Updated: Jun 6
This blog post is dedicated to being a resource-filled list in support of the 'Black Lives Matter' movement. If you feel threatened by that phrase - or you respond with 'All lives matter' please note that there are linked articles about that as well. I am not including separate articles about police violence and racism since a lot of the organizations provide all of that information. This little blog post is strictly for providing helpful links/resources/articles about organizations and people that are effecting change in regards to this issue. If you have information about organizations or individual people and/or articles that should be added, please feel free to contact me.
I couldn't stay silent - but I didn't know what to say. I sought more information. I did my best to educate myself further. I know that I STILL have a lot to learn. I know that I will still find MORE articles and organizations to add to this post. I'm watching activists stand up and speak their truths in the diverse community that I grew up in. I've spoken to some that have raised their voices. I do my best to listen, learn, and connect - to become a strong ally. I've donated where I could with the little that I currently have. You are not required to read this. You are not required to participate in any regard. This is just one small space on the internet, dedicated to providing links and information to those that are looking for it. Thank you - we're in this together. <3
** Why you should stop saying 'All Lives Matter'
- Full article here: https://www.vox.com/2016/7/11/12136140/black-all-lives-matter
- And another article on the subject here: https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/politics/a27075028/black-lives-matter-explained/
- And yet another article: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/07/black-lives-matter-all-lives-matter
Petitions to Sign:
Justice for George Floyd - with phone number and additional information with petition
Help get justice for Ahmaud - sign the petition
Stand with Breonna - sign the petition
Justice for Breonna Taylor - sign this petition as well
Join the cause in Minneapolis via 'Reclaim The Block' for Community-Led Safety Solutions
Legislation & Who/Where to Contact:
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and Congresswoman Karen Bass have created a Resolution to condemn police brutality, racial profiling, and the excessive use of force. A lot of your local government officials have signed on to cosponsor this resolution - and a lot haven't.
Sign here to condemn police brutality - you can do that here: https://act.ayannapressley.com/call/accountability
Also - Sign here to condemn police brutality - you can do that here: https://ilhan.cp.bsd.net/page/signup/condemn-police-brutality
You can download the resolution legislation document (Click here) in PDF format and read it for yourself.
Find out who you local Mayor is. Google "Mayor, _______" (Fill in the blank with your city, state. Or, refer to this website and enter the name of your city (no state needed, just city name) https://www.usmayors.org/mayors/
Contact your Mayor and request that he/she sign this pledge from Former Amazing President Barack Obama: https://www.obama.org/mayor-pledge
Contact your local city/state officials and request information about policing, legislation, etc. This is a good site to help you find all of your local reps - but doesn't seem to include your Mayor. Refer to specific USMayors link for that. https://myreps.datamade.us/
Your State's Reps for the 'House of Representatives' can support legislation that we NEED in regards to reducing/removing police brutality. To find if your State Reps have co-sponsored a bill, you'll have to know who your State Representatives are. You can use this website to find that information: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members For example: Here's the information I get when I select Wisconsin through that website. There are three tabs available full of the State Rep info. For reference, you can see it here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/WI
Here are some Bills that need supporting:
H.Res.988 - Condemning all acts of police brutality, racial profiling, and the use of excessive and militarized force throughout the country. THIS is the resolution mentioned above (sponsored by Ayanna Pressley and others, etc.). You can find the resolution/bill details here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/988 - Click on the cosponsors tab to find out if your State Reps have cosponsored this bill. Or click here.
H.R.4408 - Eric Garner Excessive Use of Force Prevention Act of 2019 - You can find details about the bill here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/4408 - You can see which Reps have co-sponsored this bill by clicking on the Cosponsors tab or clicking here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/4408/cosponsors?searchResultViewType=expanded&KWICView=false
H.R.1636 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) - You can find the details of this bill here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1636 - Click on the 'Cosponsors tab' or click here to find out if your State Reps have cosponsored this bill. Information is key in helping impact additional change and creation additional legislation needed to ensure equality and justice throughout the United States. Wilson’s bill would create a Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys to study conditions affecting that population including “homicide rates, arrest and incarceration rates, poverty, violence, fatherhood, mentorship, drug abuse, death rates, disparate income and wealth levels, school performance in all grade levels including postsecondary levels and college, and health issues.”
If your State Reps are NOT supporting these bills - the next step is to CONTACT THEM! Every single state has numerous Reps, so that's going to require all of us to utilize the website noted above (for finding your State Reps) to dig further (Google is awesome) for addresses, phone numbers, and emails. Thank YOU for putting in the work! We're in this together!
City of Minneapolis PD - email@example.com
Office of Police Conduct Review - firstname.lastname@example.org
Minneapolis 311 - email@example.com
Text JUSTICE to 668366 (you will need to provide your zipcode)
Maasai Godwin has created an email template that you can use to send to Minnesota officials in regards to the killing of George Floyd. You can find her IG here for reference: https://www.instagram.com/maasaipg/ and here is the link for the email template she has provided: tinyurl.com/emailforfloyd - If that doesn't open up the email template automatically, you can copy/paste from the sample below (which is a direct copy/paste from the email template she has provided.
Maasai has also provided a template for seeking justice for Breonna Taylor. You can find that link here: tinyurl.com/ycha6nuu - I have also copied that template below for you to copy/paste (you can see it beneath the template regarding George Floyd)
Subject: Justice for the Murder of George Floyd
My name is [insert name]. I am a resident of [State/City] and I am emailing today to demand accountability for the racist murder of George Floyd.
I demand that charges be pressed against all officers involved in this heinous racist murder, including specifically Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao. They should not be allowed to keep their jobs and should be charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for manslaughter.
George Floyd should be alive today if it was not for the gross abuse of power and white supremacy exhibited by the Minneapolis Police Department, all officers involved must face consequences for this murder in order to provide his family with justice and prevent further cops from committing brutal acts of violence against our communities.
In addition, I demand that we start providing more support towards community efforts and organizations outside of the police forces in order to prevent police brutality and violence in the future.
Bcc: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Justice for the murder of Breonna Taylor
My name is [insert name]. I am a resident of [State/City] and I am emailing today to demand accountability for the racist murder of Breonna Taylor.
I demand that charges be pressed against all officers involved in this heinous killing, including Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and officers Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove. They should all be fired, and should be charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for murder.
Breonna Taylor was an ER technician, working tirelessly to help others during this global pandemic. She should be alive today. She would be alive today if it were not for the gross abuse of power and white supremacy exhibited by the Louisville Police Department. All officers involved must face consequences for this murder in order to provide her family with justice and to deter law enforcement from committing racist and brutal acts of violence against communities of color.
In addition, I demand that we provide more support for community efforts and organizations that work to prevent police brutality and violence.
Governor Tim Walz - (612)201-3400
Mayor Jacob Frey - (612)673-2100
County Attorney DA Mike Freeman - (612)348-3550
Police Chief Arendondo - (612)673-3550
Minneapolis PD - (612)673-3000
MPD of International Affairs - (612)673-3074
Minneapolis Dept of Civil Rights - (612)348-3550
Sheriff Dave Hutch - (612)348-3744
For Calls - Resources to help walk you through what to say if you need guidance:
More 'Action' needed for Breonna Taylor:
Breonna Taylor was shot 8 times in her bed - in her home - and there hasn't been a single arrest made as of June 4, 2020. Here are some additional ways you can help:
Complete 'actionable-list' thanks to Cate Young (@battymamzelle on IG). You can access the list here: https://msha.ke/30flirtyfilm/
Write a letter and/or send a card to the Mayor and the DA (both of Kentucky) in regards the wrongful and horrific death of Breonna Taylor. You can find their mailing addresses and more through the action-list linked above by Cate Young.
Text ENOUGH to 55156
Petitions for Breonna are linked above in the 'petitions' section.
People to contact:
Mayor Greg Fischer: (502)574-2003 email@example.com
Attorney Thomas Wine: firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor Andy Beshear: (502)564-2611
Attorney General Daniel Cameron: (502)696-5300 email@example.com
LMPD Chief Steve Conrad: (502)574-7660
** This is a thorough walk-through of the in-depth timeline of the events surrounding the death of Ahmaud and all of the investigation and actions thereafter. https://www.acluga.org/en/what-happened-ahmaud-arbery-faq (You might have to click 'see full timeline' or 'see more' etc)
** Frequently updated Google Doc full of additional Anti-Racism Resources (articles, books, podcasts, films, documentaries, organizations and additional info etc). You can find it here: bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES
** 26 Additional ways you can support this cause off the streets. You can find the PDF here: beyondthestreets_final_small.pdf
** Official George Floyd Memorial Fund. Some of the information provided by George's sister: "My family and I watched in absolute horror as the now infamous and horrifying video began to spread quickly throughout social media. What we saw on that tape left us shell shocked; a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling directly on my brother's neck, obstructing his ability to breathe. As some officers knelt on his neck, other officers participated and watched; no one took any action to save my brother's life. Those officers would continue to brutalize my brother until he died. 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."
If you can help, here's the link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd
** Justice for Breonna Taylor - Demand the Mayor and City Council address the use of force by LMPD that ended Breonna's life, along with the removal (firing) of Officers involved, releasing all evidence of wrong-doing to the public for accountability, etc.
- Take action here: https://justiceforbreonna.org/
- Sign the petition for Breonna here: https://www.change.org/p/andy-beshear-justice-for-breonna-taylor
** Justice for Ahmaud - "He was out for a jog when he was chased down, shot, and killed by two white supremacists. We must demand the justice he deserves. Click below to get started or call 770.800.0689 to demand justice for Ahmaud right away."
Full information and how you can take action here: https://www.runwithmaud.com/
** Here's a bail fund that's currently focused on supporting protesters in Minneapolis. Their mission statement: "The Minnesota Freedom Fund pays criminal bail and immigration bond for those who cannot afford to as we seek to end discriminatory, coercive, and oppressive jailing."
If you can help, here's the link: https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/
Here's their latest update: https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/donate?fbclid=IwAR04ACYZKAkfzmACSe9uhoOB1g8idnnUSwll0DZxXauca7lxUfxTg04seRo
** Black Visions Collective "Black Visions Collective envisions a world in which ALL Black Lives Matter. We use the guidance and brilliance of our ancestors as well as the teachings of our own experiences to pursue our commitment to dismantling systems of oppression and violence. We are determined in our pursuit of dignity and equity for all. "
You can find more information and can donate here: https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/
** NAACP - "The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race."
Visit NAACP to learn about how you can help, donate, etc. https://www.naacp.org
** Reclaim The Block "Our city is on fire, our people are hurting, and Black communities are crying out for health and safety in the midst of pandemic. Now is the time to invest in a safe, liberated future for our city. We can't afford to keep funding MPD's attacks on Black lives. SIGN THE PETITION TODAY & TELL OUR CITY COUNCIL TO TAKE THE PLEDGE!"
You can find the petition and other information here (you can also donate): https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/home
** Campaign Zero is FULL of resources, data, statistics, information, articles, etc. Accessible to everyone. From their site: "Over 1,000 people are killed by police every year in America. We are calling on local, state, and federal lawmakers to take immediate action to adopt data-driven policy solutions to end this violence and hold police accountable."
You can find all of the information and ways you can help here (you can also doante): https://www.joincampaignzero.org/#research
** Communities United Against Police Brutality - "Communities United Against Police BrutalityTM is a Twin-Cities based organization that was created to deal with police brutality on an ongoing basis. We work on the day-to-day abuses as well as taking on the more extreme cases. Our overriding goal is to create a climate of resistance to abuse of authority by police organizations and to empower local people with a structure that can take on police brutality and actually bring it to an end. We provide support for survivors of police brutality and families of victims so they can reclaim their dignity and join the struggle to end police brutality."
More information, ways you can help ,and donate, can be found here: https://www.cuapb.org/
** Black Lives Matter: "#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives."
You can find more information, ways you can help, and donate here: https://blacklivesmatter.com/about/
** Being an effective and supportive ally for the movement - "I want this to be a resource where anyone who is considering becoming an ally understands the pros and cons of what being an ally entails. I want you to understand that you’re in collaboration with people whose very lives can change overnight because of systemic oppression."
You can find information about allyship and all the resources here: https://guidetoallyship.com
** How you can be a strong ally: "Author's Note: I'm writing this in hopes that it can be used to lighten the load of marginalized folks, keeping in mind that not all marginalized people want to engage in the ally conversation, and that is perfect as well. For those who do, my prayer is that when someone asks you the question, “how can I be a stronger ally?” you might choose to save your breath/energy and send this in its place. "
You can find the full article here: https://sojo.net/articles/our-white-friends-desiring-be-allies
** Powerful speech by Tamika Mallory - You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/-8We-ksmRFA
**American Civil Liberties Union - "The ACLU of today continues to fight government abuse and to vigorously defend individual freedoms including speech and religion, a woman’s right to choose, the right to due process, citizens’ rights to privacy and much more. The ACLU stands up for these rights even when the cause is unpopular, and sometimes when nobody else will. While not always in agreement with us on every issue, Americans have come to count on the ACLU for its unyielding dedication to principle. The ACLU has become so ingrained in American society that it is hard to imagine an America without it."
Learn more here (they also provide resources - and you can donate - etc): http://www.aclu.org
** Jane Elliott speaking to an auditorium full of people - about racism. Some of her impactful words speak of the harsh truth of racism as the audience remains seated: "I want every white person in this room, who would be happy to be treated as this society in general treats our citizens, our black citizens. If you as a white person would be happy to receive the same treatment that our black citizens do in this society - please stand! (ALL remain seated) - You didn't understand the directions. If you white folks want to be treated the way blacks are in this society - stand! - Nobody is standing here. That says very plainly that you know what's happening. You know you don't want it for you. I want to know why you are so willing to accept it or to allow it to happen for others." Here's the video link: https://youtu.be/xUlqTNwm-mk
To learn more about Jane Elliot, you can refer to her website: https://janeelliott.com/
** A local (Racine, WI) non-profit has been burned and lost a lot of vital resources that are dedicating to helping victims of human-trafficking - it's also a safe space for children. Kerri Hemmig posted, "I'm sharing this as information. Last night my office, the Villa Street COP House was set on fire, which included all of our supplies for human-trafficking victims. It's a safe place for neighborhood children too. I'm devastated but it's still not as devastating as what happened to George Floyd and I hope all of this brings change and healing to our broken country." If you can help, here's the link: https://fighttoendexploitation.org/donate/