A healing ritual and a mindful protest. Send a peaceful message that honors the lives lost while protesting the extrajudicial murder of black people in these streets! POLICE BRUTALITY MUST END for racial justice to begin.
This organized action for Racial Justice occurs ALL DAY LONG Around the World on Social Media annually every Juneteenth, but you can participate whenever you‘d like. See FAQs below for more information.
Visit Juneteenth.com to learn more about the history of Juneteenth.
Demonstrate Black Lives Matter in 4 Simple Steps:
Source: Mapping Police Violence and Statista
TOO MANY NAMES!
TOO MANY LIVES!
They are killing us ya’ll.
Over 2300 Black people have been killed by police since 2013. That's 25% of all police killings. And it’s not ok.
It’s never ok. Let's stand. Let's speak out. Let's do it together.
Visit MappingPoliceViolence.org for more data and research on police brutality in the United States.
The only way this action will reach its goal is if you don’t keep it to yourself.
Use the hashtag #SAYTHEIRNAMESLIVE. Share the posts. Forward the emails. Tag your friends. Post your video and make it public.
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No. Taking the pledge and participating in #SayTheirNamesLive is, and will always be free. Completing the pledge form simply allows me a way to track progress towards the movement’s growth goals, and helps me find your posts on social media (if applicable). All of the victims name information is publicly available. Pledging is even optional—you can download the list of names from the website without signing up. When you complete the pledge form, you are also subscribed to receive email and blog updates. You can unsubscribe any time.
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Anyone who believes that black lives matter, who wants racial injustice and police brutality to cease, and who agrees to honor the lives of these victims by saying their names live on Juneteenth should pledge to participate. This action is open to lIke-minded people of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, ages, generations and orientations.
Yes. You can download and edit any of the #SAYTHEIRNAMESLIVE names lists once you pledge to participate, or you can curate your own list.
Yes. While it is important to center the black victims of police brutality during #SayTheirNamesLive, this process is both for healing and action. Therefore, if it would be healing for you to include the names of other people, such as names of other races, people who died by other means, the ancestors, past leaders, etc., then please feel free to do both while embodying the action piece where we are specifically speaking out against police brutality and racial injustice.
Please be as creative as you wish to be. Sing the names. Write a poem/play/scene with the names. Show paintings or drawings of the names. Choreograph a dance with the names. Sign the names in ASL. Create anything you can create.
Or, simply read the names, as I will be doing.
Just ensure that you are honoring the victims and saying their names in a respectful way.
Yes. How long you go live is ultimately up to you. #SayTheirNamesLive for as long as you want and as many times as you want. You also can spread the 10 minutes out across the day and go live in spurts. Just make sure you hashtag #SayTheirNamesLive in every post.
How many names you read depends on how you go about it. I ran a quick test and found it took me five minutes to read 100 names at a normal pace with a brief pause in between each one, or 3 seconds per name. You can #SayTheirNamesLive as slowly or as quickly as you wish. Your post can also be longer or shorter as needed.
Yes. Juneteeth is the kickoff for this collective action, but you can and should #SayTheirNamesLives whenever you’d like, as often as you’d like.
No. You can collaborate with whomever you’d like and include as many voices in your post as you’d like. Do your post alone, as a duet, a trio, a small group or a whole community.
#SayTheirNamesLive participants pledge to go live on social media and read names for up to 10 minutes on June 19. However, anyone can choose to participate by uploading and posting a video that wasn’t filmed live and using the hashtag. #SayTheirNamesLive participants whose platforms allow will also be encouraged to save and share their videos after their live broadcast ends so that it can be viewed later, or multiple times.
You can also skip the social media element altogether and read the names aloud in a private ceremony.
I will keep track of the number of pledged participants and the number of #SAYTHEIRNAMESLIVE actions live-streamed on June 19, which will be identified by searching the hashtag #SayTheirNamesLive. This is why it’s important to sign up and use the complete hashtag: #SayTheirNamesLive.
Yes. If you can find a way to participate in #SayTheirNamesLive without using social media, go for it. Set up a call and do it. Go outside in your yard and do it. Gather your family around the dinner table and do it. Make it your own.
Yes. Email me at email@example.com with the name, date and details and I will add it to the list as soon as possible.
I have included all names of Black people killed by police using the databases provided. I have not, nor will I screen these killings or deem any of them justified, as that is not my purpose with this action. With that said, you are at complete choice for the names you choose to read. I have provided a variety of lists to choose from, and you can also make or research your own list. I will not engage in debates or arguments about why names are included on this list. I take no responsibility for the accuracy of these lists, which are derived from public databases.
If you’re doing it because you think it will look cool on your social media page, or if you are doing it to gain likes, views, comments, shares and other forms of fake internet points, or if your investment in this issue ends the moment your live stream ends, then yeah, you are performing activism. I’m not saying you can’t participate. I’m just pointing this out to you, as will others I’m sure.
If you’re doing this because you believe Black Lives Matter, you want to speak out about stopping the extrajudicial murder of Black people by police, you’re sitting in hurt, grief, and pain over the growing number of lives lost and you want to use your platforms to bring healing and action to this moment by adding your voice to a collective of others, then no, it’s not performative.
Yes. Please do. The fact is, last year, as I spent the day watching dozens of #SayTheirNamesLive posts, I noticed that most participants were not Black. And it was quite powerful. The truth is, we need allies and accomplices, holding this space and feeling this pain both with us and for us. We need your people to see it in ways they don’t when Black people carry this burden alone. Black people live this pain. We breathe these names. We ARE these names. If you are not Black, and you participate in this action respectfully, being appropriate and not appropriative, then you are not only welcome—YOU ARE HELPING. It’s as simple as that.