Keep the Momentum: Follow These Activist IG Accounts

Protests against police brutality and systemic racism erupted in every U.S. state and several other countries following George Floyd’s murder on May 25.

Unsurprisingly, the movement’s initial momentum has waned a bit. It’s difficult to maintain awareness and action with a movement of this size, especially as the federal government and other nefarious forces train their eyes on it and try to dissipate demonstrations. Protests have continued in several major cities, and federal agents in Portland have reignited protests, drawing thousands. Even after two months, it’s clear the movement still has legs, evolving from a powerful explosion into a steadily burning fire.

Below are some of the best Instagram accounts to follow to stay in touch and keep your participation going within the movement. Protesting, donating, volunteering, signing petitions, calling politicians—whatever your mode is, it’s important to stay involved.

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On this week’s episode of What Matters, @MysonneNYGeneral joins BLM’s Managing Director Kailee Scales to his liberation work and how the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks, among others, have traumatized the global community and led Mysonne and so many others around the world to take to the streets in peaceful protest. Mysonne also answers questions from our listening audience and talks about his book I Know My Rights: Bill of Rights – a children’s guide to the Bill of Rights. Tune in + subscribe right now on Spotify, Instagram TV, YouTube or Apple Podcasts #WhatMatters #BlackLivesMatter

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When uprisings began across the country in May, so many corporations were quick to declare their support for Black communities. Yet, these were the same companies whose profits are made from the exploitation of Black workers. Corporate giants such as Walmart and McDonald’s profit from racial injustice and inequity. They claim to support Black lives, but their business models function by exploiting Black labor — passing off pennies as ‘living wages’ and pretending to be shocked when COVID-19 sickens those Black people who make up their essential workers. They do this without consequence. Our economy, both past, and present, is dependent on Black servitude, yet we are robbed of wages, healthcare, paid sick time, and so much more. It is grossly hypocritical for these companies to declare that Black Lives Matter while deliberately ignoring the injustices that their Black workforce suffer at their hands every day. Corporate power is a threat to racial justice, and the only way to usher in a new economy is by tackling those forces that aren’t fully committed to dismantling racism. July 20 is a day of reckoning. Across the country, workers will rise up to strike for Black lives. Together, we will withhold our most valuable asset — our labor — in support of dismantling racism and white supremacy to bring about fundamental changes in our society, economy and workplaces. Join us in walking out for justice. Join us as we #StrikeForBlackLives #InDefenseOfBlackLives Take action at J20StrikeForBlackLives.org

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“There is a war raging; a war against racism, bigotry and hate, a war against system abuse and structural violence that has riddled our communities with the arrows of oppression. Though the enemy we have faced has been dug in and entrenched in America’s high ground equipped with a full arsenal of injustices draped in its confederate flag, we will prevail. For our fight is not only for the warriors that we have lost along the way; but it is for our ancestors, our present and for the future of our children. Life without freedom is not a life worth living and I will live, my children will live. We will take what has rightfully been ours and will fight until the war has been won by the side of justice and liberation. If there can be no peace without war then war it shall be ✊🏾” – Joshua Turner Photo creds: @stephsmithphoto #nojusticenopeace #breathebill

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This post is for the younger folks and or new ppl to organizing, movement work & activist spaces. In no particular order & without revealing who I am for my own health, safety & security here are some of the things!! *Much of this work outside of some art projects was collectivized and self-organized work done in the span of 10 years. I list these so that ppl can consider things to do outside of marches, protests and demos. And to name that these can all be decentralized meaning no centralized authority or org need be the prime service provider especially if more and more ppl take on these tasks. Thingks to consider *I have been homeless and "broke" doing much of this work, but needs have been met thru community & mutual aid. Tru #mutualaid work is not lucrative financially only because we're attempting to radically transform our social relationships with other colonized folk. Anyhoo here are examples: . weekly food programs . Organizing towards general strikes . Copwatch(filming the police) . Court watch(aka court support) . Neighborhood assemblies . Flash/monthly community pop-up clinics . Natural/ man-made Disaster relief . Skill sharing/trainings: basic street medicking, creating your own podcasts, how to make zines, what to do in case of arrest, . Redistributing, liberating and appropriating "resources"/ moneys from corporations & Predominantly White Institutions(PWIs) . Creating or redistributing #zines, art & media to serve as sources of healing, but also counter media propaganda, subversive performance art, hiphop, spoken word . Political education events and workshops, like organizing action camps, conferences or other forums for learning outside of the skools . Ongoing Study groups . Tenant support & rent strike organizing . Supporting detained & incarcerated friends, fam & comrades, while signal boosting prison strikes & #abolition . General fundraising & Info Campaigns for lands & ppl in need . Online info sharing . Community / Block clean ups . Supporting the calls for support from Black & Indigenous relatives . Escorting ppl who can get abortions into abortion clinics when needed . Organized response & mediation for survivors

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A few scenes from the ongoing #StrikeForBlack lives today from Durham, Detroit, Chicago and New York City. #blacklivesmatter #blm #j20 #racialjustice #protest #defendblacklives #FightFor15 #ProtectAllWorkers #UnionsForAll #strike #labor #action #activism #fastfood #McDonalds #workersrights #laborrights #humanrights #fairpay #wagetheft #union #workers #wage #minimumwage #inequality

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One more for today! 4PM WASHINGTON SQ PARK pull up ✊🏽✊🏿✊🏾

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@artbyfletcher doing a BEAUTIFUL live painting of George Floyd at the end of our protest today. He asked protestors to help him with the painting by dipping their hands in paint & placing hand prints on the painting. Support our Black artists on today’s BLACK OUT TUESDAY 🖤💛💖💚

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State Attorneys have IMMENSE power, but no mechanisms for oversight and accountability. We need State Attorneys who will be transparent, meet with community accountability boards and more! Election Day is August 18th! Visit dreamdefenders.org/stateattorneys/ for more info! 🗳️

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🔈CALL TO ACTION! 🔈 🔸 THIS MORNING at 9:30AM 🔸 Call-in public testimony to the @CountyOfLA #BoardOfSupervisors to support motions that advance a #CareFirst vision! ➡️ To give #PublicComment: 🔸 Dial (844) 767-5651 at 9:30AM 🔸Enter Participant Code: 9676434 🔸 Listen carefully to prompts on how to provide Live Public Comment 🔸 Dial 1-0 to Enter the Queue for Comment testimony to the Board 🔸Give public comment when they call on you #carenotcages

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THIS WEEKEND WE WILL NOT BE HAVING A PHYSICAL PROTEST BUT A VIRTUAL DISCUSSION. OUR PROTESTS HAVE BEEN AMAZING AND WILL DEFINITELY CONTINUE BUT WE MUST TAKE ACTION. WE’VE BEEN CALLING FOR JUSTICE. NOW WE’RE BEING HEARD. TELL US WHAT YOU NEED. TELL US YOUR STORIES. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE BEACON BETTER! (and hopefully the world) WE INVITE YOU TO THIS VIRTUAL COMMUNITY DISCUSSION VIA ZOOM TO HEAR YOUR DEMANDS, IDEAS, AND STORIES! WE EVEN INVITE YOU JUST TO LISTEN! SIGN UP LINK IS IN OUR BIO ! DM US HERE OR @ciardahall & @yellowswagger FOR ANY QUESTIONS !

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Urgent Call To Action! We need all hands on deck! Today at 1:30 Oakland City Council will be voting on 2 Resolutions brought forth by APTP & the larger defund OPD Coalition that is aimed at drastically defunding OPD. In addition, BOP’s long fought work is being directly harmed by the police departments attempts to redirect the funds that were previously delegated to OSPD, into their already bloated budget. The Chief of Police is using false claims in order to gain these funds and is attempting to reinstate their presence on school campuses. Part of his claim is that the number of calls that they will have to respond to in place of OSPD absence will warrant a $2Mil increase for 9 new officer positions. Through our data, we’ve already debunked this myth by proving that:  1. The percentage of these calls that would be in addition to their responsibilities is only an increase of .2%. 2. This percentage equals an increase of less than 2 calls for service a day.  3. OSPD, although eliminated, will remain in existence until Dec 31st. 4. At which point, BOP’s Safety Plan will go into implementation with ZERO reliance on police 5. Schools will resume under a distance learning model & therefore will automatically  result in dramatically less amount of calls for service.  Separately, we know that on a city and school level, over 60% of calls for service DO NOT involve physical harm or threat to safety, meaning that there are many underlying factors that create disturbances that need to be addressed and rectified through proper investment and understanding of the community needs. $2Mil dollars can be used for mental health first responders, school site needs, hiring of teacher aids & school social workers, quality housing – this list goes on! There are a ton of things that we can all think of that will contribute to a higher quality of living and police are the antithesis of the type of life & sanctuary we all seek.  We call on all of you to join today's meeting, support the call to defund OPD & demand that they DENY OPD’s request to absorb that $2Mil. Together, we will decide where that money is invested and that we will all benefit from the resources it will fund!

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“We’ve come so far. We’ve made so much progress. But as a nation and a people, we’re not quite there yet. We have miles to go.” – John Lewis. Thank you #JohnLewis for always showing up to cause good trouble for us.

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