A List of Ways You Can Help Support the Black Lives Matter Movement

Some of us may be feeling pretty powerless right now, but that can change if you take action, whether that’s through donating, signing petitions, or educating yourself.

If You Want to Donate:

  • https://fairfight.com. Donate to this Georgia-based civil society group that does national work to ensure voter enfranchisement and voter education. Founded by former Congresswoman Stacey Abrams. 

If You Want to Sign Petitions:

  • https://blacklivesmatter.com/defundthepolice/. Sign this petition to defund the police. Defunding police departments merely means taking some of the money allocated to police departments and reinvesting those taxpayer dollars directly into communities that need the most help. 

If You Want to Educate Yourself:

  • Watch 13th on Netflix. Description from Netflix: “In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.” Directed by academy award-winning director Ava DuVerney.
  • Watch Selma on nearly any streaming service for free. This film, also by Ava DuVerney, takes viewers inside Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight for civil rights.
  • Read Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. Follow the story of an unnamed black narrator as he is thrust into the exciting and mysterious Harlem scene after growing up in the deep south. This acclaimed classic provides timeless commentary on race relations, power struggles, the politics of race and identity. 
  • Listen to Code Switch on Apple Podcasts, which was trending at the #1 spot earlier last week. 
  • Read Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum. This book touches on the psychology of race and why starting to talk about race at a young age may help effect positive change. 
  • Read A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism And Its Assault on the American Mind by Harriet Washington to learn about environmental racism and how it is affecting the IQs of people of color.
  • Watch LA 92 about the LA riots following the murder of Rodney King, and see where the chant, “No justice, no peace” originated from.
  • Listen to Throughline from NPR to trace the origins of systemic racism in this country.