How to do Your Part in the Black Lives Matter Movement
Written by: Briana Wright @misswrighttv
Photos from Instagram: @casanova_2x @jlhill_art @always_win_apparel
It’s becoming more apparent that everyone’s way of protesting is different. The line between rioting, looting and protesting is becoming too blurry yet, instead of passing judgement some suggest we recommend various ways to get involved so everyone can participate in their own way. So, here are a few options:
1. Sign Petitions:
Change.org, moveon.org, colorofchange.org and more offer various petitions that demand justice for victims of police brutality like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Click this link to access a list of petitions you can sign.
2. Text or Call:
If you’d rather voice your opinion directly to the source, here is a list of some phone numbers you can call or text to reach District Attorneys, Mayors, Police Departments and others working closely with some of the cases of police brutality.
We’ve seen celebs like Drake, The Weeknd, and Megan Thee Stallion both donate and promote organizations that need donations. Black businesses that have been hit in the crossfire of looting/rioting also need help. Here’s where you can donate to both.
4. Use your platform:
There was a lot of confusion surrounding yesterday’s #BlackOutTuesday because of the fear of failing to circulate important information. Rather than stopping media usage, circulate as much as you can- especially if you have a platform. Yesterday, Janelle Monae used her’s & tweeted:
"I do not consider myself an activist or an organizer . I have a platform , YES , BUT there are people who ARE REALLY ABOUT THAT LIFE DAILY . I want to amplify their voices . Drop your name and org below and ways YOU NEED SUPPPORT . BLACK & BLACK LGBTQ+ folks to the front PLEASE" Janelle Monae via Twitter (@JanelleMonae) June 2, 2020
Self explanatory, but here’s a message from Lizzo just in case.