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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 you have, your platform on social media matters. Some of your followers may only be exposed to this conversation through your account. Post and repost content that informs your followers, provides them with resources, and educates them on matters of white privilege, systemic racism, and police brutality. However, be careful with this one. Make sure your activism is more than just performative. Remember that posting on social media is only the first step to supporting this movement. If you choose to show your solidarity on social media, make sure you truly believe the content you are sharing.

  • Here are some accounts to follow on Instagram:

  • @blklivesmatter

  • @colorofchange

  • @naacp

  • @showingupforracialjustice

  • @civilrightsorg

  • @reclaimtheblock

  • @ethelsclub

  • @unitedwedream

  • @100daysofactivism

  • You can also direct message Oregon Representatives on Instagram

  • @ronwyden

  • @senjeffmerkley

  • @repgregwalden

  • @repblumenauer

  • @repbonamici

  • @defazio4oregon

5. SUPPORT BLACK CREATORS AND BUSINESSES

Supporting black-owned businesses and black creators, you’re directly and sustainably supporting the black community and those who have been disproportionately affected by police brutality and systemic racism. In addition, many of these businesses have been hit hard due to the coronavirus pandemic.

6. SIGN PETITIONS

7. DONATE

  • If you have no money to donate, you can stream these youtube videos to donate. 100% of the AdSense from the videos go directly supporting the BLM movement. When watching/streaming these videos, make sure your ad blocker is off and you do not skip any ads.

  • Zoe Amira’s video features Black artists and creators

  • A playlist consisting of videos from creators who have promised that the AdSense revenue will be donated to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

  • Organizations that advocate for the defunding of police, racial justice, and power to black communities.

  • Black Lives Matter

  • “The official #BlackLivesMatter Global Network builds power to bring justice, healing, and freedom to Black people across the globe.”

  • Defund the Police (BLM)

  • A petition (that you can also donate to) started by the official Black Lives Matter Global Network that calls for a national defunding of police.

  • Reclaim the Block

  • Reclaim the Block organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety.

  • NAACP Legal Defense Fund

  • A non profit legal organization fighting for racial justice through litigation, advocacy, and public education.

  • Black Visions Collective

  • An organization based in Minnesota that is committed to a long term vision in which ALL Black lives not only matter, but are able to thrive.

  • The Marshall Project

  • The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system.

  • Campaign Zero

  • The comprehensive platform of research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in America.

  • Advancement Project

  • Advancement Project reinforces and grows the capacity of today's grassroots activists and the local organizers fighting to build power for communities of color

  • A list of other worth organizations from Reclaim the Block

  • Justice for those who were killed

  • There are thousands of Black Americans that have lost their lives due to police violence. This is only the beginning of the long, long list. However, it is a start.

  • Ahmaud Arbery

  • I Run With Maud (go fund me)

  • George Floyd

  • Memorial Fund (go fund me)

  • Breonna Taylor

  • Justice for Breonna Taylor (go fund me)

  • Protest Bail Funds

  • PDX Protest Bail Fund

  • Don’t know which cause to donate to?

  • Split your donation between 70+ community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organizers

8. EDUCATE YOURSELF

Activism does not just entail petitions, donations, and protests. In order to truly combat the injustices in America, we must educate ourselves to fight against ignorance. Especially as students, we should always strive to listen and learn to make the world a better place. These lists are not even close to comprehensive, there are so many great resources on the internet. Do your own research and find articles, Netflix series, documentaries, podcasts, books, etc. that interest you!