Most of you know that the past few months have brought widespread awareness to a problem that as a society we have failed to fix much earlier. For hundreds of years, Black and Indigenous Australian communities have been victims of the structural, cultural and direct violence which is still deeply embedded in our systems today.
Simply sharing a solidarity post or a hashtag will not solve this problem; more substantive changes need to occur within our societal structures. However, the power of social media gives us access to more resources than ever and a chance to amplify the voices of the unheard. To bring change, it is crucial to strengthen this conversation and energise the movement.
Our feeds may not be as saturated with #BLM messages as it was a month ago, but we must not turn our attention away from this pressing situation. We encourage you to look at the resources we have compiled to help you get involved with supporting the Black Lives Matter and Aboriginal Lives Matter movement. Call yourself, your family and your friends out for your privilege. Acknowledge and improve from the mistakes that you will likely make in the future. Read, donate, sign petitions, speak up, take action and make an impact. Change starts today.
To our Black and Aboriginal Australian members; we see you, we hear you, we stand beside you and we will always support you. #BlackLivesMatter #AboriginalLivesMatter #WIEareAllies
Ways you can Help (non-exhaustive list)
Ways you can help
- Google doc of resources [by @sophielinehan_]
- Here are the practical ways you can support Aboriginal Lives Matter
- How to learn from Indigenous people about the Black Lives Matter movement in Australia
Accounts to Follow
Indigenous Accounts to Follow
Donate (non-exhaustive list)
Donate without cash
43 Australian Charities for Indigenous Australian
Support your local businesses (non-exhaustive list)
Black owned businesses in Sydney
Find your local Indigenous businesses
Books/Films/Podcasts/Artists (non-exhaustive list)
#BLM Reading List
How to be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia by Anita Heiss
An essential Indigenous Australian reading list
- Curtain the Podcast
- Black Star Radio Podcast