Black Lives Matter – where to donate and how to help

With the devastating events of the last week in America, it’s pretty hard not to feel helpless being so far away from it all. So we’ve compiled a list of ways you can show your support, help and/or donate to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Where can I donate?

https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd The Official George Floyd Memorial Fund.

https://blacklivesmatter.com/
 Black Lives Matter, donate to support the movement and their ongoing fight to end state-sanctioned violence, liberate Black people, and end white supremacy forever.

https://www.joincampaignzero.org/ Support Campaign Zero and their comprehensive agenda to end Police Violence.

https://bailproject.org/  The Bail Project is a national nonprofit organization that pays bail for people in need, reuniting families and restoring the presumption of innocence.  100% of online donations are used to bring people home. Because bail is returned at the end of a case, donations to The Bail Project™ National Revolving Bail Fund can be recycled and reused to pay bail two to three times per year, maximizing the impact of every dollar.

https://emergencyreleasefund.com/ The Emergency Release Fund is a mutual aid fund dedicated to getting LGBTQ+ and medically vulnerable individuals out of Rikers Island and ICE detention. 100% of your contribution is used to post bail for trans persons at risk of injury and death. You’ll receive an acknowledgement and the gratitude of people you may never meet, the highest form of charity. Because your contribution will continue to be used to post bail for many detainees it will be saving lives in perpetuity.

How, as a white person, can I be an ally?

This is taken from the CNN “A guide to how you can support marginalised communities” which references Sojourners contributor Courtney Ariel, Activist DeRey McKesson, writer and activist Paul Kivel, organisational change consultant Frances E. KendallEveryday Feminism and the grassroots organisation Hollaback!)

Reach out.

Offer support and comfort.

Check up on your friends who don’t look like you when a high-profile tragedy or incident takes place. Affirm that you are there for them in whatever ways they need.

Educate yourself and others.

Do your research.

Do what you can to educate yourself before you ask others to explain things to you. There are a wealth of resources available to you online. Google is your friend.
Ask questions when needed.
We’re all learning, and it’s OK to ask questions.

Brush up on history.

Asking “How could something like this happen?” when another police encounter turns deadly can come across as tone-deaf to communities who have long been dealing with these issues of oppression. Make sure you’re up to speed before you weigh in.

Influence people in your own group.

Talk to the people in your own life, particularly those that share the same identity as you. Educate your friends and family about how systems of oppression affect marginalised groups. Hold them accountable for their words and actions, as well as the roles they may play in those systems.

Teach your children.

It’s never too early. Talk to your kids explicitly about racism and other forms of discrimination. Don’t teach them to be “colourblind,” says author Jennifer Harvey. Let them know it’s important to notice differences, and teach them to stand up for others.

Own up to your mistakes.

Allyship is a process. Along the way, you’re sure to do or say the wrong thing now and then. Don’t get defensive. Take responsibility for slip ups. And do better moving forward.

Listen

Acknowledge your privilege.

A critical part of being an ally is recognising the benefits and power you have in society because of the identity you were born with, says organisational change consultant Frances Kendall. Be self-aware and be willing to go against others who share your privileges.

Pay attention.

Racism and other forms of oppression are everywhere, even if you don’t experience them yourself. Train yourself to notice them on personal and institutional levels, says writer and activist Paul Kivel. Take note about what is being said (and what isn’t) and who is there (and who isn’t). Recognise how prejudice, discrimination and oppression are being denied, minimised or justified.

Know when to talk less.

This isn’t about you. You don’t need to comment on every situation with your own perspective, or go out of your way to prove how aware or educated you are, Ariel says. Uplift others without speaking for them. Let others have the microphone for a change.

Understand others’ experiences.

Instead of offering up your own thoughts, listen to people who are marginalised when they tell you about their experiences, frustrations and emotions. Sit with that for a while.

Stand up

Please note, a lot of these are very specific to the US, but still good to know and share.

Build networks.

You can’t do this work alone. Find other allies who you can work with, and hold each other accountable. Partner with organisations that are doing the same work as you. Support people of colour who are leaders.

Use your privilege to help others.

It can be scary, but take risks, Kivel writes. Call out injustice or discrimination when you see it. Intervene when you see instances of racism or other situations that looks unsafe.
Use the 5 D’s of bystander intervention. That includes de-escalating the situation, calling others for help, checking in with the person involved, speaking up and documenting what’s happening.

Stand in solidarity.

March alongside people from marginalised groups in protests and demonstrations.

Donate your time and money.

This could take many forms, says Ariel. Offer to help people who could benefit from your expertise. Help a family pay off their bills. Identify organisations whose work aligns with your goals, and give what you can.