Six Ways to Continue to Give Back to the Black Lives Matter Movement
Updated: May 22
If you are feeling at a loss and looking for ways to continue supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, there are several organizations in need of your support.
In light of recent police violence against Black Americans, activism and support have become more critical. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, and more have compelled many to affirm that Black lives matter. Whether one chooses to engage in protests, spread the word on social media, or donate to important causes, there are countless ways to get involved.
Here are six organizations to support Black lives, plus some tips to help out from National Lawyers Guild board member Colleen Flynn.
Black Lives Matter
The Black Lives Matter movement arose in 2013, responding to Trayvon Martin’s murder and the lack of justice that followed. It aims to eliminate white supremacy and its effects while uplifting and protecting Black communities. Its mission involves resisting systemic inequality, reducing violence against Black people, and creating an inclusive movement for queer, disabled, or otherwise marginalized people.
BLM operates from 16 chapters across the United States and Canada. It organizes many projects to supports its cause, and it also provides Toolkits for effective activism. BLM’s Healing Action Toolkit, made by the Black Lives Matter Healing Justice Working Group, provides pertinent information about mental and physical health. It offers care tips for communities and individuals before, during, and after protests or other political actions.
The ongoing #WhatMatters2020 movement promotes voting for BLM supporters in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. Its three main goals are to engage Black voters, educate all voters about candidates and relevant issues, and promote voter registration.