Economic Protest | #BlackOutDay2020
Black Businesses, Art, Entrepreneurship, & Intellect for #BlackOutDay2020, #StopHateForProfit, & the Movement for Black Lives | Resources, Events, Content, and much more.
By now, many of us are aware of the #StopHateforProfit trend, a call to withhold advertising dollars from Facebook for the month of July. Because 99% of Facebook’s $70 billion in earnings comes from advertising, participating organizations and companies know that this economic boycott of Facebook to demand the platform to address how it spreads hate and disinformation carries weight.
And the people are taking action, too. #BlackoutDay2020 on July 7 (not to be confused with #BlackoutDay over a month ago) is a call to action: “We need one day of solidarity in America where not one black person in America spends a dollar.” This grassroots action has evolved into a call for solidarity beyond Black folx, and expanded to spending dollars at Black-owned everything.
Successful or not, the act of withholding and redirecting capital (a.k.a. boycotting and buycotting) for social benefit is not new.
From colonial to modern days, Hong Kong to Jamaica to Australia, tax resistance and strategic consumer spending choices have been deployed to try and shift the balance of power and wealth.
Today, amidst the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, Americans are once again leveraging their capital for justice. For perspective, in 2018, Black American buying power was estimated to be around $1.3 trillion, with a total of $3.9 trillion including Asian American, Hispanic, and Native American buying power. For further perspective, the estimated 2021 federal budget is not far off at $4.8 trillion.
Civic Hall supports the use of economic leverage in the fight for Black lives. Our Civic Tech Field Guide tracks boycott and buycott tools, like Mighty Deposits where you can find banks to invest in African American equity, and a growing collection of civic tech’s racial equity and antiracist efforts.
We hope you’ll feel inspired to take one or more actions below.
July 7: How Civic Hall Staff Participated in #BlackoutDay2020
- Supported projects of the Black Food Sovereignty Coalition (BFSC)
- Reread Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California by Ruth Wilson Gilmore
- Amplified Black femme & trans leaders on her Instagram
- Shared accounts of Black-owned businesses on Instagram & lists of books folx can buy about whiteness/white supremacy that are written by Black authors (alternatives to White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo)
Activate: Read, Support, Follow, Donate
Support Black-owned Businesses:
- Black-owned restaurants in NYC spreadsheet tells you whether they are open for delivery/pickup, address, and phone number
- Looking For A Black-Owned Business To Support? There’s An App For That.
- When you’ve made your purchase, upload your receipt to the myblackreceipt.com platform, founded by Kezia Williams, also the CEO of The Black upStart.
Follow Black Art, Entrepreneurship, Intellect:
- These civic tech start-ups with Black founders: Center for Tech and Civic Life (Tiana Epps-Johnson) | TechEquity Alliance (Catherine Bracy) | Civic Eagle (Damole Ongudipe) | Pigeonly (Frederick Hutson)
- Buy Cheryl Contee’s book, Mechanical Bull. She is the first Black woman co-founder to sell her tech start-up to a NASDAQ company.
- All Things Black: A resource that allows its users to search and submit all things that are Black-owned.
- Black and Mobile: The first Black-Owned food delivery service in the US to deliver exclusively for Black Owned Restaurants.
- Black Founders in Tech: Spreadsheet of US based Black founders in Tech.
- BLK + GRN: A community of Black practitioners, entrepreneurs, influencers and wellness ambassadors sharing accessible, Black women-owned wellness products and resources.
- BlackSpace: An organization of Black urban planner, architects, artists, activists, designers, and leaders, created a visual to help organizations imagine anti-racist, Black-centered operation principles.
- Facebook Group dedicated to promoting and supporting Black-owned businesses.
- Sleeping Giants gives people lots of entry points (we can all use our small economic power to put pressure on the corporates to halt their FB ads, for ex).
Other Ways to Participate
Support + Follow:
Act Blue | Black-owned businesses | Black-owned food coop in Brooklyn | Black Visions Collective | Campaign Zero | Equal Justice Initiative | George Floyd Memorial Fund | Know Your Rights Campaign | Minnesota Freedom Fund | NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund | Reclaim the Block | Reparations paid directly to individuals and families | The Marshall Project | The Sentencing Project | Data for Black Lives
SIGN the Color of Change petition demanding Congress to protect Black businesses during Covid-19.
DONATE to Covid-19 Relief fund for black and brown communities | Know Your Rights Campaign
ATTEND, WATCH, AND LEARN:
The Movement for Black Lives’s Electoral Justice Project unveiled its new omnibus BREATHE Act, a visionary piece of legislation. Learn more and read the bill summary here.
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