Say something. Use your platform - whether that be conversations with family and friends, a social media platform, your workplace, marching in the streets – to talk about this! We need to keep the conversations going today, and every day, until there is justice.
Show up to protests. There are protests happening all over the world. If you can, show up. See the next section on staying safe while protesting. Please remember not to share images of people protesting with identifiable features – these photos have previously been used to identify, trace and “disappear” people.
Use your privilege to protect others. This is so important. If you’re white or white-passing, stand at the frontlines. Police and armed forces are much more likely to be violent with people of colour than white folk. Physically protect the Black and Indigenous folk around you.
Sign petitions. Petitions can create change. Here are some petitions you can sign in relation to the #blacklivesmatter movement:
Find more petitions here. See petitions specifically supporting First Nations folk at the Path to Equality.
Demand change from people in positions of power. Write to your local government demanding action. Call out brands and organisations who have stayed silent. Be relentless.
If you’re in the US, demand the establishment of use-of-force policies, transparency, accountability and the end of the militarisation of the police force. In departments with policies that sharply limit when, where and how police officers may use force, shootings and killings by the police are much lower. Get more info here.
Call out inaction. There is no space for inaction. Call out friends, colleagues, brands, influencers, governments. We must ALL be engaged with this work.
Commit to doing anti-racism work. Understand that you need to do work to be actively anti-racist. You need to understand your privilege, your complicity in the system, what racism means, how it affects people of colour, and what ways you can use your power to create change.