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Resources to support Black Lives and street action safety tips

by | Jun 4, 2020 | Community, Solidarity, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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 humanity,

PRACTICE empathy, and

PRACTICE solidarity.

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.


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

A huge list of resources, mostly mental health resources, geared towards black individuals.

Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.

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. is a directory to help men of color in their search for a therapist.

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.

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.

Twitter thread on how to help as a non-black individual

Twitter thread of mental health resources for black individuals

Twitter thread of Black-Owned businesses to support

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:

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

Black Youth Project – Detroit / Black Youth Project 100

National The Official George Floyd Memorial Fund

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

Homeless Black Trans Women Fund Community Bail Fund- Splits your donation between 39 bail funds

Twitter thread of black women in need of donations/resources Twitter thread of places to donate

Minnesota Freedom Fund

ACLU of Minnesota

Petitions to Sign Justice For Tony Mcdade


Black Lives Matter petitions


Raise the Degree

Petition to reopen Sandra Bland’s case

Justice For Tamir Rice

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
Twitter thread on how to treat a bullet wound

as posted on facebook june 4 2020

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