Why you should care?Well…if we want to walk the talk, we gotta do the simple little actions.
At Hey Social Good we focus on providing small, simple steps to help each of us do social good in our daily life. Just by altering a single purchase decision, you can make a positive impact on the planet and the communities in our world. Now, multiply that by 1000 people you know and imagine the change we can make! While this is the core of our business and a part we’re extremely passionate about, we know social good is more than just about purchasing habits. We have to talk about social equality.
Social good encompasses everything in life: how you treat others (especially those who may not look like you), how you vote, how you communicate, how pop culture influences us, and more. We get excited because every time our team looks deeper, we find so many amazing actions anyone can take to adopt social good. We are committed to expanding and learning – this is why we are including small actions to do good that goes far beyond just making different purchasing choices.
We are dedicating this piece to highlighting actionable ways you can take to support the ongoing fight for black and social equality – showing our brothers and sisters in the Black and POC community with love and support. Although information is power, it can sometimes be quite overwhelming. So, we created this simple guide with step by step ways to take action RIGHT NOW. Educate yourself on the history of Black inequality, organizations to donate to, petitions to sign, ways to vote for change, HeySocialGood approved Black-owned business entrepreneurs to shop from, and more. Help us build and create actions to support black equality. Let’s work together to create LASTING CHANGE.
Petition · Justice for George Floyd – George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer. George was handcuffed and restrained while being unarmed and cooperative. The officer put his knee on George’s neck, choking him for nearly 9 minutes while George screamed that he could not breathe. Get the attention of Mayor Jacob Frey and DA Keith Ellison to support black lives matter. Let’s demand justice for crimes committed.
Petition · Justice for Breonna Taylor – Breonna Taylor was an emergency medical technician (EMT) in two hospitals during the pandemic. One month ago, Louisville Police Department performed an illegal, unannounced drug raid on her home. Not a single officer announced themselves before ramming down her door and firing 22 shots, shooting Breonna 8 times, killing her. Support Black Lives Matter.
Petition · Justice for Ahmaud Arbery! I Run with Maud! – On February 23, 2020, 25 year-old Ahmaud Arbery was chased and shot down by a father and son. He was just jogging around the block. Sign the petition to seek justice for Ahmaud Arbery.
Petition · Justice For Tony McDade – Tony McDade was a transgender black man who was shot and killed by Tallahassee police without warning. Tony appeared to have matched the description of a suspect on the police list. Sign the petition to hold the Tallahassee Police Department accountable.
Petition · Hands Up Act – We know many people of cultural minorities are in constant fear of leaving their household. Every single week we hear about another unarmed Black human being shot by the police. We need legislation now that prohibits police officers from shooting unarmed citizens. This is a necessary action to support black equality.
Below is a list of phone numbers for your local government officials. I know, it’s been a while since you used your cell to call. But, it’s one of the most effective ways to get your voice heard by your elected official. This is all you have to do:
We understand it can be intimidating to reach out but your local officials are here to listen, and they can’t hear us if we don’t call! Take the step to take this small action to support black equality.
What To Say – Not sure what to say? Yeah, we get it. There’s too many issues sometimes. But, check out 5calls.org — an amazing resource explaining who best to call, what to say and other good information to have on hand when reaching out to a local official. They’ve got awesome voicemail templates you can use to draft a follow up email as well that are specific to the cause you’re calling about
Still feel like your voice isn’t being heard? Lifehacker.com has awesome tips on how to make sure your voice is heard! Check out their article on How to Get your Local Government to Pay Attention to Me.
Local officials’ impact our everyday life and make decisions that affect us one way or another. They vote on issues that impact our communities, safety, schools, housing, and public transit. For example, if you wanted more bike lanes or fewer stop signs, it turns out your local officials make that decision. Voting in local elections is a great place to start to make your priorities heard.
Rock the Vote makes it super easy to register to vote, sign up for election day reminders, and find information on where you should go to vote on the day of (or if you need to mail in an absentee ballot). You can also learn about the people running in the elections in one place. Check out Rock the Vote and select your state to get started – it’s that easy!
Black Women for Wellness – A Californian organization committed to building healthy communities and supporting Black women and girls. They do this by expanding healthcare access and advancing political advocacy. Proceeds go towards supporting BWW’s programs for nutrition, disease prevention, breast cancer, reproductive and sexual health services,
environmental justice, and policy work! Whew! Donate Here
San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition – A central hub for Black LGBTQ community members to communicate, provide opportunities for support, organize unique events, and connect people to life enriching resources. Donate Here.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) – They work to protect black lives with their We Are Done Dying Campaign. Their primary action is focused on urging congress to take action and fight systemic racism. Donate Here.
Color of Change – A nonprofit organization focusing on campaign solutions and moving decision-makers to end racial injustice. Their current campaign is working on educating Congress on the issues faced by Black business owners. Donations go towards expanding campaigns and stopping the exploitation of Black business owners Donate Here.
Black Lives Matter – A global organization focused on eradicating white supremacy, strengthening communities, and increasing space for Black queer and trans, disabled, undocumented, those with records, women, and all Black lives. Donate Here.
Although these POC owned brands are “Currently Being Assessed”, we already love what they are about and just had to share.
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