Knowledge is, and always will be, power. We’re in the midst of a movement protesting police brutality, racial injustice, and systemic racism across the world. Change is coming, but we all need to do our part to truly impact change.
We’ve curated six direct links to help you continue your journey toward collective consciousness. Remember to breathe and approach your activism and allyship as a marathon, not a sprint – because this is a movement, not a moment.
JusticeLA JusticeLA works to stop incarceration by stopping jail expansion in Los Angeles. Their mission is to reclaim, reimagine, and reinvest dollars away from incarceration and into community-based systems of care.
For nearly a decade, JusticeLA prioritizes an intersectional approach to movement building that uplifts the communities most impacted by incarceration in Los Angeles County. These communities include immigrant and undocumented people, Black, Brown and indigenous peoples, people with mental health and substance use needs, the youth, women, and LGBTQ individuals.
NPR: The Code Switch Podcast A weekly podcast about race and identity. Hosted by journalists of color, Code Switch tackles the subject of race and how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between.
BLACK BUSINESS INDEX
A curated list of organizations and small POC-owned businesses. Check it out, bookmark it, and continually revisit to support: Black Business Index
A Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers, and activists building a community-based movement to support people and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration. They are members of the communities that they fight for.
“We are people who have been impacted by cages — either by being in them ourselves or witnessing our families and loved ones be encaged. We are queer, trans, young, elder, and immigrant.”
The National Bail Out (NBO) collective came together in recognition of the devastating harms and disproportionate impact that money bail and pretrial detention have on Black communities.
The Free Black Women's Library
A mobile library and social art project that features a collection of 2,000 books written by Black women, along with workshops, performance, and radical conversation. They’re currently creating a literary art project that celebrates Black women writers. Sign up for a Patreon membership ($2, $5, $10, $30, or $50) to support and get access to content.
You can also donate to their Sister Outsider Relief Grant, a mutual aid fund to honor and nurture single Black mother artists, writers, and cultural workers. Support the grant through Venmo or Cash App below:
Mapping Our Social Change Roles in Times of Crisis
In these past few weeks, we’ve been feeling a rollercoaster of emotions, from determined motivation and outrage to helpless exhaustion to immobilized grief.
Author, podcast host, activist, and lawyer Deepa Iyer wrote an article called “Mapping Our Social Change Roles in Times of Crisis” designed to help you determine your role and the right actions to take by reflect on your values, actions, and reasons for being part of the movement.
Check out the mapping exercise below to identify your role in the social change ecosystem.
This is necessary, but tiring work. Remember to also take a step back and practice self care when you're worn down. Refer back, reflect, reassess, and realign whenever you feel lost.
We, at Hella Looks, are here for you.