Black Lives Matter.

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We want to be clear: Black Lives Matter. It is beyond heartbreaking that our nation and world must be reminded of this, but we recognize that our society has a long way to go in the fight against racism, and we as a company are committed to continuing to learn and activate change.

In America, we have a centuries-long history of oppression against Black lives, including enslavement, segregation and other heinous crimes. The recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and too many others, tell us all we need to know: systemic racism is still alive, and it is killing Black and Brown people every day. In the words of Angela Davis, “In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.”

At SignUpGenius, our mission is and always has been to empower people to change the world by making it simple to organize groups. Because of what we do, we have a front-row seat to watch how people invest in their communities and support causes they care about.

We have spent the last several weeks focusing on internal conversations surrounding how we can care for our minority coworkers, family members and friends. We’ve also been making sure our site can continue to empower people to change their communities – and we've seen you use sign ups to power the fight against racism. We commit to not only addressing what is going on in the moment but striving toward long-term change.

Below you can find a collection of powerful resources for learning about and taking a stand against racism in our communities, organizations, schools and beyond — and examples of how you’re creating sign ups to change our world from racist to anti-racist.

Resources for Parents 

This list is adapted from these resources on Good Good Good and these anti-racism resources.

Books, Podcasts and Articles

 Organizations Doing the Work to Follow Online

  • Embrace Race is a multiracial community of parents, teachers, experts and other caring adults who support each other to meet the challenges that race poses to our children, families and communities.
  • We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.
 People to Follow Online

Resources for Educators

This list is adapted from this open-source Google doc with anti-racism resources and lesson plans for educators. We also recommend Teaching Tolerance as a long-term resource for educators.

Books, Podcasts and Articles

 Organizations Doing the Work to Follow Online

  • Black Teacher Collaborative engages, develops, and supports a collective of Black educators who will ensure that Black children achieve at high levels academically while simultaneously preparing them with the intellectual, social, emotional and cultural capital to actively participate in the ongoing advancement of their communities.
  • Mikva Challenge develops youth to be empowered, informed and active citizens who will promote a just and equitable society.
 People to Follow Online

Black Lives Matter Sign Ups

From protest volunteers to jail support to meaningful conversations and resource drop-offs, it’s been encouraging to see the ways people are using sign ups to pursue anti-racism. If anyone needs assistance creating sign ups, we have a list of FAQ help guides — and our Support team is ready to help if you contact us.

f you’re creating a protest sign up, Black Lives Matter Honolulu created a great template with slots for de-escalation marshals, stations along the protest path providing water, snacks and first aid for protestors, along with shifts for medics and legal aid.

screenshot of breonna taylor black lives matter protest sign up

Indy Jail Support created a sign up for volunteers willing to take shifts to staff a 24-hour jail support table outside the City-County Building to provide support and resources to individuals released from the jail. They also shared Zoom links where volunteers can participate in a 30-minute orientation session to learn about volunteer expectations and safety planning.

screenshot of jail support volunteers sign up with image text saying we need each other

Not only do Black lives matter, they are beautiful and necessary. We are committed to the long-term fight against racism both as a company and a community, so that lives that have been previously pushed to the margins can be fully celebrated, appreciated and honored.

We want to thank Nikki Williams-Rucker for her contributions to this post. Check out her work with The MSK Experience, a nonprofit that has helped 2,000 girls get to and through college. We also recommend her Genius Expert post about teaching Black history.