Players, payers, and pray-ers

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When I tell people that I’ve volunteered in disaster response for over 20 years, I either get an eye roll or a look of confusion. At 35 years old, it seems unlikely.

I went on my first mission trip when I was 12 years old and continued traveling with my Dad until Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012 and I started traveling on missions on my own.

For Players

Find out where protests are and what they are demanding before going

For Payers

  1. Donate to 8 Can’t Wait, a campaign to reduce police violence in the 100 largest US Cities.
  2. Donate to the ACLU, who fights legal battles and advocates for equality and civil liberties.
  3. Research other organizations supporting Black Lives Matter and racial injustice causes.

For Pray-ers

Find out if your city has policies that reduce police violence by 72% and write to your officials if not.

  1. Vote. With. Your. Dollars.
  2. Support Black businesses (My local area compiled a list of Black-owned restaurants in Upstate NY. Check your area for the same! And here’s a directory of Black coaches.)
  3. Read resources like So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo & How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.
  4. Have hard conversations with your white friends. Hold the white leaders you follow accountable. Tell your racist uncles, aunts, moms, and dads you do not agree with them and why.

Been a direct response copywriter since 7th grade when I wrote a 30-page sales letter asking my crush to the dance.