Thank you to our friends at 350.org for providing many of these great resources
As we continue to see police and citizen violence on Black people, most recently with the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, what must we do to reform the carceral system and dismantle white supremacy?
The work of addressing white supremacy is critical to building a climate movement rooted in justice. There is no just recovery for climate, without addressing the systemic extraction, harm and violence towards Black communities. Building a movement rooted in the needs of those most oppressed is the only way we can achieve liberation and justice for all.
We don’t live single issue lives, and this is not a single issue movement. Ecological degradation, systemic racism, economic inequality, social inequity – these issues are all deeply interlinked, and connected by the same root causes – colonialism, extractivism, and an economy built for profit and corporation — all at the expense of our health, safety & democracy.
350 Colorado stands with the Black Lives Matter movement and is committed to working with Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities from across Colorado to hold our leaders accountable to the injustices forced on communities of color. We pledge to work to dismantle the systems of oppression that not only make communities of color targets for violence, but also targets of toxic pollution.
Below are some ways you can take action today to support the mobilizations happening in Colorado and beyond:
- Make space for Black people to grieve. Do what you can to be an active and present supporter and acknowledge the ongoing trauma Black people face everyday.
- Follow the leadership of Black communities. The key concept here is to pause and listen. Whether you are at a protest or on social media, we must follow the desires of those who are being impacted.
- Be careful & look out for each other. From mutual aid to marching, our community must come together to protect one another. Continue to maintain social distancing and health guidelines from the CDC by wearing masks in public. If you do decide to join a march, be sure to come prepared to keep yourself safe and others. Check out this video on what to bring here.
- Sign this petition, from Reclaim the Block, calling on the Minneapolis City Council to become visionary leaders by pledging to defund the Minneapolis Police Department.
- Text ‘ActionNOW’ to 90975 to get regular updates about actions you can take.
- Call Mayor Hancock of Denver 720- 865-9090 and demand that police be held accountable for violence against protestors and demilitarize DPD by condemning the use of tear gas as it was banned by various international treaties for use in war therefore it should not be used on citizens. For more info read here
- Sign this petition asking DPD to arrest the woman who ran over a protestor in Denver last week.
Groups and Organizations to Support
- Colorado Freedom Fund
- NAACP Colorado – Wyoming Chapter
- Colorado Black Women for Political Action
- Black Lives Matter
- 80 Black Owned Businesses to Support in Colorado
- Or check out FiveFifths, the largest list of black-owned restaurants and online businesses on the internet.
- Blackout Coalition – Supporting just and equitable banking
- Support Black Owned
- Black Wall Street
- Racial Justice Network
- 100+ Black Owned Businesses to Support in Denver
- Consider these critical questions from Austin Channing about protesting, “looting”, and violence against African Americans. Move beyond the hashtags and allow what’s happening to transform the way you think about justice, policing, harm, violence.
- Read this resource on why safe communities don’t have more police but instead prioritize more community resources.
- This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen their anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now.
- Be witness to the unbearable grief of Black mothers. Between COVID-19 and police brutality, the burden of grief is yet another risk to Black mothers’ health.
- People Can Only Bear So Much Injustice Before Lashing Out. As the media denounces the Minneapolis protesters, it’s worth remembering that it takes incredible strength to practice nonviolence in the face of murder and oppression.
- How to respond to “riots never solve anything!”