WFCDC Mid-Week Resources for Black Lives Matter: June 3rd, 2020

Resource Roundup: Funds & Organizations to Donate to, Resources to Educate Yourself, People to Call/Email, and Things to Sign

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”
— Desmond Tutu

 

If you’ve been feeling outraged about what’s happening in our country this week, that’s good. As ever, what’s important is translating that outrage into action.
Rather than linking news articles, this newsletter will direct you to ways you can help.
There are so many things that you can do.

 

“I Can’t Breathe” Walk on Winchester–Friday, June 5th. 11:00 am and 4:00 pm.
For those who are interested in joining other community members in downtown Winchester on Friday, there are two opportunities to participate in “I Can’t Breathe” Walk on Winchester, and event that has been organized by the original visionaries, Councilwoman Tina Stevens, and other I’m Just Me Movement Board Members. At 11:00 on the steps and green space of the Shenandoah University’s Civil War Museum, people will gather, all with masks on and many wearing black clothing, hear from speakers, and march SILENTLY to take a peaceful stand against injustice. At 4:00, in the same space on the walking mall, people will again congregate. Many will be presenting information promoting awareness and change, voter registration, and an end to disparity for minority groups of citizens in the United States.

PLEASE JOIN THIS IMPORTANT MARCH AGAINST INJUSTICE IN THE U.S.!

 

TWO LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS well-deserving of funds and with the purpose of working positively

with minority youth in our community are I’m Just Me Movement and Arte LibreTo learn more about the importance of supporting youth, always, but particularly during this time in our nation, go to ACEs Connection or read “Resilience Week: Winchester Area Trauma -Informed Community Network”Two excellent sites have compiled & organized a lot of different ways you can help:
https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

https://lectureinprogress.com/journal/resources-for-supporting-black-lives-matter-movement

And if you’re a parent, this site has compiled resources for talking with your kids (of all ages) about race:

https://www.prettygooddesign.org/blog/

 

It’s not all about the donations (especially if COVID has left you in a financially precarious position). Just educating yourself is helping the cause.

The events that led to this week are unsurprising. The problems behind the protests are systemic. They didn’t begin with George Floyd, and they won’t go away after #BlackLivesMatter stops trending.

A large amount of our membership & folks receiving this email do have the privilege of deciding when they engage with race. If you’re white or a non-black person of colour, now’s the time to do a deep dive and educate yourself about how your life has benefited from privilege and our unequal systems. Especially if you haven’t given it much thought before.

Undoing a system and a culture of racism isn’t a fast process, and it requires effort, reflection, & uncomfortable conversations from all of us

Source: Boise State Writing Center

The other side of this has to do with the importance of amplifying black voices, and acknowledging that not everyone here is in need of these more introductory resources, because some have been living this reality their entire lives — of being defined by their race, of not having the choice to completely disengage, of knowing that our systems don’t protect them equally. The least the rest of us can do for them/you right now is listen & learn.

 

Media

Now’s also the time to be reflective about the authors you read, people you follow, musicians you listen to, histories you’re aware of, and tv/films you watch — how diverse of a selection is it?

     

 

Donate

That being said, if you are able to donate, please consider doing so. If you regularly give to our Democratic candidates, this is a way you can effect real change for this movement, too.
Find a more comprehensive list of places to donate (as well as lists of things to read/people to follow) in the sites at the top of this email.

Because of the outpouring of support and surge of donations, some of the major funds (like the George Floyd Memorial Fund) have requested you direct your donations elsewhere. One option is mutual aid funds, which are especially necessary during COVID. Here is a thread of mutual aid funds

 

Something you can always do: call or email your representatives.

Voice your concerns & suggestions, and ask what they’re doing. Especially if you’re concerned about trump’s authoritarian threat to deploy the US military against its own citizens at protests.

VOTE!

And, of course, if you really want to support the movement for the long haul, one of the best ways you can do so is by VOTING.
Double-check that you’re registered & apply for an absentee ballot (if needed) here:
Support Black Voters Matter here:

Work to expand vote-by-mail so everyone can vote safely in November, and come phonebank & volunteer with us to help turn out as many voters as we can in our Winchester & Frederick County communities.

 

It’s officially Pride Month! To celebrate, consider donating to these black-led LGBTQ+ organizations:

     

Source. List compiled by Raquel Willis. (Sorry, I know the font’s not the easiest)

 

If you miss Obama (and who here doesn’t!), he’s written out some of his thoughts on How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change

And if late-night shows are more your thing, watch this:
George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery, & Amy Cooper from The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
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