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Black Lives Matter and Resources to Get Involved

Here`s a Curated List of Resources you Can use to get involved to make an impact against injustice:

Black Lives Matter Resources

Support Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Since then, the organization has organized protests, petitions and other activism to eradicate white supremacy and fight against violence. Here’s how you can support Black Lives Matter:

 

Add Your Voice to a Petition

Petitions are just one tool we have to demand change and accountability from those who enable police brutality. You can find and sign some of the major petitions demanding justice here:

 

Get Involved With a Racial Justice Organization

You can join or donate to other racial justice organizations working to dismantle racism. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

 

Educate Your Children

Dismantling racism can start from a young age. Teach children about racism and slavery as well as develop an appreciation for Black cultural figures. Seek out books, games and toys that include cultures other than your own and make diversity a normal part of your child’s everyday life. These teaching tools can help:

 

Support Black-Owned Businesses

As businesses are hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, now is a great time to reevaluate where you’re spending your money. In addition to paying attention to a company’s messaging about racial justice, you can directly support Black-owned businesses:

The Black Wallet

 

Contact Your Representatives

Your government representatives at all levels — federal, state and local — control the policy and money around policing in the U.S. You can write, call or email your representatives or the prosecutors in charge of a case and demand action. Keep in mind that state and local governments often control the police departments in your area. Here’s how to find your reps:

 

Combat Racism in Your Personal Life

Some of the most powerful work you can do to support Black lives starts at home. Petition for more people of color to be involved in your local groups. Those racist comments your family member makes? Call them out. Loved ones dismissing the experiences of people of color? Push back. Here are just two explainers to help:

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Listen

If you’re not a person of color, one thing you should definitely be doing right now is get out of the way. Listen to Black people with an open mind and heart, lift their voices as opposed to speaking over people of color, and don’t dismiss their lived experiences. Start your listening here:

 

Get Educated

One of the first steps you can take if you’re not a person of color is to understand why these protests are happening get educated. Read about Black history from Black writers, your role as a White person in systemic racism (and how to dismantle it) — and take the initiative to do this work on your own. Here’s a great list to get you started for any one:

 

Vote

The freedom to vote is one of America’s most important political right. Unfortunately it's not often exercised. Voting, especially gives you a voice in choosing politicians that stand for your views, represent change and share the same interests as you and your community. The presidential elections are NOT the only time we ought to be out voting. THe primaries are happening now in several states and in NY it is June 23rd 2020.  

https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/2020-state-primary-election-dates.aspx

 

 Get Connected

Get connected and plugged into your local church. Visit www.TheExcellingChurch.com and download the app (The ExcellingChurch) in your app store to learn more and connect with other leaders and congregations who are making positive strides in the community for the advancement and support of Black people in a positive and peaceful way. Unifying with like minded believers in Jesus Christ coupled with prayer  is one of the most powerful things you can do!

www.TheExcellingChurch.com


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