Resources to Get Involved

This short compilation of resources is certainly not a comprehensive list, but rather a starting point for those who may not know where to begin.

Watch, Read, and Listen

In the Time of George FloydA List of online resources organized by Angela Weaver, Puget Sound Librarian, and compiled by various departments across the campus: African American Studies, the Race & Pedagogy Institute, Collins Memorial Library, Politics & Government, School of Education, School of Music, and Environmental Policy and Decision-Making.

Justice for All, Injustice for None – Let Me Breathe: Statement by Professor Dexter Gordon, African American Studies and the Race and Pedagogy Institute.

Justice in June: Choose how much time you have each day to become more informed as step one to becoming an active ally to the Black community. On this document are links to learning resources and a schedule of what to do each day.

Talking About Race: A resource from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, including different pathways for educators, parents and community citizens. 

75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice: This article is continually updated to ensure each item is accurate and needed today.

Watch 13TH
Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay's examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country's history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America. This piercing, Oscar-nominated film won Best Documentary at the Emmys, the BAFTAs and the NAACP Image Awards.

Watch Just Mercy 
A powerful and thought-provoking true story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley. One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian, who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.

Program Black Composers

Institute for Composer Diversity (ICD): The Institute for Composer Diversity is committed to the celebration, education, and advocacy of music created by composers from historically underrepresented groups including women, composers of color, LGBTQIA2S+ composers, and disabled composers.

List of Black Composers with one or more scores available at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP). Scores on IMSLP are in the public domain, and thus can be printed, taught, and performed free of charge. This is certainly not a comprehensive list of black composers. 

It is vitally important that music by people of color not in the public domain, including music by living composers, also be taught and programmed to help ensure that these artists are recognized and properly compensated for their work. This compiled list is meant to be a resource for those wishing to quickly access black composers’ scores, as a starting place for diversifying their performing and teaching repertoire.

Donate

Bail Funds: A collection of community resources and bail funds for protesters across the United States.   

Black Lives Matter: #BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. 

Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County: A grassroots, volunteer-run, social-justice nonprofit focused on the empowerment and liberation of Blacks and other people of color through advocacy and direct action. BLM Seattle centers leadership on Black femmes, women, and queer people organizing and taking direct action to dismantle anti-black systems and policies of oppression.

Black Trans Travel Fund: The Black Trans Travel Fund is a mutual-aid project developed in order to help provide Black transgender women with the financial resources needed to be able to self-determine safer alternatives to travel, where women feel less likely to experience verbal harassment or physical harm.

Campaign Zero: Funds donated to Campaign Zero support the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide. 

Color of Change: Progressive nonprofit devoted to civil rights advocacy, leading campaigns to challenge injustice, hold corporate and political leaders accountable, commission game-changing research on systems of inequality, and advance solutions for racial justice that can transform our world.

Equal Justice Initiative (EJI): Founded by Bryan Stevenson, EJI is a nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment, to provide research and recommendations to assist advocates and policymakers in the critically important work of criminal justice reform. 

Innocence Project: Founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law, this organization exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. 

Justice for Big Floyd: Demand justice for the Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd. This website includes ways to take action, sign the petition, and make calls.  

Know Your Rights Camp: Organization with a mission to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund: Nonprofit legal organization devoted to fighting for racial justice.Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): National network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work toward racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. 

The Movement for Black Lives: Created as a space for Black organizations across the country to debate and discuss the current political conditions, and convene organizational leadership in order to co-create a shared movement-wide strategy. 

Register to Vote

Vote.gov: Use your right to vote. Links to individual state Board of Elections websites included.