• Johanna McFarland

Black Lives Matter

Updated: Jun 3

I haven't posted on my blog for a few months, but I wanted to create a place where I can share important information for people like me who want to gain more knowledge on the Black Lives Matter movement.

Today is #BlackoutTuesday, which means I'm muting my normal life posts but I'm reading, learning, sharing, and listening. So if you're like me and are looking for ways to educate yourself, here are some helpful resources. NOTE: I wrote this on #BlackoutTuesday but I'm updating the resources below everyday.

I'll never know what it's like to be black. To know that one day I could leave my house and just not come back, because I was killed by a police officer. I'll just never know. But I can listen and stand with black people in my community and around the world to help amplify their important voices. No one should be silent anymore. Enough is enough.

Where should you start?

Head to Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram - wherever you get your news. Type in Black Lives Matter. That will bring you to this organization. From there, you can find your local Black Lives Matter chapter. Mine is Black Lives Matter Toronto, Canada's largest chapter. ---> your chapter in Canada may come up with that link.

From there you should have a few hours of content to read through. Share what you've learned on your social media.

From there, you'll uncover even more. Keep going!

What Is the Black Lives Matter movement?

Photo and caption from Black Lives Matter Toronto Instagram.

"The original Black Lives Matter movement was founded by these three wonderful women (L to R): Opal Tometi, Alicia Garza & Patrisse Khan-Cullors. When they decided to take a stand in 2013 and shed light on the racial profiling and immense social injustice that black POC are experiencing, they changed the whole activism game. Visit their website https://blacklivesmatter.com/ for information on these ladies, herstory and the latest updates on BLM."

More Resources (adding as I go!)

Vanity Fair article "Here's why it hurts when people say, 'all lives matter'."

75 things white people can do for racial injustice

Race, Racism, and Equality - Making Black Lives Matter in the Workplace

This link will bring you to People Magazine where they followed George Floyd's brother, Terrence Floyd, to Georges murder scene. Once you finish that, keep scrolling to read about George Floyd's death.

What brands and followers can do better.

Rachel Ricketts - provides online courses and lots of other content! I was recommended Spiritual Activism 101.

Going to check it out and I'll post an update here.

DONATE! Black organizations and anti-racist groups Canadians can support now Fundraiser for Toronto Black Women, Regis Korchinski-Paquet

As you go through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter make sure to FOLLOW the accounts that you find and SHARE their information.

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The source for these is unknown, one of my friends shared it on Facebook. I just found these list really helpful. The lists are from the states, but I'm pretty sure the movies are available in Canada just different platforms. The Hate You Give is on Crave.

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