Black Lives Matter Resources

5% of sales generated by Ampersand’s Essential Reading: Black Lives Matter is helping build a Readings on Justice collection at Rochester’s Arnett Branch Library. To date, $125 has been raised. You are encouraged to donate and help grow the fund (select “Other” and write “Arnett Library” in the tribute field). 

 

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Education

Spotify – The audiobook version of Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning is now available for free on Spotify.

The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB) – Resources for individuals and organizations to learn more about undoing racism.

Ahead of the Curve – Resources on equity and inclusion.

Bookshop – Antiracist Reading Recommendations.

YouTube – Full documentary about the U.S. prison system and on how racial inequality contributes.

Verso – Free eBook of Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter edited by Jordan T. Camp and Christina Heatherton

Verso – Free eBook of The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale.

Verso– Free eBook of Police: A Field Guide by David Correia and Tyler Wall.

New York Times – 1619 Podcast talks about history and the impact slavery has left on the U.S.

NPR – Code Switch, a podcast that investigates race, ethnicity, culture, how this impacts their lives, and how it is shifting.

Crooked Media – Pod Save the People explores news, culture, social justice, and politices with a focus on overlooked stories and topics that often impact people of color.

About Race Podcast – A podcast by Reni-Eddo Lodge, author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, advances the conversation started in that book.

AAPF – Intersectionality Matters! is a podcast that brings intersectionality to life.

Race Forward – Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast discusses stories and strategies for racial justice.

Civil Rights – Pod for the Cause is a podcast that helps spark conversation and activism.

BBC – Witness Black History features interviews with people who were at key moments in Black and Civil Rights history.

Letters for Black Lives – Crowdsourced, multilingual resources which help create an open and honest space for conversations about racial justice and anti-Blackness to occur

Yale University – An open class from Yale that teaches about African American History

USA Today – Lists non-fiction, fiction, and books for children/teens + black-owned bookstores.

Educational Links for Youth

New York Times – Book list to explain racism and protests to your children.

Colours of Us – Book list to explain racism and protests to your children, seperated by grade level.

Common Sense Media – List of children and YA books written by Black authors which show an appreciation for African American culture and universal human values.

New York Times – List of anti-racist books recommended by BIPOC teachers and librarians.

New York Public Library – A list of essential Black liberation reads.

Support

Black Lives Matter – Support your local chapter of Black Lives Matter.

Color of Change – Active petitions and campaigns.

The Movement for Black Lives – Virtual resources, mutual aid information, and more.

Campaign Zero – Opportunities and resources for policy solutions.

Rewire – Concrete ways to be helpful from near or far.

Arts Focused

African American Literature Book Club – Black Owned Bookstores in the United States.

We Need Diverse Books – An institution that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

The Free Black Women’s Library – A mobile library dedicated to centering & celebrating the art, writing & lives of Black women.

Black Art Futures Fund – A collective of emerging philanthropists promoting the elevation and preservation of Black arts & culture.

The Adroit Journal – Interview with John Murillo, a poet who has themes of racial injustice in his works

Poetry Foundation – Frederick Douglass by Robert Hayden, a poem.

55 Plus – Black Artists Respond to Racial Injustice.

National Museum of African American History and Culture “Talking About Race” Web Portal – the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture.

Racial Equity Tools – designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity.

Institutions

Unicorn Riot – Non-profit media organization of artists and journalists.

Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) – Provides legal assistance to innocent death row prisoners, confront abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aid children prosecuted as adults.

Coalition of Communities of Color – Advancing racial justice through cross-cultural collective action.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – The Schomburg Society is made up of donors who are passionate about our mission celebrate and preserve Black culture and history.

Million Artist Movement – A global movement and vision that focuses on the role of art in the campaign to dismantle oppressive racist systems against Black, Brown, Indigenous, and disenfranchised peoples.

Soul Fire Farm – A BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) centered community farm committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system.

Innocence Project – Exonerates people who have been wrongfully convicted and works to amend to the justice system.

We Need Diverse Books – Resources for Race, Equity, Anti-Racism, and Inclusion.

Black Futures Lab – Works with Black people to transform our communities, building Black political power and changing the way that power operates—locally, statewide, and nationally.

Black Table Arts – Conjuring other worlds through black art, by connecting creatives and cultivating volume in Black Life.

Black Women’s Blueprint – works to place Black women and girls’ lives, as well as their particular struggles, squarely within the context of the larger racial justice concerns of Black communities.

Cave Canem – a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.

Color of Change – The nation’s largest online racial justice organization.

For Freedoms – An artist-led organization that models and increases creative civic engagement, discourse and direct action.

The Movement for Black Lives – a space for Black organizations across the country to debate and discuss the current political conditions, develop shared assessments of what political interventions were necessary in order to achieve key policy, cultural and political wins, convene organizational leadership in order to debate and co-create a shared movement wide strategy.

Showing Up for Racial Justice – a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work for racial justice.

Mental Wellness & Mindfulness

Black Mental WellnessResources about mental health and behavioral health topics from a Black perspective, to highlight and increase the diversity of mental health professionals, and to decrease the mental health stigma in the Black community.

The Loveland Foundation – Provides mental health services to people of color, primarily Black girls and women.

FFBWW – Works on supporting Black women’s health and quality of life.

The Unplug Collective – A space where Black and Brown womxn and non-binary people can safely share their stories.

BEAM – A collective of people working to support the emotional/mental health and healing of Black communities.

Black Women for Wellness – Committed to healing, supporting, and educating Black women and girls.

Addiction Resource – A guide on the disparities that communities of color face when they seek medical attention, specifically substance use treatment.

Color of Change – Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization.

Black LGBTQ+ specific

The Okra Project – Provides free, healthy meals for Black trans individuals who are experiencing food insecurity.

Marsha P. Johnson Institute – Protects and defends the rights of Black trans people.

For the Gworls – Works to provide housing and gender-affirming surgery for Black transgender individuals.

Transgender Law Center – Focus on supporting transgender and gender nonconfirming people through legal expertise and a commitment to racial justice.

Black Trans Travel Fund – A mutual-aid project that uplifts the narratives and supports the lives of Black transwomen.

BQI Collective – Striving to create a world where Black LGBTQ+ people can thrive.

Black Transmen – A national non-profit that works on advocating for Black transmen.

BYP100 (Black Youth Project 100) – A member-based organization of Black youth activists creating justice and freedom for all Black people, through a black, queer, feminist lens.

The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) – A healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color.

Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative – Working to build a black trans futurist framework for practical abolition as the way to liberation.

Bail Funds

Act Blue Community Bail Funds – Split a donation between 70+ community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organizers.

Directory of National Bail Funds by state – Over sixty community bail and bond funds across the country.

The Bail Project – Bail funds to support protesters.

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