We have watched the protests for George Floyd and lend our voice in support. It’s important that we say so, Hacker Lab’s CEO Gina Lujan said on her way home from a demonstration at the Oak Park Community Center.
“We need to celebrate our Black and Brown community members and make sure they’re safe. We’re praying for our city and nation. We understand why people are angry and at the same time know we can never know the full picture,” she said. “All lives won’t matter until Black lives matter. It’s not enough to say you aren’t racist; you have to point out what’s wrong. We need to be intolerant and explicitly anti-racist.”
“You cannot dilute the murder of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd. The messaging has to be loud and clear: We need to speak up and say this isn’t right.”
So what do we do? We can start by educating ourselves, holding uncomfortable conversations, voting, donating and otherwise participating. Here’s some ways to start including lists of local Black-owned businesses and some groups to support.
Follow and participate in protests
Uplift voices of those who aren’t being heard. Speak with your family about the protests. Protest how you can. Join in by following these organizations and learning what protesters are asking for:
- Anti-Police Terror Project Sacramento - for news on protests and demonstrations.
- Black Lives Matter Sacramento - for news on protests and demonstrations.
- Black Zebra Productions - for on-the-ground community-oriented journalism.
- Follow Stevante Clark on Instagram, brother of Stephon Clark.
- Read the NAACP’s list of policy and other changes on their official Instagram;
- Campaign Zero is a data-informed platform focused on presenting comprehensive solutions to end police violence in America.
- 8cantwait.org has data that proves that together, these eight policies can decrease police violence by 72%.
Support Black-owned businesses
Systemic inequality means less support for businesses of color, particularly Black-owned businesses, many already hurting from COVID-19. Here are several lists in Sacramento:
- Sacramento Black Business - Public Spreadsheet - A community-led list with many categories of businesses in the bottom sheets including restaurants, cleaning services, auto services, bookstores, wellness, marketing and other industries.
- The Sacramento Bee’s list - Restaurants in particular.
- Black Small Business Association of California’s list of restaurants in partnership with Sacramento County.
- Sac Black Biz - A Facebook page with continuing updates.
Donate to support racial justice projects, protesters and bail reform
- Nor-Cal Resist - A group of community members building infrastructure against oppression and empowering communities through shared resources and support. Nor-Cal Resist is part of the National Bail Fund network and is providing bail assistance to local activists in the course of the protest. Donate here: tinyurl.com/NCRBail.
- The Official George Floyd Memorial Fund - the only legitimate way to donate to the family of George Floyd.
- Black Lives Matter - Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities.
- Emergency funds for local protesters - Tee and Dayshawn are both members of the Sacramento community struck by police use of force by a teargas canister and rubber bullet through the jaw, respectively. Please support them.
- List of Resistance Funds - A community-led list of various organizations to support.
- Black Zebra Productions - @BlackZebra on Venmo for Black Zebra Productions courageous coverage of the protests.
- Venmo @DesigningChris for food and water supplies given to protesters.
- Anti-Police Terror Project - to support organizers of the protests.
- The Bail Project - A national organization with a revolving bail fund.
- Unicorn Riot Fund - Independent media on the protests.
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund - Support equality in America.
- ACLU - a cross-sector defender of civil rights in America.
- The Sacramento Bee’s list of protest groups who need support.
- ActBlue's multi-group fund that distributes across several national orgs fighting against racism and police brutality including Black Lives Matter Global Network, National Bail Out, Know Your Rights Camp Black Voters Matter Fund and others.
Educate yourself on the history of systemic, institutional racism in America
- “13th” - A documentary in which advocates and scholars analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the prison boom.
- An Anti-Racist Reading List - Books curated by The Guardian.
- Talking About Race - A portal of free educational resources and tools by The National Museum of African American History & Culture.
- Listen to President Obama’s speech on June 3 addressing how major change will need to happen at a local level between mayors, city staff and police chiefs.
You can also sign the petition on justice for George Floyd. Here is another list of petitions and ways to support. There are many other ways to help.
Find what feels right to you. If there’s something else you want to see on this list, please let us know by emailing us at [email protected]
In solidarity, Team Hacker Lab