1. Sign petitions.
On many social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram you are able to find links to petitions that you can sign. Change.org has many petitions that are available to sign. These are extremely important to sign because when petitions reach their asked signature amount, they are able to be looked over by officials who can pass laws or sign bills.
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2. Attend a local protest.
During the current pandemic it can be difficult or scary to leave the house and go to such a public event. If you are able to though, they are great ways to unite as a community for a greater cause. Protests get the public's attention which can result in reforms of certain laws or rules within a community.
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3. Donate to credible organizations (DO NOT DONATE TO CHANGE.ORG).
Donating is not always the easiest to do. We are all broke college students BUT there is a very simple way to donate without spending any of your own money. Many videos currently on YouTube are using all of their ad revenue to donate to bail funds, organizations, and GoFundMe pages. By just watching the video and not skipping the ads your donating money to the cause. If you do want to donate though there are many links to bail funds as well as GoFundMe pages that can be found on various social media outlets.
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4. Call/email local government officials.
This is actually a lot easier that it seems! Many emails can be pre-drafted and all you have to do is type in your name and the city that you're from and send it to your local government officials. You can also find on social media a pre-drafted conversation to have when you call the offices of these officials.
5. Educate yourself, family and friends on what's going on.
This is one of the most important steps! Educating yourself is the first step to being an ally of the black community. Read books, watch documentaries, and even catch up on some great Netflix series that are informational as well as really great to watch. You must also recognize your privilege if you are a non-black individual. Educating family and friends on what is going will also help further the progression of the movement.
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