BLACK LIVES MATTER ORGANIZING RESOURCES

As Democrats, we are committed to fighting back against racial injustice and police brutality, and we’re working every day to ensure this country lives up to the basic ideals of its founding. 

We hope you’ll join us in taking direct action to root out the poison of racism that pervades every facet of our society — because so long as Black men and women can’t breathe, we cannot rest. Complicity costs lives, and it’s on all of us to fix this. 

We’ll be updating this page with additional resources as they become available.

Petitions

George Floyd
Sign this petition to demand all four officers involved in the death of George Floyd be appropriately charged for their roles in murder.

Breonna Taylor
Sign this petition to call for the firing of the officers who killed Breonna Taylor.

Police Reform
Sign on to Color of Change’s platform of structural demands to reduce, over time, the impacts of policing in concrete and tangible ways.

NAACP ‘We Are Done Dying’ Campaign
Add your name to support reforms to criminal justice, economic, health, and voting policy.

Black Lives Matter has organized a more extensive list of petitions you can sign here.

Calls

One of the easiest and most important steps we can take is calling for our elected officials to hold police accountable for their role in the killing of Black people.

Call the Louisville Mayor at 502-574-2003 and urge that the officer responsible for Breonna Taylor’s murder be held accountable.

Organizations to join

NAACP
Since 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has organized to eliminate race-based discrimination and expand equality in politics, education, economics, and so much more. Find volunteer opportunities and more ways to engage with and support the NAACP here.

National Action Network
The National Action Network fights for equality in the application of justice and opportunities. Since its founding, NAN has called attention to voting rights, corporate responsibility, criminal justice reform and so much more. Learn more about NAN and how you can get involved here.

Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 following the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. The global organization seeks to eliminate white supremacy, build local power, and affirm Black humanity. Transformative change starts with the grassroots, find your local Black Lives Matter chapter and actions you can participate in here.

Color of Change is working to hold the officers who killed both George Floyd and Breonna Taylor accountable and fighting for a platform that ends the senseless killing of Black people in this country.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund fights for racial justice through advocacy, litigation, and public education.

The ACLU just filed a lawsuit against Minnesota law enforcement and provides supporters with detailed guides on their rights as they join protests. Share their video if you or people you know are joining protesters in the coming days.

Other ways to get involved

Call your representatives! Ask them to support a resolution brought by Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Karen Bass, and Barbara Lee to condemn racial profiling, police brutality, and the use of excessive force. Find your reps and give them a call here.

Senator Brian Schatz announced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to end the 1033 Program, which equips local law enforcement with used military equipment like armored vehicles and bayonets. This is a great step in the direction of demilitarizing our police but will need broad support in the Senate. Find your senators and contact them here.

Add some literature on anti-racism to your reading list! Listen to podcasts to help deepen your anti-racist work! (1619, Pod Save the People, and Intersectionality Matters! with Kimberlé Crenshaw are just a few good ones) Watch movies that lay bare this country’s racist roots. Educating ourselves on America’s history of racism is the only way we can take steps to untangle ourselves from the systemic racism that permeates all our daily lives.

Make sure you’re registered to vote and everyone you know is also registered to vote at iwillvote.com.

Support Black-owned businesses! Fighting police brutality and racial injustice is so important, but one of the best ways to support the Black community is to support Black-owned businesses. Here are a few worth checking out.

Protest safely

Cybersecurity resources at a protest

Many of you, your friends and family, and colleagues are taking to the streets to protest. Not only should you take into consideration hygiene and social distancing rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but you should also practice good security hygiene when in large gatherings like this. Many of the security best practices at a protest echo our campaign best practices such as:

  • Enable full-disk encryption on your devices
  • Use Signal/Wickr with disappearing messages for both text messages and phone calls
  • Back up your data

In addition to these tips, we recommend you read the EFF’s recently updated article “Attending a Protest.” It has useful tips, such as:

  • Enable airplane mode for the entire duration of your attendance if possible
  • Take photos and videos without unlocking your phone
  • Removing fingerprint unlock and Face ID (but still enabling a passcode with minimum of six digits)

Note that Signal has just introduced a “blur tool” for your photos. They write, “The latest version of Signal for Android and iOS introduces a new blur feature in the image editor that can help protect the privacy of the people in the photos you share. Now it’s easy to give every face a hiding place, or draw a fuzzy trace over something you want to erase.”

Be aware of your online presence

Political operatives are increasingly moving to online activities to organize, spread news, and express displeasure at the country’s policies. Remember that your tweets are not only read by your friends and people sympathetic to your cause, but also by people who actively scan tweets for information that can be used against your organization or campaign, as well as you as an individual.

We’re living through historic, unprecedented, and emotional times. It’s natural to want to share your thoughts and activities. As you contemplate your tweets, take a moment to consider how your tweets can be weaponized against your and our mission.