Heroically scaling flagpoles isn't for everyone. Neither is protesting, for that matter. If you've every wished you could get involved with the fight for social change in other ways, you're not alone -- and you're in luck.
WeTheProtesters, the same Black Lives Matter activists who developed the Mapping Police Violence project have launched a new website, StayWoke.org, which aims to help people get involved with the movement in the ways that best match their unique skill set.
The survey asks questions like, "Are you interested in advocating for policy solutions to end racism and police violence?" and then lets you choose the specific types of advocacy projects you'd be interested in working on, with options including everything from tracking legislation, to researching policy solutions, to grading city policies, collecting data, and getting involved with direct actions.
It also asks whether you're interested in helping to create digital platforms and tools that "build community, raise awareness, and empower people to change the system." If you answer yes to this question, you can choose what specific types of digital projects you're interested in, from designing websites and graphics, to reimagining platforms, making videos, taking photos, and helping with cyber security.
One example of the sorts of digital platforms and tools that are needed is the recently-launched #CheckThePolice tool that's designed to help users rate the system of policing in their own community, identify new policies that could help end police violence, and reveal the big picture when it comes to knowing where we have strong policies in place to address police violence, and where those policies are lacking across the US.
If you specify that you're interested helping to educate students, concerned citizens, and the broader American public about issues of racism and police violence, and the survey asks how you might use your book smarts to help contribute, with options like finding books/articles, hosting or joining a book club, or lesson planning. If you say you're interested in supporting local or national activists and organizers, you'll be asked whether you'd prefer to help fundraise or mentor organizers.
There are also options for those interested in working on elections/political campaigns to "help elect local, state, and federal officials who will uphold the value of black life," including helping to identify key elections, evaluate candidates, produce ads, or get out the vote.
You'll also be asked how many volunteer hours you can commit to per week, what you think would make the biggest impact on ending racism and/or police violence in America, what sort of work you're most interested in doing, and what sort of skills and experiences you can contribute. Once you've completed the survey, organizers will follow up with you to help you get involved in whichever ways interest you the most and match up best with your skill set and availability.
Pretty brilliant, if you ask us.