It’s 11pm on #blackouttuesday and I’ve been scrolling through a seemingly infinite number of black squares on all of my social media accounts. I’ve seen some incredibly beautiful tributes, calls to actions, and just plain support both from within and without the community. In light of current events, it warms even my hard little soul that there are so many people in my social spheres who are so willing to publicly support the less privileged.
However, I couldn’t bring myself to only post another black square in a sea of black squares. So I remained silent all day. Until I came across a friend’s post that stuck out:
So with that, here’s that info in (my edited) text form.
Alongside a blackout pic, I’d like to post action items. Please consider donating, sign petitions, and if able, make calls.
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- Minnesota freedom fund (Bail out protestors. There are ones for many major cities.)
- https://gf.me/u/x4xyax (George Floyd Memorial Fund)
- Be on the lookout for the ability to help with medical bills of protestors. I.e. Brad Ayala who was shot in the face by a police sniper while standing far away from protestors.
- Follow resources within the community like @grassrootslaw, @shaunking, and @leemerittesq as they post action items and causes
And most of all, harass your representatives to take action. You can google contact information or use services like https://www.commoncause.org/find-your-representative
There are so many resources available to anyone who is looking. This is also a post a friend recommended as a good jumping off point as well.
I hope the information above helps y’all get started.