• Valerie Romero

Black Lives Matter. I can do more.

Updated: Jul 6

If you’d asked me a couple months ago if I support the Climate Movement or the Black Lives Matter movement, or any kind of Social Justice issue I probably without hesitation would’ve said yes. Of course!


Obviously I’m a feminist and obviously I care about climate change and obviously I believe in equality so it’s fine, I’m good?


Actually, no.


I’ve realised that in theory I want to be this badass activist who speaks up for what she believes in, but in reality, I’m actually just watching the world go by wishing I could do something but ultimately, doing fuck all. Now I’m not writing this to drag myself, nor am I writing this for any kind of praise for acknowledging that this is an issue and speaking up. It shouldn’t have taken this long.


I have simply decided that instead of continuing to stay silent about these issues I claim to care about, I want to actually do something. Personally, I have found that as more and more tragedies are exposed around the world, I become increasingly overwhelmed, and ultimately end up shutting down and thinking that there are just too many problems and nothing that I, one confused 23-year-old, can do. But boohoo, I’m overwhelmed. There are people out there suffering and dying and fighting for rights and equality. Every. Single. Day. I can do more. We all can.


For that reason, I will be restarting this blog as a way to really educate myself (and anyone else who wants to read this) on various global social justice issues and become a more active supporter of these movements.


It is never too late to educate yourself and speak up for what you believe in. I know I’m late to this, but I wouldn’t even be doing this now if it weren’t for the people in my life who have spoken out and inspired me to do the same. And I would be lying if I said I wasn’t scared of posting this and saying the wrong thing, but I think at this point saying nothing is far worse than trying to say the right thing. No one is perfect; I am always learning, and I would be grateful to receive constructive criticism because I would far prefer to learn and grow than to be blissfully ignorant.


So please, you don’t have to read my blog posts but do read something! Do your research, speak up and support the movements you’re passionate about, because at this point it really isn’t enough to just think it and do nothing. The world is burning.


With that being said….

How Can You Support The Black Lives Matter Movement?


This is just a short compilation of the many links and resources that are available, and I urge everyone to do their own research, but hope that this is a good starting point.

DONATE

Black Lives Matter:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019

Black Visions Collective:

https://secure.everyaction.com/4omQDAR0oUiUagTu0EG-Ig2

George Floyd Memorial Fund:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd

Split donation between 70+ Bail Funds:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd

National Bail Out:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/freeblackmamas2020

Campaign Zero:

https://www.joincampaignzero.org/#vision

The Innocence Project:

https://www.innocenceproject.org/donate/

SIGN PETITIONS

Amnesty International: Tell Congress To Restrict The Use Of Deadly Force By Police, Advance The Peace Act

https://act.amnestyusa.org/page/61619/action/1

Justice for George Floyd www.change.org

Justice for Breonna Taylor www.change.org

Justice for Ahmaud Arbery www.change.org

Colors of Change #JusticeForFloyd https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/justiceforfloyd_george_floyd_minneapolis/?source=dm_sms_optin_5-26-20

PROTESTS

During these Corona times this isn’t necessarily a good or viable option for everyone but if you are able and comfortable attending a protest, they are a great way to show support and increase the visibility of civil rights campaigns.

SUPPORT BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES

A couple in Vancouver include:

Okoko Cosmétiques – natural skincare products

Kasandy –Fair trade products, handmade by artisans in Africa.

Studio Natoyaista – prints and postcards that feature black women

Batiquahome décor crafted by community members in Harare.

Khimia Designs – earrings/ headwraps/ clothing in African prints

TildaKimono – handmade garments for women of all body types.


Afrobiz.ca – This is a great site for finding black owned businesses in Africa, Canada, the US and Europe.


READ

Road Map for Revolutionaries by Elisa Camahort Page, Carolyn Gerin, Jamia Wilson

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery

When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Cullors, Asha Bandele

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde

How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi



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