WE DID IT! WE FINISHED THE BOOK! Discover why it took us so long, and Vera’s explanation of why a damn parrot’s on the book cover. And then….
…as promised in our intro, a very specific list of ways to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement:
1. Order from a BLACK-OWNED RESTAURANT
You can find one near you on this list of lists.
3. EDUCATE yourself by watching 13TH
Ava DuVernay’s documentary reveals the historical relationship of race, economics, and mass incarceration in the United States, and Netflix has made it available FOR FREE on YouTube. (Spoiler: Police abuse against America’s Black citizenry is not by accident, but by design.)
John Oliver’s “Police” episode of LAST WEEK TONIGHT is also informative and also free on YouTube.
4. Read up on #DEFUNDPOLICE
Does it sound scary? It’s not. It’s just catchier than #REALLOCATE-FUNDS-TO-MORE-APPROPRIATE-AGENCIES-BECAUSE-SIMPLY-REFORMING-POLICE-ISN’T-WORKING. Here’s a short article to get you on your way. And after you do that…
5. TELL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES to #DEFUNDPOLICE
SUPER easy. These are PRECOMPOSED EMAILS with the appropriate recipients already added, and all it takes is a few clicks.
i. Visit Defund.email
ii. Find your city (or fill out the form to have yours added).
iii. “Allow” the website to compose an email.
iv. Tailor the email. Make it your own. Or better yet, write your own.
You can also create your own tiny URL email to share by following the instructions here.
6. Tell us the SPECIFIC ACTIONS that have gotten you results.
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