I’ve seen some folks questioning what they can actually *do* to help, and some of the lists of things that you can do are overwhelming. Some of them start with folks educating themselves, which while important (and will definitely help with the “first do no harm” step), doesn’t seem like enough for many people. There are indeed, hundreds of things (or more) you can do, but you cannot do them all. But it’s important to do SOMETHING. Whatever it is that you have the spoons for. Whatever you can bear. It’s fine to start with smaller things, especially while you’re getting your bearings. Something is better than nothing.
What are some somethings? Well, I’m just going to post a few easy things you can do. If you’re ready for more challenging things, you are probably also ready to figure out what needs doing in your area (google, talk to people, see what the lay of the activism landscape is). I do believe that voting rights is part and parcel of civil rights, so some of my low-hanging fruit actions are about getting good people to vote. Because the government is important. If you have other suggestions, definitely put them in the comments!
Donate: Indivisible makes it easy with one-stop shopping for a number of charities. There are many other places to donate– bail funds, gofundmes for destroyed properties, etc. But this is a good place to start.
Protest: Go to a BLM protest (search for one in your area– they’re not all posted on the BLM website). Wear your mask. Bring masks for others if you have extra. Bring markers and posterboard if you have them. Bring water bottles, preferably still wrapped in plastic (there have been reports of bad people putting antifreeze in donated bottles, so you want to make clear you’re not doing that). Bring bug spray and sunblock. Bring hand sanitizer (preferably spray bottle) and offer it to people. If you don’t have any of this, just bring yourself (except the mask, definitely wear a mask). Protests are outdoors, so that’s good, but we want to minimize the spread of covid at these protests and yelling and singing are big spreaders. Masks help a lot. (If you are in an at-risk group for covid or living with someone who is, then support the protests in other ways, like donating to your BLM chapter or doing other actions.) More on how to protect yourself from cnet.
Call: Visit 5calls for suggestions, phone numbers, and scripts. Celeste_P also is a great place for actions with scripts. (Here’s an example of a script you can use TODAY to call your members of congress. Here’s one if you want to advocate locally.)
Write: postcards to voters or letters to voters: We need to get people to turn out!
The other thing I’d like to see more of is people posting what they’ve been doing. It isn’t bragging. It isn’t virtue signaling. It is helping others to figure out what they can do and it is helping others feel like the norm is doing something rather than the norm not being doing anything. When you’ve done something, post it in your blog. Tweet it on your twitter account. Tell your IRL friends. Come here and tell us about it. When I see people doing this, *I* get more motivated because it reminds me that I’m not alone. Every time you let people know you acted, you cause more actions. Don’t keep it to yourself!
Alternatively here’s captain awkward’s suggestions.
Anti-racism resources from crooked.
Here’s a list of African American personal finance bloggers (my personal favorite from this list is A Purple Life)
Ana and Stacking Pennies sum up a lot of how I’ve been feeling this past week. And yet I let the handyman post run anyway…
Minneapolis cops sued for shooting, beating and gassing peaceful protesters.
Virginia governor to announce removal of Robert E. Lee Statue.
Self quarantine with a michelin starred chef