BLACK LIVES MATTER
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
The ugly statistics we could cite here seem endless; but many of you know this already. What you want to know, is what can you do about it? Don’t feel bad if you don’t have all the answers. It’s’ much easier to criticize than to offer solutions, but what are the right solutions? Who is an ally, and who offers only platitudes? Politicians offer support and symbolic victories; we are awash in messages of support, up to our necks and drowning in thoughtful gestures.
But there are leaders among us who are showing the way. There are people who are thinking about what needs to be done, and targeting those who have power to make real systemic change.
Where to Donate and Help Out
In deciding who to support, think about your own goals, and match them to the goals in the following list. We’re all coming at this with different beliefs about what solutions are necessary. What action would make you satisfied? What could those who hold power do to leave you genuinely reassured that law enforcement will no longer use their power to harass and murder those whom they have deemed other? Looking at the goals of the organizations below, and give your time and money to the one that best matches what you feel in your heart.
America spends $100 Billion per year spent on law enforcement and another $80 Billion per year on incarceration.
ADVOCATE FOR BLACK LIVES
Black Lives Matter Global Network
BLM advocates for justice. This includes organizing demonstrations, writing and gathering petitions, and hires artists to create awareness about police violence.
RESEARCH THE FACTS AND WRITE NEW LAWS
More than a thousand Americans are killed by police yearly. Campaign Zero strives to reduce this number to zero by writing data-driven policy solutions, such as community oversight, limiting use of force, community representation, demilitarization and ending for-profit policing.
BROADLY SUPPORT LEGISLATION FOR RACIAL JUSTICE
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
While they also write and defend criminal justice policy, their objectives also include litigating for voter participation, equality in education, and ensuring that Americans have equal access to health care, housing and employment.
LITIGATING TO HOLD POLICE ACCOUNTABLE
The National Police Accountability Project
A project of the National Lawyers Guild, the central mission of NPAP is to promote the accountability of law enforcement officers and their employers for violations of the Constitution and US law.
DEMAND JUSTICE FOR BREONNA TAYLOR
Breonna Taylor was sleeping when police broke in and shot her eight times.
Call or email the Louisville Mayor’s office to demand the chief of police be fired for Taylor’s murder.
Louisville Mayor, Greg Fischer – (502) 574-2003
For more info on Breonna Taylor or to donate to her memorial fund see JusticeForBreonna.org.
DEMAND JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD
Call the Minneapolis DA and mayor to demand the officers be convicted for the murder of George Floyd.
Minneapolis Mayor’s Office, Jacob Frey: (612) 673-2100
Minneapolis District Attorney, Mike Freeman: (612) 348-5550 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Minneapolis Police Department: email@example.com
MINNESOTA ORGANIZATIONS FOR RACIAL JUSTICE
HELP PAY THE BILLS OF THOSE PROTESTING
This links to a spreadsheet that enables you to find the organization in your state that provides bail relief for Black Lives Matters protesters. In addition to posting bail for protesters, funds go to transportation, supplies, and spreading the word. Some of the most talked-about cities are flush with cash so check the website to be sure.
END CASH BAIL
The Bail Project
The Bail project provides bail assistance for tens of thousands of Americans, but their ultimate goal is to end the bail policy altogether. In their words, “We won’t stop until the presumption of innocence is no longer