How to Be an Activist when the Hashtag Disappears — Pt. II
Hello, again! I hope you found my last article interesting. I know it was a bit long, but I do hope it helped at least some of you. This one will be considerably shorter, I guarantee it.
As I promised, in this article, I’ll be sharing four of my favorite websites that have been really helpful during these trying times. They have helped me be an activist from my bed, which is convenient, as I now spend all my time there. And here they are!
These websites lay everything out for you neatly and clearly. There is no reason you can’t support Black lives anymore. These websites make it painfully easy. I don’t want to hear any excuses.
1. https://blacklivesmatter.carrd.co/: This website has been circulating around social media- and for good reason. Want to donate money? Great! Here’s a list of places to donate. Can’t donate money? That’s okay! There’s a link to petitions you probably haven’t signed. Want access to a huge (and I mean huge), mass google doc of resources for all BIPOC and allies? A mass doc full of resources that go into detail about things like protester rights, education resources, and how to (again) donate with no money? Well, I’m glad that you do! You can find it on the carrd website, but here it is directly. Want to go to a protest but don’t know how to find any in your area? Here’s a link for that off the carrd website! TL;DR- this is a fantastic website.
2. https://komirisetti.com/EmailThem/: THIS WEBSITE GIVES YOU ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE TO SAY YOU DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO BEGIN BEING AN ALLY OR THAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY WHEN CONTACTING OFFICIALS. This website, so graciously created by Nikhil Komirisetti, Sophia Shaikh, and Jennifer Shi, asks you to simply input your zip code or address, and it immediately pulls up the officials in your zip code/address and gives you all their information. I’m talking the party they align with, their Facebook, Twitter, YouTube channel, phone number, email address. But the BEST part is that for some of the entries, there is a button that says, “Auto Email” or “Auto Tweet” and- you guessed it- it auto-generates an email and all you have to do is press SEND. Seriously, that’s it. It’s that easy. One of the ways to begin being an ally to any community is to use what you have around you, and your voice is one of the most important ones. Use your voice to easily support any and all communities, and this website makes it painfully easy.
3. https://crybabyzine.com/2020/06/a-beginners-guide-to-dismantling-racism/: This is an article by the amazing Kimberlean Donis on the awesome Cry Baby Zine. Read this. Seriously. It’s a really good comprehensive list of books, films, and podcasts to listen to begin dismantling racism. Cry Baby Zine also has an incredible google doc chock full of US-based resources from legal aid, medical aid, housing, and more.
4. http://www.u-don.org/: This is a revolutionary app made by six young people that aims to allow everyone owning a digital device the ability to donate to a project or cause without spending their own money. They use sponsored video ads to donate to different projects. Currently, they are supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s completely free! The app is unfortunately only currently available for Apple devices, but it definitely is worth it.