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Marches and protests continued in dozens of American cities over the final weekend in May in response to the death of George Floyd. Police and demonstrators clashed, with more than 4,100 people arrested, including 80 on Sunday alone in San Francisco.
Floyd died May 25 while detained and handcuffed when Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly 9 minutes. Floyd had been accused of passing a false $20 bill at a convenience store. He is the latest African American to be killed by what some believe to be systemically aggressive police tactics and behavior. In 2019, the LA Times reported that being killed by police was the leading cause of death for young black men in America.
For those interested in supporting the protests—whether they can or cannot attend themselves—a number of organizations are asking for financial support. Some use donations to make bail for peaceful demonstrators, while others look to directly impact policy change.
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Support George Floyd’s Family
The Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
“On May 25, 2020, my life shattered as I learned of the tragic passing of my dear brother, George.
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.”
Directly Support Protesters
The Know Your Rights Legal Defense Fund
Created by former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick, the “Know Your Rights” Legal Defense Initiative works with top lawyers in the Minneapolis area to provide legal resources for protesters in need.
Black Lives Matter
Founded after the acquittal of George Zimmerman following the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in 2012, the Black Lives Matter movement has grown from a hashtag to an international organization employing a diversity of tactics to fight state-sanctioned violence against black people around the world.
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund
The National for the Advancement of Colored People’s Legal Defense Fund fights systemic inequality through litigation, advocacy, and public education.
The Bail Project
According to its website, The Bail Project National Revolving Bail Fund provides free bail assistance to low-income individuals who are legally presumed innocent, and whom a judge has deemed eligible for release before trial contingent on paying bail.
The National Bail Fund Network
The National Bail Fund Network is a network of sixty community bail and bond funds across the country that pays the bail of people who are unable to pay it themselves. You can donate by pretrial or immigration detainment, or select by state.
For Policy Change
Reclaim the Block
Reclaim the Block was founded in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis local government to move money allocated to the police department into parts of the community that promote health and safety.
Communities United Against Police Brutality
Focused on the Twin Cities, CUAPB is an all-volunteer organization working directly with the local government to curb police brutality. You can attend weekly meetings on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. at 4200 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, or donate to pay for its “office costs, copwatch equipment, court filing fees and other expenses.”
Campaign Zero is a policy-focused organization that seeks to end broken windows policing, enact community oversight of police activity, limit use of force, and achieve other reform to law enforcement. You can read in detail about their policy solutions here.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which celebrated its 100th birthday in January, works to protect voting rights, rights for prisoners, reproductive healthcare and more.
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