We at Indy Maven stand in solidarity with Black people. We know many in our community are hurting right now and join them in the fight for real, substantive change. We stand with you, we hear you, and we are here for you.
To that end, we have put together a local resource guide covering local organizations to follow and support, lists of books to read, and places you can donate money if you can. We will continue to add to this story and we’d love to hear from you if you have people, places, books, and organizations you think we should shine a light on.
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- Indy Maven Editorial Board member Manon Voice’s powerful “Dear Black Man: Loving You Is My Revolution”.
- Indy Maven Editorial Board member Emily Masengale compiled a very helpful reading list for white people who would like to educate themselves about race in America.
- Wise words from local activist Tatjana Rebelle.
- Buzzfeed also put together a comprehensive guide to books and essays essential to fighting racism.
- Looking for books that will help foster discussions with your children about race and what it means to be anti-racists. Here’s a great roundup.
- If you did not attend the protests last weekend, check out these powerful images by Adam Ramsey. One of his photos is used at the top of this post.
- PATTERN just launched a new Black Lives Series as part of their digital magazine. The initial round of stories include opinions and interviews about what it takes to be a good ally. Check out the first one here.
- This Vox article about how to be a good white ally, according to activists, is also incredibly informative. Remember a social post can be lovely, but it must be backed up with real IRL action to have meaning.
- Additionally, here’s a really long list of anti-racism resources for white people.
- These 12 documentaries about racism and police brutality.
- Indy’s Child has a list of 40 books to help you talk to your kids about racism.
If you have the means to do so, there are many causes worthy of your dollars.
- Indy10 Black Lives Matter. Donate here.
- The Bail Project—Indianapolis. Donate here.
- KHEPRW Institute. Donate here.
- No Questions Asked Food Pantry. Donate here.
Along with direct donations to activist organizations, here are other ways to show support in our community.
- Black-owned businesses directory via indyblackowned.com
- Black women-owned wellness businesses via The Indianapolis Recorder
- Black-owned food businesses via Eat Here Indy
- Black-owned bars and restaurants via Joshua Bryer.
- Black-owned gyms and fitness businesses via Be Well Indy
Events, vigils, and protests continue across the city if you’d like to participate. We also recommend following organizations like Indy10 Black Lives Matter and Indy SURJ on social media for the latest information.
- June 5 and ongoing: Justice for Dreasjon Reed Phone and Email Campaign
- June 5: Chalking in Remembrance of Dreasjon Reed
- June 6: Sit-In Against Racial Injustice
- Multiple Dates: What You Can Do: A Two-Part Interactive Series on Anti-Racism
Photo by Adam Ramsey
This post may be updated as new information becomes available.