So you participated in #BlackOutTuesday. You posted a black square, or something similar. Maybe you even shared links in support of Civil rights for Black Americans or used your platform as a voice for another Black creator; good for you! While it is awesome that you want to support the movement right now, what about tomorrow? or next week? What about a month from now? Do you have plans in place on how you’re going to help keep this momentum moving in the coming months?
Please take the time today to make an impact, sign petitions, talk to a family member about what’s happening, share this post or others to your social media channels. Access to information is our biggest asset right now, we need to use it to its full advantage.
However it is important to remember to not take everything you read at face value always do your due diligence and research a campaign fully before electing to support it. Which is why I have included links for almost everything listed below.
Ways to support civil rights right now
There are three main ways you can show your support right now, through donating money, signing petitions, and speaking out against the injustices to the officials. Even though there is a lot to be done long term, here are some options to support the current movement, primarily located in Minnesota and Kentucky in support of justice for the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.
Underneath you will find more information and resources to use going forward, and remember we’re fighting a war, this is just one of the many battles we will have to win in order to conquer and abolish white supremacy and systematic racism in America.
DA Mike Freeman in Minnesota (612-438-5550) and demand prosecution to Derek Chauvin (badge # 1087) and Tou Thoa (badge #7162).
Leave a message for Louisville mayor and demand justice for Breonna Taylor (502-574-2003)
Make calls for Ahmaud Arbery, use this link and the website will walk you through the process to demand justice for Arbery (who was shot and killed while jogging through his neighborhood) or call 770-800-0689.
Text or email
Text FLOYD to 55156
Text JUSTICE to 668336
Text ENOUGH to 55165
If you have the ability and privilege to support financially here is a list of just a few places that could really use your help. Remember that every dollar counts, and if you don’t have the funds to spare then share the links to get them in front of the right people with the bigger wallets.
“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” -Memorial GoFundMe page written by Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s brother.
“MFF’s mission has been to pay criminal bail and immigration bonds for those who cannot afford to, as we seek to end discriminatory, coercive, and oppressive money bail.
At the bail fund, we believe that wealth should never determine who is kept in jail. That’s what the money bail system does. It puts a price on freedom that only a few can afford and many cannot. This system is unjust.”
Please note: the Minnesota Freedom Fund has temporarily paused donations as of June 2nd 2020. I will include the link to their donation page, however, for those viewing this page after donations have opened again and because they have some great resources listed as well.
“Organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety.”
“We appreciate your support of the movement and our ongoing fight to end State-sanctioned violence, liberate Black people, and end white supremacy forever.”
“We pay bail for people in need, reuniting families and restoring the presumption of innocence. Because bail is returned at the end of a case, donations to The Bail Project™ National Revolving Bail Fund can be recycled and reused to pay bail two to three times per year, maximizing the impact of every dollar. 100% of online donations are used to bring people home.”
“BLVC is committed to a long term vision in which ALL Black lives not only matter, but are able to thrive…through the development of powerful strategic campaigns, we seek to expand the power of Black people across the Twin Cities metro area and Minnesota.”
“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.”
Please note: this link will not take you directly to the donation page as the other links do, you will need to navigate to the donation page by clicking “donate” at the top right corner of the Campaign Zero’s web page.
“The National Bail Fund Network is made up of over sixty community bail and bond funds across the country…the community bail and bond funds that are part of the Network are dedicated to being an organizing tool aimed at ending pretrial and immigration detention. As such, funds may end or suspend their activity at times when local dynamics and capacity change.”
Please note: This is a directory for dozens of funds, you can search and donate to the funds of your choosing across the country.
“We exonerate the innocent through DNA testing and reform the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.”
“The community has been reaching out in support of Bree’s family and wanting to donate to the cause. First off, we are SO THANKFUL for EVERYONE standing up for justice and saying her name! We’re not stopping until we truly get justice!”
APTP is a “coalition that seeks to build a replicable and sustainable model to eradicate police terror in communities of color. We support families surviving police terror in their fight for justice, documenting police abuses and connecting impacted families and community members with resources, legal referrals, and opportunities for healing.”
“Our Prime Objective is to build and/or contribute to self-determination in disenfranchised communities. We believe that, in order to be truly self-determined, a community needs to be able to express power wherever power is being expressed.”
Sign and Share Petitions
I’m not going to lie guys, there are over 30 petitions listed here. It can be so overwhelming to try and get to them all, and when I was researching them I felt overwhelmed as well. I can only imagine how overwhelming it is for a member of the Black community to live this.
There are dozens and dozens more petitions to sign, these 30 are only a handful of the lives that could be changed through your support. So please take a minute to read their stories, hear their please, and hopefully change their futures with the click of a button.
Please share this page to help support these petitions even further, rather than sharing the individual petitions which can clutter people’s timelines and often end with being ignored.
HUGE thanks to @defnceles on Twitter for sharing the majority of these petitions. View their thread here to see more petitions that need help as they are being added every minute!
Petitions for change
“We are looking for support from all communities to draft a bill to bring to the School Board of Education. This bill will layout a comprehensive curriculum that encompasses: (1)The history of racism as seen through out the United States. (2) The history of racism as seen across the world. (3) The effect that racism has had on the economy. (4)How racism has integrated into society. (5)How to be informed and respectful of another culture. (6) How to use our history to support our future as a society. (7) What racism is, how to understand it, and how to maintain awareness of it.”
“We have called on the Minneapolis City Council to become these visionary leaders by pledging to defund the Minneapolis Police Department and invest in the resources that really keep us safe and healthy, especially in Black communities, Indigenous communities and communities of color.”
“We call for an end to the systemic racism that allows this culture of corruption to go unchecked and our lives to be taken. We call for a national defunding of police. We demand investment in our communities and the resources to ensure Black people not only survive, but thrive. If you’re with us, add your name to the petition right now and help us spread the word.”
“The only way we can change this narrative is by inflicting a heavy and stern punishment such as life imprisonment for those who choose to abuse their authority as Police and brutally take the lives of those in the community their called to protect and serve.”
“Sign our petition seeking the Georgia State Legislature pass House Bill 426 relating to Hate Crimes.
The Bill: Over the past three years, the Georgia State Legislature has failed to pass a hate crime bill. Georgia is one of four states without a hate crime law. House Bill 426 relating to Hate Crimes has passed the Georgia House and is stalled in the State Senate. Specifically, if passed, the bill will enact “the Georgia Enhanced Penalties for Hate Crimes Act.” “
“We need legislation now that prohibits police officers from shooting unarmed citizens. If there isn’t a weapon found after someone has been shot (therefore, unarmed) by a police officer, then I propose that the officer should receive a mandatory 15-year prison sentence.”
“INVESTIGATIONS “CASE BY CASE” HAVE NOT AND SHALL NOT REMEDY THE PROBLEM! AS ONE IS BEING INVESTIGATED “HUNDREDS MORE” ARE MOUNTING UP! AND INDEED POLICE BRUTALITY AND MURDER HAS ESCALATED TO THE LEVEL OF NATIONAL PROPORTIONS…”
Petitions for individuals
Ahmaud Arbery “was out for a jog when he was chased down, shot, and killed by two white supremacists. We must demand the justice he deserves.”
“The alleged suspects Travis & Greg McMichael were not charged with this murder & are free at this time.”
“Sign the petition demanding that: (1)The Mayor and City Council address the use of force by LMPD. (2) Fire and revoke the pensions of the officers that murdered Breonna. Arrest, charge, and convict them for this crime. (3) Provide all necessary information to a local, independent civilian community police accountability council #CPAC. (4) Create policy for transparent investigation process due to law enforcement misconduct. (5) Eliminate No Knock warrants”
“When Julius Jones was 19-years-old, he was convicted of a murder he says he did not commit. I need your help to save his life. Julius has lived on death row for almost 20 years, and is held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day.”
“This petition exists to help find and prosecute the individual who assaulted Belly Mujinga at London Victoria whilst knowingly being infected with COVID-19”
Please note: “At this time, we are not pursuing a prosecution but are still campaigning to secure protection and support for those working at GTR.”
“Regis Korchinski-Paquet was murdered by Toronto Police. Toronto Police specifically contacted all news channels to not show up and that her death was ruled as a suicide when many eye witnesses saw Regis being pushed off the balcony. The Special Investigative Unit (SIU) is now conducting an investigation due to the high possibility of police brutality.”
“We are calling for the disbarment of prosecutor George E. Barnhill. We feel his decision to sit on the case of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder for three months was out of prejudice/racism and a personal relationship with the murderers.”
“Tony McDade was a transgender black man who got killed by police in Tallahassee. As of right now I haven’t seen many people talking about this, but I would really like to get his name out there. It would be very appreciated if you could sign this petition and encourage others to do so as well.”
“14-year-old Joāo Pedro was killed by the Rio de Janeiro police. In 2019 alone, Rio police killed 1,814 people; an all time record. The victims mostly being young black males. The pandemic has not slowed the police but only made matters worse. Please spread the word and get justice for Joāo Pedro along with every unlawful murder these policemen have committed.”
“He was convicted of 1st-degree robbery and sentenced to life without parole for stealing $9. Simmons has spent the last 38 years in prison. This is clearly a case of cruel and unjust punishment. Over the years Mr. Simmons has filed several appeals without any legal assistance. All of his appeals were denied, and based on a 2014 change in Alabama laws, it appears that he has no appeal options left.In the interest of justice Governor Kay Ivey should commute Mr. Simmons sentence.”
“On January 11, 2013, the body of Kendrick Johnson was discovered inside a vertical rolled-up mat in the gymnasium of Lowndes High School in Valdosta, in the U.S. state of Georgia, where he was a student. A preliminary investigation and autopsy concluded that the death was accidental” a later autopsy concluded that cause of death was blunt force trauma.
“According to Sbpd no video footage is available for the incident dash nor body cam. An initial call went out for breaking into vehicles, responding Patrolman Officer Ryan O’neill approached Mr Eric Logan claiming he was shielding a knife which resulted into him being shot according to SGT. Ryan O’neill Mr Logan threw the weapon at him resulting in another gunshot taking the life of Mr Logan.”
“Jennifer Jeffley was 15 years old when she was arrested for the murder of Maria Palomina. A murder that she did not commit. Innocent of the crime that she was convicted of, Jennifer has been behind bars more than 20 years serving a life sentence. We are pleading with Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, to free Jennifer.”
“On October 4th 2016 Amiya was stepping off of her school bus and was hit and killed by a car. 11 months later my family and I met with the District Attorney John Weddle and Sadie Gardener. Neither of them took the case seriously and it showed because shortly after that my family was informed that Karen Carpenter would not be charged.”
“On June 7th, 2019, Emerald Black a pregnant, black woman, and her fiance were pulled over by police officers…The officers began to order her out of the car. Ms. Black was clearly pregnant and she had let them know that she had just gotten back from a doctors appointment where she was also informed that she was at a high risk for a miscarriage. Despite this, the officers yanked Ms. Black, still in her hospital clothes, and threw her to the ground…. Because of the abhorrent attacks done by the police, Ms. Black suffered not only physical, but emotional injuries. She lost her unborn child. That is something that she will have to carry the rest of her life. WE ARE DEMANDING AN INVESTIGATION OF THE SAN LEANDRO PD’S TREATMENT OF EMERALD BLACK. Justice must be brought to Ms. Black.”
“More than a year after police shot and killed my 12-year-old cousin Tamir Rice as he played in a park with a toy gun, a grand jury declined to charge the officers who opened fire on Tamir in less than 2 seconds of arriving to the scene.”
“Anthony Wint was never offered a plea bargain and went to trial. Anthony Wint was never identified by any of the victims or witnesses. Anthony Wint did not match DNA samples produced at trial. Anthony Wint’s finger prints were never matched at the scene of the crime….the charges of which Nelson Baptiste was convicted, the Florida Court system has refused to do the same for Anthony Wint, despite four attempts at sentence reduction.”
“Lastly we ask that whether you know him or not, please sign the petition, share his post and encourage others to hear the words of a man who is fighting for his freedom. We are asking the public to help aide us in raising awareness of his personal circumstances, while we advocate for his freedom. Any donation received will serve as his relief fund for advocacy and change.”
“An NYPD officer went to Nashville, TN, for a bachelor’s party, and broke into his neighbors home by kicking in the door, then assaulted them while calling them racial slurs…”He pleaded no contest to one count of aggravated criminal trespassing and three counts of assault for his role in the attack.”Because our criminal justice system is profoundly broken, “It ended with Reynolds getting [only] about two weeks in jail and three years probation.””
Sean “was a victim of police brutality that happened May 6th, 2020. He was running from the police and was on Facebook live. The police officer tased him while he was going down and then shot the man 14 times in the back. Police brutality is real! The police officer needs to be fired!”
“In 2011, Mr.Harris was arrested without cause and held against his will for two years in the county jail. In December of 2013 he went to court for 3 days were a jury came back with a a guilty verdict. Convicting him of life in prison without parole. He’s been in prison for 9 years.”
“We, the people of Portland and/or Oregon, demand that you take immediate action for the safety of the community and for Tete Gulley’s family.”
“Alejandro is a innocent 15 year old, African American who got shot 7 times while walking to Boone High School, in December of 2018. NO ARREST HAVE BEEN MADE!!!”
How to support: going forward
There are a LOT of ways to support the Black community and the BLM movement going forward. The first and best thing you can do is get educated! You should know what you are fighting for, understand how we came to this point and why that is significant. Most importantly, learn from a black person. Let them tell their own story, and their own history. While on my blog you might read about LGBT+ history, because that is a community that I am a part of. Since I am a white person I have no right to be telling their story, I will however use my platform to amplify their voices.