Black Lives Matter Resources
Right now we are in the midst of a long overdue revolution! For far too long Black people have been oppressed by a racist system. Stolen from their land and forced into slavery with over 400 years of abuse, we are not standing for this oppression any longer. And as I said this is LONG OVERDUE!
Racism is only controversial if you're racist.
We acknowledge that we can do better and we are dedicated and committed to fulfilling our duty to fight for Black Lives Matter! We will be donating 50% of all proceeds to Don't Shoot Portland.
We feel it is also important to recognize the trauma that Black people experience on a daily basis as well as the historical trauma that the Black community has faced. Because of this we ask that you, yes check in with your Black friends, but do not overwhelm them or ask them for resources. It is our job to do the research and learn, it is not their job to teach us. If they openly share that information, listen and use it. Listen to Black people and amplify their voices, but do not expect them to teach you. In light of this we put together a list of resources from across the nation to general tips and educational resources as well as some local resources for our Portland, Oregon community.
- ProTip: You can also use this list to find organizations to donate to that are providing relief for your local and nationwide protestors.
Info from Color of Change team (thank you!):
Demand that Mayor Jacob Frey must:
1. block their pensions and
2. ban them from ever getting reinstated.
Phone # List:
Hennepin County Attorney's Office: (612)-348-5550
Deputy Chief of Professional Standards Bureau, Henry Halverson: 612-673-2735
DA Mike Freeman: 612-348-5550
MPLS City Council - 612-673-2244
MPLS Mayor’s Office - 612-673-2100
MN Governor’s Office 651-201-3400
Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Office 612-333-1272
MN State House Rep Jim Davnie 651-296-0173
MN State House Rep Aisha Gomez 651-296-7152
MN State Senator Jeff Hayden - 651-296-4261
MN State Senator Patricia Torres Ray 651-296-4274
OPCR # For Complaints: 612-673-3012
Internal Affairs: 612-673-2735
Mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey:
Personal #: 612-968-4443
Office #: 612-673-2100
Mental Health Resources for POC:
Ethel’s Club @ethelsclub Ethel Lucas was a matriarch figure in a tight-knit Black community whose home offered warmth, laughter, and care. Her belief in community as a practice lives on in her granddaughter, our Founder and CEO, Naj Austin. Their mission is inspired by Ethel to create healing spaces that center and celebrate people of color through conversation, wellness, and creativity.
Metalust @_metalust Metalust is A wellness haven created for BIPOC, by BIPOC. With a mission to Empower and restore our mental health and honor the diversity of relationships and identity. Metalust hosts weekly circles via zoom that create a safe space for all bipoc.
The Loveland Foundation @thelovelandfoundation Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls. Their resources and initiatives are collaborative and prioritize opportunity, access, validation, and healing.
Petitions to Sign:
Link to sign a petition & call County Attorney Michael Freeman: https://www.justiceforbigfloyd.com/
You can also text "FLOYD" to 55156 to sign the petition.
The following organizations have received a flood of funding & recommend you reroute your donations to other action organizations for the moment:
Instead, please donate to these organizations:
White Fragility By: Robin Diangelo
The Hate You Give By: Angie Thomas
I know why the Caged Bird Sings By: Maya Angelou
So You Want to Talk about Race Ijeoma Oluo
The New Jim Crow By: Michelle Alexander
Race Matters by: Cornel West
How to Be antiracist by: Ibram X. Kendi
When They See Us
The Life & Death of Marsha P. Johnson
Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap
The True Cost
Portland, Oregon Resources
IF YOU SEE A COMRADE GETTING ARRESTED, ASK FOR THEIR NAME AND BIRTHDATE THEN REPORT IT THIS NUMBER AND/OR EMAIL: 503-442-0866 PDXQDC@riseup.net
Local Organizations + Organizers
Rose City Justice follow #rosecityjustice on Twitter follow @rosecityjustice on Instagram
Portland’s civil right’s collective @portlandcivilrightscollective
Hashtags & Accounts to Follow on twitter:
Always stay vigilant There are often undercover police officers and proud boys that show up at these events, always pay attention to your surroundings.
Stay together, stay tight! When we split from the group we become easier targets, and a protest is more likely to be broken up when we do not band together.
If you are white, outline the perimeter, protect your black brothers and sisters, they are more likely to have force use against them than you.
What to bring to a protest:
Face Mask This is important during the time of COVID but is even more crucial for keeping your identity hidden. Police have been using tactics and finding peoples identity to arrest them later. Be sure you hide your identity especially if you are filming the protests and police violence.
Earplugs Police stations [especially the PPD] have begun to use LRAD.
What is LRAD? The LRAD stands for long range acoustic device and is a military weapon that uses extremely harmful and painful sound at 150 decibels and even higher sometimes. It is important to note that the LRAD is one directional and has a higher decibel when closer, so move yourself to the opposite side and back.
Tinfoil baking pans or reflective table cloths This is important for at night when the very bright lights are shining on you, you can use these to reflect the light making it harder for police to spot people in the crowd [that's when they select targets to arrest/use force on]
Water Bottles Very important to keep hydrated during a protest, I also like to bring extra for your fellow comrades.
Laser Pointers + Spotlights In Portland [and probably other places] we saw protestors using laser pointers and spotlights to shine on hidden cops on top of buildings and obstruct their vision. Often the police on top of the buildings are the ones shooting rubber bullets or selecting targets, so using these items helps block their site can help your fellow comrades.
Snacks Another great things to bring to keep your energy up! Protesting during these can leave you out there for hours upon hours sometimes even 12+. Remember to bring the items you will need to sustain yourself during protests. [P.s.: Dominos is sending delivery drivers to the event and handing out pizza that people order for the protests, so you can get food delivered if needed - fuck yes dominos!]
Portable Battery Charger + charger I highly recommend bring a charger the base your phone or a comrades dies.
First Aid Kit There are many people walking around with first aid kits, but still it is important to bring your own, no matter how small. I filled mine with bandages, gauze, a lot of alcohol swabs, hand sanitizer and hair ties for my ladies.
Your Signs Again, with a lot of undercover agents and even proud boys that show up to these protests, it is important to chant and identify with the movement. The reason we are protesting is because Black lives matter, don’t forget that. [Pro-tip: they also are great for blocking out lights at night so you can see the cops and what they are planning.]
Umbrellas Another highly effective tool to bring, umbrellas have a dual use and can be used to block the lights out and hide your identity as well as be used as a shield if police begin tear gassing.
Sharpies This is important for writing number on your arms. Whether it is someone you met there or most importantly the number for your local bail out/lawyers to call. NOTE: If you call a Lawyer the police cannot legally listen to your phone call, if you do not call a lawyer, they can.
Gloves If you can bring gloves, and if you’re ready to get down and dirty, bring heat resistance gloves so you can throw the tear gas canisters back at the people throwing them.
Gas mask we have seen tear gas used massively across the united states, which is fucked up on it’s own not to mention during a crisis that weakens our respiratory system, but nevertheless protect your self if you can
Eye Protection/Goggles Again, tear has is highly toxic, use goggles and protective eye wear to help protect your eyes [this is great to have incase of pepper spray too]
Do not take videos with your comrades faces or defining characteristics. If you do, blur those people and hide their identities.
When posting a photo, remove the metadata first by taking a screenshot and screen recording at different location if it is a video ProTip: if you transfer and screenshot on your computer it’s a higher quality.
Close out all apps on your phone that track your location.
Turn off face recognition before going to a protest and ensure your phone has a 6 character long password.
Turn off Siri
Do not show any of your tattoos.
Wear black, nondescript clothing.