Hi, everyone. I hope you’re all doing well.
Under the circumstances I decided that I want to collect some resources regarding what we can do and how we can help the protesters and victims of police brutality.
Now… this is already a tense and difficult time for all of us, and even more so since these protests started. So I just want to make it clear, that I don’t intend this to be any kind of pressure to take action. This is meant to be a resource for those who want to help and are able to do so; if you can’t, for whatever reason, that’s nothing to be ashamed of.
If you can, please consider donating to one or more of the following organizations, including organizations which post bail for those who have been arrested, as well as movements for legal aid and social justice.
Here’s a list of organizations to support, recommended by Reclaim The Block (who are cuurently not accepting donations after recieving so much support; also recommended by Minnesota Freedom Fund, who are likewise not accepting more donations at this time)
More donation options: 5 Organizations Worth Supporting Right Now
Donation options as well as reading recommendations on how to be a good ally: George Floyd Was Murdered. We Must Not Be Silent—Here’s How to Help (by Rachel Epstein)
For more expansive lists of recommended organizations to support in many places around the country (bail, legal aid, community outreach, criminal justice reform): Here’s Where You Can Donate to Help Protests Against Police Brutality (by Claire Shaffer)
2. Other actions you can take
Options for social action (as well as donation options):
How to Support the Struggle Against Police Brutality (by Claire Lampen)
100 ways you can take action against racism right now (by Sara M Moniuszko and Anika Reed)
A recommendation from our very own spookyfriend – play this playlist on loop on your computer. All ad revenue from the views will go to “the associations that offer protester bail funds, help pay for family funerals, and advocacy listed in the beginning of the video”. More details here.
3. Fighting misinformation
As many of us know, there is a lot of misinformation in the news and social media, painting all the protesters as a violent and destructive mob and minimizing police brutality. So if you can, please consider sharing more accurate information to counter this, here and elsewhere.
- Vast majority of protesting is peaceful, and protesters attempt to stop rioters and clean up damage:
What we’re missing when we condemn “violence” at protests (by Jason Johnson)
Photos: Moments of peace, unity you may not have seen in George Floyd protests
- Majority of violence is by police and far right infiltrators:
De-escalation Keeps Protesters And Police Safer. Departments Respond With Force Anyway.
Right-Wing ‘Race War’ Wannabes Could Make Police Protests Go Nuclear (by Kelly Weill)
- Many of the people who start violence and looting are unrelated to protesters and don’t listen to protesters’ calls to stop:
Who are the protesters? Majority peaceful, few ‘undisciplined’ locals, anarchists, reports of white nationalists, authorities say
- Allegations of Antifa incitement are fabricated by neo-nazis
White Supremacist Group Identity Evropa Posed as Antifa on Twitter and Called For Looting and Violence (by David Gilbert)
So, that’s what I have so far. Recommendations for more organizations we can support, actions we can take and information we can spread would be greatly appreciated.
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