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8 Ways Oregon Students Can Support the BLM Movement


The recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor have gained the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement a lot of traction and publicity. Students can have a major role in getting the justice that Floyd, Arbery, Taylor, as well as many other black Americans, deserve. OSV stands in solidarity with those who experience injustice across America and will continue to fight for their justice.

To help with the fight towards justice, we’ve compiled some ways that students can help with the Black Lives Matter movement. We will be updating this list and if you have any other resources, please share it with us through Instagram or by emailing info@oregonstudentvoice.org. However, this is not a comprehensive list, there are so many other ways to support the black community.

In addition, it is important to note that Google and the internet will be your best resource to research this difficult subject. Although asking your black friends for ways to support the movement may seem helpful, it can overwhelm them. It is not the black community's responsibility to teach non-blacks how to be anti racist, how to check white privilege, or how to support the BLM movement. Please respect their mental health and use this list, online resources, and search engines to do your own research.

1. CONTACT LOCAL AND STATE LEADERS TO DEMAND JUSTICE

This is one of the most tangible ways to make change, both locally and for those who have been directly impacted by injustices. This is a great way to support the movement if you can't donate or protest.

  • Call Them

  • Oregon State Representatives

  • Rep. Earl Blumenauer 503-231-2300

  • Rep. Kurt Schrader 503-588-9100

  • Rep. Suzanne Bonamici 503-469-6010

  • Rep. Greg Walden 541-389-4408

  • Rep. Peter DeFazio 541-465-6732

  • Oregon Senators

  • Ron Wyden 503-326-7525

  • Jeff Merkley 503-326-3386

  • Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler

  • Mayor’s Office: 503-823-4120

  • Email Them

  • Portland Commissioners/Mayor

  • Amanda Fritz

  • Chloe Eudaly

  • Ted Wheeler

  • Email Template

  • Demand Justice for George Floyd

  • Text JUSTICE to 668-366

  • Text FLOYD to 551-56

  • Contact the District Attorney and Minneapolis Mayor

  • Minneapolis Mayor’s Office, Jacob Frey: 612-673-2100

  • Minneapolis District Attorney, Mike Freeman: 612-348-5550 and/or email citizeninfo@hennepin.us

  • Minneapolis PD E-Mails:

  • police@minneapolismn.gov

  • minneapolis311@minneapolismn.gov

  • policereview@minneapolismn.gov

  • Internal Affairs Number: 612-673-3074

  • Leave/send a message demanding that the 4 officers, including Derek Chauvin (Badge #1087) and Tou Thao (Badge #7162), be arrested and charged for the murder of George Floyd.

  • Templates

  • Demand Justice for Breonna Taylor

  • Text ENOUGH to 551-56

  • Contact the Louisville Mayor’s office

  • 502-574-2003

  • Mayor’s Office Contact Form

  • Template

2. AMPLIFY BLACK VOICES

This is a movement created by Black people to fight for justice for Black people. If you are not black, take a step back before speaking out and make sure you do not speak out over Black Americans. Instead, amplify their voices by sharing their art, reading their books/poems, and listening to what they’re saying. This movement is not a time for you to prove your “wokeness”, it is a time to unite and fight against the injustices in America. If you are not black, this movement is not a time for you to lead on fighting for them. Take a step back and ensure that you are amplifying, supporting, and uplifting Black voices.

  • Check out Action Item #4: Show Solidarity On Social Media for some accounts to follow on instagram.

3. SHOW UP TO A PROTEST

If you are going out to protest, please stay safe. Please read the information below to maintain your safety and your fellow protesters’ safety.

4. SHOW SOLIDARITY ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media is a huge catalyst to the Black Lives Matter movement. Regardless of how many followers y