Black Lives Matter: Action Items and Resources

In light of racial injustices that have resurfaced in the media and have propelled the Black Lives Matter movement and protests across the country forward, we believe it is necessary to act in any way that we can.

Us students have compiled a list of resources and ways that members of the Saint Mary’s community, specifically non-Black folks, can use our privilege to get involved and be active in whatever capacity is accessible to us. This is by no means a complete list or a solution to the problem, and we hope that students, staff, and faculty take actions to address current situations, as well as engage in a long-term commitment to social justice and anti-racism. 


Nationwide Bail Fund

Chicago Community Bond Fund

Brooklyn Community Bail Fund

Montgomery Bail Out

Louisville Community Bail Fund

Support Protesters in Salt Lake City

Rebuilding Oakland Black Businesses

Justice for Breonna Taylor (GoFundMe)

Fund for Gianna Floyd (George Floyd’s daughter)

Gas Mask Fund 




Black Lives Matter

Black Visions Collective

Reclaim the Block

The Movement for Black Lives

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

The Bail Project

The 4Front Project

People’s Breakfast:

Anti-Police Terror Project:

Tenants together: 

Just Cause/Causa Justa:

Black Organizing Project:

East Oakland Collective

Raised Roots venmo: @ jamil-burns

The Black Bay Area


Sign Petitions:

Justice for George Floyd

Justice for Breonna Taylor

Justice for Ahmaud Arbery-Disbarment of George E. Barnhill

Justice for Ahmaud Arbery-Pass Georgia Hate Crime Bill

Justice for Miles Hall

Defund Minneapolis Police Department 

Hands Up Act

Abolish Prison Labor in the USA

Mandatory Life Sentence for Police Brutality

More Petitions

Federally Require IAT and Psychological Screening for Police Officer Employment





Text, Call, or Email

Text "JUSTICE" to 668366

Text "FLOYD" to 55156

Text "ENOUGH" to 55156

Text “DEMANDS” to 55156

Text “Defend” to 90975 for Updates 

Text “YWBDTO” to 504098 Can't-Wait: Check which policies your city has enacted to decrease police violence. Contact your mayor or sheriff to let them know which policies need to decrease the risk of police violence in your city. 

Defund12: Email government officials demanding that they reallocate police budgets to social services, education, and dismantling racial inequality.








Resources for Protestors:

Phone Numbers To Call For Unlawful Arrests In Protesting Areas:

310-313-3700 - LA

210- 227-1515 - SATX

804-291-8520 - Richmond VA

783-346-6322 - NY

612-444-2654 - Minneapolis

404-689-1519 - ATL

484-758-0388 - Philadelphia

502-705-0081 - Louisville

919-769-2087 - Raleigh NC

210-858-7997 - San Antonio

Post with Pro-Bono Lawyers

Tips for Riot Control Agents, or Teargas

First Aid Tips

How to Sign to Deaf People or People Hard of Hearing at Protests

What to Wear:

  • Face Masks: Can be used to protect from COVID-19 as well as maintain anonymity. Bring a spare in case you are sprayed with pepper spray or teargas and need to change. 

  • Comfortable Shoes

  • Eye Protection: Wear eye protection that does not shatter, such as ski goggles, swim goggles, or sunglasses. These will protect you from any harmful substances such as pepper spray or tear gas, and will conceal your identity. 

Tools to Bring:

  • Water

  • Rubber or Nitrile

  • Gloves

  • Bandana

  • Extra Mask

  • Hat or helmet

  • Duct tape: Is sterile and can be used for multiple purposes, such as fixing a shoe or immobilizing a broken bone 

  • Gauze: To stop bleeding/absorb liquid

  • Cold Packs

  • Burn dressings

  • Menstrual pads: To stop bleeding/absorb liquids

  • Candy: For blood sugar

  • Bandaids

  • Garbage Bags: To store extra clothes or store clothes that have come into contact with pepper spray or teargas

  • Extra Clothing: In case of being sprayed with pepper spray or teargas, or needing to change your appearance if you are identified 

  • Sharpies

  • Snacks

  • Medications: Such as inhalers, EpiPens, etc. 

First-Aid Recipes:

  • Liquid Antacid + Water

    • 1:1 liquid magnesia to water. Can be used to saturate a bandana and held to eyes to treat exposure to teargas and pepper spray. 

  • Dish Soap + Water

    • 1:3 parts soap to water. Can be used to treat exposure to pepper spray by applying to the affected area for 15 seconds, gently rubbing a soaked cloth to remove, and repeating. 

  • Milk

    • Fill a spray bottle with milk to alleviate the sting of pepper spray

  • Tear gas:

    • Tear gas is a fine dust that will settle on your hair, skin, and eyes, and reacts with moisture to cause a burning sensation. The effects of tear gas may persist for hours after exposure. If you are exposed to tear gas leave the area immediately, cover your eyes and nose, and try not to breathe until you are far away. Skin and clothing exposed to tear gas should be washed thoroughly with soap and cold water. 

  • Minor cuts:

    • Clean cuts as thoroughly as possible and apply direct pressure to the wound for 5-10 minutes

  • Broken Limbs:

    • If a limb is broken or fractured, call for medical help immediately. If medical help is not available, make a splint by placing a firm backing behind the limb and wrapping it with a bandage or cloth. Move the person to safety and get medical help. 

  • If a Person is Unconscious:

    • Do not attempt to move them. Seek professional medical help immediately. 

Digital Protection:

  • Disable Face ID or Touch ID fingerprint unlock

  • Use a 6+ digit passcode or alphanumeric code 

  • Do not consent to searches of your devices

  • Do not unlock your phone for police 

  • Turn off GPS, NFC, Bluetooth, and any location services

Additional Tips:

  • If you get arrested, DON’T SPEAK. Only state that you have the right to remain silent, and the right to an attorney. Remember, “Anything you say CAN and WILL be used against you.”

  • Leave all identifying information, such as Driver’s License, Credit and Debit cards, etc. at home. Bring cash instead.

  • Write important phone numbers on parts of your body that can be covered in permanent ink. Carry a few loose bills with you to make a phone call in the case of an arrest. 

How to minimize COVID-19 Transmission During Protests:

  • Things to pack before the protest:

    • Hand sanitizer 

    • Extra masks

    • Snack and water bottle

    • Disposable bags to store used masks and other potentially contaminated items

  • If you are able to do so prepare a bleach solution to disinfect surfaces you touch when you return home

  • During the protest:

    • Wear mask and/or face shield and eye protection

    • Physical distance (6+ feet) when possible

    • Do not touch your face

    • Frequently apply hand sanitizer

    • Do not shake hands or hug

    • Drink water to stay hydrated

  • After the protest

    • Wash your hands

    • Remove clothes and wash them immediately (or ASAP)

    • Self-quarantine for 2 weeks (if possible)

    • Get COVID-19 testing 5-7 days after protest (if available)


Mental Health Resources for the Black Community: 

Therapy for Black Girls:


Sista Afya:

Inclusive Therapists:

Dive in Well:

The Nap Ministry

The Siwe Project 

Dr. Jennifer Mullan:

Black Female Therapists: Application for Free Therapy Service

The Love Land Foundation

Twitter thread of mental health resources







Black Revolutionary Texts Google Drive with Full Texts

List of books to read

The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale free eBook

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo 

How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Divided Sisters by Midge Wilson and Kathy Russell

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery 

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou 

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou (Poem)

Fatal Invention by Dorothy Roberts

Locking Up Our Own by James Forman 

The Miner’s Canary by Lani Guiner and Gerald Torres

The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women in America by Melissa Harris-Perry


“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh 

RACE-The Power of an Illusion

SMC Library Resources: 

Obama Foundation: (many great resources on website)

How To Support The Struggle Against Police Brutality:

Films and Shows:

13th directed by Ava DuVernay 

American Son (Netflix)

Dear White People (Netflix)

If Beale St Could Talk (Hulu)

King in the Wilderness (HBO)

See You Yesterday (Netflix)

The Hate You Give (Cinemax)

When They See Us (Netflix)

I Am Not Your Negro (A James Baldwin Documentary)

The Protests in Minneapolis, Louisville, and Washington DC by Vice (on Youtube)

New York Protesters Won’t Be Silenced By Curfew by Vice (on Youtube)

Social Media Accounts



































8 BLACK Ivy League Students Explain WHY BLACK LIVES MATTER! by Domonique Cynthia 

why black people are angry and tired. by Vee Kativhu

10 books you MUST read to learn about racism || black lives matter. by Vee Kativhu


hey, girl

Therapy for Black Girls


About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Intersectionality Matters by Kimberle Crenshaw

Pod For The Cause from the Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights 

How to Navigate Difficult Conversations

If someone says, “Looting and property damage are not excusable”...

We suggest responding with, “While I understand that it is unfortunate that some small businesses have been affected and there are some people who take advantage of protests with other motives, this does not define the Black Lives Matter movement. The purpose of protests is to denounce the killings and loss of Black lives, and this should be our focus. Much of the looting and property destruction taking place does not always come from members of the Black community, and many Black community organizers have called for peaceful protests. Still, it is not our place to regulate/comment/judge how the Black community should mourn their loss or express their pain and frustration. Material goods can be replaced, but Black lives can not. By focusing on the loss of material goods rather than the loss of Black lives, we are reinforcing the idea that Black lives do not matter.” 


If someone says, “Not all cops are bad”....

We suggest responding with, “I understand that there are individual police officers who are good people and are not blatantly racist. However, when we talk about police violence it refers to a systemic issue that requires structural change rather than an individual one. Black people are more likely to be arrested for drug violations, but drug use does not differ significantly between race and ethnicity. In addition, Black drivers are more likely to be stopped by police, and far more likely to be searched and arrested than white drivers. This is not because Black people are more likely to commit crimes, but because of racial profiling that is based on racist stereotypes that Black people are inherently more dangerous because of their skin. While not all individual cops are bad people, they are all part of a police force that employs racial profiling that leads to higher rates of arrests, inprisonment, and killings of the Black community.”

History of police departments in the USA!

The police hasn’t always been a part of society as we know it. Going all the way back to the 17th century that empowered all white people to catch slaves. But I think it's too simple to say that policing only evolved from slave patrols. Police really evolved around a lot - what I would call labor control. And so in the South, that was controlling slaves. But in the North, that actually had to do with controlling any inconvenient population, especially labor. And so the institution of policing is very much connected to the enactment of violence against strikers and union-breaking.


If someone says, “All Lives Matter”...

We suggest responding with, “The Black community has been affected by racism and police brutality far more than any other community in the United States. Police have brutalized and killed Black people without any justification and without any consequences. The violence inflicted upon the Black community and lack of accountability and justice has demonstrated that Black lives do not matter within the criminal justice system, which is why we are emphasizing that Black lives do matter. This is not to say that any other lives do not matter and does not take away from other marginalized groups, but simply saying that the lives of Black people matter and are valuable just as much as anyone else’s.”


If someone says, “more white people are killed by cops than black people”

There are over 6X more white people in America than black people which means the numbers might be numerically more significant but black people are actually killed at a four times higher rate. Also, white people are significantly more likely to commit violent crimes as compared to black people who mostly go to prison for non-violent offences. Since 1982, 54% of mass shootings have been committed by Non-Hispanic white men.


If someone says, “what about black on black crime”

People don’t kill each other because they are the same race and almost all murders stay within their race while committing crimes. So this means most white people, barring racially motivated crime, are more likely to attack other white people. Have you heard anyone say white on white crime?


If someone says, “blue lives matter”

You can stop being a cop but you cannot stop being a black person. Getting hurt on the job is an occupational hazard but being killed simply because you’re black should not be an existential hazard. Also, about 38 police officers were killed in line of duty in the entire year of 2019 which followed no recognizable pattern of violence.


If someone says, “I’m tired of looking on social media. I wish things would go back to normal”....

We suggest responding with, “While it is normal to want things to go back to normal during a time of violence and unrest, keep in mind that what was ‘normal’ was a society that was satisfied with ignoring racial injustices and systemic oppression. Having to educate yourself about racism and view posts on social media instead of experiencing racism firsthand is a great privilege that the Black community does not have. Black people in America never had the privilege of things being ‘normal’ and ignoring racism because they are confronted by it in their daily lives. While it is always important to maintain your mental health, your discomfort is not as severe as experiencing police brutality, and we must prioritize the mental health of Black people who are mourning a loss and experiencing trauma right now.”


If someone says, “George Floyd committed felonies. He shouldn’t be celebrated as a hero”... 

We suggest responding with, “The police were not called on George Floyd for his past felonies, but rather a counterfeit $20 bill. Floyd’s past does not justify being stripped of his human right to dignity and respect. It does not justify a police officer choking him to death, especially if his death had nothing to do with this past. Even murderers have the right to a fair trial and are innocent until proven guilty. The outrage and protests are in response to something bigger than George Floyd as an individual. The protests do not demand justice for a particular model citizen, but rather for the countless Black lives that have been lost at the hands of police. George Floyd’s death underscores the issues of systemic racism and police brutality, while his name and image is now tied to the work of those fighting for a more equitable and just world for Black people.”

Twitter thread that provides helpful frameworks to have conversations around race/privilege with family/friends from various standpoints:

Unlearn and Reflect

Some questions you can ask yourself and of others:

  • What are some messages I have been told about Black people? How do they portray Black people?

  • Are Black people represented in the shows and movies I watch, books I read, news stories I consume, etc.? How are they represented?

  • Did my education include history about Black people and civil rights movements? Was I required to read books written by Black authors or including Black characters? How were Black people portrayed?

  • Are Black people represented at my workplace, school, and other communities I am a part of? What positions do they hold?

  • What aspects of the culture I consume are part of or taken from Black culture? Which fashion and music trends exploit Black culture?

  • What are my perceptions of beauty standards? Do they exclude Afrocentric features, or do they exoticize them? Why?

  • How can I surround myself with more positive representations of Black people? How can I use my privilege to support and uplift Black voices?

Support Black-Owned Businesses

Black-owned restaurants in the Bay Area 

Black-owned vegan businesses

On Instagram:

  • @purhomeclean (Safe cleaners and detergent)

  • @voodooveganfood (Plant based creole and cajun food in Los Angeles)

  • @cypresssoleilnaturals (Botanical Apothecary)

  • @veltreevegan (Soulful Vegan Cuisine in North Carolina)

  • @thezensucculent (Plant/gift shop in North Carolina)

  • @thehootallnatural (All Natural Purpose Cleaner)

  • @plantvessel (Home and Garden, Pottery and Plants)

  • @UrbanSerenite (Clean Beauty and Wellness Apothecary)

  • @nattygarden (Brooklyn based garden store)

  • (Flower decor based in LA)

  • @nun_jewelry (jewelry) 

  • @nakedclayceramics (Minimal style ceramic tableware)

  • @greyremedyco (Handcrafted ceramics)

  • @honeydippedessentials (Beauty, Cosmetics, and Personal Care)

  • @wildfang_home (Home decor)

  • @aliyawanek (fashion)

  • @thegracemade (fashion)

  • @unoeth (fashion)

  • @cocoacentric (fashion)

  • @zandrabeauty (vegan/plant based products for the body/face)

  • @blkandgrn (non-toxic marketplace)

  • @bladeandbloom (100% natural skincare and wellness for all skins)

  • @twodaysoffclothing (fashion)

  • @galeriela (fashion)

  • @gethyperskin (beauty)

  • @hanahana_beauty (beauty)

  • @golde (beauty)

  • @actualfootageofme (art)

  • @adeledesigns (art)

  • @monicahanonu (art)

Black Owned Book Shops:

  • Brave and Kind Books (GA) (

  • Semicolon (Chicago, IL) (

  • Brain Lair Books (South Bend, IN) (

  • Afriware Books (Maywood, IL) (

  • Detroit Book City (Detroit, MI) (

  • Mahogany Books (Washington, DC) (

  • Uncle Bobbie’s (Philadelphia, PE) (

  • Hakim’s Bookstore (Philadelphia, PE) (

  • Harriott’s Bookshop (Philadelphia, PE) (

  • Ashay By the Bay (Vallejo, CA) (

  • Eso Won Books (Los Angeles, CA) (

  • The Lit Bar (Bronx, NY) (

  • Cafe con Libros (Brooklyn, NY) (

  • Frugal Bookstore (Roxbury, MA) (