On May 25, 2020, George Perry Floyd, an African-American man, was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In his honor, and all black lives who have been taken unjustly by police brutality and/or racism, we stand and protest for equal rights for our black brothers, sisters, and nonbinary individuals.
Social media can get overwhelming at times, but has a lot of good resources on how you can do your part to support the Black Lives Matter movement. I've compiled a list of places to donate, sign petitions, and books and articles to read in case you can't scroll through social media anymore.
Even though I am a POC, I will never understand the challenges black people face. But I am here, educating myself, and willing to listen and use my voice to speak up about the injustices we are seeing today. I hope you do the same.
WHERE TO DONATE
George Floyd Memorial Fund: The official GoFundMe to support the Floyd family.
Minnesota Freedom Fund: Community-based fund set up to pay criminal bail and immigration bonds for individuals who have been arrested while protesting police brutality.
Reclaim the Block: Coalition that advocates for and invests in community-led safety initiatives in Minneapolis neighborhoods.
Black Visions Collective: Minnesota-based black, trans, and queer-led organization committed to dismantling systems of oppression and violence.
Brooklyn Bail Fund: Community bail fund for Brooklyn’s incarcerated individuals.
May 2020 Buffalo Bail Fund: Fundraiser set up to provide bail for those protesting in Buffalo, New York.
Black Love Resists In the Rust: Buffalo-based collective of organizers and artists who identify as Black, Brown, and People of Color (POC) who believe in and work towards Transformative Social Justice
To find more places to donate, visit Rolling Stone's article here.
WHERE TO SIGN
Change.org : the official Change.org justice for George Floyd petition
Colors of Change : OR text "FLOYD" to 55156
We the People: the official federal government petition
Black Lives Matter : demand acknowledgment and accountability for the devaluation and dehumanization of black life at the hands of the police
To find more petitions, visit USA Today's article here.
WHAT TO READ
THE NEW JIM CROW - Michelle Alexander
WHITE FRAGILITY - Robin DiAngelo
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOM X - as told by Alex Haley
ANGELA DAVIS an autobiography
HOW TO BE AN ANTI-RACIST - Ibram X. Kendi
I urge to you support your local book stores rather than purchasing these books from big corporations. If you're located in Buffalo, know for a fact Burning Books has these and many more.