100 ways you can fight racism right now
As protests continue on the death of George Floyd and the continued mistreatment of black Americans at the hands of police, many are seeking justice while at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in police custody on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck.
The horrifying video of Floyd’s death went viral on social media, showing a policeman nudging Floyd’s neck as the man in handcuffs repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe.
Four officers involved in the incident were fired, and on May 29, former officer Derek Chauvin was arrested, days after the video appeared.
If you’re looking to get involved in addition to the in-person organization, we’ve compiled a list of ways you can take action at home, including specific ideas for claiming justice for Floyd and resolving the distinction. Race in general:
Contact state and local leaders
1. Mail to Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey requesting change of justice, accountability and / or policy.
2. Mail to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz requesting change of justice, accountability and / or policy.
3. Call Minnesota Attorney Mike Freeman of Hennepin County at 612-348-5550 to ask for justice.
4. Call Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison at 651-296-3353.
5. Call Governor Walz at 651-201-3400.
6. Contact the Mayor of Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser at email@example.com or 202-727-2643.
7. Contact Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. Contact California Governor Gavin Newsom by mailing online or by phone at 916-445-2841.
9. Contact the Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio through the online submission here.
10. Contact New York Governor Andrew Cuomo by submitting it online here or at 518-474-8390.
11. Contact the mayor of Louisville Greg Fischer online here or at 502-574-2003.
12. Contact Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear online here or at 502-564-2611.
13. Contact the Mayor of Miami, Francis X. Suarez at 305-468-5900.
14. Contact Florida Governor Ron DeSantis online here or at 850-717-9337.
15. Contact Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms at email@example.com or 404-330-6054.
16. Call or write to local politicians and leaders in your state or city if there is a problem you want to resolve.
Sign the petition
17. Justice for George Floyd on change.org
This petition began as a way to ask the officers involved to be charged. Now that they’ve been charged, it aims to demand a “fair trial that leads to justice and conviction of George Floyd’s murderers.” As of July 8, more than 18 million people have signed.
18. Asking for justice for Elijah McClain on act.colorofchange.org
The petition was to “call on Justice Secretary (Colorado) Phil Weiser to defend justice and file criminal charges against the officers who murdered Elijah McClain”, a black man. The 23-year-old died in police custody last year. You can also sign by texting “Elijah” to 55156.
19. Justice for Breonna Taylor on change.org
The petition demands justice of Taylor, an unarmed Black woman who died in her apartment after being shot at least eight times by Metro Louisville, Kentucky, in March.
20. Black Lives Matter’s #DefundThePolice Lawsuit
This petition aims to “demand acknowledgment and responsibility for the devaluation and humiliation of the Black life at the hands of the police.”
21. Recommendation #JusticeforBigFloyd of the Grassroots Law Project
This lawsuit aims to bring justice to George Floyd and his family. “When you sign, our platform will automatically send your message to Mike Freeman, Hennepin County Attorney,” the website said.
22. The NAACP Legal Protection Foundation’s petition for George Floyd
The petition stated “that officials ensure safe treatment during times of turmoil.”
23. Contribute to a video petition organized by colorofchange.org by recording a video of yourself asking for justice for Floyd.
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24. Initiative for Equality and Equality
This nonprofit aims to “end mass detention, excessive punishment and racial inequality.” Donations help support their goals, including challenging racial and economic injustices as well as protecting “basic human rights for the most vulnerable in American society.”
25. Children’s Colors
This platform helps young people of color explore race, identity and culture as well as challenge daily racism and be institutionalized. Donations will go to “event / workshop costs; resources; project activities and ensure young supporters can be paid or rewarded for their time,” according to its fundraising page. it.
The initiative provides direct support to activists in New York City, including supplies to protesters and bail aid.
27. Race justice network
It is a “grassroots, multiracial organization, committed to fighting for racial justice and building cross-racial, social and economic bridges,” according to the organization’s website. Donations for community support, events and galaes focus on compensation, crisis response and more.
28. Union Community Against Police Brutality
This Twin Cities-based organization accepts donations by mail or PayPal for “office expenses, police watch equipment, court filing fees and other expenses.”
29. Unicorn Riot
It is a non-profit media organization dedicated to “exposing the root causes of dynamic social and environmental problems by amplifying stories and exploring sustainable alternatives in the world. globalization today, “according to the organization’s website.
30. The Minnesota Healing Justice Network
This network provides a “professional community of support and mutual support networks for health care and healing justice practitioners who are also identified as Indigenous, Black or Caucasian. color “, according to its website. They accept donations.
31. The Marshall Project
It is a non-profit press organization focusing on the criminal justice sector. Donations help support the group’s goal of “establishing the truth, exposing failures, and examining solutions to the criminal justice system in crisis.”
32. Your local bond / guarantee fund
Many organizations in states and cities around the country accept donations to pay bail / bond payments and are also fighting to abolish the money guarantee system and pre-trial detention. The National Guarantee Fund Network has a list of community guarantee funds, and as protests continue to take place in Atlanta, Miami, New York and other major cities, the Georgia Immigrant Bond Fund, the Fund LGBTQ Freedom and the Emergency Liberation Fund are asking for donations.
33. The Black Visions
This Minnesota-based group focuses on “principles of healing and transformation” and spearheaded “local, targeted, cooperative campaigns” in the state.
This QTPOC-centered reproductive justice collective helps “provide free, compassionate, non-judgmental support to all on all pregnancy and fertility experiences.”
35. Northstar Health Collective
The organization works “allied with orthodox and anti-authoritarian organizations to create safe and healthy events”. You can get assistance through a written check by mail or via PayPal.
36. Reclaim block
The alliance seeks to “require Minneapolis to divest from policy control and invest in long-term alternatives,” according to its Twitter profile. Donations help support the alliance’s work to “ensure that our community has the resources it needs to thrive”.
37. Blackboard art
The organization helps “Black communities through art, towards a better black future,” according to the organization’s website. They accept donations and also have merchandise for sale.