5. Advocate for Police Accountability
The National Police Accountability Project is dedicated to holding law enforcement accountable for misconduct. Their mission is to end law enforcement and detention officer abuse of authority. You can become a member or donate to their cause.
6. Amplify Black Voices
In a white-dominated culture, the homogenous cycle continues unquestioned without the input and voices of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color).
Elevate Black stories through books, blogs, podcasts, music, movies, TV, and more. Consider engaging with stories that don’t necessarily resemble your own. (See #7 for specific resources to explore.)
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7. Educate Yourself
Learn about the history of oppression that has existed for centuries in the US and far beyond. Understand how white supremacy and the oppression of BIPOC has impacted you specifically and society as a whole.
Be willing to question everything. Have conversations with your children and family. Seek out new resources for information and different perspectives.
There are plenty of helpful articles packed with informative resources. A great place to start is by reading articles on topics like white privilege, and seeking out documentaries, books, and podcasts on racial injustice.
8. Take to the Streets
Join the protestors and stand in solidarity with this cause. Because as Desmond Tutu said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
9. Contact Your Representatives
Clutter the phone lines and flood the inboxes of your elected representatives. Demand justice, action, and accountability. Pressure your representatives to work with their constituents or get voted out.
Use your vote to demand change.
Former President Barack Obama said it best: “Eventually, aspirations have to be translated into specific laws and institutional practices – and in a democracy, that only happens when we elect government officials who are responsive to our demands.”
VOTE, and not just in highly publicized presidential races. Get informed, and vote for state and local officials, prosecutors, judges, and more.
Stand in Solidarity With the #BlackLivesMatter Movement Against Injustice
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Whether it directly affects you or not, recent (and systemic) injustices are deplorable.
Despite its long and muddled history, modern yoga is a practice that stands for unity, solidarity, love, and ultimately, transformation.
We must stand together in solidarity and support of our communities, our families, and our collective human experience because “there comes a time when silence is betrayal.”