The staff of the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern is outraged by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and the countless other Black victims of police brutality and white violence.
We do not have a joke.
There is no joke for us to make.
We ask our followers to take concrete action against this systematic violence. Below is a list of ways you can learn, donate, petition, lobby, and protest. The availability of these resources is due to the tireless work of Black organizers, and we credit them.
As a comedy publication, we want to additionally focus on amplifying Black voices in comedy and writing, industries with persistent systematic racism.
We plan to use our platform to promote the work of Black comedians and writers, provide sources that expose the specific challenges Black comedians and writers face, and to share organizations that support and fund Black creatives. An ongoing list will be updated on our website.
Systemic racism permeates the comedy industry, and our publication must do more to be actively anti-racist. The ongoing conversation in our club about our own struggles with diversity, inclusivity, and complicity in racist structures does not stop here.
Please join us.
- Mental Health Issues Facing the Black Community and Black mental health resources
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
- The End of Policing by Alex Vitale
- How to be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- “The Most Dangerous Thing Out Here Is The Police:” Trans Voices on Police Abuse and Profiling in Atlanta – Report by the Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative (SNaP Co)
- Antiracism Starter Kit by L. Glenise Pike
- “Letter From Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr.
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
- Ain’t I a Woman by bell hooks
- 1619 Project and Podcast from the New York Times
- 13th (Ava DuVernay) on Netflix
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House by Audre Lorde
- White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise
- Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? edited by Joe Macaré, Maya Schenwar, and Alana Yu-lan Price
- Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
- Justice in June – “Choose how much time you have each day to become more informed as step one to becoming an active ally to the black community. On this document are links to the learning resources and a schedule of what to do each day.”
- “Lest the Old Traditions Fail: A critical exploration of the history and reality of structural racism at Dartmouth College”
- Reclaim the Block – Reclaim the Block organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety.
- Black Visions Collective – “BLVC is a Black-led, Queer and Trans centering organization whose mission is to organize powerful, connected Black communities and dismantle systems of violence. We do this through building strategic campaigns, investing in Black leadership, and engaging in cultural and narrative organizing.”
- Campaign Zero – “Campaign Zero is a police reform campaign proposed by activists associated with Black Lives Matter, with a plan that consists of ten proposals, all of which are aimed at reducing police violence.”
- ActBlue – Act Blue is a nonprofit dedicated to helping Democratic candidates and committees, progressive organizations, and nonprofits create strong grassroots fundraising programs.
- NAACP Legal Defence and Education Fund – “The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.”
- I Run with Maud Fund – “This fundraiser was designed to assist Ahmaud’s mother; Ms. Wanda Cooper-Jones and her immediate family with financial support during this extreme difficult time and in their struggle for justice for the murder of Ahmaud Marquez Arbery.”
- George Floyd Memorial Fund – “This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist [the Floyd] family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George. A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund.”
- Black Lives Matter – “#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.”
- ACLU and ACLU State Chapters – “Whether it’s achieving full equality for LGBT people, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age of widespread government surveillance, ending mass incarceration, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.”
- Split a Donation Between 55+ Community Bail Funds, Mutual Aid Funds, and Racial Justice Organizers
- Nourish NYC
- Venmo: @nourishnyc
- Cashapp: $nourishnyc
- Bail funds
- Unicorn Riot – “Unicorn Riot is a decentralized, educational 501(c)(3) non-profit media organization of artists and journalists. Our work is dedicated to exposing root causes of dynamic social and environmental issues through amplifying stories and exploring sustainable alternatives in today’s globalized world.”
- Pimento Relief Fund
- Black Table Arts – An organization that seeks to help gather “Black communities through the arts, towards better Black futures.”
- Black Trans Protestors Emergency Fund
- Cashapp: $btfacollective
- Paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org
- NAACP petition for justice for George Floyd
- BLM #DefundThePolice and #InvestInCommunities petition
- Justice for George Floyd
- Justice for Ahmaud Arbery – I Run with Maud
- Justice for Breonna Taylor
- Text FLOYD to 55156 (George Floyd).
- Text ENOUGH to 55156 (Breonna Taylor).
- Text JUSTICE to 668366
- Text DEMANDS to 55156
- Text TONY MCDADE to 484848
- Reclaim the Block: Defund the MPD
- Hands Up Act
- The Action PAC: Justice for George Floyd
- Stand with Breonna
- Black Lives Matter List of petitions and places to text/call
- NAACP: We Are Done Dying – Use the ‘Take Action’ feature to directly contact your state’s leaders.
- Template to contact your representatives by ADHOC
- How to protest safely during the pandemic
- Know Your Rights While Protesting Police Brutality
- How to be a good white ally, according to activists
- How to Protest Without Sacrificing Your Digital Privacy
- Black Lives Matter map of George Floyd Protests and resources for protesters
Amplifying Black Expression in Comedy and Beyond:
- “Phoebe Robinson: There’s No Excuse For The Lack Of Diversity In Comedy” – A podcast about the issues of racism in the comedy industry
- “L.A.’s Black Stand-Up Comics and the Battle to Book the Big Rooms” by Seth Abramovitch
- “Why It’s So Difficult for Black Comedians to Be Political in Late-Night Sets and a Comedian Who Broke Through” by Jesse David Fox
- “Race in the Writers’ Room: How Hollywood Whitewashes the Stories that Shape America” – A research study by Darnell Hunt, Dean of Social Sciences at UCLA
- “It’s Time to Respect Black Women in Comedy” – by Candice Frederick
- Black Comedians on Black Comedy: How African-Americans Taught Us to Laugh by Darryl Littleton
- Black Art in America
- Shades Collective
- Hurston/Wright Foundation
- Stream Black Comedy
- Insecure (HBO)
- Desus & Mero (Showtime)
- A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO)
- Astronomy Club (Netflix)
- Dear White People (Netflix)
- Keep It! (Podcast)
- Atlanta (Hulu)
- Follow Black Comedians (Twitter)
- Issa Rae (@IssaRae)
- Ashley Nicole Black (@ashleyn1cole)
- Ziwe Fumudoh (@ziwe)
- Jaboukie Young-White (@jaboukie)
- Amber Ruffin (@ambermruffin)
- Quinta Brunson (@quintabrunson)
- Robin Thede (@robinthede)
- Rae Sanni (@raesanni)
- Akilah Green (@akilahgreen)
- Solomon Georgio (@solomongeorgio)
- Dewayne Perkins (@DewaynePerkins)
- Naomi Ekperigin (@Blacktress)
- Grace Edwards (@gracyact)
- Nicole Byer (@nicolebyer)
- Janelle James (@janellejcomic)
- Ira Madison III (@ira)
- Langston Kerman (@LangstonKerman)
- Ayo Edebiri (@ayoedebiri)
- Dulcé Sloan (@dulcesloan)
- Yassir Lester (@Yassir_Lester)
If you have any additions to this list, please reach out to us at Jack-O-Lantern@dartmouth.edu or by messaging our Instagram @dartmouthjacko.