On the recent murders, and on the systematic racism that continues to fuel ongoing genocide, not only in the US but in Australia and everywhere else. I hear too much “I’m just not sure how to navigate all this” from other white people. Yes it’s upsetting, yes it’s overwhelming, yes it’s uncomfortable to unpack your own privilege and see how you benefit from a racist system. No, it’s not enough to be “not sure” about it all. We’ve had far too long to learn, unpack, understand and act, at the cost of generations of Black & Brown lives. Be sure of that and do something. #blacklivesmatter #acab #justiceforgeorgefloyd
How are you? Scratch that, how aren’t you? What do you remember from before? Maybe your memories of February (when I blogged here last) are very, very different now.
Certainly I find myself less likely to look at news headlines with enthusiasm now, because I know how they’re going to turn out… Which I suspect are not the ones foretold by the many self-proclaimed fortune tellers who could have given us a bit more warning!
I’m a little up and down most days, which has led to less interaction online. After yesterday, I now have a firm belief that I can’t really post on my usual social media outlets without becoming completely overwhelmed.
But this blog does have an audience, of sorts. There was an increase of traffic for the earlier post about the TV show Upright, and there might be a few of you in a similar situation to myself: wondering what to do to be less down about the world. Taking action is better than being stressed.
So, I will provide some links for those who might be seeking something more proactive to do than look at news headlines (like I’ve been doing, which seems to be a big contributor to my stress levels!). It might help others whilst incidentally helping you too, which cannot be too bad a thing these days.
- Where To Donate & Find Mental Health Resources Related To The George Floyd Protests – thanks to Bustle for collating this
- A really good page that focuses on what people in the US can do to support BLM, which you can find here. Also includes some little straightforward actions like reporting dodgy accounts and promoting those that should be seen.
- Yale University Course on African American History – free educational resource
- University of Exeter Course on British Imperialism – free educational resource
- Books By Black Activists – I have a few of these, planning on getting some more whilst out today and supporting indie bookstores
- Twitter Thread on Documentaries about understanding racism, prejudice, police brutality, and more
- Anti Racism Resources for White People
- The Bail Project – A not-for-profit to prevent incarceration and combat racial and economic disparities in the U.S. bail system.
- Reclaim the Block – A Minneapolis organisation driving community-led safety initiatives to reduce reliance on police departments.
- Black Visions Collective – A social justice organisation in Minneapolis that campaigns to dismantle systems of oppression and violence.
- NAACP Legal Defense and Educational fund – A legal organisation fighting for racial justice.
- Official George Floyd Memorial Fund – Started by George Floyd’s family, this fund helps to cover his funeral and support their family as they move through court proceedings.
Australia (as I wouldn’t be surprised if a few readers of this blog are Australian like me):
- How to support First Nations communities in Australia: resources, donation links and more – NME
- The Aboriginal Legal Service, which helps Aboriginal people in custody in Australia
- Bridging The Gap Foundation For Indigenous Health and Education – Its objective is to fund research into health and education to bridge the socioeconomic gap between First Nations people and non-First Nations people.
- North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency – A not-for-profit legal service that provides criminal and civil law services to Aboriginal people and their families in the Top End of Northern Territory, Australia.
- National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance – An organisation that advocates and empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Australia.
And there’s a few protests happening tomorrow in Australia (and later in the week for my home town Perth):
SATURDAY JUNE 6th:
- Sydney – Stop All Black Deaths In Custody: Vigil for George Floyd, Saturday, June 6, 3pm until 5pm., 20 Lee St, Chippendale
- Melbourne – Stop Black Deaths In Custody – Justice For George Floyd #BLM hosted by Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance, Saturday June 6, 2pm to 5pm, Parliament House, Melbourne
- Canberra – Black Lives Matter Peaceful Protest. Justice for George Floyd!, Saturday June 6, 3pm, U.S. Embassy, Yarralumla
- Brisbane – Black Lives Matter Protest organised by the Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance, Saturday June 6, 12pm, Queen Street Mall
- Adelaide – Adelaide: Solidarity With Minneapolis! Justice For George Floyd, Saturday June 6, 12pm to 1:30pm, Northern end of Tarndanyangga, Victoria Square
SATURDAY JUNE 13th:
- Perth – Perth Peaceful BLM Protest, Saturday June 13, 12pm, Hyde Park, Vincent St and William St
Note that whilst you’re at these protests, try to wear a mask/practice as much social distancing as possible and try not to take identifying photographs of the protesters. All of that is advice from this Lifehacker link, which has some more good pointers.