White Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck until he died.
He was a father, brother, son and friend, and his death was captured on video and broadcast to the world. As writer and author Jelani Cobb writes for the New Yorker, Floyd’s death is, ‘horrific but not surprising; terrible but not unusual, depicting a kind of incident that is periodically re-enacted in the United States. It’s both necessary and, at this point, pedestrian to observe that policing in this country is mediated by race.’
We stand in solidarity with the Black community and protestors, and we urge our readers to actively condemn systemic racism not just in the US, but wherever you live. If showing out to protest is not possible for you at the moment for any number of reasons, there’s other ways you can help. While we recognise the economic impact of coronavirus on individuals and communities worldwide, we ask that if you do have some dollars to spare at this time, you consider directing it to one of the below organisations.
Reclaim the Block
Reclaim the Block organises Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that promote community health and safety. They organise around policies that strengthen community-led safety initiatives and reduce reliance on police departments, such as funding solutions to the opioid crisis, funding violence prevention, and the creation of mental health response teams in times of mental health crises. Donate here.
Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
This fund was established to cover funeral and burial expenses, grief counselling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist his family as they continue to seek justice for their loved one. 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. Donate here.
I Run With Maud – Ahmaud Arbery GoFund Me
In February, two white men gunned down Ahmaud Arbery as he jogged through a neighbourhood in Georgia. The father and son, Gregory and Travis McMichael, followed him in their pickup truck, and murdered him as a third accomplice filmed. This fundraiser will assist Ahmaud’s mother and her immediate family with financial support during this extremely difficult time and in their struggle for justice. Donate here.
Black Visions Collective
Black Visions Collective is a Black-led, Queer and Trans centred organisation who lead targeted collaborative local campaigns that advance a concrete impact for people’s lives in the Twin Cities metro area and Minnesota. Donate here.
Campaign Zero advocates for policy solutions to end police violence in America, using data, research and human rights principles. Limiting police interventions, improving community interactions and ensuring accountability are three of their core focuses. This includes calls to end for-profit and ‘broken windows’ policing, the establishment of independent investigations and prosecutions, and demanding the use of body cameras on police (according to Campaign Zero, nearly every case where a police officer was charged with a crime for killing a civilian in 2015 relied on video evidence showing the officer’s actions.) Their site also helps citizens in the US find their government representative, to demand action to end police violence. Donate here.
State and National Bail Funds
There have been mass arrests of protesters across the US, and bails funds are working around the clock to pay their bail. You can donate to the following (please note that Minnesota Freedom Fund is now urging people to donate to the aforementioned Black Visions Collective, Reclaim the Block, and North Star Health Collective due to the overwhelming support they have received): Minnesota Freedom Fund, Louisville Community Bail Fund, Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, Atlanta Solidarity Fund, Colorado Freedom Fund, and The Bail Project.