How to Support Protestors and Anti-Racism Organizations for the BLM Movement
How To Support the Protesters Demanding Justice for George Floyd
By Eliza Fogel
Numerous protests occurred across the nation this month demanding justice for George Floyd, a 46 year old black man. George Floyd was killed on May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota by a white police officer who knelt on his neck for several minutes. His brutal death spurred several protests in the city of Minneapolis and later led to a national movement of protests. On Friday May 29, Derek Chauvin, the officer responsible for Floyd’s death, was arrested and charged with third degree murder and second degree manslaughter.
Protests for George Floyd have spread through many US cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Louisville, Atlanta and more. These protesters are not only demanding justice for Floyd but also seeking further justice for Black Americans. Additionally, protesters have taken to the streets across the nation to express their frustration, outrage, and anger with the United States’ system of police brutality and systematic racism. For those planning on attending a protest, there are many ways to prioritize your safety and the safety of those around you such as wearing a mask and distancing from fellow protestors. Additionally, people can easily support protesters from the comfort of their own homes by donating to and connecting with bail funds that work to collect money for those who can’t afford it during this time of mass protest and unrest. Another part of their work is to advocate for a more fair and just future for Black Americans and people of color.
Here in New York some great organizations to donate are the Liberty Fund and Mutual Aid NYC which provides aid to NYC’s 5 boroughs. After the many donations from New Yorkers, the Brooklyn Bail Fund and the Free Them All for Public Health Fund have met their donation needs. On the national level, people can donate to the National Lawyers Guild or NLG which provides legal support to proteststers, activists, and movements. You can also donate to the Bail Project, an organization that is committed to combating mass incarceration and reshaping the pretrial system in America. Lastly, you can donate to the LGBTQ Fund, a fund working to stop the mass detention of LGBTQ individuals, and the Black Trans Femmes in the Arts, a collective accepting donations for black trans protestors.
Charity Organizations to Support Anti-Racism
By Alexa Bourzanos
There has been an increase in advocation and awareness about racial inequality on social media platforms, but what should you do after you have posted on instagram and educated yourself on the topics?
There are many amazing charities you can donate to or spread the word about that fight racism in many areas. Organizations that support anti-racism are:
A nonprofit that fights for racial justice through litigation, advocacy, and public education.
A revolving fund that helps low-income people pay bail. After a case closes and bail is returned, the same money is used to help someone else.
A group dedicated to police reform and reducing violence through policy change.
An organization focused on providing mental health support for black women and girls.