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5 Ways To Make A Difference: A Resource Guide To Honor The Life Of George Floyd, Support Black Lives Matters, And Protest Police Brutality

5 Ways To Make A Difference: A Resource Guide To Honor The Life Of George Floyd, Support Black Lives Matters, And Protest Police Brutality

To stay silent is to be complicit. We at MamaP believe #BlackLivesMatter and we stand with activists who are demanding change. Equality is what bands us together as a human race. It's clear there is progress yet to be made. To everyone who is hurting, feeling pain, or just angry, we see you, we feel you, we are with you. While some of us are on the ground joining local rallies, not everyone may be able to do that. We've put together a few things you can do to take action. To the black community, we are with you and we support you.

black lives matters art work of three black people with no faces. Art by sacree frangine

Art by Sacree Frangine

5 Ways to To Make A Difference and Demand Change:

1. Find a local rally. Ensure you do your research to make sure it's being credibly organized. There are reports that fake rallies are being organized by the opposition. A Forbes article notes:

"State authorities said they were monitoring alleged criminals online, including posts from suspected white supremacist groups trying to incite violence by promoting looting and mayhem in Minneapolis."

2. Educate yourself on the injustices the black community faces as an ally. Some powerful documentaries to watch:
  • 13th - There's a loophole in the 13th Amendment. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. 
  • Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement - Chronicles the evolution of the Black Lives Matter movement through the first-person accounts of local activists, protesters, scholars, journalists, and others.
  • The House I Live In - the plight that people of colour face in regards to change in social policy.
3. Donate to a bail fund:
  • 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. This has become one of the most prominent bail funds, providing relief to protesters in Minneapolis seeking justice for George Floyd.
  • Crowdsourced Google Doc - See what others have found or add resources from your locality. This list includes bailout funds and attorneys for people who have been arrested in the recent protests against police brutality. 
  • Rolling Stones bail fund list - If you would like to support a local fund, Rolling Stones has compiled an easy to read resource list with links and summary. This is national and state-specific.
  • Twitter bail fund list by Co-Star - Do you prefer tweeting and spreading awareness on their platform? This tweet is an ever growing list of resources to help people who've been arrest in the recent rallies in memory of George Floyd. They include bail-funds and attorneys.  

art work of george floyd in spray paint with the words say our names and a list of the recently dead from the hands of police

 

4. We say their names with you! George Floyd. Ahmaud Aubery. Breonna Taylor. You can honor their deaths by taking a moment to remember their lives and the change their ultimate sacrifice will bring. In their names, may we move towards our vision of a just and equal society. Here's a list of places you can make a difference:
  • The George Floyd Memorial Fund - The official gofundme.org from the family of George Floyd. His brother writes, "On May 25, 2020, my life shattered as I learned of the tragic passing of my dear brother, George...This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George. A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund." They also provide an address for cards and gifts.
  • Sign a Change.org Petition: The “Justice for George Floyd” petition on Change.org already has 10.5 million supporters. That sends a big message. 
  • Black Lives Matter - Donate to a local #BLM chapter or find ways to get involved in the movement. You can also create your own local #BLM Chapter.
  • Campaign Zero - A nonprofit dedicated to ending police violence
  • Sign a petition by Color of Change: Civil rights group Color of Change launched a petition asking that all the officers involved in Floyd’s death are brought to justice.  
black lives matter artwork with black and brown silhouettes of faces with the words enough is enough
Art by Brandy Chieco
    5. Register to Vote. November is coming! Make sure your voices are heard and your vote counts. You can make a difference in the local, national, and global levels to impact social and environmental justice.
    • Joe Biden Presidential Campaign - Want to make sure the next generation isn't filled with a right-wing Supreme Court? How about justice for the black community? Or maybe you want climate change to be a priority of the USA? We need to energize the vote for Joe Biden. 
    • Swing Left - Let's swing the senate to the left and remove Mitch McConnell. We need a united Oval Office and Congress to pass legislation to further progressive laws. - 
    • Register to vote - Please take time to register to vote in your locality. Make sure your friends and family are also registered to vote and ask them to show up to the poll this November. 

    We stand with you in these times. There's progress to be made. It will take our collective actions and your voice to make a change in our world. Please share this resource guide to your network via social media or email. 

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