Black Lives Matter. People around the world finally woken up to the disgusting truth of police brutality and institutional racism towards Black people not only in the US and the UK, but on a global scale. It took long enough for white people to wake up, but here we are today. To non-Black people, it’s imperative that you’re fully anti-racist. It’s not ok to stay silent anymore, it’s imperative to be as educated as possible and be an ally to all Black people, amplify their voices and help them bring institutional change. I’ve compiled a list of resources, funds to donate to and some additional information about protests to help fight for freedom and justice for Black people.
Reading and learning about the history of colonialism and racism is imperative to staying educated. I’ve compiled a list of books, articles and essays below you can access for free online or buy.
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (1961) – http://abahlali.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Frantz-Fanon-The-Wretched-of-the-Earth-1965.pdf
Carlos Marighella, Mini-Manual of the Urban Guerrilla (1968) – https://socialhistoryportal.org/sites/default/files/raf/0719730000_0.pdf
Kwame Nkrumah, Handbook of Revolutionary Warfare (1968) – https://libyadiary.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/handbook-of-revolutionary-warfare-a-guide-to-the-armed-phase-of-the-african-revolution.pdf
Frantz Fanon, Toward the African Revolt (1967) – https://monoskop.org/images/0/05/Fanon_Frantz_Toward_the_African_Revolution_1967.pdf
Sylvia Wynter, Unsettling the Coloniality of Being/Power/Truth/Freedom: Towards the Human, After Man, Its Overrepresentation—An Argument (2003) – https://law.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/2432989/Wynter-2003-Unsettling-the-Coloniality-of-Being.pdf
Angel Davis, Abolition Democracy: Beyond Empire, Prisons, and Torture (2005) – https://bibliotecadaluta.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/abolition_democracy.pdf
The Combahee River Collective, A Black Feminist Statement – http://circuitous.org/scraps/combahee.html
Aime Cesaire, Discourse on Colonialism (1950) – https://libcom.org/files/zz_aime_cesaire_robin_d.g._kelley_discourse_on_colbook4me.org_.pdf
Angela Davis, Women, Race, and Class (1981) – https://legalform.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/davis-women-race-class.pdf
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (2014) – https://www.lcps.org/cms/lib/VA01000195/Centricity/Domain/10601/An%20Indigenous%20Peoples%20History%20of%20the%20United%20States%20Ortiz.pdf
Hakim Adi and Marika Sherwood, Pan-African History: Political Figures From African and the Diaspora Since 1787 (2003) – https://marxistnkrumaistforum.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/sherwood-adi-pan-african-history-political-figures-from-africa-since-1787.pdf
W.E.B. Du Bois, Black Reconstruction in America (1935) – https://libcom.org/files/w-e-b-du-bois-the-world-and-africa-and-color-and-democracy.pdf
James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (1962) – https://blogs.baruch.cuny.edu/eng2100hmwe/files/2016/08/The-Fire-Next-Time.pdf
The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965) – https://antilogicalism.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/malcom-x.pdf
Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart, How To Read Donald Duck: Imperialism in the Disney Comic (1971) – https://monoskop.org/images/2/28/Dorfman_Ariel_Mattelart_Armand_How_to_Read_Donald_Duck.pdf
Edward Said, Orientalism (1978) – https://monoskop.org/images/4/4e/Said_Edward_Orientalism_1979.pdf
Robin DG Kelley, Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression (1990) – https://libcom.org/files/Hammer%20and%20hoe%20Alabama%20Communists%20during%20the%20Great%20Depression.pdf
Reni Eddo-Lodge, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (2017) – https://www.bookdepository.com/Why-Im-No-Longer-Talking-White-People-About-Race-Reni-Eddo-Lodge/9781408870556
Akala, Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire (2018) – https://www.waterstones.com/book/natives/akala/9781473661233
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between The World And Me (2015) – https://www.waterstones.com/book/between-the-world-and-me/ta-nehisi-coates/9781925240702
Donate to different community bail funds, anti-racism organisations and Black empowerment groups in the US and the UK.
Here, via Act Blue, you can split your donations between 40 different community bail funds and organisations – https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd
Minnesota Freedom Fund have paused funding to encourage you donate to different causes and organisations – https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/
Black Visions Collective – https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/
Official George Floyd Memorial Fund – https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd
Community Justice Exchange – https://www.communityjusticeexchange.org/nbfn-directory
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund – https://brooklynbailfund.org/
Chicago Community Bail Fund – https://chicagobond.org/donate/
Emergency Release Fund: https://emergencyreleasefund.com/contribute/
National Bail Out – https://secure.actblue.com/donate/freeblackmamas2020
Philadelphia Community Bail Fund- https://www.phillybailout.com/donate.html
UK Black Lives Matter – https://www.gofundme.com/f/ukblm-fund
The Reach Out Project – https://www.reachoutproject.co.uk/donate
Black Ticket Project – https://www.patreon.com/blackticketproject
Stand Up To Racism UK – https://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/join-donate/
Fund for Belly Mujinga – https://de.gofundme.com/f/rip-belly-mujinga
UK Black Pride Fund – https://www.ukblackpride.org.uk/checkout/donate?donatePageId=5ce3e9e917f60b0001ac4c90
Southall Black Sisters – https://southallblacksisters.org.uk/
Show Racism The Red Card – https://www.ukblackpride.org.uk/checkout/donate?donatePageId=5ce3e9e917f60b0001ac4c90
Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights – https://www.crer.scot/copy-of-about-crer-1
If you can’t donate due to financial constraints, you can watch this video and all Ad revenue will go to the associations that offer protester bail funds, help pay for family funerals, and advocacy listed in the beginning of the video.
You can access more information on this website, providing with valuable information regarding petitions you could sign, protest information and more fund information – https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#petitions
Protests are the loudest way to raise awareness for an issue and fight for freedom and justice. I won’t comment on any marches going on in the US, I would suggest following social media from the official Black Lives Matter Twitter feed.
As for the UK, make sure you follow the UK Black Lives Matter Twitter handle. They will keep you up to date with any upcoming protests, and have given some incredibly important information around protection especially with the current Covid-19 situation.
I might keep this list updated throughout the weeks if any new information arises. For the time being, I urge EVERYONE to speak up, have those difficult conversations with family members and friends and be ACTIVE on social media. Especially if you’re non-Black, it’s imperative to use your voice, whether through social media or at protests.
Stay safe everyone!