BLACK LIVES MATTER ORGANIZING RESOURCES
As Democrats, we are committed to fighting for racial justice, 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 people 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.
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.
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, address environmental racism, and so much more.
Organizations to join
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 provides supporters with detailed guides on their rights as they join protests.
Other ways to get involved
Join your fellow Democrats in appreciating Black contributions by joining the Global Black Caucus Cafe in reading Frederick Douglass, attending a virtual screen of Good Trouble, or participating in a Democrats Abroad book club for Black History Month.
Adding anti-racism literature to your reading list is a great way to deepen your anti-racist work but also make room to support, uplift, and enjoy work by Black creatives. Find some anti-racist literature here and popular books by some talented writers here. If you’re a podcast fan then add 1619 and Intersectionality Matters! into your rotation. 1619 is a beautifully produced podcast on the renowned 1619 Project centering the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans to our nation’s narrative. Intersectionality Matters! is hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, a lawyer, civil rights activist, and critical race theory scholar. 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 you can check out and you can find Black-owned businesses local to you here.
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.