studioELL stands in solidarity with all people and communities targeted by police violence and hate.
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
GET A FULLER STORY
IMPORTANT READING / VIEWING
Why People Protest, Riot & Loot During Racial Distress
— Kimberly Jones
America Has Looted Black People. We Learned It from You
— Tamika Mallory
The Movement Gets BIG — and Its Enemies Reveal Themselves
— Glen Ford, BAR Executive Editor, 04 Jun 2020
What To The Slave Is Fourth of July? — READ / LISTEN
— Frederick Douglass, 1852