Summer Search's Black Lives Matter Series


Black Lives Matter

We believe Black Lives Matter. Summer Search stands together with you in the fight against systemic racism and oppression in this country.

When we, as an organization, began having conversations about race, privilege and power, it wasn't just for us to discuss our strategy or best practices — it was also for moments like this. We knew then that when police brutality occurs, our communities are often hit the hardest, the same can be said for COVID-19, economic collapse, and white supremacy. We intentionally decided that we needed to understand how to move differently as a collective to support our communities that we know are vulnerable and routinely preyed upon.

We're seeing Black folks from around the country mourning, taking action, and trying to heal. At this time, we can’t avert our eyes to the realities that are laid in front of us — we must bear witness. There is no cookie-cutter solution, but there are ways to take action.

Below is a list of ways to contribute to the organizing work that's taking place in our communities, for our causes and resources for deepening our learning. It's important that in this time, we not only check in with each other, but also with ourselves to care for our spirit as we move through this together.

Movement Organizations

Resources for Learning

For Activists


How To Protest Safely During a Pandemic »
How To Protest Safely In The Age of Surveillance »
Protesters' Rights »
Real Talk with Daughters of the Movement »

Understanding Racism:
"How to Cool It" by James Baldwin »
A Timeline of Events That Led to the 2020 Fed Up-Rising »
Black Environmentalists Talk About Climate and Anti-Racism »
Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives (video) »
Brands Have Nothing Real To Say About Racism »
Call It What It Is: Anti-Blackness »
Don't Understand the Protests? The People You're Seeing are Pushed to the Edge »
Forget Looting, Capitalism is the Real Robbery »
How Western Media Would Cover Minneapolis If It Happened In Another Country »
How Women & Minorities are Claiming Their Right to Rage »
Maintaining Professionalism in the Age of Black Death is... A Lot »
One Reason Coronavirus is Hitting Black Americans Hardest (video) »
Pod Save The People (Podcast on Understanding Systemic Racism) »
Stop Sharing Videos of Black Death »
Talking About Race »
The Anger Behind The Protests, Explained in 4 Charts »
The Double Standard of The American Riot »
The History of "Thug" »
The Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List »
What It Means to Be Anti-Racist »
Why is This Happening? »

Police & Criminal Justice:
#DefundThePolice Petition »
Alternatives to Policing Flyers »
Defund the Police — Public Commitment Doc »
I Cover Cops: Here's How to Hold Them Accountable »
Letter to Repeal 50-a »
Raheem — Accessible, Digital Database for Reporting the Police »
Tear Gas Is Way More Dangerous Than Police Let On »
The End of Policing (e-book) » »
Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? »
Who's Left? Prison Abolition »

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