The Right Way To Fight For Social Justice During COVID-19

1. Follow Movement Leaders Who Have Lived Through The Injustice You’re Fighting

  • Do more digging to find movements led by people who have been most impacted by the cause. You’ll find organizations in your neighborhood that have already been leading movements on the ground for years.
  • Question your idea of who an expert is. People who work as lawyers and professors are often looked at as social justice experts in our society. They do have expertise, but they aren’t the only ones. Many times, traditional experts have economic and social benefits like a degree, a title, or disposable income that can overshadow and minimize the valuable and essential perspective of those without these privileges. Those who are most impacted are often tokenized and brought into organizations to tell a few stories instead of being included, respected, and honored. This respect and honor includes leading strategy and being compensated. Look instead to find leadership in the immigrant, the heartbroken mother, the incarcerated target of systemic racism who has lived through the injustice you seek to eliminate.

2. Dig Into Organizer Motives, Background, and Connections

  1. Who’s organizing? Is it an organization or individuals?
  2. Is it led by the people who are most impacted?
  3. What are their politics?
  4. Are they being funded by someone?
  5. Are they connected with elected officials?
  6. Are they coordinating with the police?
  7. Who’s benefiting from these actions? Is it marginalized people or are there other agendas?
  8. How are impacted people benefiting from this organization’s efforts?
  9. For protests and marches, do they have a safety plan in place that takes into consideration the concerns of undocumented people and people of color?
  10. For protests and marches, do they have a plan or infrastructure in place to support people who could be arrested or fined during the movement?
  • Ask them directly. Most organizers have a website with contact information or, if they’re individuals, you can reach out through social media messenger or email.
  • Snoop on their website and social media. Take a moment to do your research and read through their online presence.
  • Follow organizer’s funding sources. Oftentimes you can find major donors on an organization’s website. You can also do a Google search of the organization for press releases and news of major donors.

3. Throw Time, Energy, And Resources Into Movements Already Doing The Work In Your Community

Feel Confident In Your Fight For Justice By Looking Under The Surface

  1. Make sure the most impacted people are leading the movement you follow
  2. Dig into the organizer’s motives and background
  3. Throw your time, energy, and resources behind local movements that are already doing on-the-ground work

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