Monterey protester | Photo by Claudia Meléndez Salinas | OPINION By Mara J. Reynolds Read: The Fire is Essential
While many of these resources are specific to the Monterey Bay and adjacent regions, much of this list can be shared with friends anywhere. The vast majority of these resources are things you can participate in and/or learn about for free, from home, regardless of whether or not you have money to contribute. But remember: these are
just tools; we still have to actually do the work.
I welcome additions or corrections and invite discussion about these difficult issues. This list will continue to be updated. Please
contact me if you have resources to add.
Please also note: I’ve not read every word of every resource shared here; they don’t all reflect my personal opinions, nor that of the global movement in its many iterations. My intent is simply to share information that might help inform our collective conversation.
Official George Floyd Memorial Fund Official Peace and Healing for Darnella Fund Recursos antirracistas en español Minneapolis specific: MPD150 | How You Can Help (Minneapolis, June 2020) May/June MN Bail Fund and Support List (Updated Daily) Reclaim the Block | List of local BIPOC-centered orgs in Minneapolis | Fund our Broader Movement Black Visions Collective Unicorn Riot | George Floyd Uprising in Minneapolis–Saint Paul — The First Two Weeks Find your lane: Deepa Ayer | My Role in a Social Change Ecosystem Building Movement | Reflection Guide for Mapping Roles in a Social Change Ecosystem (pdf) A Nervous Wreck’s Disabled Guide to Stepping Up: Navigating dis/ability and anxiety in the call to action
Enlarge @osopepatrisse | @conmijente Get Organized:
We each have our unique capacity levels, but if you have the capacity to do more and you’re just posting on social media and marching in the streets,
Join and support organizations with Black, Brown and/or Indigenous
leadership — ones that existed before this movement started a few weeks ago. There are so many. Giving money is great if you have the means, but taking direct action doesn’t require financial resources.
Whether you’re interested in participating or not, now’s as good a time as ever to learn about community
organizing and mutual aid networks. Monterey Bay Area Organizations:
Santa Cruz Volunteer Center has a great new page on organizing for racial equity, where I found this list of Racial Equity Organizations in Santa Cruz County: UCSC Student Groups – African American Resource & Cultural Center NAACP Santa Cruz | Facebook Page Resource Center for Nonviolence | Facebook Santa Cruz County Community Coalition to Overcome Racism Showing Up for Racial Justice Santa Cruz Chapter | Facebook Page Barrios Unidos Protest Monterey County Santa Cruz County Immigration Project Undocufund Monterey Bay Charter for Compassion Food Not Bombs, Santa Cruz Chicanx Latinx Resource Center ACLU: Santa Cruz chapter | Monterey County chapter Read: Historical & Cultural Context: MN Injustice | Consider what would have happened to George Floyd if he had survived Scientific American | George Floyd’s Autopsy and the Structural Gaslighting of America Michael Harriot, The Root | A timeline of events leading up to the 2020 “Fed Up”-rising Derrick Johnson, The Guardian | In America, Black deaths are not a flaw in the system. They are the system Thread: COINTELPRO and the Federal government’s role in perpetuating racism Pema Levy, Mother Jones | Trump and Sessions Released Cops From Federal Oversight. Now We See the Results Anti-Racism: Meera Mohan-Graham | Anti-racism is about humility: a message to the ‘newly awakened.’ Do the work: an anti-racist reading list Nic Stone | Don’t Just Read About Racism — Read Stories About Black People Living Estelita’s Library | Black/Brown owned Community Bookstore Abolition and “Defunding” Police and Prisons: Alex Vitale, YES! Magazine | Why Police Reform Is Not Enough 8 to Abolition MPD150 | Abolition FAQ | What are we talking about when we talk about a “police-free future”? Edward Ongweso Jr. | “Defund the Police” Actually Means Defunding the Police The Intercept | Ruth Wilson Gilmore makes the case for Abolition Democracy Now! | Uprising & Abolition: Angela Davis on Movement Building, “Defund the Police” & Where We Go from Here Black Lives Matter Has Been Doing The Work To ‘Defund The Police’ For Years Miriam Perez-Putnam | Surviving Rape as a Prison Abolitionist Bustle | John Oliver Broke Down Why The Police Need An Entirely New System — Video Police Misconduct: USA Today | We found 85,000 cops who’ve been investigated for misconduct. Now you can read their records CNN | American police shoot, kill and imprison more people than other developed countries. Here’s the data The Oregonian | Law enforcement is using aircraft to collect cell-phone, other data on protesters, ‘chilling 1st Amendment rights’: Dem lawmakers
George Floyd Protest: police brutality videos on Twitter Listen: Podcast: How to Survive End of the World | A Syllabus on Surviving the End of the World (pdf) Audiobook: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin, read by Jesse L. Martin
Speeches on Spotify by: (local legend)
Angela Davis, Malcolm X, Huey P. Newton, Fred Hampton, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Watch: 10 Documentaries To Watch About Race Instead Of Asking A Person Of Colour To Explain Things For You “Just Mercy” James Baldwin on the the American riots of 1968 Engage students, youth and family: Ways to Engage Students about Protests, Race, and Racial Violence (Multilingual) Marissa Yang Bertucci | Talking to kids about #BlackLivesMatter KidLit Rally 4 Black Lives: Anti-Racist Resources for Children, Families, and Educators Aubrey Pagenstecher | Social Justice & Anti-Racism: A Resource Guide for Educators and Families Video: Talking BLM with Preschoolers Black Lives Matter Instructional Library (links to bilingual read-aloud kid’s books) Take political action: Learn about who polices your community; how they are trained, funded, represented, when their contracts are up for negotiation, who’s at the table, and what’s being decided. Learn who’s responsible for police oversight in your community and what standards law enforcement officers are held to. It varies widely. How to contact your representatives
recently introduced Pressley resolution
lawmakers rejecting funding from police
who’s still accepting money from police in CA
legal support to protesters Demand the end of ICE detention, Speak out against horrific conditions #BlackLivesMatter Petition guide Read up on (some) California Police Departments at PoliceScorecard.org Monterey: Monterey Sheriff: D- Monterey PD Training Manual Salinas: Salinas PD: D+ Salinas PD Use of Force Policy Salinas Police Community Advisory Committee Santa Cruz: Santa Cruz Sheriff: D+ Santa Cruz PD: D Santa Cruz PD Use of Force Policy Santa Cruz Police Officers’ Association Seaside: Seaside city councilmember calling to defund and demilitarize Seaside police Support Black LGBTQIA+ people and organizations: The Okra Project | The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black trans people by bringing home-cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black trans People wherever we can reach them. Trans Justice Funding Project Freedom Fund BEAM | BEAM is a training, movement building and grant making organization dedicated to the healing, wellness and liberation of Black and marginalized communities. Vice | Donate to these Orgs to Support Black Trans People More comprehensive resources: National Resources List Civil Eats | Want to See Food and Land Justice for Black Americans? Support These Groups. Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources Ally Resource Guide Antiracist Allyship Starter Pack Indivisible| Taking Action in Solidarity with MN Bail funds and legal help by city Its Going Down | Arrested? Tilted Scales Collective Has Resources to Help Fight Back Specifically for White Allies: Natalie Morris | The emotional impact of watching white people wake up to racism in real time 31 Resources that will help you be a better white ally Why White Parents Need to Do More Than Talk to Their Kids About Racism Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Whites for Racial Equity, SURJ Monterey County
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