studioELL stands in solidarity with Rayshard Brooks, Dominique “Rem’mie Fells, Riah Milton, Tony McDade, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all people and communities targeted by police violence and hate.
Say their names. Don’t stay silent.
This health and economic crisis has us all on edge and has exposed some of the worst systemic disparities among us. On the backdrop of a complete lack of leadership, the militarizing of our police and constant surveillance on us all — the unnecessary death and violence against our most marginalized continues. We must stay vigilant. We must speak out. We must show our support. Every day — every hour — every minute.
WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW!
__ Stop buying stuff from Amazon and others who manipulate the system / Demand they support their workers and pay their taxes!
__ Research how companies you support care for their workers, neighbors and the environment. If they do not — boycott and de-invest!
__ Support local business, especially minority-owned businesses!
__ Bank small, local and black — keep your money invested in your community.
__ Think about how your conveniences might hurt others.
__ Pay cash! CC/debit transactions benefit giant banks and debt agencies — and overwhelmingly cripple those who cannot afford it.
__ Consider how cc/debit payments, software and apps can be used against you (privacy, data, etc.)
__ Call/write your local, city, state and federal representatives — OFTEN!
__ Get involved in your local politics.
__ Create, sign and circulate online petitions.
__ Give time or money to causes fighting injustice.
__ Know the Indigenous Land you occupy.
__ Give others a chance to be heard, especially our BIPOC siblings.
__ Ask yourself how you’ve benefited from systemic inequality and injustice.
__ Call out systemic inequality, violence and hate when you see it.
__ Talk to others about race, inequality, violence and injustice.
__ Decolonize your bookshelf, music/film collection, art collection, etc.
__ Protest on the street, with your wallet and everyday you see injustice.
__ Speak up! Silence = Violence!
This list is meant to help give you some resources. It is by no means exhaustive. With information changing hourly, we unfortunately do not have the resources to do justice in keeping it updated. Feel free to share resources with us by emailing mail [at] studioELL.org. Thank you!
→ HOW TO HELP
ADHOC / A List of Ways You Can Stand In Solidarity with the Black Community
Black Lives Matter
M4BL / WEEK OF ACTION
NAACP / #WeAreDying
NY Mag / The Cut / How to Support the Struggle
TimeOut / How to support Black Lives Matter
Teaching Tolerance / Teaching About Race, Racism and Police Violence
→ RIGHT TO PROTEST
YOU CAN STILL PRACTICE PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND PROPER SAFETY PROTOCOLS WHILE PROTESTING. WE URGE YOU TO BE SAFE FOR YOURSELF AND FOR THE OTHERS AROUND YOU!
ACLU / Know Your Rights
AMNESTY / Safety During Protest
CIVICUS / Protest Resilience Toolkit
Fractured Atlas / Resources for Political Demonstrations Against Police Violence
IPM / A Few Small Tips for Attending Your First Protest March
M4BL / COVID-19 Protest Tactics / Infiltration at Protests
NYC Protest Resources
RIGHT TO PROTEST / Protect your protest
The Legal Aid Society / What You Need to Know / NYC Curfew
People & Planet / A guide for protesters
Excerpt / The Movement Gets BIG — and Its Enemies Reveal Themselves
— Glen Ford, BAR Executive Editor, 04 Jun 2020
A comparative analysis of the political economy of the Sixties versus the current era could easily stretch to book length, but four main factors combined to bring us the events of the past week:
1) the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed Blacks at between 2.6 and 4 times the rate of whites, ghoulishly accentuating the deadly nature of a late stage racial capitalist system that, after 40 years of endless austerity and war has stripped the nation of even a semblance of a public health care system;
2) the resulting economic shutdown that, in the bat of an eye, brought about Great Depression rates of unemployment and heart-stopping levels of general precarity, maddeningly combined with record-breaking highs on the stock exchanges and grotesque, near-instantaneous multi-billion dollar windfalls for the owners of Amazon, Google, Facebook and other oligarchs, while corporations received the bulk of trillions in federal disaster relief monies;
3) for the past four years the ruling class has been split, warring against itself and, in the process, creating an ongoing crisis of legitimacy for the U.S. regime. This has given the crisis a special and distinct character, in that elements of the ruling class and its media have given tacit moral support to at least some of the protesters in hopes of framing the unrest as the fault of their arch-rival, Donald Trump;
4) the Bernie Sanders presidential phenomenon, recently extinguished by corporate Democrats and their media allies, raised expectations among tens of millions of youth of all races that meaningful change – even some kind of “socialism” — was possible under the current order. With Sanders’ abdication, his supporters have been forced to accept that they can’t simply vote their way out of the contradictions of racial, late stage capitalism. They took to the streets in astounding numbers, in many instances outnumbering non-white protesters, providing a degree of white skin protection to darker activists in confrontations with police.
When things seem like they’re coming apart, we need to ask: for whom? it may be that things are finally coming together.
All power to the people!