Black Lives Matter Resources, Compiled

Enough is enough. There’s been an influx of discourse this week about police brutality, racial inequality, and white privilege. It’s easy to be overwhelmed, but it’s really not about us right now. It’s time to listen, learn, and vow to be antiracist. It’s about channeling our feelings into education and action. There’s a lot here and even more on social media and the internet. Just start. Even a little bit is better than nothing. Let’s go.

We are spotlighting articles and websites from other outlets in Seattle and beyond to highlight Black Lives Matter (BLM) resources, where to donate, and what to read and watch. This list will continue to be updated.


Support Black-owned restaurants offering takeout right now in Seattle. Here’s an article by Seattle Met and one by The Seattle Times.

Seattle Refined’s and Intentionalist’s list of Black-owned businesses you can support right now.

The Stranger’s list to resistance events and of other ways to stand against racism in Seattle.

Artist Trust’s list of Black-led arts organizations in Washington state.

This encyclopedia of terms by Black-owned Seattle restaurant JuneBaby.

Seattle’s BLM website with announcements and calls to action.


President Barack Obama’s article on Medium, “How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change”.

An article by Rachel Elizabeth Cargle on why we need to stop saying “All Lives Matter” in Harper Bazaar.

A Twitter thread by Mireille Cassandra Harper, “10 Steps To Non-Optical Allyship”.

Letters for Black Lives to help with conversations with our families.

This “Anti-Racism for Beginners” Google doc compiled by Melyssa Griffin and this “Anti-Racist Resource Guide by Victoria Alexander, MEd.

The New York Times’ antiracist reading list.

The Cut’s list of “13 Books You Should Read About Black Lives“.


What Matters series on BLM’s website combines documentary narrative with interviews to illuminate specific, timely issues, aiming to create safe dialogue to promote freedom, justice, and collective liberation.

This video by The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah on George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper.


A BLM resource for a bunch of ways to help, including donating, signing petitions, and other resources.

NYU Local’s list of where to donate time and money to help protesters.

Donate to community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organizers on ActBlue’s website.

Amanda Arnold’s piece in The Cut on how to make sure you’re donating effectively. “Some organizations, like the Minnesota Freedom Fund and the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, have received an overwhelming amount of monetary support, and as a result have now requested that potential donors direct their funds to lesser-known organizations still in need of assistance.”


Protest Safety Guide by Black Lives Matter Seattle and this one by Seattle’s Covid-19 Mutual Aid.

How to Stay Safe During a Tear Gas Attack (which is actually a powder!!) from US Marine Danielle Guldin —

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This is for the protesters. I am a former Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Defense Specialist in the US Marine Corps. Step by step, this is how to stay as safe as possible when exposed to tear gas. I hope this is helpful. EDIT: there is now a captioned video available on YouTube for the deaf and hard of hearing! Stay safe.• • EDIT: HERE ARE SOME FAQ’s! Q: Does milk help?• A: NO! Milk is a low level acid and will make the sensation worse/last longer. THE BEST AND FASTEST way to alleviate symptoms is fresh air! Wait a LONG time (hours) before showering. Wash hands with soap at any time. • Q: Will it cause an asthma attack? A: Tear gas is not specifically designed to trigger an asthma attack, however it is a possibility. Please note: I am NOT a medic nor posturing as one. Follow the protocol you’re familiar with and get to a hospital if you feel an attack coming on. PLEASE talk to your doctor about any/all specific health concerns before putting yourself in an uncertain position.• • Q: How about a mini fan? A: YES! Great idea. A mini fan will help create airflow, therefore helping the powder dry.• • Q: Leaf blower? A: Not advisable, especially at close range. The wind is too strong, and too direct. Runs the risk of pushing powder further into the pores. Mini fan for a gentle wind is a good idea.• • Q: Can I wear my contacts? A: Not advisable. Wear glasses if you have them. If powder gets between your eye and your contact, it could potentially scratch your cornea.• • Q: Should I wear swim goggles? A: YES! Excellent idea! Thick plastic swim or ski goggles, when worn correctly, could be very effective in protecting your eyes! (Note: powder will collect around the outside. Be careful taking them off.)• • Q: What else can I wear to protect myself? A: Long sleeves, pants, high socks, closed-toe shoes, scarves, hats, and gloves will do a lot to protect your skin! Cover as much of yourself as you can. It won’t stop all of the powder from reaching your skin, but a barrier will stop some.• • Q: Will it come out of my clothes? A: YES! Wash them separately from other laundry twice. It will all come out.• • #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforahmaud #justiceforbreonnataylor #teargas

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Articles about #BlackOutTuesday here, here, and here and why it’s harmful. Also, stop using #BlackLivesMatter on your black tile.


NAACP’s list of jail support programs in many major cities across the U.S.

A list of black brands by Maura Chanz.

Visit Support Black Owned, a “one-stop source that is used to bring tremendous popularity to help Black business owners and consumers.”

Updated June 7, 2020
Originally published June 1, 2020