At PlayNetwork we condemn racial injustice, bigotry, and discrimination in all forms. We support Black Communities. We encourage everyone to listen and learn from those who are suffering. We believe that together we can conquer hate.
In a recent interview, Stacey Abrams described the events of the past week as what happens when people are desperate for “their pain to be validated” and that, before all else, “we have to start by saying what you feel and what you fear is real.” For centuries, protest songs have been a powerful expression of those feelings and fears, calling our attention to societal injustices.
The PlayNetwork music team has collaborated on a playlist of protest songs and compiled a list of resources below that can help you get involved.
- Black Lives Matter is leading the Movement to fight for freedom, liberation, and justice.
- The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund is the country’s top legal firm fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, it seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve justice for all. It also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle.
- The Bail Project is a national nonprofit organization that pays bail for people in need, reuniting families and restoring the presumption of innocence. In fighting mass incarceration, they aim to secure freedom for as many people as possible and ensure equal justice for all. They also work to address the impact of COVID-19 on incarcerated populations.
- Locally in Seattle/King County, the Black Lives Matter Freedom Fund goes to the immediate release of people protesting the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Manuel Ellis (May 2020). Any remaining funds will continue to be used for future bailout efforts as an ongoing community bail fund project. Additionally, the Northwest Community Bail Fund supports bail for marginalized people unable to pay in King and Snohomish Counties.
- The ACLU works to ensure the rights and privileges provided by the Constitution are available for all while expanding the reach of its guarantees.
This is a helpful resource to check you’re registered to vote and learn about the candidates and issues you can impact by doing so.
You’re Not Alone:
This is a post highlighting 7 virtual mental health resources supporting Black people right now.