At Monstering, we have always been dedicated “to upholding and uplifting diverse voices.” Our main goal has always been to provide a safe space for disabled and chronically ill people to make themselves heard—but this by no means should come at the cost of excluding LGBTQ+ or BIPOC voices. On the contrary, we have always believed in intersectionality, and in work that explores it.
We hope, then, that it does not come as a surprise to our readers when we say that Monstering is 100% behind the #BlackLiveMatter movement.
Over on Twitter, we have been sharing resources and petitions which we hope have been of some use to our followers. We are a small magazine, and do not have the biggest reach, however this cannot stop us—and should not stop you—from speaking out against racism, and from supporting the Black community in the fight for justice and an end to police brutality.
We are currently looking into ways that we, as a magazine, can provide more material support to the Black community. But, in the meantime, we have put together this list of resources which we hope will be of use to our readers. This list is by no means exhaustive and should not be treated as such. Please do some research for yourself into what other causes you can support. White people and non-Black POC, please educate yourselves on anti-racism and what it means. Sit with the discomfort, and pass on what you have learned.
We have reached a crucial point in all of this. It has been two weeks since George Floyd’s murder. It has been two weeks of protest and rebellion. Two weeks of signing petitions, donating to bail funds, amplifying Black voices. But this battle is far from over, and we cannot afford to lose momentum now. The work does not stop here.
Look after yourselves. Rest up. Refresh. But don’t give up. Rest so you can come back fighting. Refresh so you can do what needs to be done, day in, day out.
Take care, and look after one another,
FUNDRAISERS, INCLUDING BAIL FUNDS AND MEMORIAL FUNDS
ORGANISATIONS TO JOIN AND/OR SUPPORT
The Loveland Foundation — Therapy Fund for Black Women and Girls
PETITIONS (Note: Please do NOT donate to Change.org.)
This Carrd has links to a number of petitions, some of which are included below, and a list of zip codes to use to sign petitions if you are international.
This Google doc has an extensive list of links to other petitions and donations.
Black Mental Health Matters — mental health resources for Black people, including crisis lines
Use Your Voice — staying safe during protests, and what to bring
SUPPORTING BLACK BUSINESSES AND ARTISTS