Last year we made a commitment to educating ourselves and others on the systemic racial inequality that Black Americans face to this day. One year later, we are revisiting the resources we gathered for those who have the means to donate and be effective allies. Below you’ll find funds and resources for you to engage with to help fight this battle that has been fought for far too long. Injustice for one is injustice for all

For far too long, it has been time to stand up and speak out against racism and the structures that support it in our society. The events of the past couple of weeks are just the most recent examples of the systemic oppression of the black community that has been foundational to the creation of our America, and everyone (including the Corporations that keep our economy’s gears turning) is responsible for participating in the revolutions that will enact change. James Baldwin once said that “not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” At MogoSME, we are facing racism and oppression head-on. We believe that black lives matter. We resist racism. We are dedicated to being a part of the solution and we support all those fighting for change.  We believe that it is our job as a company to use our platforms for good, and we intend to do just that by bringing to light resources, petitions and funds so that the fire that America has right now to fight the systemic injustice will not die out. 

Funds

Please note: Many funds have received overwhelming support and have requested for donations to be sent to other organizations. This list is accurate of those who are still asking for donations as of 6/1/2021.

Books

Children’s Books

  • All Are Welcome
    • All Are Welcome Here shares the message of a school where everyone’s differences are loved and celebrated. 

  • Sulwe
    • Sulwe creates a heartwarming story to inspire children to see their own unique beauty and appreciate it. 

  • I Am Enough
    • I Am Enough focuses on loving who you are and respecting others while being kind to one another no matter the differences.

  • Note: We have linked to Amazon, but we encourage you to shop Black-owned bookstores when possible, here is a helpful list.

Podcasts

TV Shows

  • When They See Us (Available on Netflix)
    • Dramatized account of the Central Park Five. Show follows the corrupt trial that resulted in five innocent men being convicted of a crime that they were innocent of. 

  • Dear White People (Available on Netflix)
    • A campus culture war between blacks and whites at a predominantly white school comes to a head when the staff of a humor magazine stages an offensive Halloween party.

Documentary/Movies

  • 13th (Available on Netflix)
    • Documentary on the unjust imprisonment system and systemic inequalities of the prison system. 

  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 (Available to rent)
    • Documentary film examining the evolution of the Black Power movement in American society from 1967-1975. 

  • American Son (Available on Netflix)
    • An American film based on the story of the Broadway play, shining light on the injustice of systemic racism that leaves a mother desperate to find out what officials have done to her missing son. 

  • The Hate U Give (Hulu)
    • The movie follows Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), who lives in the black neighborhood of Garden Heights. After a gun goes off at a party Starr is attending, she drives home with her best friend Khalil when they’re stopped by a police officer. Khalil has to exit the vehicle and is shot and killed by the police officer, which becomes a national news story. The movie handles a very relevant matter and reminds you of all the police violence that happens to this day.

  • Blindspotting (Hulu with Cinemax or available to rent)
    • Plot follows a parolee who only has three days left on his sentence but he witnesses a police shooting that threatens a lifelong friendship. The directors’ purpose in this movie was to combat the misrepresentation of Oakland that is commonly seen in films. 

  • Clemency (Available to rent on YouTube or Amazon)
    • The movie follows a Death Row prison warden who must confront her inner demons when she has to execute another inmate. The movie unearths social issues and has been nominated for several awards. 

  • Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo
    • This video deconstructs the ideas of white fragility, racial identity and implicit bias that come into play in predominantly white institutions and daily life.