As the long-existing injustices in our society become more visible and we search for ways to be civically engaged, we need to be attentive to the most appropriate and helpful ways to be of service. Below are some resources to help in that endeavor.
1. Share Your Screen Time. Watch the following videos collected by UMass Dartmouth Frederick Douglass Unity House and the Black History 4 Seasons Council:
- “George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper” by Trevor Noah.
- “Black life at the intersection of birth and death” by Mwende ‘FreeQuency’ Katwina.
- “How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time” By Baratunde Thurston.
- “The Urgency of intersectionality” by Kimberle Crenshaw.
- Black AfterLives Matter: Cultivating Kinfulness as Reproductive Justice by Ruha Benjamin.
2. Learn to be a Good White Ally. There are good ways - and less good ways - to be a white ally right now.
- Take cues from black leaders and create space for their voices to be heard. https://www.vox.com/2020/6/2/21278123/being-an-ally-racism-george-floyd-protests-white-people
- The White Ally Toolkit/Ally Conversation Toolkit helps anti-racism allies do their part in the fight against racism by empowering and equipping them with best practice communications skills based on listening, storytelling, and compassion. These best practices will allow them to become more persuasive in conversations with racism skeptics.
- Resources for Confronting, Disrupting, and Dismantling White Supremacy
3. Join the YWCA Southeastern MA in doing the work of anti-racism.
- Sign up to join the YMCA's virtual Community Conversations on antiracism and racial equity work. More information to come!
- Sign up join the YWCA SEMA's monthly Racial Justice Book Club. Their first read will be Robin DiAngelo's White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism (2018).
- Visit the YWCA's Antiracism Resources to find podcasts, films, children's books, and more to begin your anti-racism work at home.
1. Join the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). As an NAACP member, you can:
- work with activists and organizers in the local NAACP branches
- support access to quality education, healthcare, economic opportunities
- participate in voter registration and GOTV campaign.
Note: The New Bedford Branch meets the third Thursday of every month at 7pm. Visit https://naacpnewbedford.org/ for more information.
2. Take action with American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The ACLU Racial Justice Program aims to preserve and extend constitutionally guaranteed rights to people who have historically been denied their rights on the basis of race.
3. Join Rev. William Barber and the Poor People’s Campaign. Work to demand that both major political parties address the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. A 2-hour virtual march on Washington will broadcast on Saturday, June 20th at 10:00am EST and 6:00pm EST and again on Sunday, June 21st at 6:00pm EST. Visit https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/june2020/overview/ for more information.
4. Help end police violence in America. Campaign ZERO was developed with contributions from activists, protesters and researchers across the nation. This data-informed platform presents comprehensive solutions to end police violence in America. It integrates community demands and policy recommendations from research organizations and President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
5. Join the struggle for equality. Black Lives Matter is committed to struggling together and to imagining and creating a world free of anti-Blackness, where every Black person has the social, economic, and political power to thrive.
1. Donate to support the Black community. Offer money, supplies, or your time to these organizations furthering the call for equality and equity in Boston and beyond - because the moment may come to an end, but the movement will be long lasting. https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2020/06/03/where-to-donate-black-community-boston/
2. Safely support protests right now. This article includes a list of good recommendations. https://www.thecut.com/article/george-floyd-protests-how-to-help-where-to-donate.html
3. Support Black-owned businesses. Diversity builds economic vitality, uplifts communities, and promotes productivity and resilience.
4. Support Colin Kapernick’s Know Your Rights Camp. The camp's mission is to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders. https://www.knowyourrightscamp.com/
Vote | Support the Census
1. Join Fair Fight. Help Stacy Abrams promote fair elections in Georgia and around the country, encourage voter participation in elections, and educate voters about elections and their voting rights. Fair Fight brings awareness to the public on election reform, advocates for election reform at all levels, and engages in other voter education programs and communications.
2. Participate in the Democracy 2020 Youth Film Challenge. Open to anyone under the age of 25, the Challenge is a unique, national film competition produced by the Civic Life Project in partnership with JusticeAid. It invites students to generate civics-oriented videos that ultimately create a groundbreaking movement for young Americans to get engaged in our democracy and to vote – to bring young people together as a community and provide a digital platform for them to be heard. Rules & Terms can be found at https://civiclifeproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/200120-2020-DEMOCRACY-YOUTH-FILM-CHALLENGE-RULES.pdf
3. Protect the 2020 Election. Democracy doesn't stop during a pandemic. Here are a list of 10 resources to help you get involved in the 2020 election while staying safe and healthy.
4. Make sure everyone counts in the 2020 Census. Some communities could miss out on their fair share. LGBTQ communities, people of color, immigrants, people experiencing homelessness, rural communities, people with low incomes, renters, single-parents households, people with limited English proficiency, and young children are hard to count. But we can help change that. Visit https://accelerate.census.gov/ and https://www.creativesforthecount.org/get-involved/ to find out how you can help make a difference in the 2020 census.