Keep The Fire Burning: An Antiracist Call To Action

A crowdsourced resource of things you can read & watch, actions you can take, organizations you can donate to, and people you can follow to join the fight against racism in America

by Cell Vision

Images by Sarah Craig

“In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be antiracist.” -Angela Y. Davis

We need to make a profound change in the value that this country places on black life. We need to make fundamental changes in the ways that police forces operate in this country, prioritizing the protection of white property over the lives of black people. We need to stop the over-policing of communities of color. We need to reduce the funding of police forces that has allowed them to operate as paramilitary units terrorizing black citizenry and redistribute those funds to programs and services that can help find solutions to the problems of affordable housing, public education, health, food security, and many other issues that have been plaguing our country for generations.

Policing in this country has gotten out of control and it is literally killing us. This particularly affects Black Americans, who are two-and-a-half times more likely to be killed by the police than Whites. We need to make a lot of changes. Those changes start with you. There are direct actions that we can take to make the system more fair and hold police accountable. Get out into the streets and protest. Voice your opinions online. Educate yourself. Talk to people, even those who may disagree with you. Get involved in local politics. Find out who your city council member, mayor, state representative and state senator are and demand that they support these issues if they want your vote.

Make sure you are registered to vote! It’s easy and quick to register (or check your registration status) at vote.org. Even if there isn’t a politician you support 100%, even if you aren’t sure if you’ll be able to fit voting into your schedule, get registered so that when the time comes, you are ready. If you are legally able to vote it is extra important that you do, because an estimated 1 in 13 Black Americans cannot vote due to felony disenfranchisement, largely due to petty drug-related felonies that result from the over-policing of Black communities.

This is a rare moment where the world seems ready for transformative change. The consciousness of the world has been ignited and we have already seen profound changes across the country that would have seemed impossible just weeks ago— Police departments have been defunded and disbanded, new laws protecting citizens from their tyrannical actions have been passed, and Confederate (and other) symbols of oppression have been banned or toppled. Don’t just watch, get involved. Keep the fire burning. We are fundamentally a platform for emerging art, music, and culture, but are now connecting with some great organizations, activists and resources that are available online. Here are some links to some direct ways to take action and/or educate yourself. This will be a living document, updated over time as new things are written, new actions are needed, or as election dates change. This is a crowd sourced document and you can help improve it by sending suggestions to info@cell.vision.

Much gratitude to Ashley Loren’s Anti-Racism #BLM Resource Document, Mil MundosBlack Lives Matter Reading List, and countless friends and allies who have shared online resources and tools for education and inspiration in compiling the resources below. Please feel free to copy and share as you see fit.

“Revolution is not a one-time event. It is becoming always vigilant for the smallest opportunity to make a genuine change in established, outgrown responses...'' -Audre Lorde

Latest Update 6/29/20, new additions are highlighted

VOTING/CITIZENSHIP

This is an incredibly important election year, and the most effective way we can make the changes we want to see in the world is by electing people who will be responsive to our demands.

Upcoming primary elections:

  • JUNE 30- Colorado, Utah, Oklahoma
  • JULY 7 New Jersey, Delaware
  • JULY 11 Louisiana
  • JULY 12 Puerto Rico
  • AUGUST 11 Connecticut

Links

  • Vote.org: A website with tools to check your registration status, register to vote, apply for absentee ballots, and other information and tools.
  • 2020 Census: Filling out your census questionnaire is one of the most important things you can do. It affects the distribution of seats in the House of Representatives (more people counted in an area means more representation), and ensures that schools, hospitals and other social services in your community are properly funded.
  • Who’s On The Ballot?: A tool for New York City voters that will let you know exactly which candidates will be on your election ballot based on your home address.
  • SCEND 2020 Progressive Voter Guide, Information Hub & Cheat Sheet: Created by SCEND this is a guide for New York residents with information to “help inform young people & support initiatives/progressive candidates that advocate for Black lives and support reshaping our political system,” and contains information on how to register to vote, who your elected officials are, and information on how to advocate for bills and initiatives both locally and nationally.

ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE/RESOURCES FOR ACTIVISM

  • NEW Justice For Elijah McClain Linktree: A link to various actions you can take to demand justice for the murder of Elijah McClain at the hands of Aurora, CO police (such as emailing Aurora government officials, or donating to Elijah's mother's GoFundMe).
  • NEW Vote Yes On George Floyd Justice In Policing Act of 2020 Email: A link that will automatically populate an email to all 53 Republican Senators asking them to support this police reform bill, which has already passed the House. You can read more about the bill here, among other things it limits qualified immunity as a defense to liability in a private civil action against a law enforcement officer, and lowers the criminal intent standard—from willful to knowing or reckless—to convict a law enforcement officer for misconduct in a federal prosecution.
  • NEW Defund The NYPD: Find out your NYC Council member's position on defunding the NYPD just by entering your address, and access resources for education on defunding police.
  • DEFUND PD (Google Doc): A comprehensive list of phone numbers, emails and scripts to call elected officials about defunding the police, with information for cities and states across America.
  • Defund 12: A site with links to various cities that will create an email for you automatically addressed to the appropriate elected officials in your city, encouraging them to vote to defund police departments in upcoming annual budgets. It is crowd sourced, so if one doesn’t already exist for your city you can research and help create one.
  • Justice For Breonna Taylor Petition: A petition to Kentucky governor Andy Beshear to bring charges against the officers who killed Breonna Taylor.
  • Justice For Elijah McClain Petition: A petition to open a deeper investigation into the death of Elijah McClain, who died in police custody after being detained while walking home from a convenience store, was restricted by officers using a carotid hold and sedated (while already unconscious) with ketamine by the EMTs who arrived on the scene.
  • State Of Emergency: End The War On Black People Petition: A petition from Color Of Change to decrease police budgets and increase funding for housing, education, and community based solutions to crime in your community. Can also be accessed by texting DEMANDS to 55156
  • Designate KKK A Terrorist Organization Petition: A petition to the Bureau of Counterterrorism asking for the KKK to be designated a terrorist organization.
  • Printable Zines and Posters from MPD150: a collection of zines, flyers and signs to print and hand out at protests or public events on the subject of defunding the police.
  • Tips For Creating White Caucuses: A guide to help White people create groups to “do their own work” and create groups to critically engage with whiteness and white privilege, and to hold each other accountable for change.
  • How To Be An Ally If You Are A Person With A Privilege: A document which provides guidance for how people with any sort of privilege (White privilege, religious privilege, gender privilege, heterosexual privilege, socio-economic privilege, etc) can be effective allies in movements for justice and equality.

ORGANIZATIONS TO CONNECT WITH AND DONATE TO

  • Black Lives Matter: Founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation Inc. is “a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.” Website has links to many resources for activism and information on campaigns for racial justice happening across the world. Donate Here
  • Color Of Change: The nation’s largest online racial justice organization, with over 1.7 million members, helping focus and drive online campaigns for justice and to improve the lives of Black people in America. Donate Here
  • The Movement For Black Lives: "A space for Black organizations across the country to debate and discuss the current political conditions, develop shared assessments of what political interventions were necessary in order to achieve key policy, cultural and political wins, convene organizational leadership in order to debate and co-create a shared movement wide strategy." Donate Here
  • NEW Critical Resistance: An organization seeking to build "an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe." Articles and links to resources for education on issues such as prison and police abolition and restorative justice. Donate Here
  • Antiracist Research & Policy Center: Founded by Ibram X. Kendi (author of How To Be An Antiracist), this group believes that the root of racism is found in racist policies and ideas, not the ignorance of certain racial groups. Their mission is “to convene and team up varied specialists to figure out novel and practical ways to understand, explain, and solve seemingly intractable problems of racial inequity and injustice.” Through this work the group strives to build an antiracist society of racial equity and justice. Donate Here
  • MPD150: An organization working toward a police-free Minneapolis, with tons of resources to help understand what it means to defund/abolish the police, including a handy zine which is available as either a FAQ, an Instagram post, or a printable zine. Donate Here
  • Black Visions Collective: “a Black-led, Queer and Trans centering organization whose mission is to organize powerful, connected Black communities and dismantle systems of violence…through building strategic campaigns, investing in Black leadership, and engaging in cultural and narrative organizing.” Donate Here
  • The Loveland Foundation: A fund created by public academic, writer, and lecturer Rachel Cargle focused on bringing “opportunity and healing to communities of color, and especially to Black women and girls.” One aspect of it is the Therapy Fund, which provides financial assistance to Black women and girls nationally seeking therapy. Donate Here
  • Reclaim the Block: “organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety.” Lots of resources for online activism, petitions, and information on events the group is organizing. Donate Here (alternate link for those outside the US)
  • 8 Can’t Wait: A campaign organized by Campaign Zero that highlights eight relatively easy to enact policies regarding reduction of police use of force that would reduce police violence by up to 72% if enacted (based on originally sourced statistical analysis). Donate Here
  • 8 To Abolition: A campaign created in response to Campaign Zero's '8 Can't Wait' campaign, advocating for police abolition over reform. #8toabolition is based on the idea that the '8 Can't Wait' offers "a slate of reforms that have already been tried and failed, that mislead a public newly invigorated to the possibilities of police and prison abolition, and that do not reflect the needs of criminalized communities."
  • The Innocence Project: Founded in 1992, the Innocence project works to “exonerate the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reform the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.” Website provides information on specific cases and ways to advocate for them as well as ways to get involved with broader issues. Donate Here
  • Zinn Education Project: A project that gives lessons and teaching materials to schools to teach history from a people’s perspective, based on the lens of history used in Howard Zinn’s classic A People’s History Of The United States, highlighting the lives and experiences of women, BIPOC and the working class. Donate Here:**

"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle." -Martin Luther King Jr.

BAIL FUNDS FOR PROTESTORS

ARTICLES & ESSAYS

BOOKS

“The beauty of anti-racism is that you don't have to pretend to be free of racism to be anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it's the only way forward” -Ijeoma Oluo

NEWS SOURCES

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

TALKS, SPEECHES & INTERVIEWS ON YOUTUBE

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." -James Baldwin

PODCASTS

INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW

@blklivesmatter @aclu_nationwide @antiracismctr @mpd_150 @reclaimtheblock @splcenter @mnfreedomfund @ibramxk @changethenypd @campaignzero @ourrevolution @blackvisionscollective @rallyandrise @rachel.cargle @makeitrightproject @unicorn.riot @marhsallproj @innocenceproject @mvmnt4blklives @theandrehenry @laylafsaad @ckyourprivilege @zinneducationctr @showingupforracialjustice @austinchanning @tahenisipcoates @maketheroadny @democracynow @candicefortin @hilovenewyork @criticalresistance @justiceforelijahmcclain @janayathefuture

TWITTER ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW

@kevin_powell @jduffyrice @theappeal @zakcheneyrice @ClintSmithIII @MsPackyetti @MicahHerskind @BenjaminPDixon @LeslieMac @samswey @LakinHutcherson @Jamiles @Mvmnt4BlkLives @MarshallProj @CandiceFortin @austinchanning @colorofchange @ShowUp4RJ @ZinnEdProject @RachelCargle @kalihollowayftw @nvlevy @UR_Ninja @BlackVisionsMN @changethenypd @DrIbram @MPD_150 @deray