STEAM Boston stands with the Black community against racism, violence, and hate. We must support one another as allies and stand up for equality and justice. Now is not the time for silence. We will continue to use the power of our platform to amplify Black voices so they are heard.
These most recent violent acts occur against a long backdrop of anti-Black racism in the United States, rooted in slavery and reinforced over time in many facets of our nation’s culture and institutions. And they remind us that we have a long way to go toward achieving true equality for all.
Black communities need you to support and practice anti-racism.
We will not be silent.
Black lives matter.
Fund Racial Justice: Where to Donate
George Floyd Memorial Fund: Official GoFundMe to support the Floyd Family – https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd
Black Visions Collection: A black, trans, & queer-led organization that is committed to dismantling systems of oppression & violence, & shifting the public narrative to create transformative, long-term change. – https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/
Reclaim The Block: Coalition that advocates for & invests in community-led safety initiatives in Minneapolis neighborhoods. – https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/home
Communities United Against Police Brutality: Twin-Cities based organization that was created to deal with police brutality on an ongoing basis. – https://www.cuapb.org/
American Civil Liberties Union: The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union — beyond one person, party, or side. Their mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees. – https://www.aclu.org/
Equal Justice Initiative: An organization committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. – https://eji.org/
Campaign Zero: Online platform & organization that utilizes research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in America. – https://www.joincampaignzero.org/
Unicorn Riot: Non-profit organization that is dedicated to exposing root causes of dynamic social & environmental issues. – https://unicornriot.ninja/
The Massachusetts Bailout Fund: The Massachusetts Bail Fund posts bails of up to $2000 in Essex & Suffolk Counties in Massachusetts – https://www.massbailfund.org/
Books to Read
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Things to Listen
Sometimes it’s nice to mix up the media type.
- Seeing White Series from Scene On Radio, a 14-part documentary series exploring whiteness in America.
- Uncivil, a podcast from Gimlet Media that presents a history of the Civil War not often found in school textbooks.
- Identity Politics, a podcast on race, gender, and Muslims in America.
- Code Switch, a podcast that presents contemporary news viewed through the lens of race and identity.)
Things to Watch
- Slavery By Another Name, PBS Documentary
- 13th, Directed by Ava DuVernay
- Fruitvale Station, Directed by Ryan Coogler
More Resources Online
Anti-racism resources: http://bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES
Raising Equity – Free videos and resources on how parents can fight racism and cultivate an open mind in themselves and their kids: https://raisingequity.org/
An Antiracist Reading List by Ibram X. Kendi