Black Lives Matter: Where to Donate

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Time and time again, Black communities find themselves in situations that deny them of their humanity and consequently their lives become endangered. On May 25, 2020, George Floyed, a 46-year-old black man, was murdered in Minneapolis, Minnesota when Derek Chauvin, a white police officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds while Floyd was handcuffed face down in the street. Chauvin did not budge even when Floyd begged for his life, weakly screaming, “Please, I can’t breathe.” Other officers at the scene- Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao- merely stood by and watched while ignoring bystanders’ cry for Chauvin to take his knee off Floyd’s neck. Chauvin did not remove his knee even after Floyd lost consciousness. During the last couple minutes, Floyd was motionless and had no pulse, but the officers made no attempt to revive him.

The senseless death of George Floyd while in police custody has left millions in our country shaken, angry, and wondering how is it possible in our day that another black person in America could die in such circumstance. Floyd is yet another reminder of the hatred and racism that is embedded in our country. In light of these heart-breaking targeted injustices, supporters of the BLM movement are coming together in determination to fight for a world where there is no white supremacy, where Black lives are not systematically targeted, and where there is space for Black imagination, innovation and joy. We must amplify our voices and educate those around us, once again, that Black Lives Matter. 

If you have the means to donate, here are a few places to can donate to:

Legal Organizations ⚖️

Minnesota Freedom Fund Inc

Minnesota Freedom Fund is a community based organization that combats the harms of incarceration by paying criminal bail and immigration bonds for low-income individuals who cannot afford to. The Minnesota Freedom Fund believes in a society that, “ does not condition pretrial freedom on class or identity, that has ended mass incarceration, and that invests in restorative and transformative justice.”. People of color and immigrants face higher rates of arrest, harsher sentencing, and disparities in the setting of bail compared to white citizens. Please consider donating to the Minnesota Freedom Fund in support of these individuals. 

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NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is a leading United States civil rights organization and law firm based in New York City. The organization seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice through advocacy and public education. Staff at NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund are dedicated to defending the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle. Join the fight today! 

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Bail Project Inc

The Bail Project is a national nonprofit organization that combats mass incarceration as well as racial and economic disparities in the bail system by paying bail for people in need. The Bail Project has paid bail for over 10545 people to date! The organization believes that paying bail for someone in need is an act of resistance against a system that criminalizes race and poverty and an act of solidarity with local communities and movements for decarceration. 

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Innocence Project Inc

The Innocence Project, founded in 1992,  is a nonprofit legal organization that is committed to exonerating the wrongly convicted through the use of DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustices. Their mission is to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment. 

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Advocacy & Media Organizations 📰

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Inc

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded 1920 that works to, “defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.”. Your donation will help fund ACLU in their critical work to protect voting rights, demand that vulnerable people in prisons, jails and immigration detention centers be released, and fight to ensure reproductive health care remains open and accessible to all who need it.

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Unicorn Riot

Unicorn Riot is a decentralized, educational nonprofit media organization that is dedicated to exposing root causes of dynamic social and environmental issues through amplifying stories and exploring sustainable alternatives in today’s globalized world. Unicorn Riot is independent from corporate and government control which may influence their free press. Donations to Unicorn Riot are used to travel to various locations and events needed to report and produce media. Donations are also used to support journalists in food and housing as well as provide media production equipment and proper safety gear for journalists.  

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Fair Fight Action Inc

Fair Fight Action, Inc. works to promote fair elections in Georgia and around the country, encourage voter participation in elections, and educate voters about elections and their voting rights. Fair Fight recognizes that voter suppression of voters of color and young voters is a scourge our country faces. To combat this, Fair Fight engages in voter mobilization and education activities and advocates for progressive issues. 

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We The Protesters Inc – Campaign Zero

We The Protesters Inc, is a national organization focused on ending racism and police violence in the United States. They are the organization behind Campaign Zero. The organization seeks to create a world where the police don’t kill people by limiting police interventions, improving community interactions, and ensuring accountability. 

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Black Lives Matter 

Black Lives Matter 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. The Black Lives Matter Network is dedicated to help survivors and families that have suffered from the loss of a relative or loved one as a result of police brutality.

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