1. Educate yourself on upcoming or proposed legislation, members of your local city council, chief of police, local sheriff, the city attorney, district attorney, and members of state offices. There are mobile apps you can download that will tell you when and how your representatives are voting. 

  2. Register to vote and ACTUALLY DO IT for local, state, and national elections. Know whom you vote for and more importantly what you vote for.

  3. Support black businesses and entrepreneurship when and where you can (https://www.coaacc.org/thelist.html).

  4. Support or donate to nonprofits that provide various assistance programs to underserved communities.

  5. Support local artists (literature, music, fashion, film, performance, etc.) from many backgrounds outside of your own. Art is the language of a person’s soul; bearing witness will help you become a more empathetic open-minded individual.

  6. Listen more than you speak.

  7. Contribute to or volunteer at local and national nonprofit organizations that advocate changing systemic injustices and discriminatory practices.

  8.  Consider your own gifts and interests. Artists can create art and donate the proceeds to an organization that they believe in.          Accountants can donate their time and talents to a small non-profit. Logisticians can assist with organization of events. Even if your only talent is kindness (and that's huge!), you can offer to be a listening ear to those on the front lines, doing the heavy lifting of social change and reform. Your uniqueness and voice are important. One voice is small, but together with many voices is a tidal wave of sound.

 

Just a few nonprofits to consider:

 

o   People for The American Way

 

o   Color of Change

 

o   ACLU

 

o   LifeCare Alliance

 

o   She Has a Name

 

o   The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

 

o   National Police Accountability Project

 

o   Campaign Zero

*  Black Lives Matter

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