Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has issued a statement supporting Black Lives Matter and has highlighted creative projects.
Comic creators across the globe have also lent support, such as comics writer Gail Simone with her #ComicWritersChallenge and Pencils in the Margin, which has reworked its platform adding resources in support of Black Lives Matter and detained protesters across the United States.
“In the past two weeks, people around the world have stood up to affirm that Black lives matter and to demand an end to police violence and systemic racism,” the company commented in a statement. “That these actions and conversations are happening globally, and have already contributed to real change, is heartening.
“But the work doesn’t end after a week, a month, or a year. Kickstarter is committed to engaging with the issues and conversations that affect artists, creators, and our community, and we intend to continue speaking out about racial injustice, sharing anti-racist reading and resources, amplifying the voices and work of Black creators, and listening to our community to find out what we can do better. We hope you’ll join us in continuing to learn, grow, and resist.
“Here are a few ways you can continue this crucial work today and in the future: You can support Black-owned businesses, artists and creators who directly support or centre Black communities, and bail funds and racial justice organisations. You can attend protests, sign petitions, and contact your representatives to demand an end to police brutality and racist institutions. You can educate yourselves about racism and what it means to be anti-racist.
“You can challenge friends and family members who dismiss the protests or say ‘all lives matter.’ If you have children, you can talk to them about Black Lives Matter and police violence. And you can listen to and amplify the voices of the educators and activists who have been doing this work all along.
“Together, we can demand justice and help make change happen.”
Utilising Twitter and the #ComicWritersChallenge hashtag comic creators are auctioning off original art, signed comic books, and other paraphernalia in order to raise money for Black Lives Matter, a campaign initiated by Gail Simone that has raised thousands of dollars in a very short time.
Fans can participate in this movement/auction by simply bidding on items on Twitter. Take a look at the #ComicWritersChallenge hashtag to see the items people are offering for sale, and check out the Bid Tracker Google Doc designed to track the list of available items and their current highest bids.
Pencils in the Margin
Pencils in the Margin has been supporting those facing border detention in the United States, but the campaign group has now expanded its reach to offer a new system for artists and contributors to promote and co-ordinate fundraising efforts to support Black Lives Matter and detained protesters.
They are always looking for more artists, writers, and creators of all kinds to join the project and contribute donation incentives. Just register an account with details of the incentives you offer. Once approved, you will be able to create and maintain your own profile page and easily display who you are, what you do, and which organisations you support.