Let’s establish a few of more immediate ways we can help fight racial injustice related to some of the more recent tragedies.
Ramble of the Day
From the families of black people unjustly murdered to the protestors who benefit from bail funds as they demand justice for the victims and so many others, there are a lot of places help can go. It may be overwhelming, but it translates to a point I have seen many make: no one can do everything, but everyone can do something, so let’s try and find the specific combination that suits each of us.
If you’re looking to donate: I will redirect you to three links full of multiple places your money could go, if you choose to send any. First, a Carrd dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement has multiple resources, including a page providing places to donate. They have organized it so you can choose to donate to victims, protestors, businesses run by black people, and others. They also include a way to donate without actually donating money, from link sharing to streaming playlists. Another place to look is journalist and activist Carlisa Johnson, who created a Google doc organized similarly, but has also noted where to donate if you want to support specific victims.
If you want to sign some petitions: The Black Lives Matter Carrd also has a page dedicated to different petitions, and Johnson’s Google doc has included petitions to sign in relation to the specific acts of brutality that led to different victims’ deaths. Additionally, here’s a Twitter thread of many different petitions.
A note: There are a lot of resources in this particular section, a show that there have are far too many ways to unfairly target black people — and that many have done the hard work of tracking down specifics in order to end these unfair methods and tragic events. It will be hard to go through them all, but I’d advise you to maybe start with the Carrd. If you’re not so sure on signing petitions, I’d encourage you to at least give some of them a read — those who created these have usually done the diligence of researching and educating in the body of those petitions.
If you want to contact politicians: Again, both the Carrd and the Google doc have the contact information for specific local politicians. Some people you might be interested in contacting, based on your states are senators, representatives, state senators, state legislators, mayors, county executives, and your state’s attorney general.
I want you all to know that this is at your discretion entirely. This is merely guidance for those who have expressed a desire to help, and items worth looking through because we should be seeking black points of view in more ways than one.
If you’re looking for even more, the Carrd has a lot of different reading materials, and I plan on spotlighting different types of expression from black people for future Hoddles.
Links of the Day
Nine Championship players tested positive for COVID-19, as did an FC Dallas player.
Trabzonspor received a one year ban from European competition for a breach of financial fair play rules.
The MLS Players Association agreed to CBA modifications with the league, clearing the way for a return to play.