Also.Also.Also: Police Brutality Rages at Protests Against Police Brutality — What’s Happening Now and How To Help

George Floyd was murdered on May 25, 2020, and we stand in unequivocal support of the protests and uprisings that have swept the US since that day, and against the unconscionable violence of the police and US state. We can’t continue with business as usual, which includes celebrating Pride. This week, Autostraddle is suspending our regular schedule to focus on content related to this struggle, the fight against white supremacy and the fight for Black lives and Black futures. Instead, we’re publishing and re-highlighting work by and for Black queer and trans folks speaking to their experiences living under white supremacy and the carceral state, and work calling white people to material action.

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Resources On How To Help

+ BLM’s Helpful Links: includes resources on knowing your rights, places to donate, petitions to sign, cases to educate yourself about, lawyers helping protestors and so much more.

+ Black Trans Protestors Emergency Fund

+ 43 Bail Funds You Can Absolutely Support Right Now

+ Thread of Mutual Aid Funds

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+ Black Small Businesses To Support

+ Black Owned Businesses That Have Been Affected by the Protests That You Can Help

+ Homeless Black Trans Women Fund

+ Here’s Where You Can Donate to Help Protests Against Police Brutality

+ Black-Owned Bookstores To Support also compiled in this spreadsheet.

+ Black Trans Women’s Travel Fund: to pay for a Black trans woman’s ride home

+ Ways to Help The Movement If You Cannot Be In The Streets

+ How to Provide Jail Support

+ Trayvon Taught Me: Toolkit for Black and Non-Black POC Organizers and Activists

+ Protest Safety: How to Protest During the Coronavirus Pandemic

+ Black-Led LGBTQ Organizations

+ How to Support Los Angeles’ Black-Owned Businesses


Reports and Articles:

+ Around the world we are seeing an unprecedented uprising against “the devaluation and dehumanization of Black life at the hands of the police.” We are also seeing the government and its armed entities mobilizing against this uprising with brutality, violence and excessive force. This Vox magazine article addresses just some of the many instances from nationwide protests of police brutality, police instigating violence and using excessive force. The piece talks about videos that “show police seeming to treat protesters like an opposing army, rather than like citizens they’re sworn to protect.” Content warning that many of these images and videos (some of which are threaded in this Thread of Police Instigating Violence Against Protesters) may be triggering or otherwise devastating to watch.

+ In Pictures: Police violence at protests against brutality

+ A Thread of Cops Vandalizing Property and Their Own Cars

+ Cops in Richmond tear-gassing a peaceful protest

+ White people went to San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s house to yell “Black Lives Matter” and taunt her with “firework torches.” Breed is Black and said it reminded her of “how the KKK would show up to Black people’s houses to burn their houses down.”

+ In Washington DC, Man Who Sheltered 70 DC Protesters Says Police Tried to Pepper Spray Through His Windows

+ In Atlanta, protesters were trapped and attacked by police, who violently arrested people at random.

+ A black family tried to get the attention of the police to protect a neighborhood store in Van Nuys and were immediately handcuffed.

+ From Mother Jones: Even mayors refuse to denounce police violence at police violence protests

+ From The Washington Post: ‘The terror of wearing both a press badge and black skin’: Black journalists are carrying unique burdens

+ From LAist: What Happens After George Floyd? California Leaders Are Considering Reparations

+ Looting Is the American Way: “To consider riots violent, one must consider destruction of property violent. Buildings, cars, and merchandise can be replaced; Floyd’s life cannot be given back to him.”

+ Which Side Are You On: “People have had it. They are rising up. The police are terrorizing them in response. The people are right. The police are the enemy. That’s it.”

+ ‘My son didn’t hurt nobody’: David McAtee, Louisville business owner, killed by authorities: Cops killing a Black man during protests against police brutality against Black people.

+ From Buzzfeed: There’s One Big Reason Why Police Brutality Is So Common In The US. And That’s The Police Unions.

+ The False Dichotomy of Protest Coverage So Far: “I’ve seen a lot of this dichotomy narrative between any potential acts of violence or property test being contrasted with people [protesting]. I think that that is a false dichotomy of what’s actually happening. It doesn’t speak to the righteousness of what’s happening in this moment; the desperation, that trauma with the need for adequate policy solutions and really inspiring leadership.”

+ George Floyd, Houston’s Protests, and Living Without The Benefit of the Doubt: We still ring in the New Year, and we might be shot and killed for that. We still drive home from dinner with our partners, and we might be shot and killed for that. We still go out and about only to find ourselves misidentified, owing to an administrative error in an office somewhere, and we might be shot and killed for that.

+ On the Streets of Philadelphia, by Clare Fentress: Destruction is in the eye of the beholder. 

+ A conversation: Retired African American MLB players on race, baseball, America

+ From Mother Jones: What a World Without Cops Would Look Like


Resources For Reading and Education

+ 190 Books by Black authors

+ MEMORY AND MODERNITY: A PEN OUT LOUD READING LIST

+ Free Yo Mind: Radical Black Books and Other Critical Stuff

+ Books by Black women authors released this week

+ A professor shared this syllabus on twitter as a good place to start with educating ourselves: Welcome to Introduction to Critical Race Theory for 2017!


Any comments by non-Black people sharing opinions or instructions on how Black people should be protesting will be deleted.

Riese is the 37-year-old CEO, CFO and Editor-in-Chief of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker, low-key Jewish power lesbian and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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11 Comments

  1. Thank you for this fantastic list of reading and resources! I’m the process of putting together a big email to my extended family with resources and action items to encourage them to stretch themselves in their anti-racism (they’re mostly well-meaning but v passive moderate white liberals) and will definitely include many things from here.

  2. Thanks for all the recources.

    For all of you protesting: stay strong! Keep up the good fight! You are awesome! Sending you love and justice <3

    Just saw the videos of the cops destroying their own cars/vandalizing buildings – wtf. My brain has been on overload since this thing happened, watching all the footage of horrific violence. The Cheetolini going the full dictator route. I'll try to be at a protest in my hometown this friday (if my health allows) – both in support of the US protestors and to protest racism and police violence right here.

    Little positive thing for who needs it: I'm a crafty person and Ravelry is this online community of knitters, crocheters and fiber artists. They have a fundraiser in support of the protests and on the forum (unfortunally it needs to be moderated) people are both speaking out and actively looking to support POC, for instance by buying patterns. (They also have been doing things for Pride for years.) So if you are/want to be a crafty person, that's a nice place to start.

    Oh, one last thing, maybe it's in the resources provided, but I saw somewhere online that videos of police violence often cannot be used in court because they need to adhere to certain standards. So if you're out there and possibly taping the fuckers – maybe check on that.

  3. Some of my kids wanted to go to a local protest a few days ago so we went. I know it was powerful for the older ones. My youngest this morning was chanting slogans from the protest this morning which made me smile.

    We also had a local school board election and I checked on the candidates’ stance on LGBT issues. One of my younger kids said I needed to check on their positions on anti-racism. I thanked her for reminding me!

    I’ve always talked with my kids about kindness, and now I’m working on including a framework of justice for people who are marginalized especially due to systemic racism.

    I greatly appreciate all of the resources on Autostraddle to help with these discussions!

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