Force for Change: More Information about How to Help
Updated: Jun 28
Ways to learn, listen, educate, and act.
We've muted our usual blogging, as part of a national effort to bring the most important issues to the forefront. Our brand mission is around transparency and knowledge. It is only through understanding and self-education, that we can make clear commitments and help others, help ourselves, and collectively do better.
With this in mind, we've compiled a list of resources that we've found helpful in furthering both our individual efforts and brand impact. Even a start-up or individual with limited resources can make a difference, together. Please find below a list of ways that you can help, through education, understanding, conversation, peaceful protesting and donation.
This is just a start. Please send us anything that you've found helpful, and we will continue to update this post.
The Owl's Brew Team
D O N A T E
A small selection of the many incredible organizations that we can support. This Google Doc is a good resource as well. We've also included some additional organizations on our Instagram feed.
Campaign Zero calls on local, state and federal lawmakers to take immediate action to adopt solutions to end violence and hold police accountable. Their current initiative #8CantWait, calls for action with 8 policies that could decrease police violence by 72%.
Unicorn Riot is a non-profit independent media organization of artists and journalists. Their work is dedicated to exposing root causes of dynamic social and environmental issues through amplifying stories and exploring sustainable alternatives in today’s globalized world. Their journalists have been on the ground highlighting the stories emerging at the protests.
Black Lives Matter Global Network
#BlackLivesMatter was founded in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter works throughout the US, UK, and Canada, with a mission to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race. They have been at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter movement. You can Donate here, and/or sign their petition for justice for George Floyd here.
The Bail Project is a National revolving bail fund, designed to prevent incarceration and combat racial and economic disparities in the bail system.
There are many additional ways you can contribute to Bail Funds as well. The Google Doc (shared above), includes links by state for local donations.
S I G N P E T I T I O N S
V O T E
Local elections are how we create this wave of change together. Register and vote.
Rock The Vote is a great resource to find upcoming elections in your state, and information on registration.
L I S T E N, R E A D, W A T C H, E D U C A T E
The 1619 Project by The New York Times
This is an ongoing project from the NY Times Magazine that began on the 400th anniversary of the beginning of slavery in America. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative. e.
The Daily, The Systems that Protect the Police
The Minneapolis police officer whose tactics led to George Floyd’s death had a long record of complaints against him. So why was he still on patrol? Listen here
A summation of a very complex history, and the systemic impact of zoning, budgets and education.
Black parents explain to their children how to deal with police encounters.
Trevor Noah comments on George Floyd, the Minneapolis Police and Amy Cooper (and COVID-19) in what he refers to as a domino effect.
Emmanual started a new series called "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man", where he addresses white people and asks that they let their guard down and listen as he answers questions to educate about race and white privilege, and how to help.
S U P P O R T B L A C K O W N E D B U S I N E S S E S
Start now, don't stop.
The Female Founder Collective put together a Black women-owned business directory of brands that we can start supporting now.
Conde Nast Traveler compiled lists of Black Owned Restaurants in America to support (by City). Especially during the current pandemic, restaurants could use all the support you are able to give. In other words, put your money where you mouth is.
New York Mag put together a list of 77 Black-Owned Businesses to Support across Beauty, Fitness, Books, Clothing, Food & Drink, Home Decor & more.
Refinery29 put together a list of 8 different apps & websites that you can use to find Black-owned businesses to support in your area. Find & Support Black-Owned Businesses With These Apps & Websites.
For our fellow New Yorkers, The Infatuation's list of NYC's Black Owned Restaurants by borough.