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A woman with a hijab sits on the ground writing a poster saying "Black Lives Matter"

Black Lives Matter

People protesting with signs of the slogans of the BLM movement.

Resources

This is a Grand Rapids grocery store whose mission is "To increase access to healthy, affordable and  culturally-accepted food for our community." They get their produce from "Black, brown, indigenous, local or womxn-led farms and businesses."

This organization supports incarcerated writers "join and enrich the broader literary community." They do this through multiple initiatives including mentorships and  publishing opportunities.

This is a brand owned by Black woman aiming to amplify Black literature by creating a clothing line and spotlighting Black written books.

Here is a list of petitions to sign created by a local Grand Rapids activist, Ally. If you use this, you can also show your support for her by visiting her LinkTree.

The Bail Project fights to end the inequality of the cash bail system. A majority of people held in prison are actually pre-trail dittanies who cannot afford bail. By donating to this organization, you can help pay someone's bail. This is also an issue of racial justice because Black people are wildly overrepresented in prisons.

Black and Pink advocates for prison abolition and fight for the rights of LGBTQ+ prisoners (especially those of color). I put this here (as well as in other sections) because the voices of Black queer incarnated people should be centered in ending hyper-incarceration.  

This group creates art promoting the abolition of the prisons. They employ formally incarcerated people and 20% of the profits are donated to bail funds and other grassroots organizations.

Support Black Children

Both The Conscious Kid and the Little Justice Leaders are groups that provide racial justice education resources for kids. The Conscious Kid is an "Education, Research And Policy Organization" with book lists, story time, and more. The Little Justice Leaders focus more specifically on how to teach children about racial justice.

At a BLM protest, a child holds a poster saying Justice for Breonna Taylor.

Reading List

Here are some of my favorite books that both expose the racism America was built on, and celebrating Black joy. This list is not an expansive list so please reach out if you have other favorites that should be on your bookshelf.

Long Way Down
Long Way Down

Jason Reynolds

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The New Jim Crow
The New Jim Crow

Michelle Alexander

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The Man Who Lived Underground
The Man Who Lived Underground

Richard Wright

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Memorial
Memorial

Bryan Washington

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As Brave as You
As Brave as You

Jason Reynolds

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Red at the Bone
Red at the Bone

Jacqueline Woodson

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