Medically reviewed by Sophia Yen, MD, MPH – Written by Pandia Health Editorial Team
Pandia Health stands in solidarity with the Black community in light of the injustices that have occurred in the past week — and for centuries. We are here for EVERYONE regardless of race, gender, and sexual orientation. Due to the abundance of resources currently flooding various social media platforms, we have organized a list of resources below to help our community.
It is important for Pandia Health as a platform that supports ALL women to do what we can to help during a pivotal time in the fight for racial justice. We are donating $5 for every person who gives to one of the organizations listed below using the referral code “supportBLM”
Right now, we must all listen, support, and educate ourselves.
Staying silent is NOT an option.
Standing by passively is NOT an option.
Ignoring the global situation is NOT an option.
As Ta-Nehisi Coates argues, we cannot undo 250 years of slavery, but we can change the American consciousness to understand the struggles Black people face in America and work to make sure their voices are heard.
“The idea of reparations is frightening not simply because we might lack the ability to pay [for slavery]. The idea of reparations threatens something much deeper—America’s heritage, history, and standing in the world.” – Ta-Nehisi Coates
There is power in paying attention, and we must listen and amplify Black voices, entrepreneurs, small-business owners, scholars, artists, authors, musicians, actors, professors, and countless others.
- Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
- Donations organized by George Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, to help with funeral expenses, mental and grief counseling, travel for court proceedings, and to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational efforts.
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- The NAACP Legal Defense Fund helps to advance racial justice, support equality, and fight to win impactful legal conflicts. Donations help to create an inclusive society.
- Black Lives Matter
- #BlackLivesMatter, which has now become a global movement, was first created following the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murder in 2013. This campaign serves to inspire and encourage Black folks, and combat acts of violence against the Black community.
- Okra Project
- The Okra Project seeks to assist Black trans people by providing “home-cooked, healthy, culturally specific meals, and resources” to these individuals wherever possible.
- National Urban League
- The National Urban League is a historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization that works to assist African-Americans with direct services. The organization strives to promote “economic empowerment, housing and community development, workforce development, entrepreneurship, health, and quality of life.”
- National Association of Black Journalists
- NABJ supports Black individuals in the field of journalism who have lost their jobs by offering resources and training to increase diversity within the media. It also provides career enrichment services and scholarships to college and high school students.
- List of donation funds per state (Rolling Stone)
- Organizations helping activists, bail funds, and legal aid.
Black-Owned Businesses to Support:
- By City:
- 15 Black-Owned Beauty Brands We Love (Harper’s Bazaar)
- 58 Black-Owned Brands to Support Today and Every Day (Marie Claire)
- 77 Black-Owned Businesses to Support Right Now (NY Mag)
- 25 Black-Owned Business to Support Right Now (Oprah Magazine)
What to Read:
- Do the work: an anti-racist reading list (The Guardian)
- An essential #BlackLivesMatter reading list (Harper’s Bazaar)
- 7 Anti-Racist Books Recommended by Educators and Activists ((NY Mag)
- Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Master Harold and the Boys by Athol Fugard
- The Police Are Rioting: We Need to Talk About It (New York Times)
- I Don’t Need “Love” From My White Friends (New York Times)
What to Watch:
- Dear White People (Netflix)
- The Hate U Give (Amazon Prime)
- If Beale Street Could Talk (Hulu, other multiple platforms)
- Flint Town (Netflix)
- We Had the Talk With Our Sons *Being Black in America (YouTube — Beleaf in Fatherhood)
- Let’s get to the root of racial injustice (YouTube — Megan Ming Francis)
We Are One
During this time, it is important for individuals of all backgrounds to seek out resources, have meaningful conversations, donate if possible, check their privilege, and educate themselves.
It is up to society to determine how we can enact change to create a safe environment for all. We live in a democratic society which means giving all individuals a voice. It is crucial that we think about racial injustice broadly, fairly, deeply, and pragmatically.
Pandia Health stands as a united front with the Black community and asks you to join us in doing so. If you are able to do so, please consider donating to and supporting any of the resources. As a reminder, we are donating $5 for every person who uses the referral code “supportBLM” to one of the organizations listed above.