May 25 – George Floyd was killed in broad daylight while in police custody in Minneapolis.
May 29 – Tony McDade was shot and killed by a Tallahassee police officer.
March 13 – Breonna Taylor was killed in her own home in Kentucky after being shot by police.
February 23 – Ahmaud Arbery was killed by two white men while on a jog near his home in Georgia.
In the past few months, much of America has been awakened to the senseless violence and discrimination people of color have faced for centuries. The movement to end police violence and the systemic racism that is so woven into the fabric of our nation needs our support.
If you’re looking for a way to help during this time, consider giving to one of these organizations:
1. Campaign Zero – “Funds donated to Campaign Zero support the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide.”
2. 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.”
3. African American Youth – Their mission is “To effectually address disparities and ensure low-barrier access to vital educational, economic, and enrichment resources to underserved, at-risk youth and their families on their path to self-sufficiency.”
4. Girls For A Change – “Girls For A Change (GFAC) is a nonprofit youth development organization aimed at empowering Black girls and other girls of color in Central Virginia to visualize their bright futures and potential through discovery, development, innovation and social change in their communities.”
5. We Love Lake Street – This nonprofit was created to help rebuild Lake Street in Minneapolis in the wake of the riots following the death of George Floyd. Their website states: “A majority of Lake Street businesses are owned by immigrants and people of color, and Lake Street Council is committed to ensuring that our support is accessible to all businesses and has an equitable impact. As we work to allocate and distribute these funds, we will focus on helping the hardest-hit and most vulnerable businesses in our community, which disproportionately includes immigrant and POC-owned businesses.“
If you haven’t seen a loss of income due to COVID-19, consider using your stimulus check to fight injustices. Pledge to join the movement today.