Taking action

A Week of Action In Defense of Black Lives

June 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am – June 5, 2020 @ 5:00 pm PDT

The Movement For Black Lives (M4BL), and organizers from across the country, invite you to rise up with them and say no more! They’re calling for a week of action June 1st to 5th In Defense of Black Lives as an opportunity to uplift and fight alongside those turning up in the streets and on the airwaves.

Event location: Anywhere you can act in defense of Black lives

M4BL has made no request other than to find a way to act in defense of Black lives (and to change your social media profile pictures to the image above). Educating ourselves, doing whatever personal work comes up along the way, and finding ways to take action are all part of learning to transform our culture. Here are some suggestions I can offer:

  • Check out this report on COVID-19 deaths by race and ethnicity in the U.S. showing that 54.6 Black American deaths per 100,000, a rate 2.4 times higher than for White Americans.
  • Learn about the tragic death of Tony McDade, a black transgender man whose life was also lost this last week to police violence.
  • Read the UN definition of genocide in the context of the struggle for black lives.
  • Are you concerned about rioting more than state-sanctioned black deaths and violent state repression of protesters? Hear this response from Marc Lamont Hill.
  • Donate to community bail funds to help get protestors out of jail and home safely.
  • Tell Minneapolis city council to de-fund the police.
  • Consider subscribing to the Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) mailing list. It serves as a source of news and leads to other sources of information and ways to take action. They organize locally around the country and are doing work around November elections.
  • Read SURJ’s article “5 Ways White People Can Take Action in Response to White and State-Sanctioned Violence”.
  • Put Black Lives Matter signs up in your front yard – and elsewhere in your neighborhood. (I saw a big one taped to a pole at a traffic intersection.)
  • Sign some petitions.
  • Get involved in mail-in ballot or election protection campaigns.
  • Find ways to support the homeless, jailed, incarcerated, and detained in your communities.

And here’s the site’s calendar with the first two weeks of activities listed.