Hello lovelies! I hope you & your families have been doing well in quarantine! In all honesty, this blog post comes after a period of lacking motivation & experiencing difficulties in my interpersonal relationships. Even though I’m still taking the time for myself to work though my emotions, I felt it imperative to share with you all the things I have been learning throughout the reigniting of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Today’s blog post is an addition to the Activism & Advocacy category that is included on my blog! As you all may know, I am very passionate about social justice & human rights issues. Currently, my main ways of advocacy are through my county’s youth council, my Fight Fast Fashion Project Instagram, & Twitter. In today’s post, I wanted to connect you all with some resources in regards to the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Herstory of Black Lives Matter –
- There is no better place to learn about the beginnings of the Black Lives Matter movement than their own website -> https://blacklivesmatter.com/herstory/
- Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi’s movement is not just “the moment”. It is an affirmation that Black lives do matter, they always have (even though the systems in our country that uphold white supremacy have failed in recognizing that) & they always will. With the tragic murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, non-black people of color & white people need to stand in solidarity with Black people in demanding racial justice & equity & an end to police brutality. Silence speaks volumes. It is extremely important to share resources & petitions & GoFundMes, educate yourself & your family members, engage in conversations about racial injustice, & amplify Black voices.
Resources You Need to Check Out –
- A Google Doc full of petitions, places to donate, information about protesting, & educational resources!
- #BLM Carrd
- Carrd is a platform that allows you to make a single website. The creator of this Carrd gives you the links to access petitions, places to donate, & additional resources!
- Black Lives Matter Milkshake
- If you are not familiar with Milkshake, it is an app/website that allows you to create cards of info that people can access all with a simple link! At this link, you will be able to access petitions, email templates to send to officials, educational resources about Black History, & get connected with Black owned businesses & brands!
- Black Lives Matter Carrd – Ways To Help
- Another great Carrd with resources for protesters as well!
- Black History Month Library
- A wide collection of informational & educational resources all put together in one, easily accessible Google Drive!
- Anti-Racism Resources
- Justice in June
- An amazing resources of ways to learn, educate yourself, & act to support those in the Black Community, created by Bryanna & Autumn! It even has a breakdown of the month of June based on how many minutes you want to do a day!
6 Instagram Accounts You Should Check Out –
Here are 6 accounts that have created slideshows & content that I have found to be very informative & reliable!
5 Black Female Bloggers & Content Creators You Should Connect With –
- @itsashleyjoyy – Ashley
- “It’s Ashley Joy” is Ashley’s lifestyle blog where she shares her personal thoughts and interests with the goal of preaching self-love!
- @simplylayxx – Alayjah Jordan
- Lay is the fashion, beauty, & lifestyle blogger behind “Simply Lay”!
- @nayelizabeth – Nay
- Nay runs the fabulous, fashion-focused blog called “EliNay Fashion Blog” where you can check out her amazing style tips!
- @alanasvibe – Alana Marie
- The main focus of Alana’s lovely blog account is to share her life with her followers & give inspiration!
- @rikenyab – Rikky B.
- “Rikky’s Blog” is a lifestyle/personal blog where Rikky shares her life experiences, her favorite music, & her journey as a student!
Vote, Vote, Vote!
Racial injustice is not only relevant in regards to police brutality, but in the education system, housing, public health, employment, sexual harassment, media, etc. It is important that we vote progressive people into office who are dedicated to dismantling these corrupt systems & who aim for equity & justice.
If you are 16 or 17 in New York (where I am from), you can pre-register to vote! For more information on getting registered, where you can vote, & requesting an absentee ballot, go to Vote.org!
I hope this blog post was helpful & informative for you! I will be doing more in-depth posts on important & relevant topics that I feel passionate about! Coming up will be a post centered on how to be an activist/advocate in a pandemic! Let me know in the comments if you have any other resources! Also, if you are protesting, stay safe, go in a group, be prepared! I will be protesting this weekend! Featured Photo Creds: Pinterest.