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HOW TO SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY

HOW TO SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY

On Monday, May 25, George Floyd, a 46 year old African American man died in the hands of police custody. Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck until he died. The incident was caught on video tape in which you could see Floyd pinned to the ground struggling to breathe. This became the third murder to make national headlines in these last few months. In March, Police in Louisville, Kentucky, burst into Breonna Taylor’s apartment in the middle of the night and shot the 26-year-old eight times. In February, two white men in a pickup truck gunned down Ahmaud Arbery while he jogged through their Georgia neighborhood. Since then protests have spread across the nation demanding reform, justice and the end of systematic racism and police brutality. It is in all of our duties to stand together in the face of oppression and play our part to support one another. With that being said, we want to link a few ways you can safely contribute to the movement.

George Floyd’s family has started a GoFundMe to cover funeral and burial costs; counseling services; legal fees; and continued care for his children. There’s also a GoFundMe raising money for Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, donations to which will similarly fund the family’s legal battle.

Send your donation to an organization, keeping in mind that some — like the Minnesota Freedom Fund and the Brooklyn Bail Fund — have recently begun asking donors to redirect their funds to other non-profits amid an outpouring of support. A few suggestions:

The Bail Project, a nonprofit that aims to mitigate incarceration rates through bail reform.

 Black Visions Collective, a black, trans, and queer-led social justice organization and legal fund based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The National Bail Fund Network has a directory of community bail funds to which you can donate, along with a COVID-19 rapid response fund. Another list of funds is available here.

Gas Mask Fund for black youth activists in Minneapolis is raising money to buy gas masks for demonstrators who’ve faced tear gas during protests.

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which supports racial justice through advocacy, litigation, and education.

Communities United Against Police Brutality, which operates a crisis hotline where people can report abuse; offers legal, medical, and psychological resource referrals; and engages in political action against police brutality.

Northstar Health Collective, a St. Paul–based organization that provides health services and support at protests.

The ACLU, which provides legal services and support for a broad range of people with civil rights complaints.

Free Them All for Public Health, which aims to free incarcerated people amid the coronavirus pandemic, is raising money for people who have been arrested during New York City protests over the weekend. What doesn’t go toward local bail will reportedly be sent to other cities, and COVID Bailout NYC.

The Atlanta Solidarity Fund is raising bail and bond money for jailed protestors in Atlanta.

Free Them All for Public Health, which is raising money to bail out protesters in New York City.

No New Jails NYC aims to keep the city from constructing new jails, and to instead divert funds that currently go toward the police and incarceration toward housing, ending homelessness, mental health, and other community support systems.

The Know Your Rights Camp, an organization founded by Colin Kaepernick that provides education and training in black and brown communities, set up a legal fund for Minneapolis protestors.

Fair Fight, an organization founded by Stacey Abrams that aims to end voter suppression and equalize voting rights and access for fairer elections.

 

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.

Desmond Tutu


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