#BlackLivesMatter: How to Help If You Have No Funds

Hi. This isn’t our usual fun, bookish content today. Both of us feel devastated, frustrated, and angered by what is happening in the USA and around the globe. Sadly, it is nothing new. Sadly, this happens every day and the media simply refuse to report it. If you weren’t paying attention, you could easily be fooled into believing that George Floyd is an isolated case. Enough is enough.

We both stand by the Black Lives Matter movement and want to help in any way we can. We realise that Coronavirus has put a major financial strain on many of you, so we compiled a list of ways you can aid the movement and educate yourself if you’re not in a position to donate.

To our black friends around the world  – we are sorry. We are sorry that every day you wake up to a world that refuses to see you. We are sorry that you have been failed by those who should have protected you. We are sorry that you live in constant fear for the people you love. We are sorry for all the lives lost that should still be here with us today.

We stand with you. Not just while it’s trending – forever. We will speak up for you on the streets, in our workplaces, in our homes. Black lives have always mattered. Black lives will always matter.

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Donate via Adsense

The creators of these videos have pledged to donate 100% of their Adsense profits to Black Lives Matter charities and organisations such as the Brooklyn Bail Fund, Minnesota Freedom Fund, Black Lives Matter Movement & Cause amongst others.

This Twitter thread also links a whole bunch of videos that allow you to donate via Adsense.

A few rules to make sure your views count…

  1. Don’t watch it on repeat
  2. Don’t watch it in a playlist
  3. Don’t fast forward or skip
  4. Don’t skip the ads
  5. Watch with at least 480px and half the volume (you can mute the tab, or plug your headphones in if you need to)
  6. After watching the video, watch 3-5 other videos then search for the video you want to watch again (e.g. type in ‘Stream to donate Zoe Amira’). The length of the other videos you watch don’t matter, but try to watch different ones.
  7. Don’t click on the video from your watch history
  8. Don’t clear your watch history and search history

Edit: A couple of the videos we uploaded have since been taken down by Youtube for violating Google monetisation guidelines, however Youtube has pledged to make the donation themselves!

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Petitions you can sign

Resource: BlackLivesMatter

If you don’t live in America, the suggested postal codes you can use to sign the petitions are:

90015: LA, California

10001: NYC, New York

75001: Dallas, Texas

(Don’t donate to Change.org, the money goes to the website, not the cause itself!)

Update: the remaining 3 officers involved have now been charged with aiding and abetting murder, and Derek Chauvin’s murder chargers have been increased to second-degree murder

Click here for more petitions

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Educate yourself

Watch

Listen to podcasts

  • 1619 (New York Times)
  • About Race
  • Code Switch (NPR)
  • Intersectionality Matters!
  • Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
  • Pod for the Cause (from the Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)
  • Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)
  • The Combahee River Collective Statement
  • How to Survive the End of the World

Read

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For our Australian friends…

Australia is not as far removed from what’s happening across the globe as some people would care to admit. So we’ve listed articles, books, videos and documentaries that detail Australia’s violent history against its own First Nations People and discuss what it’s like living in Australia as an Aboriginal person.

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This post has been compiled with the help of information from social media, online resources, and suggestions from our friends. It is by no means an exhaustive list, so if there’s anything you’d like us to add, please let us know and we will update our list or make a follow-up post.

#BlackLivesMatter

nishandngoc

24 thoughts on “#BlackLivesMatter: How to Help If You Have No Funds

  1. Wow, what a fabulous post. Thank you for sharing these so that I can still be supportive despite not being able to donate financially. Also, it’s great that you included Australia’s history of this. It’s an issue faced everywhere and past time people start really speaking up.

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    1. You’re very welcome, this is exactly where we were coming from as well! It was actually pretty hard finding good, accurate resources and own voices books about Australia’s history which is pretty disappointing! But hopefully this is a start, and we’re for sure going to be making our way through this list ourselves!

      💜 Nish and Ngoc

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    1. We felt kind of helpless tbh because we’re not in a position to donate large sums of money to charities & organisations at the moment, and we thought a lot of people probably feel the same way!

      Hope you found this useful! 💜

      – Nish and Ngoc

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    1. We’re so glad to hear that you’re finding the resources useful! We really wanted to remind everyone that Black lives matter everywhere, not just in the US. Yes! It’s such an eye-opening & emotional TED talk 😔

      Take care, Carly! 💚💚💚

      – Nish and Ngoc

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