With many people across the world supporting the Black Lives Matter movement through protesting, others who cannot want to find other ways they can show support. If you wish to contribute to both the protestors and the movement as a whole, here are some ways to show your support.
Activism extends far beyond the black squares on Instagram. A great place to start taking action against injustice is by signing petitions. Bleu Magazine provides a helpful list of 30 Black Lives Matter petitions you should sign.
Support Bail Funds
Bail funds are organizations, usually volunteer-driven, that collect money for those in jail pretrial detention. The donations from the bail funds are not only used to bail protestors; they can also be used to free journalists who have been detained when trying to report news. The Community Justice Exchange and Bleu Magazine list a collection of resources for protestors throughout the country.
Donate to Organizations to Fight Injustice
If you are capable, donating to organizations that fight injustice encourages them to continue to aid those in need. New York Magazine’s, The Strategist, has also provided 135 ways to support black lives and communities of color. Some great organizations fighting to abolish injustice include:
- Black Lives Matter
- American Civil Liberties Union
- Black Visions Collective
- Anti-Racism Fund
- The Love Land Foundation
Contact Authority Officials
Contacting authority figures within your area via email, twitter, phone call, etc. are easy ways to demand change for unjust policies. You can email Fla. governor Ron DeSantis at GovernorRon.DeSantis@eog.myflorida.com. You can also find the list of Florida elected officials to contact here.
Create Face Masks
With COVID-19 still upon us, it is still important to take precautions and stay safe while protesting. If you want to make face masks and are uncertain on where to start, here is a helpful guide.
Support Black-Owned Businesses
Up to 90% of minority and woman owners were shut out of the Paycheck Protection Program that was designed to secure federal coronavirus relief. You can contribute to changing this by frequently choosing Black-owned businesses. Listed below are resources for Black owned businesses.
- Black-Owned Culinary Businesses
- Black-Owned Bookstores
- Black-Owned Businesses in Miami
- Miami-Dade’s Black-Owned Restaurants
- The Hungry Black Man–– a blog that provides not only provides many general restaurants, but also includes places for those with dietary restrictions
- A Guide to Black Owned Businesses in Miami
- Yelp Miami
Protesting doesn’t have to and shouldn’t be our only form of speaking out. Educating ourselves and others helps change the injustice within our communities. Remember, the most important thing is not how we make our voices heard, but why we feel urged to do so.