Ways to show your support for equality online

Written by Emma Hawke

While social media has been full of supportive and informative posts and reposts against the unjust murder of George Floyd, the next step is education and action.

For those of us based on the other side of the world, learning is key and we recommend these books as a starting point. And, below is a list of donation platforms to give support to promote the Minnesota community’s health and safety.

Minnesota Freedom Fund

A fund established to create social change in the Minnesota area, specific to the issue of “people of colour and immigrants who face higher rates of arrest, harsher sentencing and disparities in the setting of bail compared to white citizens.”

Reclaim the Block

An initiative which calls for the Minneapolis and city council members “to move money from the police department” and into communities that need it.

Black Visions Collective

A black LGBTQ+ led charity dedicated to developing Minnesota’s “emerging black leadership to lead powerful campaigns.”

George Floyd Memorial Fund

A fund set up by George Floyd’s sister to cover the funeral and legal costs.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

A US-wide organisation whose mission is “to secure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination.”

That’s Us

That’s Us is a campaign initiated by the Human Rights Commission to combat racism and encourages Kiwis to share their personal stories about racism, intolerance and hatred as well as their hopes for the future.

Multicultural New Zealand

Established in 1989, the New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils’ primary role is to promote, support and share information among the Regional Councils and New Zealand’s ethnic communities.

The Southern Poverty Law Center

The centre is dedicated to combating racial hate and bigotry, using “litigation, education and other forms of advocacy” to work towards equal justice.

Black Youth Project 100

A “member-based organisation of black youth activists creating justice and freedom for all black people.”

Stop Hate UK

A British service for victims of race hate crimes founded in 1995, in direct response to Stephen Lawrence’s murder.

Show Racism the Red Card

An anti-racism educational charity for the UK using “educational workshops, training sessions, multimedia packages and a whole host of other resources — all with the purpose of tackling racism in society.”

Black Women’s Health Imperative

A US-based organisation created and led by black women “to help protect and advance the health and wellness of black women and girls.”

National Black Women’s Justice Institute

An organisation that aims “to reduce racial and gender disparities across the justice continuum affecting black women, girls and their families by conducting research, providing technical assistance, engaging in public education, promoting civic engagement and advocating for informed and effective policies.”

Black Alliance for Just Immigration

Committees in New York, Georgia, California and Arizona build coalitions and initiate campaigns that seek “to organise and advocate for racial, social and economic justice” in African-American and black immigrant communities.

The Movement for Black Lives

Described as an “ecosystem of individuals and organisations creating a shared vision and policy agenda to win rights, recognition and resources for black people”. Sign up, sign their petition and donate.

Undocublack Network

A service for current and formerly undocumented black people in America which “fosters community, facilitates access to resources and contributes to transforming the realities of our people, so we are thriving and living our fullest lives.”

The National Bail Out

A black-led and black-centred collective of abolitionist organisers, lawyers and activists.

police brutality protest
Photography: Gordon Parks, 1963.

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