Spreading the word and supporting the people working to reimagine public safety are great ways to help, but this movement becomes stronger when you add your voice.
Here are some ways to show your support, further the conversation, advocate for change in your community, and learn from activities and organizations dedicated to this movement.
Show Your Support
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Educate Your Friends, Family, and Followers
Change starts with conversation. Here are some resources to help you start (and continue) the conversation with your friends, family and network as it's the first step of many in building a safer and more equitable future rooted in community, not the police.
Call on Me, Not the Cops
18 Million Rising is an organization that brings Asian American communities together online and offline to reimagine Asian American identity with nuance, specificity, and power. They put together a letter to help families understand why they must stop calling the police, and begin seeking alternative forms of safety. Browse the letter on their site, available in 13 languages.
Letters for Black Lives Conversation Guides
Letters for Black Lives is a set of crowdsourced, multilingual, and culturally-aware resources aimed at creating a space for open and honest conversations about racial justice, police violence, and anti-Blackness in our families and communities. In addition to their letters, which have been translated to over 50 languages, Letter for Black Lives created a supplemental conversation guide. Read the Talk Point guide here for additional tips and advice.
Continue to Learn
As activists and advocates, we must continue to grow ourselves and recognize the work of those that came before us. To learn even more about the dangers of over-policing, how to change the role of police in your community, and where the movement is going next, we recommend reading these toolkits:
The Policing Campaign Toolkit
The Policing Campaign, a project of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund, has a site dedicated “to help activists, organizations, and communities identify and act on solutions to change policing for the better in their own communities.” Browse the site and download their toolkit.
The Interrupting Criminalization Initiative
This member of the Movement for Black Lives, has toolkits explaining “#DefundThePolice” in-depth and what comes after to create real safety for communities. Both, as well as many other resources, can be downloaded from their site.
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