Protest Signs in a fence at Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest

George Floyd.

Breonna Taylor.

Ahmaud Arbery.

Systematic racism and police violence have stolen these lives and the lives of other countless Black Americans from communities across the country.

It is our responsibility to recognize the plight faced by Black people and fight to correct these injustices. We must invest and stay active in racial justice efforts, especially when they aren’t the focus of the media. The events in recent days have provided another all-too-often reminder of this.

How Can We Support You?

Below you’ll find a few resources collected to help you and your campaign engage with racial justice. These resources represent a variety of ways you can take action, and we encourage you to fully engage yourself and your campaign in the movement for racial justice.

But, before we get to those resources, we want to take a moment to hear from you.

This is your opportunity to share your thoughts with us. Maybe you have a suggestion for a Virtual Live Training or want to learn more about certain organizations leading the cause. Maybe you just need help with the proper messaging or deciding how to take a stand?

You can use this space any way you’d like.

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Resources to Support Racial Justice

Below are resources you should engage with. You’ll find places to donate, videos to watch, petitions to sign, actionable steps you can take, and books and articles to read to continue educating yourself on racial justice.

Anguish and Action – The Obama Foundation

This is a collection of resources put together by The Obama Foundation. It includes ways to stay informed, actions you can take, and a few organizations at the front lines of social justice you can connect with.

Find it here: https://www.obama.org/anguish-and-action/

Anti-Racism Toolkit

This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. It has articles and books to read, podcasts to listen to, and videos to watch.

Find it here: http://bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES

Note: This list is not owned or compiled by NDTC. But, they’re resources NDTC staff have found useful.

Showing Up for Racial Justice – SURJ

SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work toward racial justice. They’ve collected resources you can use to engage with the racial justice movement.

Find them here: https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/resources

Organizations Leading in Black Politics

Here are a few organizations leading in Black politics. You can support them by donating or using their resources in your community.

Note: This is not an exhaustive list—there are hundreds of organizations working for racial justice. We’ll continually work to uplift as many as we can.

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.

Find them here: https://blacklivesmatter.com/

Color of Change

Color of Change designs campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champions solutions that move us all forward.

Find them here: https://colorofchange.org/

Higher Heights

Higher Heights is the only national organization providing Black women with a political home exclusively dedicated to harnessing their power to expand Black women’s elected representation and voting participation, and advance progressive policies.

Find them here: https://www.higherheightsforamerica.org/

The Collective PAC

The Collective PAC is working to fix the challenge of African American underrepresentation in elected seats of power throughout our nation.

Find them here: https://collectivepac.org/​

Black Futures Lab

Black Futures Lab works with Black people to transform our communities, building Black political power and changing the way that power operates—locally, statewide, and nationally.

Find them here: https://blackfutureslab.org/

Accountability

All of us here at NDTC have asked ourselves the same question we’re sure all of you are asking…

What am I doing for racial justice?

As we work to support Democratic candidates, staff, and local leaders at the forefront of these issues, we make two promises to you.

First, we will continually uplift and call attention to racial injustices. You will not only hear our voice on this issue when it is the focus of the media. We will address and fight for racial justice proactively, not reactively.

Second, we will promote and collaborate with organizations focused on racial justice.

We call on you to hold us, and yourself, accountable to these promises.

We stand behind everyone who stands up to bring us closer to being a truly united community. From candidates and officeholders to local leaders and volunteers, the responsibility to take action belongs to all of us.

Let’s work together to make sure the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others, finally ignites the change our communities demand.

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Kelly Dietrich

Kelly is the Founder and CEO of the National Democratic Training Committee.

He has worked on dozens of campaigns at every level across the country. Kelly's specialty is in new campaign creation, candidate and staff training, and fundraising.

In addition to working for 18+ years in Democratic politics, he teaches a class on political campaigns at DePaul University in Chicago, where he lives with his family and dog, a large hungry blue Weimaraner named Jack Bauer. Kelly started his career in 1998 with Rep. Dennis Moore in KS-03. He's an avid basketball and poker player, though never at the same time. His wife would point out that at no time in this biography was he described as "good" at either hobby. That was a conscious decision.