As a music and media publication dedicated to supporting marginalized communities, we’re using our platform to fight against racial injustice, particularly at the hands of the police. On Blackout Tuesday, an initiative was created by Atlantic Records exec Jamila Thomas and Platoon’s Brianna Agyemang, we dedicated the entire site to resources for justice, and we’ve compiled those materials here on a post that will remain on Audiofemme’s homepage as long as necessary and will be updated on an ongoing basis.
“Here is the call…. Break out of the tendency to spin in your own guilt, ignorance, shame, resistance, or whatever is preventing you from living into a life of anti-racism and love for the humanity of Black, Indigenous and people of color. Break through the hardness of white supremacy so you can see every single way you uphold it. Break free… and step into a place that may be the only way out of this disastrous mess: a scrupulous interrogation of your complicity.”
Rachel Cargle’s Loveland Foundation provides financial assistance to BIWOC seeking therapy.
Pimento Relief Fund helps Black-owned businesses rebuilding in Minnesota; look for other orgs in your city.
Reclaim the Block organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety. You can also find petitions and orgs that seek to do the same in your city, like Communities United for Police Reform in NYC. Campaign Zero provides more resources for getting involved.
On a national level, Communities Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) provides assistance to individuals and families dealing with the effects of police brutality.
Donate directly to the families of victims lost to police brutality and other hate crimes.
National Police Accountability Project (NPAP) is a project of the National Lawyers Guild that works to hold police accountable for civil rights violations.
Unicorn Riot, a decentralized media organization, has been live-streaming uprisings.
Black Table Arts gathers Black communities through the arts, towards better black futures.
Southern Poverty Law Center monitors hate groups throughout the US.
Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) moves white folks into accountable action as part of a multi-racial movement through community organizing, mobilizing, and education.
The National Bail Fund Network lists organizations by state that share the goal of freeing people by paying bails and bonds and while fighting to abolish the money bail system and pretrial detention. Donate now on behalf of protesters arrested in demonstrations; donate often as this is an ongoing and systemic issue.
Campaign for political candidates who model racial justice and fight for progressive policy change, ESPECIALLY DOWN BALLOT. Send money to finance progressive campaigns in states outside of the ones you live in. Research candidates’ platforms and voting records, as all too many proclaimed “liberal” candidates aren’t radical enough to effect real change. Vote for (and donate to) the ones who will push moderates to the left! American politics is flawed, but remember what’s at stake when you refuse to participate at all.
The hand-drawn graphics (black background with white-script text) used in our posts were created by Tessa El Maleh and are available for use on social media (right click to save). We ask that you do not use the #BlackLivesMatter hash tag on your posts unless sharing resources or information for those on the ground. We do recommend that you make your post more meaningful than performative by sharing alongside general resources and wider calls to action.
Dedicated to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all victims of police brutality and race-based violence.
Before his death at the hands of Minneapolis police, George Floyd was part of Houston’s rap scene, appearing on mixtapes with DJ Screw and Presidential Playas, as Stereogum reports.
“I want justice for her. I want them to say her name. There’s no reason Breonna should be dead at all.”
– Tamika Palmer, mother of Breonna Taylor, in an interview with Errin Haines for The Washington Post that shed light on the 26-year old essential worker’s death at the hands of Louisville police
“Arbery was enjoying a nice run on a beautiful day when he began to be stalked by armed men.
What must that have felt like?
What must he have felt when he approached the truck and saw that one of the stalkers was brandishing a shotgun?
What must he have thought when he fought for the gun?
What must he have thought when he took the first bullet?
Or the second?
What must he have thought as he collapsed to the ground and could feel the life leaving his body?”
– The Killing of Ahmaud Arbery by Charles M. Blow for the New York Times