Getting justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and our known and unknown brothers and sisters slain at the hands of law enforcement officers, who used excessive force, takes different forms. There’s lots of pain, rage, emotion, and deep hurt that opens old wounds. We can protest peacefully, flood our socials with social justice messages, share links, learn who our local decision-makers are and engage with them at their meetings, read and share decision-makers’ voting records, attend town halls, email, make calls, and we can join movements that speak to legislative gatekeepers in a way that illuminates disparities in policy and legal injustices, steeped in racism through organized mobility.
We intentionally will not qualify any mention of the victims names with degrees or certificates earned, job titles, awards, associations or memberships. We value their accomplishments but their very lives, our collective desire for them to still be here, which they all should be, is far greater than all of the accolades which subconsciously comes across as some type of inappropriate and comforting safety net that somehow say, “They were good Black people, who didn’t deserve to die.” They need no qualifications. They all deserved to live, breathe and be treated fairly by those who are supposed to protect and serve.
There are many groups who have been doing life-changing work all along. Here are 10 that can help every human being to use their voice to apply the pressure needed to usher in more real change.
United States Census — Stand and be counted. 2020 is turning out to be a helluva year and it’s the first time ever that in the amount of time it takes to sip some tea, you can fill out your census online. Use your power to let the federal government know that you are here, so that your part of the vineyard can get proper funding for schools, roads, and local municipal support. You do not need the 12-digit ID to complete it. Please complete it now.
Color of Change is the largest online social justice platform that targets systemic racism through methodical campaigns aimed at government and corporate America. They target injustice anywhere and empower individuals to get effectively involved, until justice is real.
FIGHT FOR BREONNA advises you on the exact demands needed on the powerful local level. Justice for Breonna Taylor on the change.org platform seems to take a state leadership approach. Sign both petitions, take note of the actionable steps, donate and share your civil rights stand on socials, to put ongoing pressure on decision-makers in Kentucky. They need to charge the police who unlawfully rammed down her door, firing 22 rounds, eight of which killed this beautiful young woman, while she was in her bed, in her own apartment. #JusticeForBre
George Floyd Memorial Fund Philonise Floyd, the brother of George Floyd organized this fund that was set up and is managed by Adner Marcelin, a representative of Ben Crump Law, PLLC. Funds will cover court costs, funeral, and burial expenses, grief counseling, and a portion will be set aside for George Floyd’s children and their education. There’s also an address where you can send cards, letters and donations. #JusticeforFloyd
Minnesota Freedom Fund Cash bail is wealth-discrimination at its most efficient. The United States is one of only two countries in the world that uses cash bail. MFF fights cash bail, which is highly utilized by police for misdemeanors, and ICE detention. They mobilize and advocate for those who don’t have the money to free themselves from sitting in jail before their trial.
Therapy For Black Girls seeks to remove the stigma associated with Black women and girls getting the help they need to thrive. Centuries of racism has impacted us to believe that being strong and withstanding the pain means there’s no help for us. The most recent murders along with the disparities of the Coronavirus make taking care of our minds a must. Find the strength to put your mind first.
Black Lives Matter In 2013, three radical Black organizers — Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi — created a Black-centered political will and movement building project called #BlackLivesMatter. It was in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman. Donate, join or start a chapter with this civil rights force. #BlackLivesMatter
Black Mama’s Bail Out Works to end systems of mass incarceration and support our communities. They work with groups all over the country so that on Mother’s Day Black Mamas can be home with their families. A major goal is to bail out as many Black Mamas and caregivers as they can, provide supportive services and fellowship opportunities for those they bail out and organize to end money bail and pretrial detention. Their Black Codes of Bail is eye-opening and will move you to mobilize. #FreeBlackMamas
Reclaim The Block Minnesota-based RTB moves to divest police funding and to invest in community solutions that actually forge the resources and conversations to support its citizens. Instead of responding with police, many times mental health professionals are needed. Visit them today and please give if you can.
Know Your Rights Camp Colin Kaepernick took a knee at NFL games to peacefully protest police brutality during the National Anthem. After tumultuous times as a free agent, he has morphed into a civil rights activist and educator, hosting camps in major cities. The camps empower Black and Brown kids to know their rights while infusing pride in their respective heritages.
Here’s How You Can Help Demand Justice for George Floyd From calling city officials to donating to relief funds, The Oprah Magazine shares a list of take more action now resources to seek focused justice. #JusticeforFloyd