Black Lives Matter

The climate crisis can be overwhelming, but it’s not the only crisis we struggle with now. Systemic, deep-seated racism, police brutality against people exercising their right to protest, and police violence against members of the media are just a few fires burning in the last week. An ongoing pandemic, almost an afterthought, joins the rest.

If you want to help, where to start? We need systemic change. Changing how we consume food may be a leading edge to some of that change. But white silence about racism is violence. It’s time for everyone to speak out about systemic racism.  #blacklivesmatter #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd

Covid-19 has affected people of color more than any other group. People of color brutalized by police and racism is a pernicious institution in our country. Food insecurity and pesticide poisoning affect people of color more than other group. In communities of color, scarify of healthy food sources, and preexisting health conditions, make members of those communities more vulnerable to Covid-19.

Food justice, economic justice, social justice — all connected. As we honor the memory of George Floyd and look for a path forward, many of my colleagues in the podcasting industry have recommended that you start with education. Here is a list of recommended resources.

If you produce a podcast, make your guest list diverse.

SheSource is a good resource for guests with a searchable database.

People of Color Also Know Stuff is another searchable database.

Podcasts In Color is another searchable database.

If you attend a protest, the ACLU has these recommendations.

  1. The right to protest is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the First Amendment.
  2. If you get stopped, ask if you are free to go. If the police say yes, calmly walk away.
  3. You have the right to record. The right to protest includes the right to record, including recording police doing their jobs.
  4. The police can order people to stop interfering with legitimate police operations, but video recording from a safe distance is not interfering.
  5. If you get stopped, police cannot take or confiscate any videos or photos without a warrant.
  6. If you are videotaping, keep in mind in some states, the audio is treated differently than the images. But images and video images are always fully protected by the First Amendment.
  7. The police’s main job in a protest is to protect your right to protest and to de-escalate any threat of violence.
  8. If you get arrested, don’t say anything. Ask for a lawyer immediately. Do not sign anything and do not agree to anything without an attorney present.
  9. If you get arrested, demand your right to a local phone call. If you call a lawyer for legal advice, law enforcement is not allowed to listen.
  10. Police cannot delete data from your device under any circumstances.

Be safe. Take care. Respect all people. Black Lives Matter.