By Nikeya V. (9th grade, from Auburn, WA) –
The BLM movement is not a trend. It is incredibly vital right now and as you may be aware, currently there are many protests occurring throughout the globe. There are so many important messages being shared, and changes being made, but this should not stop here. This article is about ways to sustain this movement.
1. If you have the means to do so, consider donating on a monthly basis to an organization. No matter how small this donation is, it can help many nonprofit organizations in providing a steady amount of funding. Consider donating to local organizations. Some organizations to donate to as well include:
For 137 ways to donate to support this movement, you can visit this site as well.
2. Sign petitions, send texts, and make phone calls! Many online petitions take less than a minute to sign, and for those of you who have cell phones, sending a text can take 20 seconds. Although these actions may seem small, they can have a huge impact and almost anyone can do them. The ACLU offers many resources that you can become involved in, even if you only have a few minutes: https://www.aclu.org/action/. Some numbers you can text are:
Text JUSTICE to 668366
Text ENOUGH to 55156
Text FLOYD to 55156
3. Consciously Support black-owned businesses and restaurants. Becoming a returning customer helps support the livelihoods of many communities. Some sites you can visit to find local black-owned businesses and restaurants are:
4. Vote! If you are able to, register to vote. Additionally, you can help register other voters and educate them on this subject. Also, vote in your local elections as well! A lot of regulations and laws set in place in communities are created by the local government, so while it is really important to vote in the national elections, make sure you’re also researching and participating in local elections as well.
5. Keep listening, learning, and educating yourself and others. Whether this be through books or podcasts or films, just keep learning.
Books to Read –
- “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- “The Color of Law” by Richard Rothstein
- “Black Feminist” Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
Podcasts to Listen to –
- “The Diversity Gap”
- “About Race”
- “Seeing White”
Films to Watch –
- “13th” (on Netflix)
- “Hidden Figures”
- “The Hate U Give”
About the Author:
My name is Nikeya, and I’m currently a freshman at Auburn High School in Washington. In my free time, I enjoy running and reading. I want to be a political activist in the future, and possibly also study journalism.