It is our responsibility to become educated with Black history and current state of events. We can’t change what we don’t know, and we can’t expect our Black friends to educate us. The social injustice and racial inequality in our society needs to change. And for that, we need to educate. It is a privilege…
As I’m educating myself, my family and friends, I’m diving deep into the educational content available and taking notes. Today, I’m sharing some of these resources with you, I compiled a list of organizations to look into/donate, influential people to follow, books to read and TV shows to watch. My plan for this week is watching 13 on Netflix, listening to THIS podcast episode with Brene Brown and Ibram X. Kendi, and reading. I’d love to know what you’re reading, watching, listening and how you’re taking action. If you have any additions to the lists below, please let me know.
DOCUMENTARIES / MOVIES / TV SHOWS
“13th” directed by Ava DuVernay (Netflix-original documentary): Based on the 13th Amendment // Scholars, activist and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.
“13th: A Conversation with Oprah Winfrey” (Netflix special): Winfrey and DuVernay sit down to talk about “13th,” historical cycles of oppression and the broken prison system.
“When They See Us” directed by Ava Duvernay: Based on true story // 5 teens from Harlem are falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park.
“The Daily Show Youtube“: Trevor Noah on George Floyd, the Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper
“Chris Cuomo IGTV”: America is a Tale of Two Cities
“I Am Not Your Negro”: Based on James Baldwin’s unfished manuscript Remember This House
“Selma” directed by Ava Duvernay (need to rent): Historial drama based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches.
“If Beale Street Could Talk” directed by Barry Jenkins (Hulu): Based on the novel by James Baldwin // Young couple fights for justice in the name of love and the promise of the American Dream.
“The Hate U Give” directed by George Tillman Jr. (Hulu with Cinemax): Based on the novel by Angie Thomas // Follows the fallout after a high school student witnesses a police shooting.
“American Son” directed by Kenny Leon (Netflix-original movie): Estranged interracial couple awaits news of their missing teen son.
“Dear White People” directed by Justin Simien (Netflix-original series with 3 seasons): Based on the film of the same name // Follows a group of Black students at a predominantly white Ivy League college as they’re faced with cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics.
“See You Yesterday” directed by Stefon Bristol (Netflix-original movie): As 2 teen prodigies try to master the art of time travel, a tragic police shooting sends them on a series of dangerous trips to the past.
Black journalists, creators, media outlets, leaders, and activists to follow
@rachel.cargle, @ckyourprivilege, @themanacho, @laylafsaad, @osopepatrisse, @laylafsaad, @theconsciouskid (an especially good resource for parents, according to Goop writers), @blklivesmatter, @wearyourvoice, @taranajaneen, @colorofchange, @shishi.rose, @MsPackyetti, @eji_org.
BOOKS TO READ
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (also a movie)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (also a movie listed below)
BOOKS FOR KIDS
PODCASTS TO LISTEN
Wellness Resources Serving Black People Right Now (via GOOP)
Dive in Well, founded by holistic practitioner Maryam Ajayi, is an organization dedicated to diversity in the wellness industry. They’re offering digital wellness events, like classes on meditation on a donation basis. Holisticism is an online education platform that seeks to overcome barriers to access in wellness, including race, sex, class, and socioeconomic status. They’re providing free digital well-being workshops, from breathwork to body acceptance to navigating anxiety, as part of the Liminal Library, a catalog of classes that they have been releasing since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. While free access to the Liminal Library was set to expire May 31, Holisticism has extended access indefinitely. Inclusive Therapists is a database that connects anyone seeking culturally sensitive care to therapists with training for racial trauma. It also has a specific directory for those looking for reduced-fee teletherapy.
GROUPS TP RESEARCH AND SUPPORT
George Floyd’s family has started a GoFundMe [gofundme.com] to cover funeral and burial costs; counseling services; legal fees; and continued care for his children. There’s also a GoFundMe [gofundme.com] raising money for Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, donations to which will similarly fund the family’s legal battle.
The Movement for Black Lives – supports Back-led rapid response efforts and long-term strategy, policy and infrastructure investments in the movement ecosystem.https://secure.actblue.com/donate/movement-4-black-lives-1 [secure.actblue.com]
Organization founded by Colin Kaepernick founded this organization that holds education seminars across the country for black and brown youth.https://www.knowyourrightscamp.com [knowyourrightscamp.com]
Justice for Breonna Taylor is accepting donations to support Breonna Taylor’s loved ones as they pursue legal justice for her killing. You can sign the Justice for Breonna Taylor petition, which supports the filing of charges against the officers responsible for her death and the following cover-up. It also pressures Congress to address the constitutionality of no-knock warrants.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP): Mission is to secure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights in order to ensure a society where all individuals have equal rights without race-based discrimination.
Black Lives Matter: Further resources, education, and straight links to petitions.
The Sentencing Project: The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.
Black Visions Collective: A Black, trans and queer-led organization that’s committed to dismantling systems of oppression and violence, and shifting the public narrative to create transformative, long-term change.
LDF: Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.
ACLU: The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union — beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.
Color of Change: Nation’s largest online racial justice organization that lead campaigns to help people respond effectively to injustice in Black communities.
Campaign Zero: Organization that uses research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in the U.S.
National Police Accountability Project: The central mission of NPAP is to promote the accountability of law enforcement officers and their employers for violations of the Constitution and the laws of the United States.
The Innocence Project: They exonerate the innocent through DNA testing and work to reform the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.
Black Women’s Blueprint: Working toward a world where women and girls of African descent are fully empowered and where gender, race and other disparities are erased.
The Bail Project, which is a jail fund that fights racial and economic inequalities in the jail system at a national level.
San Diego organizations:
Dede McClure Community Bail Fund [facebook.com] – Fighting the devastating effects of the cash bail system – donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-us-raise-funds-to-support-our-community [gofundme.com]
San Diego Black Nurses Association [sdblacknurses.org]– Decreasing health disparities; Scholarships for Black nurses – donate here: https://sdblacknurses.org/catalog.php?cat=1 [sdblacknurses.org]
Family Health Centers of San Diego [fhcsd.org] – Response efforts for COVID-19 with a special commitment to uninsured, low-income and medically underserved persons. Donate here: https://www.fhcsd.org/ways-to-help-covid-19-response/ [fhcsd.org]
We are in this together,