Feminist Majority Foundation Stands Against Racial Injustice and Police Brutality

The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, Tony McDade, Kayla Moore, Nina Pop, Rekia Boyd, and David McAtee have exposed the ugly truth about systemic racism and anti-Blackness in America. Justice is long past due for the countless Black Americans who have lost their lives to police brutality and white supremacist violence, and we stand in solidarity with those calling for an end to these injustices. We have joined our partners and allies in The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to demand Congress to take the following actions to end police brutality immediately:

  1. Require a federal standard that necessitates police force be used only as a last resort; bans use of force against those who only verbally confront officers or who only pose a danger to themselves; and requires all officers to accurately report all uses of force.
  2. End the use of neck holds, chokeholds, and similar excessive force by the police.
  3. Prohibit racial profiling and require cross-demographic data collection on police-community encounters and law enforcement activities.
  4. Eliminate federal programs that provide military equipment to law enforcement.
  5. Prohibit the use of no-knock warrants, especially for drug searches.
  6. Change legal requirements so prosecutors can successfully hold law enforcement accountable for the deprivation of civil rights and civil liberties.
  7. Develop a national public database of all U.S. police agencies, including: names of officers who have had their licenses revoked due to misconduct involving violence, perjury, falsifying a police report, or planting and destroying evidence; and terminations and complaints against these officers.
  8. End the qualified immunity doctrine which prevents police from being held legally accountable when they break the law.

Many of our supporters, affiliated student organizations, and members have already taken action by donating their money and/or time; protesting in their communities; educating their friends, families, and peers; participating in mutual aid efforts; amplifying Black voices on social media; and writing to elected officials and police department officials to push for legislative and policy change. Below are resources to help you continue (or start) taking action and stay in the fight against racial injustice. We have included racial justice and civil rights organizations who are doing this work everyday, as well as actions you can take right now and ways to further educate yourself on racial justice and allyship.

Donate:

African American Policy Forum (home of #SayHerName)

Black Lives Matter

Black Visions Collective

Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100)

Campaign Zero

Color of Change

Fair Fight

Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Movement for Black Lives

NAACP

NAACP Legal and Education Defense Fund

National Action Network

National Urban League

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation

Unicorn Riot 

Take Action:

Justice for Breonna Taylor petition

Justice for David McAtee petition

Color of Change petition to end police brutality

Justice for Tony McDade petition

How To Support Black Trans People Right Now

Read:

On Being An Ally: Change is Necessary and Painful

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

Why We Need To Call Out Casual Racism

Remember, No One is Coming to Save Us

Justice In June Syllabus

The Lemonade Syllabus

Talking About Race: A Guide from the National Museum of African American History & Culture

Black People Need Stronger White Allies: Here’s How to Be One

A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland DaMaris Hill

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, Jennifer L. Eberhardt

Black is the Body, Emily Bernard

Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine

Eloquent Rage, Brittney C. Cooper

Fatal Invention, Dorothy Roberts

Freedom is a Constant Struggle, Angela Y. Davis

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime, Elizabeth Kai Hinton

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot, Mikki Kendall

How to Be Less Stupid About Race, Crystal Marie Fleming

How We Fight White Supremacy, Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Me and White Supremacy, Layla Saad

One Person, No Vote, Carol Anderson

Raising White Kids, Jennifer Harvey

Redefining Realness, Janet Mock

Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth, Dána-Ain Davis

Sister Outsider, Audre Lorde

So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo

The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison

The Inner Work of Racial Justice, Rhonda V. Magee

The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander

The Racial Healing Handbook, Anneliese A. Singh

The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

Too Heavy A Load: Black Women in Defense of Themselves, Deborah G. White

Well-Read Black Girl, Glory Edim

When and Where I Enter, Paula Giddings

When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, Patrisse Khan-Cullors

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism, Robin DiAngelo

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, Carol Anderson

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge

Watch:

Dr. Robin DiAngelo Discusses White Fragility (YouTube)

Ijeoma Oluo: So You Want To Talk About Race (YouTube)

Let’s Get to the Root of Racial Injustice (YouTube)

13th (Netflix)

When They See Us ( Netflix)

Dear White People (Netflix)If Beale Street Could Talk (Hulu)