In the past week since the horrific death of George Floyd, we have watched our friends and neighbors take to the streets in pain and protest. And we want to be perfectly clear for all our readers and supporters: we stand with #BlackLivesMatter.
We are aware that some in the music industry are calling for an industry blackout on June 2; however, we won’t be posting nothing—we feel we have a duty and responsibility to use this time to amplify the work and voices of Black artists, musicians and communities.
Our editorial team has worked over the years to improve and diversify our coverage. We have implemented strict policies to not provide coverage to artists with a history of racism. But we know we can do better. We care deeply for our community of readers, and if we haven’t done our job, we want you to call us out.
Via our social media pages, we will continue to share ways you can support anti-racist causes, but our support for anti-racism will not end with this post. That is our promise to you.
Here are some recommended places to donate and find out more information:
Act Blue has compiled a number of funds worth supporting, including NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Reclaim the Block, Campaign Zero, and Black Lives Matter Global Network. You can evenly split your donation between some or all of the funds listed.
Also, here is another link with the option to donate to up to 38 bail funds nationwide, to help support individuals that are unable to afford bail.
Here is a page that offers resources for protesters, including legal representation, ways to detect undercover police, safety, first-aid and other tips.
Contact your representatives about ending police militarization; here’s a resource to help find contact information for local reps.
Support local mutual aid organizations; here’s a way to find out what’s near you.
Educate yourself and read more on anti-racism. Here’s a list of books recommended by Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be An Antiracist.