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I honestly don’t know what to post today… the events of this weekend have totally shocked and saddened me, and anything we would normally post feels incredibly wrong. So I’m just going to post a few quick links to amplify discussions readers are already having — plus some quick links to things that I and my friends are doing — and then post a usual Coffee Break for people who want to have discussions about whatever. Obviously, this list isn’t conclusive at all — please add your own suggestions in comments.
Discussions Readers are Having
Small Actions to Take to Help
- Use ResistBot – You can contact your governor and representatives and request:
- that your state enact laws requiring police officers to display their badges at all times — only California has such a law in place right now, and in some cities many officers were taping over their badge numbers (h/t my old law professor, @Heidi Li Feldman).
- that your state build a statewide database for decertified police officers, or take place in a national database (h/t @JulianCastro — who I see now has a lot of good ideas, including abolishing secrecy laws surrounding disciplinary hearings with cops).
- reform for police use of force (start with 5 Calls).
- strong Citizen Review Boards/civilian oversight boards (h/t AOC and numerous others).
- Sign a petition to demand justice for George Floyd. This page lists other petitions to sign.
- Donate – This bail fund from ActBlue splits your donation across multiple cities’ funds. This is a thread with links to bail funds for individual cities; Autostraddle has a list of 43 bail funds to support. You can also donate to Black Lives Matter. (Also, see this article from The Cut: “How to Make Sure You’re Donating Effectively.”)
- Support protests from home – Here are some tips from @gendervamp on Twitter.
- Educate yourself – We’re rounding up anti-racist books for parents raising white children over at CorporetteMoms, and we’ve gathered some links below.
- Support Black-owned businesses – here’s our round-up of round-ups!
What to Read
- “How to Make This Moment the Turning Point for Real Change” – President Obama [Medium]
- “The Case for Reparations” – Ta-Nehisi Coates (2014) [The Atlantic]
- “Maintaining Professionalism In The Age of Black Death Is … A Lot” – Shenequa Golding
- “A Timeline of Events that Led to the 2020 “Fed Up”-Uprising” – Michael Harriot [The Root]
- “How to Safely and Ethically Film Police Misconduct” [Teen Vogue]
- “75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice” [Equality Includes You]
- “13 Books You Should Read About Black Lives” [The Cut]
- Anti-Racism Resources for White People [Google doc]