate the public about gun violence. You can also donate here through GoFundMe- your donations are 100% tax-deductible!!!

SIGN: This petition, for the Trayvon Martin Law to be passed.

Justice for Eric Garner

“My father was killed by former NYPD police officer Daniel Pantaleo because of the use of an illegal chokehold that caused my dad to have a fatal asthma attack. My father yelled, “I can’t breathe!” 11 times while he was being choked to death by Officer Pantaleo, and despite his pleas, Officer Pantaleo continued to use this illegal maneuver. No police officer should be allowed to use a chokehold that can easily kill unarmed civilians. That’s why my family and I are asking for your support to help pass the Eric Garner Law, legislation that would place a federal ban on police using this dangerous chokehold that killed my father. “ (text from the petition listed below)

SIGN: The petition for the ERIC GARNER LAW to be passed.

Justice Rekia Boyd

“The shooting of Rekia Boyd, twenty-two-year-old African-American woman by Dante Servin, a white off-duty Chicago, Illinois police detective, contributed to the Black Lives Matter Movement.  Much like Amadou Diallo, Sean Elijah Bell, Oscar Juliuss Grant III, and Trayvon Martin, her death came under questionable circumstances.” -

If you know of any active petitions to sign or orgs to donate to for Rekia, please contact Jasmine.

Justice for Philando Castile.

“philando castile was a 32 year old African American who was driving with his girlfriend and her 4 year old daughter. he was pulled over in a traffic stop. he informed the officer that he carried a gun but was just reaching for his license. Still, the officer shot him close range several times, his murder jeronimo yanez was not found not guilty if even though he is guilty of the murder of philando, the city of saint anthony needs to open this case back up” - words from the petition listed below

SIGN: This petition to bring Philando’s murderers to justice.

DONATE: To Philando Castile Relief Foundation fund- (your donations are 100% tax deductible!) Read more about the Foundation here.

Justice for Nia Wilson

“An 18-year-old African American teenager was brutally killed at a Bay Area Rapid Transit station platform on Sunday. As news about her death continues to spark outrage, you may be wondering how to help Nia Wilson's family. A GoFundMe page has been posted for the teenager's grieving family and has already raised over $30,000 for her loved ones. “ - Bustle

Justice for Kenneka Jenkins

“Kenneka Jenkins died in [the] freezer in the crowne plaza which was not use. Her breast [was] exposed and her pants pulled down. Her pockets [were] pulled out as if someone went through them. The hotels surveillance footage appears to have been manipulated. They didn't finger print the area nor did they do a rape test.”

SIGN: This petition to reopen Kenneka’s case.

Justice for Atatiana Jefferson

“She was a Pre-med graduate of Xavier University. She was very close to her family. She was the auntie that stayed up on Friday night playing video games with her 8 year old nephew. She worked in pharmaceutical equipment sales. Her mom had recently gotten very sick, so she was home taking care of the house and loving her life. There was no reason for her to be murdered. None. We must have justice. This fund is the only direct campaign to offer support to the family of Atatiana Jefferson. Funds collected will go directly to funeral cost and other expenses associated with this tragedy.” -GoFundMe Description

DONATE: To this fund, for Justice for Atatiana.

Justice for Natasha McKenna

“Natasha Mckenna, a 37 year-old mother from Alexandria, Virginia living with mental illness, was murdered during a struggle with six police officers on February 3rd, 2015 while naked, handcuffed, and restrained. She was diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression at age 14. The police departments involved were fully aware of her struggles with mental illness. The Virginia medical examiner's office determined that her cardiac arrest was caused by 4 uses of a stun gun. No one was charged for the death of Natasha McKenna.

Sign: this petition, to help bring Natasha’s murderers to justice.

Justice for Pamela Turner

Juan Delacruz, 37, shot 44-year-old Pamela Turner while attempting to arrest her on open warrants, Baytown Police Department officials said. Delacruz tried to render aid immediately after the shooting, but Turner died on the scene. Delacruz was placed on paid administrative leave, which is the standard protocol. Community members and Turner's family are calling the shooting unjust, saying that Turner suffered from a mental illness. Delacruz contacted Turner and tried to arrest her, but she struggled with him, forcing him to use his Taser on her, Baytown PD Lt. Steve Dorris said. As he tried to handcuff her, she allegedly grabbed his Taser and used it on him. Lt. Dorris says that's when Delacruz was forced to pull out his gun and fire multiple times at Turner, hitting her at least once.

Pamela Turner’s life ended shortly after her granddaughter’s began. The 44-year-old woman had yet to meet the baby, who was born two days before Turner was fatally shot by a Baytown police officer at her apartment complex. When the girl gets older, her parents will explain that the grandmother was a loving person, not the villain that police have made her out to be, her family said Thursday.

SIGN: This petition for Juan Delacruz, the officer who murdered Pamela, to be arrested

Justice for Kayla Moore

“More than five years after a paranoid schizophrenic transgender woman died in police custody after a mental health call, a federal judge has tossed out the lawsuit her family filed for wrongful death.” - East Bay Times

- If you know of any active petitions to sign or orgs to donate to for Kayla, please contact Jasmine.

Justice for India Kager

“Virginia Beach police conceded that Gina Best's daughter, India Kager, was fatally shot by mistake after her boyfriend opened fire on a SWAT team from a car with Kager and their infant son inside Sept. 5.” - NY Daily news, 2016

Justice for Aiyana Stanley-Jones

“We demand that a Federal Civil Rights investigation be opened in the death of Aiyana Stanley Jones and that a Federal investigation of the conduct of the Detroit Police Department be undertaken immediately.  Please help bring the killer of this innocent sleeping 7 year old child to justice.” - petition 

Justice for Korryn Gaines

“Gaines was subsequently shot and killed by police. Gaines' five-year-old son, Kodi, was shot by police.Kodi's arm was struck by bullets and suffered an elbow injury and bullet fragments in his face. Gaines' boyfriend, Kareem Kiean Courtney (age 39), who was living with Gaines, was able to leave the apartment with Gaines' 1-year-old daughter, upon which he was briefly detained by police before being released.”

SIGN this petition to bring Korryn’s murderers to justice.

Justice for Michelle Cusseaux

“Cusseaux was killed in August 2014 after a police officers were sent to her apartment as part of a court-ordered mental-health pick up. According to police, she wouldn't open her door so they had to force their way inside. Dupra has said he saw her holding a hammer above her head in a way he deemed threatening and that he shot her in self defense.” - Phoenix New Times

Justice for Shantel Davis

“On June 14th, 2012 Shantel was brutally shot and killed by narcotics Detective Philip Atkins while sitting in the drivers seat of her vehicle with the airbag deployed. Known in the community as "Bad Boy Atkins", the cop who killed Shantel has a history of intimidation and the use of excessive force.

Six federal civil rights lawsuits have been filed against him. While the NYPD has tried to use her alleged criminal history to smear her name, Shantel was never convicted of a single crime.”

Sign this petition for Shantel.

Justice for Bettie Jones

“Latisha Jones, 23, was in the bathroom of her mother’s first-floor apartment when the gunfire rang out. Initially, she said, she thought it was coming from further away because she had heard gunfire on the block a few days earlier, which she attributed to a gang conflict in the area.

When she walked out of the bathroom, she saw her mother lying face-up on the floor, crying. Latisha Jones put her hand under her mother’s head to cradle it, and soon after saw blood on her own hand. Her mother, shot once in the chest, couldn’t speak. Latisha Jones checked her pulse and tried her best to comfort her as her mother gasped for air.

The Jones estate sued the city over the shooting and reached a $16 million settlement shortly before going to trial last summer. The Police Board charges against Rialmo focus entirely on Bettie Jones’ death.” - Chicago Sun Times

Justice for Pearlie Golden

“A police officer who fatally shot a 93-year-old woman at her home in Texas is defending his use of deadly force and lashing out at the City Council that fired him.

Stephen Stem was dismissed from the Hearne Police Department on Saturday. He argues his termination was unjust.” -CNN

Justice for Redel Jones

“A Los Angeles police officer will not be charged for the fatal shooting of an African American woman in a South L.A. alley, a controversial killing that caused protesters to camp outside City Hall for weeks decrying the police. The decision from the district attorney’s office was made public Tuesday, nearly two years after Officer Brett Ramirez shot Redel Jones, 30, who authorities say was armed with a knife and suspected of robbing a nearby pharmacy about a half-hour before she was killed. Ramirez fired his gun as another officer shot a Taser. Jones died at the scene.” -Los Angeles Times

Alexia Christian

“...2015 death of 26-year-old Alexia Christian, the Atlanta woman who was killed by police while in the back of a squad car. The police had a video in the back of the car that was never turned in. We had to listen to the audio only. You hear police say ‘put the gun’, you hear Ms. Christian saying, ‘I don’t have a gun’ and then you hear the shots fired and hear her dying in the background. They’re saying she was handcuffed and somehow freed herself,” Davis said.” -Black America Web

Miriam Carey

Aiyana Jones, 7 2010

Lynched

Justice for Robert Fuller

“Robert Fuller was a 24-year-old black man found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, California at Poncitlán Square on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, around 4 A.M. His death is getting little to no news coverage by local news, and city officials have presumably ruled his death a suicide and linked his death to the COVID-19 pandemic without proof. During such a heightened time with the Black Lives Matter movement and the city’s quickness to call his death a suicide before any investigation, there is reason to believe that Robert’s death was a lynching.”

Sexual Assault Cases

Justice for Elijah Nichols

“[Elijah] who is 18 years old...was handed down a 45-year sentence...Elijah is being punished for defending himself against 3 attackers, which is unfair. The judge who sentenced Elijah went over the 1st time offenders guidelines of 3.5 years to 8 years. This judge is known for handing down harsher sentences to people of color.”

Sign: this petition to advocate for justice for Elijah Nichols

Justice for Zinedine Karabo Gioia

“On her 21st birthday, July 21st, 2018, she was date r*ped by BRENDAN RUNDLE in Gaborone, Botswana. Nothing was done. Forensic evidence went missing, she was told that because she was drugged and had no clear story that it was unlikely he would be charged.”

Actions to take: Sign this petition to advocate for “Botswana government to take this to trial, and send BRENDAN RUNDLE to prison.”

Unjustified Arrests

Justice for Jennifer Jeffley

Jennifer Jeffley was 15 years old when she was arrested for the murder of Maria Palomina.  A murder that she did not commit. Innocent of the crime that she was convicted of, Jennifer has been behind bars for more than 20 years serving a life sentence. We are pleading with Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, to free Jennifer.

Other Petitions to Sign

Immigrants being poisoned by ICE

“For 2 weeks, ICE has been spraying immigrants with HDQ NEUTRAL 100 times a day, which is germicidal detergent.”

Fire Jared Yuen

“We, the taxpayers and American citizens demand that the San Jose Police Department investigate the numerous citations against Jared Yuen and critically examine his role in erupting peaceful protests into violence. We saw when Derrick Chauvin was pardoned for killing a Native American man in 2006, he came back and killed another man in 2020, George Floyd. We, the people of San Jose, demand the San Jose Police Department to fire Jared Yuen #4362.”

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REACH OUT TO YOUR LEADERS:

EASY WAY: Text “RESIST” to 50409

  1. Email your senator with the following template created by @_taydollasign:

Hello, my name is _______.

I am writing to request that you reflect on the views of your constituents and support legislation that would bring officers who break the law to justice. Unarmed civilians deserve justice after being murdered by police officers. Your support can help bring justice where it’s due.

Sincerely,

_________

  1. Email Councilmember Nury Martinex to call an Emergency Meeting about the LAPD receiving $3 billion:

Dear Councilmember Nury Martinez,

I'm writing to state my concern about the funding allocated for the LAPD. The LAPD does not deserve, nor does any police department deserve, over 50% of a city's budget. That budget could be allocated to fund constructive programs for the people of this city.

I ask that an emergency meeting be held to reevaluate the funding plan and allocate such funds elsewhere. This affects me because [insert reason here]. We cannot continue on like this, and we need change.

Sincerely, (your name)

  1. Call DC Mayor Muriel Bowser complaint line with the following script:

Number to call: 202 727 3838 AND 1 866 588 0569

Hello, My name is [Name] from [city, state] and I am calling for the immediate and unconditional release of all protestors currently detained in a ‘kettle’ at Swann and 15th St. NW. The Sc Police, National Guard, and other law enforcement agencies brutally attacked, tear-gassed, shot, and arrested our community members. It is clear that we have been met with this extreme violence because we are demanding an end to racist police brutality. I am demanding that Mayor Bowser calls for the release of all protestors being detained and immediately lifts the curfew that directly contributed to this state violence. Release them now.

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Update: On June 2nd, Minneapolis Public Schools decided to cut ties with its police department! That’s a victory!

  1. DONATE!!!! SERIOUSLY!! This is critical!

Donation List by @kamaraxtaurus (thank you, sis!)

EDIT: Upon finding new information, it seems some national organizations are not being transparent about where their funds are going-- this, unfortunately, includes the national Black Lives Matters Foundation (NOT to be confused with BLM Global Network). Regardless, let us donate to grassroots, bailout, and mutual aid funds, which has more of a direct impact!

MUTUAL AID FUNDS

You can find a list of resources here by each state that had protests already (courtesy of @botanicaldyke on Twitter)

Consult this spreadsheet about where you can donate; organized by state!

Consider donating to COVID-19 relief for BIPOC college students who were displaced by the pandemic.

DONATE TO 30 BAIL FUNDS AT ONE TIME USING THIS LINK SO SO IMPORTANT. IT WILL SPLIT YOUR FUNDS BETWEEN DIFFERENT BAIL FUNDS ACROSS THE NATION.

DONATE WITH NO MONEY (THIS IS AMAZING!) This YouTube video features Black Art and has a lot of ads running through it. All Adsense made from ads running in this video will go towards supporting various organizations. Tune in!

Donate to the local chapters instead, or consider donating to grassroots organizations!

Justice for Breonna Taylor: As of now there’s been over $5M raised, but there is no price on peace of mind. Keep donating & LET’S CONVICT THE OFFICERS WHO KILLED HER!

George Floyd Memorial Fund: Donate to George’s family - SAY HIS NAME #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd This fund supports the family in their fight for justice. Donate Today!

Also, you can donate money to Floyd’s little sister. GOAL MET!

Louisville Bail Fund is providing bail and post-release support for protestors. They provide preventative measures for those targeted by law enforcement and threatened with incarceration. They rely completely on community funds. Donate today!

Buy this cute shirt or this one from The Happy Givers! All proceeds go to BLM.

Ahmaud Arbery Donate to Ahmaud’s family and SAY HIS NAME. #JusticeforAhmaudArbery Support the family in their fight for justice. Donate Today!

NAACP Legal Defense Fund They fight for equality and justice for black people by providing legal counsel. The work they have done and continue to do is vital. Donate Today!

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Help this high school senior, Chavi, fulfill her dream of going to Spelman College!

Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar

Black Visions Collective

Reclaim the Block is overwhelmed with donations and is now asking to redirect to these:

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Columbus Freedom Fund @fund_columbus

They are providing direct bail for those protesting the death of #BreonnaTaylor in Columbus. They are a grassroots organization working to end cash bail and pretrial detention. Donate Today!

Donate to Dion's Family - SAY HIS NAME. #JusticeForDionJohnson He has not gotten as much coverage, but he lost his life on a memorial day when an Arizona DPS officer took it. Support his family in their fight for the justice they deserve. Donate Today!

Know Your Rights Camp (@yourrightscamp) is a free campaign funded by @Kaepernick7 that aims to educate black youth on knowing their rights. Their Legal Defense Initiative will pay for legal assistance for people protesting in MPLS. Donate Today!

The Bail Project is a nonprofit that aims to mitigate incarceration rates through bail reform. 100% of their donations go towards posting bail for the incarcerated. They post bail in over 20 major US cities. Donate Today!                                                                Back to Table of Contents

National Bail Out #FreeBlackMamas @NationalBailOut

 They are a community-based movement of lawyers, abolitionists, and activists. Donations will go to freeing black mothers and reuniting them with their families. Donate today!

Sybrina Fulton's Campaign @SybrinaFulton

Trayvon Matin's mother is running for office in FL SAY HIS NAME #TrayvonMartin AND DO NOT FORGET IT! Helping her get into office would mean immense reform for Florida. Follow her campaign and Donate Today!

Make Local Change- protestors are in need of resources. If you are unable to protest right now, but have access to supplies you can donate please do that. A good place to look for what local protests/orgs you can help is facebook. Do what you can for your local community.

Thugs for Humanity @thugs4humanity

A student-led grassroots organization that has compiled resources for people to donate to bail relief and access pro bono lawyers in their respective cities. You don't need to donate, but DISPERSE THIS RESOURCE.

Women for Political Change @MNWFPC

 They invest in the political power of young women, trans, and non-binary folks in MN. Donations are going to help distribute resources to folks including medical supplies. food, and transportation . Donate Today!

Communities United Against Police Brutality @CUAPBMpls

They operate a crisis hotline where people can report abuse; offers legal, medical, and psychological resource referrals; and engages in political action against police brutality. Donate Today!

Black Trans Women Fund- This is for the community of black trans women in Atlanta who are homeless. Donate here!

Gas Mask Fund @BaconTribe

Isak Douah is raising money to buy military-grade gas masks for black youth on the front lines protesting. Protect the future, these are young people my age risking their LIVES. Donate Today! (see picture)

Do not Donate to these places!

I encourage you to not donate to these businesses:

Lack of transparency:

Reached their goals:

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[Daily habits/changes in lifestyle]

We don’t have to wait for another black person to die to do our part. Progress is gradual; change happens over time. Here are a lot of good suggestions we all can make to our daily lives: Here are 75 things white people can do.

HELP REBUILD THESE BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES THAT GOT LOOTED!!!!! (crossed out business have met their goals)

MINNESOTA

TEXAS

ATL

OREGON

NY

DC

NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER (Not Black owned; supporting indigenous people!!)

GO GET IT TOBACCO

SOMALI OWNED BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY RIOTERS

TRIO IN MINNEAPOLIS

SOMALI MUSEUM OF MINNESOTA

SCORES SPORTS BAR

GUNS AND ROSES BOUTIQUE IN DALLAS, TX

SUPPORT RAIDED BLACK BUSINESSES (PROCEEDS SPLIT BETWEEN Sneaker Politics and Guns and Roses Boutique)

ATLANTA BLACK OWNED BUSINESS RELIEF

SACDELUXE CONSIGNMENT STORE

BOLE ETHIOPIAN CUISINE

#SUPPORTBLACKOWNEDBUSUSINESSESATL

JUICED UP VAPORS

REBUILD JUICED UP VAPORS

MAMA SAFIA’S KITCHEN

SOUTHWEST SODA POP- BLACK FEMALE OWNED ICE CREAM SHOP

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Black Art (that focuses on inequality)

NETFLIX:

  1. 13th by Ava Duvernay
  1. This is a documentary that shows how mass incarceration and the boom privatized prison industry is tied to the unjust ciminaliation on Black people in America. It’s a must watch. 1 hr 40 minutes.
  1. When they see us by Ava Duvernay
  1. Based on real events from the Central Park 5, this 4 episodes limited series exposes the injustice these young men faced.
  1. Fruitvale station (no longer on Netflix) by Ryan Coogler
  1. This drama is based on the events of Oscar Grant. It shows the humanity behind the man. 1 hour 30 minutes
  1. Get on the Bus
  1. “1996 American drama film about a group of African-American men who are taking a cross-country bus trip in order to participate in the Million Man March.”
  1. Black Earth Rising
  1. Kate is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide whose adoptive mother, an international lawyer, faces a case that will shake their lives.
  1. Dear White People - Justin Simien
  1. I personally recommend the movie over the show :-)
  2. A 2014 comedy-drama film focuses on escalating racial tensions at a fictitious, prestigious Ivy League college from the perspective of several Black students.

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OTHER PLATFORMS:

(def DO NOT use 123movies 😉)

  1. The Wiz (1978)
  1. This is Jasmine’s friend Marcus: I love this movie with all my heart and soul. It is so, so, so good. Plus it stars Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor, and it has one of the best soundtracks of ALL time composed by Quincy Jones. UGH we stan!!!!
  1. Malcolm X by Spike Lee
  1. “a 1992 American epic biographical drama film about the African-American activist Malcolm X”
  1. Selma by Ava Duvernay
  1. “a 2014 historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King Jr., and John Lewis.”
  1. Detroit
  1. “Based on the Algiers Motel incident during Detroit's 1967 12th Street Riot, the film's release commemorated the 50th anniversary of the event”
  2. Note: This movie had white directors.
  1. Get Out by Jordan Peele
  1. “follows Chris Washington (Kaluuya), a young African-American man who uncovers a disturbing secret when he meets the family of his Caucasian girlfriend, Rose Armitage”
  1. I am Not Your Negro
  1. “a 2016 documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders.
  1. BlacKkKlansmen by Spike Lee
  1. One of Jasmine’s favorites! :-)
  2. The film is based on the 2014 memoir Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth.
  1. Roots
  1. In December 1775, Kunta Kinte and Fiddler accompany their owner to another plantation at Christmas time and they learn that the son of the owner helps slaves escape, and the two of them try to help him, and also see this as an opportunity to escape themselves.
  1. 12 Years A Slave by Steve Mcqueen
  1. In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free Black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
  1. Do the Right Thing by Spike Lee
  1. 1989 comedy-drama. The story explores a Brooklyn neighborhood's simmering racial tension, which culminates in violence and a death on a hot summer day.
  1. Blood & Water (series)
  1. The series revolves around Puleng (Ama Qamata), a high school girl whose sister Phumele was kidnapped as part of a human trafficking network many years ago
  1. Queen Sono
  1. A highly trained South African spy takes on her most dangerous mission yet while facing changing relationships in her personal life.
  1. Queen Sugar
  1. the story of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Louisiana. At the center of the family are Nova, a journalist and activist; Charley, the wife and manager of an NBA player; and formerly incarcerated father Ralph Angel, who is searching for redemption.
  1. The Hate U Give- George Tillman (Hulu with Cinemax) RELEVANT, AND BASED ON A BOOK
  1. Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds -- the poor, mostly Black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what's right.

OTHER CONTENT TO WATCH

I Was a Humanitarian... and I Regret It- Talks about White saviorism (not a Black channel, but could be informative)

Theatres Not Speaking Out (TNSO) by Marie Cisco- A master list of theatres, and a timestamp of when/if they speak out.

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Black Podcasts

List compiled by @angad_kalsi

       cannot be intersectional, contrary to    

how many social media warriors use it.

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Literature about Anti-racism

**Consider buying the books below from black owned bookstores!

It’s imperative that you take time to read anti-racist literature. This way you can grasp these very complex topics such as critical race theory, environmental racism, allyship, this history of Black people in this country, microaggressions, to name a few. Knowledge is power. And you have to do the brunt work yourself so that you can call it out whenever and however racism might manifest.

Suggestions:

For the little ones

A thread by @antisocialbritt

  1. Malcolm Little, The boy who grew up to become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz, Illustrated by AG Ford
  2. Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinmkney, Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn
  3. Something Happened In Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice by Marianna Celano, Marietta collins, Ann Hazard; Illustrated by jennifer Zivoin
  4. My hair is a Garden- words and pictures by Cozbi A. Cabrera
  5. Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Dunctan Tonatiuh
  6. Young Water Protectors...a story about standing rock by Aslan Tudor, Co-written by kelly Tudor
  7. My Family Divided: One girl’s journey of home, loss, and hope by Diane Guerrero with Erica Moroz
  8. We Are Grateful by Traci Sorrell; Illustrated by Frane Lessac
  9. I am not a Number written by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer; Illustrated by Gillian Newland
  10. Schomburg, The Man Who Built A Library by Carole Boston Weatherford; Illustrated by Eric Velasquez
  11. Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi; Illustrations by Lea Lyon
  12. Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry; Illustrated by Vashti harrison
  13. Maddi’s Fridge written by Lois Brandt; Illustrated by Vin Vogel
  1. This book discusses socio-economic status, doesn’t have black characters from what I gathered
  1. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti harrison
  2. When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson and Julie Flett
  3. Voice of Freedom Fannie Lou Hammer: Spirit of The Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford; Illustrated by Ekua Holmes
  4. Chocolate Milk, Por Favor! Celebrating Diversity With Empathy by Maria Dismondy; Illustrated by Donna Farrell
  5. Happy In Our Skin by Frank Manushkin; Illustrated by Lauren Tobia
  6. When I was Eight by Christ Jordan- Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton; Art by Gabrielle Grimard
  7. MOSES: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford and Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
  8. The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson; Illustrated by Rafael Lopez

Book List by @whoisrandolph

  1. The Wretched of the Earth Book by Frantz Fanon
  2. Race Matters Book by Cornel West
  3. Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill
  4. How Europe Underdeveloped Africa is a 1972 book written by Walter Rodney
  5. How Colonialism Preempted Modernity in Africa by Olufemi Taiwo

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Pro-Tips

1: DON’T BE A PERFORMATIVE ALLY

It’s imperative you don’t just become a keyboard warrior, but you put your money where your mouth is. “Spreading awareness” only does so much. Refer to the link above about “75 things white people can do”—it’s not just for white people. It offers real steps we can take to boost Black businesses, educators, etc.

How to avoid performative allyship:

Do something, don’t just post about it. Refer to pg. 4.

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2: HOW TO CHECK IN ON BLACK FRIENDS

I got a lot of questions about this one. Personally, I like being checked in on. It shows that one is thinking of you, and solidarity. Not everyone wants to be checked in on, but if you do check in, here’s some tips on how to go about it by @makirollOFC.

I see a lot of "check in on your black friends" posts and they are well intentioned, but please be mindful of HOW you are checking on your black friends.

DO NOT BOMBARD US WITH "you're so strong" messages. again, you are not the only one. yes it is well intended, but do you know how tiresome it gets hearing that i am strong for standing up for my right to be a human being? it's degrading.

WHAT NOT TO ASK

we are not okay. that part is clear. and if we wanted to talk, we would reach out.

INSTEAD

this eliminates the need for us to expend energy on grief/trauma by telling u the ways we are not okay. it puts more emphasis on ur role as a safe space.

THINGS TO EXPECT

- simple correspondence: remember you aren't the only one hitting up your friends.

- silence: again, you are not the only one, and we need time to process. this is exhausting.

- hard conversations that will make you uncomfortable: white people suck. get over it.

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IF your friends choose to engage you in conversation about what is going on right now, LISTEN TO THEM. do not insert your views, feelings and thoughts into a conversation meant to center your black friends. HOLD THE SPACE, don't hog it. and again, be prepared to be uncomfortable.

DISTRACTIONS

memes, songs that remind you of them, poems, animal photos, new anime recommendations, literally ANYTHING that will get our minds off of the atrocities that are happening around us.

MONETARY WAYS YOU CAN HELP YOUR BLACK FRIENDS

- money: deposit into their cashapps for food, bail (if protesting), supplies, etc.

- donations: donate to a black charity or fund on their behalf

- care packages: mail things to your friends to remind them you are thinking of them.

Graphics by @revelatori

3: You Don’t Always Need To Call The Cops

Because Black people are seen as a threat

in the eyes of police, calling the cops can be a

death wish upon whichever Black person you’re

calling them for, hence why Amy Cooper’s acts were acts of aggression and foolishness. If you need assistance of some sort, there are other places you can get it.

Picture credits to IG: @tapioca_starch

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Dear Allies of South Asian Communities...

Dear Allies of South Asian communities,

In spite of our unique histories riddled with accounts of oppression and subsequent fights for acceptance, we too often fall silent when it comes to standing for other targeted groups - most undoubtedly, the Black community. More so, our cultures actively perpetuate ingrained forms of anti-Blackness that are unjustly "brushed over" through generations. In moments when our voice has been needed, we have played into the "model minority" myth or showed a lack of compassion, understanding, and class through "oppression olympics". In examining history, it can be clearly seen that the endless civil rights battle of the Black community has directly paved the way for many of the rights and freedoms our communities enjoy today. That being said, our ensuing action must not be solely rooted in "transaction" and "debt" to these significant societal contributions. Our action must be rooted in beliefs of (overdue) justice and equality for the Black community. Therefore, it is paramount we continuously use our voice. It is paramount we hold our own communities accountable. It is paramount we fight for ALL Black Lives, today and every day following.

In addition to all the resources shared in this document that should deserve our active engagement, refer to the links below for various "crash course" resources on tackling the issues within our community regarding anti-Blackness. 

Sincerely,

Angad Kalsi

@angad_kalsi

- Instagram Tidbits:

- South Asian Guide to Speaking to your Family about Anti-Blackness 

- 7 ways people of color perpetuate anti-blackness

- Conversation about Black Lives Matters with your South Asian Community

- Anti-racism for Asian Americans

- Limits of Desi-American “Wokeness”

- Desi American immigration history lesson

- Inward and outward actions to reduce racial inequality- this account also has a podcast!

- Transitioning into a Long-Term Movement

- Further Reading:

- 20+ Allyship Actions for Asians to Show Up for the Black Community Right Now

- South Asians and Black Lives-  A good read for fellow Indians in particular; touches upon intersectionality and need to "build bridges", allyship/shared understandings and common cause, the model minority and its attempt to climb the ladder of whiteness, being complicit in anti-Blackness, and ends off with some actionable items.

- South Asians for Black Lives: A Call for Action, Accountability, and Introspection

- The Secret History of South Asian and African American Solidarity - A Collection of history spotlights (complete with links) that showcase the partnering of the South Asian and Black communities throughout history. Moments often “forgotten” that need to be remembered to fuel further action.

- South Asians, It’s Time to Call Out our Anti-Blackness - Article that looks into some specific “everyday” forms of anti-Blackness that are wedged into Indian/Asian mentality, and the hypocrisy that can take place when the Asian community comments only on the injustices they face.

- Asian Americans need to talk about Anti-Blackness in our Communities

- The Karma of Brown Folk (Vijay Prashad) - Speaks on the model minority myth and its use against the black community. Purchase from a Black-owned bookstore if able!

- Racism Harms Black People Most. It’s Time to Recognize Anti-Blackness - An article that refers to various studies outlining how, in spite of the racism various communities must face, the Black community is often “bottom of the pile” in that it experiences the most harsh attacks and is often disregarded globally.

- Officer who stood by as George Floyd died highlights complex Asian American, Black relations - TW/CW, Article features snippet of George Floyd’s murder (A warning is issued further if one chooses to play the video.)

- To Watch:

- We Cannot Stay Silent About George Floyd (Hasan Minhaj - Patriot Act) - In spite of moments of comedic wit, Hasan Minhaj leaves no one unaccounted and tackles the movement at hand, focusing on anti-Blackness in Asian communities.

- South Asians in the Perpetuation of Anti-Blackness (Aretha Basu)

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Dear brothers + sisters in Christ…

Jasmine here. I’m a Christian, and I wanna talk to y'all for a second:

Let’s not equate America to Chrsitianity.

Yes, this country was created with Christianity in mind. That we would be free, and be “one nation under God”. But let us keep in mind that this country was created with lies in mind, knowing that not everyone would be free. When we equate Christianity to America as an institution, a man-made society, we then 1) limit where God is, and 2) if we look at our country’s track record-- America has often used the lazy excuse of something being “God-ordained” to justify heinous acts against humanity...re: slavery. Parts of the Bible that were against slavery were purposefully removed so that enslaved people would not see the gospel for what it is- liberating in every way. Man has construed God’s word for selfish reasons. America is not above God’s reproach, and there will be a day when she is called to atone for her sins.Thankfully the gospel goes beyond our borders, and is not limited to America.

I think it’s easy to look at the chaos in the world and say-- “this is not of God”. I agree that chaos is not of God. But let’s look to the Bible, where there is so much strife and slavery even, and them God reveals Himself and saves His people. Could this not be another moment where in all our brokenness and chaos, God is planning a reveal of His glory? That he takes what is evil, and makes it good? We must not become jaded and passive in this moment. The way we fight this battle will be different from the world, but we still must fight. Pray for guidance, and act accordingly.

If you’re shaking your head murmuring to yourself that “the Bible isn’t political” I implore you to read it again.

Micah 6:8 (NIV) He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)

14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

But Jasmine, what about...

These are common questions I’ve been receiving and I’ve been seeing a lot on social media, and wanted to address them here.

  1. ...the Police ‘kneeling With Us’ ?

It's the theatre of the oppressor. It is propaganda. COPaganda.

It’s an illusion. It’s harmful for you to post anything that says “the media won’t show you this.” Why? Because mere moments after those photos were taken, the same peaceful protestors the police were kneeling/praying/holding up signs/hugging with, they ended up being pepper sprayed, tear gassed or worse. It’s not touching, it’s deceptive. The only helpful interactions with the police I’d say are the few ones showing some conversation of police officers LISTENING to protestor concerns, like the Atlanta police chief….

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….JUST kidding, because soon after the Atlanta Police Department tried tear gassing peaceful protestors. And then that same police chief said charges against the officers who tasered two college students are merely political. The police are the forceful arm of oppression and they are killing us.

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  1. ...Looting + Rioting?

Everyone loves to refer back to the Civil Rights movement and say that “peaceful protesting is the way to do it”. Oh yes, we know and agree. Which is why we did try peaceful protesting this whole time. What we are seeing is the failure of the police to deescalate the situation--instead they have welcomed the National guard to shoot at PEACEFUL protestors. Oftentimes, people refer to Martin Luther King Jr. for discussions of peaceful protesting, considering he did not condone it. But do not let the romanticization of him on social media fool you: Martin Luther King Jr. was a radical, and the FBI killed him for it. He made this statement:

“...America must see that riots do not develop out of thin air. Certain conditions continue to exist in our society which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality, and humanity. And so in a real sense our nation's summers of riots are caused by our nation's winters of delay. And as long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again. Social justice and progress are the absolute guarantors of riot prevention.”

Also, shortly before he died, MLK was organizing a class-based movement.

There are peaceful protests taking place in all 50 states, Amsterdam. Germany, the United Kingdom, and many more. We will not stop until we are heard. We are peacefully protesting for JUSTICE. Businesses can be replaced. Lives cannot.

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As Psychology Today so eloquently said, rioting is a “...symptom of a disease. In order to treat the symptom, we have to treat the disease. And the disease—the root cause—in this case is systemic racism that persists more than 50 years after Dr. King's speech and his later assassination.”

So before you consider going on social media condemning rioting or looting, think about why, and if your comments are helping to address the root cause.

Want more explanation? Check out this video with the author of White Rage, Carol Anderson.

3: ...my mom/dad/sibling/relative who’s a police officer?

Let me preface by saying- I honor the bravery it takes to do that job. I respect your mom, dad, sibling, relative and their sacrifices. However, the government is now asking them to commit crimes against innocent civilians who are ultimately just practicing their right to free speech, to assemble, to protest.

I don’t doubt your mom, dad, sibling, or relative is a good person. Maybe they are wrestling with the thought of going to work right now in their hearts. The concern is that it’s very difficult to show out as a good cop when there are many cops who are looking to exercise their power over defenseless people. Our system is hierarchically structured- meaning there are roles with more importance than others through different rankings (i.e. chief, lieutenant, officer, corporal). One has more power than the other, and the inclinations of the individual are no longer of importance.

The argument that “not all cops are bad” is one that aims to negate the struggle the black community has withstood for centuries. The police are a brotherhood, sworn to protect each other. The “good cops” unfortunately do not outrule the bad ones. It is not a matter of numbers. It is a culture in which many are complicit. There is no changing it from the inside.

It might be worth sitting your relative down and asking: are you prepared and morally ok with (trigger warning) shooting innocent civilians that you are sworn to protect and serve? And if the answer is yes...well. That’s what this packet is all about.                            Back to Table of Contents

Still confused? This graphic explains what people mean when they say ACAB (All Cops Are B*stards). At the end of the day, police officers can remove the badge. Black people cannot take off their skin.

4. ...“abolish the police”? IS that even possible?

My friend, I had the same question. Fasten your seatbelts, this one is a whole concept.

Every society needs protection of some sort for it’s civilians. Which is exactly why many are considering an alternative option, because Black people aren't being protected. In fact, policing started out as slave patrols. It is inherently unjust and it is obviously not working. The police are about to get heavily defunded by the uproar of this generation as a result. The Minneapolis School District has already ended their contract with the Police Department because of the outrage over the death of George Floyd. Civilians are looking for other ways to structure our protection within the American society.

Again: Nobody’s saying that we shouldn’t have protection. However, we do need to completely restructure the police, in a way that well...would abolish the old one. There are other governments that have thrived on this method, and it is possible for us to do in America. Here’s a thread by @placeholder4abn that helps to break it down :

FIRST OFF you FIRE every officer with complaints on their records. We can't trust this system to do justice with investigating them. As the new departments are trained you phase out those last few old officers unless they're willing to go through specialized training…AND no one in the community comes forward with complaints about them. If they fulfill those requirements there's a chance for them to be a part of the new system.

So what do we do INSTEAD OF POLICE:

Create Very Specific jobs for Very Specific TRAINED People and Don't Give Them Guns

CHECK OUT THIS PRISON ABOLITION FAQ WHERE YOU CAN ALSO ASK AND HAVE YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY @SHEBUTTERFEMME

5: ...if I make a mistake? Do I just give up?

Just like with any learning experience dear friend, you WILL make mistakes. It’s not an if, but a when. Humility is key. And when that happens, just like any other scenario, you apologize to the group/person harmed, and ask for their forgiveness. It’s imperative that you also forgive yourself, and reflect. We value your allyship, and there is a lot to learn. Keep learning.

Here’s some tips from @_bri_chandler_ about accountability.

6:...Cand*ce Ow*ns? Why the asterisks?

Don’t send me or your black friends anything by or about Cand*ce Ow*ns. She’s effectively monetized and made a platform based on her self-hatred. Conservatives tokenize people like her, Ben Carson, David Clarke, and, yes, Kanye because they are Black and happen to have conservative ideologies. While Black people are not monolithic, their voices do more harm than good. For example, Ow_ns once called Black people “trained chimpanzees,” and most recently she made a video talking down on George Floyd. All that to say, if you see a video by her, PLEASE do not engage with it. She’s banking on going viral - each controversial video pays her bills..

Remember: Conservative talking-heads cherry pick and search for people of color that validate their narrative that police brutality or systemic racism are either overblown or don’t exist, which is obviously false. Rather than listening to nincompoops, take the time out to seek out Black thinkers and community organizers who fight for Black liberation on all fronts - and who advocate on behalf of all Black people, including: trans Black people, poor Black people, disabled Black people. Everyone, not just the Black middle class. Remember that factors like class, sexuality, and ability all come together to make Black people’s lives unique - we don’t all share the same experiences. Amplify those who include all Black people in your activism.

Oh yeah: As for the asterisks, I do that because her name alone angers me. I’m praying that she comes to her senses soon.

7:...”Juneteenth”?

https://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm

To be continued! Juneteenth (June 19) is coming up y'all!

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How to help: Protestor Pro-tips

PART ONE: Safety

Here’s some suggestions on how to stay safe (credits to @botnaicaldyke on twitter)

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ANTI-SURVEILLANCE GUIDE

If you’re going to do any serious ground work, you need to remove your pictures off the internet. Facial recognition technology cannot work without a database of photographs to match pictures with.

How to DELETE 99.9% of your digital footprint from the internet [a thread] by @somenerdliam

Step 1: Preliminary Requirements

Step 2: Deleting old accounts from forgotten services

Step 2b: Now look around the service for a delete account function, google around by searching ``"delete account" + "<service>"

Step 2c: For some services, you may want to purge all content and messages before you delete the account, as the account may be archived and a hacker or external entity may access this information at a later date. That's something to bear in mind.

Step 3: Checking if your information has been compromised already.

Step 3b: I'll be using ``s to denote normal quotations, as you will need to use the normal "" signs to perform these searches.

Step 3c: You should see possibly pastebin links or underground databases publicly accessible on the internet, or possibly leaked private information.

Step 3d: Some database leaks are a bit more private and are still being shared/sold in private circles, but you can use this website:

Step 4: Removing yourself from Google.

Step 4b: You can use Google Console at: https://google.com/webmasters/tools/removals

You can request for them to delete/update their search engine (which usually takes months organically) to remove those cached results if you provide a link to each.

Go through various google searches and do this

Step 5: Protecting yourself against Google legally tracking you (for the most part).

Step 5b: Protecting yourself against other services

Step 6: Deleting old e-mails

Step 7b: Do NOT use any passwords similar to each other.

Step 8: PROTECTING your internet connection.

Step 8b: Using a VPN that has no logs.

Step 9: USING Burner accounts

Step 10: REGULARLY deleting your internet content.

Step 10b:  Hackers will use your old internet information to do some of this analyzing in retrospect to piece together who your social circle is to find a vulnerability. Anyone can be attacked. You just haven't been a target yet. Defend yourself through prevention.

Step 10c: Don't believe me?

This is nothing. Very simple with the tools EVERYONE has access to today.

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How to Treat Bullet Wounds

By @medicaIchemist

ACTUAL PRACTICING DOCTOR HERE: I’ve seen a thread that details how to treat a bullet wound but there is some inaccurate info in it that can cause MORE HARM THAN GOOD! ILL MENTION THEM BELOW:

THE FOLLOWING TIPS ARE FOR CONSCIOUS VICTIMS - ones who are alert, awake, breathing.. if the person does not have a pulse start CPR.

The basis of treating a gunshot wound is to STOP THE BLEEDING!

  1. If the wound is in the ABDOMEN - apply direct pressure with a cloth to minimize the bleeding. KEEP PRESSURE UNTIL HELP COMES.
  2. If the wound in the extremities (LEGS OR ARMS) - wrap a scarf VERY STRONGLY proximal to the wound site to minimize bleeding, applying local pressure also helps. KEEP THE PRESSURE UNTIL HELP COMES.
  3. DO NOT PUT YOUR FINGERS INSIDE THE WOUND UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES YOU ARE NOT A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL AND MIGHT DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD
  4. IF you are not in a safe environment you have to move the victim.  OTHERWISE REDUCE MOVEMENT AT ALL COSTS!!
  5. LOOK FOR EXIT POINTS OF THE BULLET - if there are present you should try control the bleeding in those wounds as well or prioritize the one that is bleeding actively!

TO SUMMARIZE:

  1. CALL FOR HELP
  2. Go to a safe environment
  3. Check pulse (if the patient was unconscious and there is no pulse initiate CPR)
  4. Control bleeding until help comes.

THANK YOU AND PLEASE STOP THE SPREAD OF MEDICAL MISINFORMATION :)

CPR technique

If any medical professional comes across this: I know the management is much more complicated than this but I tried to simplify it as much as possible and highlight the most important points so any person even a person with minimal medical knowledge can get maximum benefit.

++ if you can not get medical aid to come to you the next best thing after stabilizing the bleeding to GOING TO A NEARBY HOSPITAL

Additional Resources:

Proper Protest Attire by @sadtat69 (TikTok)

IPHONE USERS: CHECK OUT THIS POST ABOUT HOW TO TURN OFF SIGNIFICANT LOCATIONS TO AVOID BEING LOCATED.

How to Stop a horse being used as a weapon against innocent life: with @PinkieToons

“SAFETY TIPS DURING PROTEST: A THREAD BY @nxbrxth

WHAT TO BRING:

- Water in a plastic bottle with squirt top, to drink and to wash off your skin or eyes

- Energy snacks

- Identification and/or emergency contact information

- Enough money for pay-phone, food, transportation

- Basic First Aid Kit

- Watch, paper, pen for accurate documentation of events

- Inhaler, epipen, insulin & several days of prescription medication

- Menstrual pads. Avoid using tampons - if you’re arrested you may not have a chance to change

- Wet Wipes and tissues

WHAT TO WEAR:

- Shatter resistant Swimming Goggles and a N95 Facemask

- Comfortable, protective shoes that you can run in

- Clothing covering all your skin to protect from sun and pepper spray exposure

- Shatter-resistant eye protection (i.e. sunglasses, swim goggles, or gas mask)

- Bandana to cover nose and mouth soaked in water, lemon juice or vinegar, it can aid in breathing during chemical exposure

- Fresh clothes in plastic bag (in case yours get contaminated by chemical weapons)

- A hat to protect you from the sun and from chemical weapons

DEALING WITH TEARGAS:

- Avoid use of oils & lotions because they can trap the chemicals and thereby prolong exposure

- STAY CALM. Panicking increases the irritation. Breathe slowly and remember it is only temporary

- Gas masks provide the best facial protection, if properly fitted and sealed. Alternatively, goggles, respirators, or a wet bandana over the nose & mouth will help

- Blow your nose, rinse your mouth, cough & spit. Try not to swallow

- Wearing contacts: you must remove the lenses or get someone to remove them for you, with CLEAN, uncontaminated fingers. Destroy the lenses after exposure

- DO NOT RUB IT IN

- Use an eye flush using a solution of half liquid antacid and half water. This only applies to aluminum hydroxide or magnesium hydroxide

also, KNOW YOUR RIGHTS !!

@TesstheEpic- Also probably should wear solid clothing/generic clothing so it’s harder to identify you after tapes/videos of the protest have been reviewed.

FIGHTING TEAR GAS

-Three spoons of baking soda mixed in a glass of water. Pour it in a spray bottle. It stops the tear gas symptoms #StaySafe #BlackLivesMatter

- 3 tsp baking soda/8.5 oz water

HOW TO GET OUT OF ZIP TIES

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PART TWO: Know Your Rights

PROTESTORS RIGHTS @nxbrxth

PRO BONO ATTORNEY LIST FOR PROTESTORS BY @MonaIbrahim

Check out ACLU’s Mobile Justice App for ease in reporting Police Brutality

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PART THREE: Ally Etiquette at a protest

Attending a protest is awesome. Your allyship is valuable. There’s a proper way to act though- make sure your enthusiasm and energy is helping the cause, not hurting it. Remember this movement is to elevate the lives of Black People. We as Black people need to be at the forefront of this movement, and getting in front of that risks undermining the cause. Here's some advice from @Esalndigena on Twitter (in italics):

  1. Don’t lead chants. You can respond, but you are not the leaders here.
  2. Don’t snitch. Obviously.
  3. Don’t let Black people get arrested or hurt. A true ally will jump in the way and help a Black person who’s getting hurt. Use your privilege to help someone out.
  4. Don’t vandalize/throw anything in the name of Black people. Because guess who will get blamed and harmed for it? Black people.
  5. You are not mad for us.
  6. Don’t agitate or instigate cops. Again, who do you think will catch the flack of that? Black people.
  7. Especially non Black POC you do not center yourself and talk about “being brown” this is about BLACK PEOPLE
  1. ESPECIALLY WHITE PEOPLE YOU SHOULD BE ON THE FRONTLINE WHEN THE COPS ARE CONFRONTING THE GROUP
  2. YOU SHOULD PUT YOUR LIFE ON THE LINE THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE SIGNING UP FOR.
  1. You do not record anyone doing something illegal. And don’t post it online either, the police and FBI are tracking people. Do not put someone in danger.
  2. Do NOT record unmasked Black people or POC.
  3. WHITE PEOPLE if the group takes off because of tear gas or some reason you take the REAR AND BUY TIME FOR THEM YOU ARE LEAST LIKELY TO GET ARRESTED
  4. you do not make signs that say “latinos for Black lives” “mexicans for Black lives” “filipinxs for Black lives” or bring your settler state flags. Black latinxs/hondurans/mexicans/filipinxs EXIST. they EXIST in your community already and are not separate.
  1. you’re making Black people separate from yourself when you do this and supporting the notion that your “real people” are only non Black and that’s antiBlack as fuck. You can acknowledge that your experience is different but bp are everywhere and part of all our communities.
  1. Lastly, Black people are hurting in a way we will never know. They’re mourning, angry, and scared. OUR place is to protect them and show them love and solidarity as they say/do all they need to. We show em that if they wanna burn these systems down, we got the matches.

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Invest: Black-Owned Business to support by State

Find the master list below!

One of the results of systemic racism and frankly hundreds of years of slavery, is that Black people often do not have generation wealth or “old money”. We often have to build up ourselves starting from scratch. In supporting Black-owned businesses, you are helping to combat the white massive corporations that seek to destroy any competition. You are helping us combat the system that seeks to keep us as the owned, and not the owners. We need economic healing. #SupportBlackBusinesses

RESTAURANTS BY STATE:

Maryland

DC

Georgia

Louisiana

New Jersey

Virginia

DMV

VEGAN SPOTS IN THE DMV

LA

Chicago

Atlanta

New York

Texas

North Carolina

Tennessee

Minnesota

St. Louis

Washington

Legend:

Vegan restaurants in green

****Looking for a nice father’s day gift? Considering buying him a gift from these Black owned businesses!*****

Food

Clothes

Beauty

Other

Maryland

Shagga

Chez Dior

Trinity’s Catering LLC

Uncaged Chef’s

Blue Water’s Caribbean And Seafood grill-delicious!

Lefty’s BBQ

Open Crumb

Crab Boss

All Set

Spizzy

Legacy Carryout in Fort Washington

Henry’s Soul Cafe

Trinity Grill & Bar

The Shell Shack Seafood

Kitchen Cray Cafe

Silver Spring Wings

Swaahili Village

Monikay’s Kitchen (available via DoorDash and UberEats)

Milk & Honey

Carolina Kitchen

Hakuna Matata

Miya Lounge

Food for Life

Terra Cafe

Ida B’s Tables

Urban Oyster

Saturday morning Cafe

Uncaged Chef

Breaking bread

Capital Lounge Inc

Water for Chocolate

Ethel’s Creole Kitchen

Taste This Baltimore

Southern Blue

Peppa Flame

Khepera’s Kitchen

St. Mary’s Restaurant and Bar

Shareef’s House of Wraps

Mad Cow & grill

A Place to walk to

Roger Miller

Food for Life

Vegan comfort food

NuVegan

Blk and Bold Coffee and tea company- 5% of their profits go to initiatives

Dukem Ethiopian (Baltimore)

Fiyah Island (Baltimore)

Hala Food at park Heights (baltimore)

Nailah’s Kitchen (baltimore)

Provion’s cafe (Gaithersburg)

Sweet Tooth Cakes and Pasteries

Now making Face masks: Marilyn Mills Collection

DMV Spinelli-Jewelry Brand

Hallelujah Trends

Rendered Inc- DMV-based sustainable fashion brand @renderedinc

A Ma Maniere- high end boutique alternative to Neimans/Saks 5th/UBIQ

This Black Brand- shirts that provide affirmation for people of color

Custom Crochet Clothes! Just shoot her a DM to order

Nubian Skin- Lingerie, with nudes for dark skin women

Neiteh- Hand crafted African infused Women’s Apparel

By Charles Jay- Cancer survivor now mankind a mark in fashion design

Bleszing Christian Apparel

@moonlightroller is a Black woman owned roller rink and roller-skating brand!!

C’est Faux- Keychain and Jewelry Shop

Hubane is a clothing brand ran by fellow Howard students. They’re currently donating proceeds to organizations that are helping bail people out of jail!

HIgh-end fashion list by  @gq:

Pyer Moss

Johnny Nelson jewelry

 

A.Sauvage (find their looks here)

Brother vellies

Telfar

Renowned LA

Xuly.BET

All Caps Studio

Armando Cabral

 

Daily paper

Third Crown

L’enchanteur

Ashya

Frere

Brownstone

The Marathon Clothing

The Brooklyn Circus

Denim Tears

Bianca Saunders

Nicholar Daley

No Sesso A-Cold-Wall

Martine Rose

Post Imperial

Wales Bonner

Waraire Boswell

X of Pentacles

Union

Blk Mkt Vintage

Wafflesncream

Kenneth Ize

Romeo Hunte

Victor Glemaud

Phlemuns

Studio 189

Public School NYC

Mowalola

Maxhose Africa

Casely-Hayford

Darryl Brown

Brett Johnson

Tongoro

Pseudonym

Spencer Badu

Orange Culture

4ye

The Folklore

Amanda Michelle MUA- Makeup Artist

Naya the Nail tech IG: @nayaleonn

Big Chop Hair- Hair Extension company

Dainty Funk- makeup/art

Gorgeous Gem Collection- Custom Units +Wig installations

Colored By Lani- Satin Caps/Bonnets @coloredbylani

Noire Natural Essentials

Body butters! 100% natural ingredients, handmade with love!

Fleek’d Beauty LLC- DMV Braider

@ishlashes.inc- get cute lashes from this business!

Brown beauty Co-op- Skin, cosmetics, bath, body

Gemini Naturals: Vegan temporary coloring!

Soul Bloom Bath n Body

natural artisan personal care goods for bath, body, soul.

Curlbox- monthly subscription for natural hair products

Uoma Beauty They have over 50 different foundation shades and have products to suit every completion.

Black opal is a cosmetics brand owned by former White House social secretary, Desiree Rogers.

Makeup Scientist Cosmetics 

Glitz n Glam Boutique homemade lipgloss, homemade hand sanitizers, name necklaces, homemade sugar scrubs, lashes, homemade beard oil, soaps and MORE

Amber Soap- natural, homemade soaps!

Honey Pot- Plant made feminine care!

Salore Claws- luxury press on nails and accessories on etsy

A thread of Black owned makeup, skincare, hair and fashion brands 

https://shoppeblack.us/2019/02/black-owned-makeup-brands-beauty/

Stephen Mieles Hair Design in Westfield NJ

https://www.events.sankofa.com/

Golde sells at-home self-care routine, from face masks to smoothie boosters (and matcha kits!)

Salvation Army Free Showers

Christian and Socially Aware Youtube Channel by @tiffibyrd

ASA Crave Studios- professional video promotion

Events with Freeze- Event Designer

Black Orchid Apothecary- get some lovely candles here!

Mahogany Books Bookstore with “Black Books Matter” merch!

Janelle Anderson is open for art commissions!

wellness coach Yvette gause based in MD

10KRINGLIGHTS has a 10’ ring light that comes with a mini stand; extended tripod sold separately. there’s a SALE for $100 off & free standard shipping!

Blue Surge, an Award-Winning, Digital Marketing & Web Design Agency.

Godlygorgeous does African American prints.

Sjohnson designs

Free Flow Gusto- Vortex bands for your in home workouts!

The Cook Shop- Cajun Spices!

The MonAlicia Bakes- Baking company, shipping nationwide!

Modern Day Black Alphabet Book- teaching children the ABCs through the Black experience!

DC 

CHECK OUT THIS DIRECTORY!

Calabash tea & Tonic- using mother’s natures ingredients to heal

Halfsmoke (available through ubereats, grubhub, postmates, etc.)

DC Puddin’

Ben’s Chili Bowl

Teddy’s Roti Spot

Jam Doung Style

Chat’s Liquor

Pleasant Pop’s

Heat Da Spot

Aqua 301

Niko’s Spiked Gelato

Service Bar

Hype Cafe DC

DC Soul Food

Tiki on 18th

Fishcale

Roaming Rooster

The Consulate DC

Mr. Braxton

Cork Wine Bar

Urban Chef's Table

The Kitchen Jerk

Po Boy JIm

Cane

Kitsuen Bar owned by Pusha T

Sweet Sosumba Jamaican Vegan Cafe

NuVegan

Tsehay Restaurant

Oohh’s Aahh’s Peaches Kitchen

Bukom Cafe

The Sweet Lobby

Backyard Smoke Spot

DCity Smokehouse

Jerk at Nite

Zion Kitchen

Sunrise Caribbean Restaurant

Brookland FGrill

The bar at Milk & Honey

Carolina Kitchen

Smokin Pig

Sweet Sosumba Jamaican vegan Cafe (georgia Ave NW)

Landon’s ices and creams

Georgia

First Batch Artisan Foods 

Moon Jug Water (glass bottled water)

Atlanta

Slutty vegan

Plant based Pizzeria

Soul Vegetarian

Viva La Vegan

Life Bistro

Vegan Dream Doughnuts

Tassili’s Row

Lov’n it Live (East Point)

Louisiana

Sweet Vegan Soul Food

New Jersey

List compiled by Melody Appel @mel.appel

Carribean Touch (Montclair)

Crockett’s Fish Fry (Montclair)

Montclair Diner (Montclair)

Saveur Creole (Montclair)

Mesob Ethiopian (Montclair)

Montclair Brewery (Montclair)

Pimento Grill (Maplewood)

Tiff’s Soul Food (Paterson)

The Halaal Corner (Paterson)

Cook’s Kitchen (Rahway)

Coffee and Cornbread Co. (Teaneck)

Delta’s (New Brunswick)

Vonda’s Kitchen (Newark)

Blueberry Cafe Juicebar & Vegan Grille (Newark)

Doc’s Waffle House (Newark)

Corrine’s Place (Camden)

Simply Southern Cuisine (Belmar)

Kelsey’s (Atlantic City)

Taste of Flava (Union)

First Republic Lounge (Elizabeth)

Broritos (Hackensack)

Ada’s Gijjo (Asbury Park)

Virginia

Meaza Ethiopian Cuisine

Hawwi Ethiopian Restaurant

Della J's Delectables

Caribbean Plate

DMV

Turning Natural

Cooking With Mercedes

VegHeaven

VEGAN SPOTS IN THE DMV

Thanks to @dcveganlife!

Pleasant Pops

Deelish by Deedi

Land of the Kush

Grub factory

Nu vegan (Georgia Ave NW)

Turning natural

Buna Coffeehouse

Sweet & Natural

Refocused

Gangster Vegan Organics

Plantarion

Inspired Cravings

Kallaloo Kitchen

Zoe’s Vegan Delight

Soul-tarian Cafe (Food Truck)

Senbeb Cafe

Sweet Sosumba

VegHeaven

Calabash Tea & Tonic

Dodah’s Kitchen

NuVegan Cafe (College Park)

Sunrise Caribbean

SUnflower Gardenz

Sankofa Video Books & Cafe

Elife Vegan Restaurant

Bar and Bean DC

Khepra’s Raw Food Juice Bar

LA

Google spreadsheet of 221 black owned restaurants in LA!

Here's the article as well!

Chicago

Soul Vegetarian

Majani

Good Foods Health Center

Can’t believe it’s  not meat

Plant based Junkie

Cali

Vegan Mob (oakland)

Lettuce Fest (Food truck; various spots in LA)

Compton vegan (LA)

Verger Guyz (LA)

Jackfruit Cafe (LA)

Azla (LA)

Souley Vegan (Oakland)

Judahlicious (San Fran)

Veg on the Edge (Santa Cruz)

Stuff I eat (Inglewood)

Las vegas

Simply pure

New York

Urban vegan Kitchen (NYC)

Juices for life (NYC)

Sol sips (brooklyn)

Seasoned Vegan (harlem)

Greedi Kitchen (NYC)

Veggie Castle

How Delish HD (New jersey)

Texas

Bams vegan (Dallas; usually at former markets, check IG for info)

Green seed vegan (houston)

Sunshine’s deli (Houston)

Peace. Love. &  Eatz (dallas)

North Carolina

Veltree

Are you going to eat that (Wilmington)

Kentucky

Louisville Vegan kitchen

Tennessee

The Southern V (Nashville)

Two Vegan Sistas (Memphis)

Florida

The new vegan (palm beach)

Bobby's meal (miami)

Dajen Eats (Eatonsville)

Kanata’s Restaurant (miami)

Minnesota

Trio plant - based (Minneapolis)

St. Louis (Missouri)

CHECK OUT THIS MASTER LIST OF RESTAURANTS IN MISSOURI BY STEPHANIE SCOTT!!

Sweet Art Bakeshop

Veg Nation

Washington

Plum bistro

Ongoing thread of businesses

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Invest: In the next Generation- Raising Racially Conscious Children

You may think that in not educating your child about racism, that you’re protecting them and preserving their innocence. That maybe you are promoting a “color blind” world. However, we don’t wish to live in a world that ignores race-- that is impossible. When we identify a person, we also see their skin tone. Instead, we must address differences, and accept them. Whether you like it or not, racism permeates everyday life.

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Black Mental Health Resources

We need to take care of ourselves. This nation has a history of misdiagnosis, inequality of care, and ignorance when it comes to the mental wellness of the Black community. We need to be vigilant in mental health.

Initial post created by @jamalrich_:

Additional Resources

Added by Jasmine:

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