The 30-Day Justice Plan
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
Because there are important steps each of us can take to learn and to enact change.
Eight minutes and 46 seconds: That’s how long it took an officer of the Minneapolis Police Department to take the life of George Floyd, a cheerful father of two who was a great athlete and loved to dance. What can you do with that amount of time?
While this is not a comprehensive list, we encourage our readers, especially non-Black ones, to use the time you have to take steps toward justice. To start, spend more than eight minutes and 46 seconds a day to be part of this change.
- Read “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” by Peggy McIntosh.
- Sit in the discomfort of confronting your own privilege. Consider not only the privilege you have but how it affects your life.
- Sign the petitions for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery and others.
- Donate to a local bail fund.
- Register to vote or confirm you are already registered.
- Call your senators and urge them to back the Emmett Till Antilynching Act.
- Watch Megan Ming Francis’ “Let’s Get to the Root of Racial Injustice” TEDx Talk.
- Listen to the “Keep the Fight” episode of Pod Save the People.
- Read “Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Ibram X. Kendi.
- Dinner and a movie: Order food from a local Black-owned restaurant and watch Ava DuVernay’s 13th on Netflix.
- Watch Alfre Woodard performing Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech.
- Read “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House,” by Audre Lorde.
- Read “The Bridge Poem,” by Kate Rushin.
- Read The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander, after buying it from a Black-owned bookstore.
- Give your copy of The New Jim Crow to a friend and spend a day reflecting on what you’ve learned.
- Explore and read pieces from History Is a Weapon.
- Donate to the Movement for Black Lives.
- Call your local elected leaders and police chief to advocate for police de-escalation training, if they don’t require it already.
- Watch Britney Cooper’s “The Racial Politics of Time” TED Talk.
- Support Black-owned businesses. Here’s a list of places you can support from afar.
- Donate to the Equal Justice Initiative.
- Dance to music made by Black artists. Here’s a playlist from OZY:
- Read Freedom Is a Constant Struggle, by Angela Davis.
- Buy children’s books featuring diverse characters and donate them to a local school. Here’s one list; you can find many more online.
- Read “The Case for Reparations,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
- Listen to “A Decade of Watching Black People Die” on NPR’s Code Switch podcast.
- Read “Revolutionary Hope: A Conversation Between James Baldwin and Audre Lorde.”
- Send this list to a friend and challenge them to see whether they can devote a small portion of each day for a month to supporting a more just America.