We at TTB feel it is a responsibility to declare our stand with Black Lives Matter.
We BEAR WITNESS to the (most) recent senseless tragedies – George Floyd, Tony McDade – against a backdrop of intergenerational pain and loss —
We BEAR WITNESS to the continuation of these systemic injustices, following only weeks thereafter Nina Pop and Breonna Taylor –
We echo the call upon our queer community at large to protect and uplift our trans and gender diverse siblings of color.
From the riots in 1969 to those at the helm of creating change today,
take a moment to acknowledge and honor all of the BRILLIANT and BOLD trans/queer BIPOC who have fueled, and continue to fuel, our progress.
We call upon our sisters, brothers and siblings spanning across our collective, interconnected communities, to
PRACTICE empathy, and
Below are resources on how you can show up NOW, while we continue to persevere in this fight, led by QTPOC. While we push for change, people have to cope – NOW. People have to survive – NOW.
Donate, educate yourself, take an active role in change, and stay safe. All of these resources can and should be promoted. Contribute to this list. Let us know about other QTPOC/BIPOC guides to uplift.
AND SAY THEIR NAMES.
Dustin Parker, Neulisa Luciano Ruiz, Yampi Méndez Arocho, Monika Diamond, Lexi, Johanna Metzger, Serena Angelique Velázquez Ramos, Layla Pelaez Sánchez, Penélope Díaz Ramírez, Nina Pop, Helle Jae O’Regan, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade. Resources
Official Black Lives Matter site https://blacklivesmatter.com
A huge list of resources, mostly mental health resources, geared towards black individuals. https://www.blackgirlssmile.org/resources
Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. https://therapyforblackgirls.com/
Therapy for Queer People of Color is a mental health network based in Atlanta, Georgia. Our goal is to increase access to quality and inclusive mental healthcare for queer and trans folks of color through empowerment & education. https://therapyforqpoc.com/
TherapyForBlackMen.org is a directory to help men of color in their search for a therapist. https://therapyforblackmen.org/
A collective of advocates, yoga teachers, artists, therapists, lawyers, religious leaders, teachers, psychologists and activists committed to the emotional/mental health and healing of Black communities. https://www.beam.community/whatwebelieve
The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them. https://www.theokraproject.com
Twitter thread on how to help as a non-black individual https://twitter.com/byersfilms/status/1265768645990526988?s=20
Twitter thread of mental health resources for black individuals https://twitter.com/mayarichardsun/status/1265676677549559809?s=20
Twitter thread of Black-Owned businesses to support https://twitter.com/seauxalexia/status/1265349518616297472?s=20
How to donate when you have no money
A Black woman named Zoe Amirahas posted a video on youtube that is a collection of music and art from black artists. 100% of the ad revenue will be distributed to different sources including BLM funds and bails funds.
While watching Do NOT skip ads and turn OFF Ad-block
Watch it in the highest quality you can
Watch with a youtube account NOT as a guest
Watch until the end
Watch it with a volume of more than 50%- do NOT mute it- instead plug in headphones to your device and let it play while you do something else
Do NOT clear your youtube history or click link to rewatch from your history
Do NOT watch it again back to back – watch at least three different videos (only have to watch parts of them not full length) in between viewings so youtube does not mark you as spam
Link to Video: https://youtu.be/bCgLa25fDHM
Places to donate
Do NOT donate to any fundraisers hosted by Shaun King – he has an extensive history of collecting funds for pro-Black movements which have disappeared.
Trans Sistas of Color Project – Detroit Cash App: $LiliannaReyes
Executive Director TSOC; Director of the Youth-Drop in Center at Ruth Ellis Center
Ruth Ellis Center – Detroit https://www.ruthelliscenter.org/
Black Youth Project – Detroit / Black Youth Project 100 https://www.byp100.org/
National The Official George Floyd Memorial Fund https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet
The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home-cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them. The Okra Project https://www.theokraproject.com
Homeless Black Trans Women Fund https://www.gofundme.com/f/homeless-black-trans-women-fund?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet Community Bail Fund- Splits your donation between 39 bail funds https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd
Twitter thread of black women in need of donations/resources https://twitter.com/iconickbeauty/status/1266474715788595200?s=20 Twitter thread of places to donate https://twitter.com/traderjosephina/status/1266244560906104834?s=20
Minnesota Freedom Fund https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/donate
ACLU of Minnesota https://www.aclu-mn.org/en/donate
Petitions to Sign Justice For Tony Mcdade https://www.change.org/p/black-lives-matter-activists-justice-for-tony-mcdade
Black Lives Matter petitions https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/
Raise the Degree http://chng.it/GFSyggZM
Petition to reopen Sandra Bland’s case https://www.change.org/p/texas-governor-i-want-sandra-bland-s-case-reopened?recruiter=952941177&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_abi&utm_term=psf_combo_share_initial&recruited_by_id=05d17980-620a-11e9-b819-ad98d764fe94
Justice For Tamir Rice https://www.change.org/p/department-of-justice-investigate-the-killing-of-tamir-rice?utm_content=cl_sharecopy_5313554_en-US%3Av7&recruited_by_id=00b276b0-a6a2-11ea-92bb-87be045a929f&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_message&utm_term=psf_combo_share_abi&share_bandit_exp=message-5313554-en-US&share_bandit_var=v0
Protest Safety Tips
If you are not black – focus your attention on protecting black individuals and helping those who are injured.
Do NOT cause destruction to property – black protestors will be blamed for this.
Do NOT tell black protestors how to protest- this is NOT for you, you are there as an ally.
Do NOT take and/or share images of people that are protesting
DO document any signs of police brutality that occurs
If you attend the protest with others – set up a safe place to meet if you get separated
Do NOT wear contact lenses – if harmful chemicals get into your contacts it can permanently damage your eyes
Write an emergency contact number somewhere hidden on your body
Wear a mask, hat, sunglasses, or anything that can help disguise yourself.
Wear generic loose fitting clothing.
Cover up identifying birthmarks, tattoos, piercings, etc.
What to Bring: Bring PLENTY of water to drink and that can also be used to wash skin/eyes
Keep a few dollars and loose change in your pockets in case you need to use jail phone or payphone
Extra Menstrual products/insulin/necessary medications in case you are arrested
Tissues/ Wet wipes
Basic First Aid kit
Wood sign- this is stronger than cardboard and can protect you from rubber bullets
Dealing with Tear Gas/Pepper Spray: Avoid wearing oils, lotions, and makeup because they trap chemicals and prolong exposure to them
Blow your nose, spit, and cough as much as you can but try to avoid swallowing
If you do wear contacts and are exposed to pepper spray/tear gas- remove them immediately or have someone else remove them.
They must be removed with clean and uncontaminated fingers.
Make sure to destroy them afterwards
Do NOT rub it in
If exposed – the best thing to use to rinse off your eyes and body is clean bottled water – rinse until you feel better/ as needed
Milk works for pepper spray but NOT for tear gas
Be hesitant when using mixtures with baking soda – you do not know what chemical reaction they may have with the type of tear gas and these mixtures can cause harm to your eyes
Do NOT shower in hot water after exposure- it can reactivate the chemicals in tear gas and pepper spray
Video on how to make a DIY tourniquet https://twitter.com/jasohank/status/1266258202254962689?s=20
Twitter thread on how to treat a bullet wound https://twitter.com/medicaichemist/status/1266261613453041667?s=12
as posted on facebook june 4 2020