It is so vital now to speak up and take a stand for where you stand. I want to be clear; the notion of Black Lives Matter in no way takes away from the fact that all lives matter but it is important to recognize all lives have not mattered in America for a very long time. It is the black lives that have been murdered at the hands of injustice and the black lives that have borne the brunt of systemic racism. What I would like to see white people do is educate themselves, gain an awareness for themselves, and then talk amongst themselves on how they will be a part of the solution.
There are a number of movies and books to increase awareness as well as organizations to support – both listed below.
“13th” and “How they see us”
Causes that support the cause:
• The Bail Project, a nonprofit that aims to mitigate incarceration rates through bail reform.
• Black Visions Collective, a black, trans, and queer-led social justice organization and legal fund based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
• A Gas Mask Fund for black youth activists in Minneapolis is raising money to buy gas masks for demonstrators who’ve faced tear gas during protests.
• The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which supports racial justice through advocacy, litigation, and education.
• Communities United Against Police Brutality, which operates a crisis hotline where people can report abuse; offers legal, medical, and psychological resource referrals; and engages in political action against police brutality.
• We Love Lake Street is gathering donations for small businesses and non-profits on Lake Street in Minneapolis, to help with the clean-up effort.
• Communities United for Police Reformis an initiative to end discriminatory policing in New York, helping to educate people on their rights and document police abuse.
• The Legal Rights Center is a non-profit law firm based in Minneapolis, offering legal defense, educational, and advocacy services.
• Showing Up for Racial Justice works to educate white people about anti-racism and organizes actions to support the fight for racial justice and undermine white supremacy.
• No New Jails NYC aims to keep the city from constructing new jails, and to instead divert funds that currently go toward the police and incarceration toward housing, ending homelessness, mental health, and other community support systems.
• Fair Fight, an organization founded by Stacey Abrams that aims to end voter suppression and equalize voting rights and access for fairer elections.
Lauren Stovall is a long time team member at Michigan Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine. She is also the Marketing Director of Hot Sams Clothing store – her family owned business. In addition, Lauren works as a prevention specialist with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency. She is passionate and active in serving the Detroit Community.