I first want to say Good Morning to everyone. I woke up with a heavy heart because I couldn't stop thinking about what's going on in our country. I wanted to write this to spread awareness about recent events and also provide links for you to help the cause. I'll be updating this post throughout the next few days as more information comes in.
Email for Change: https://emailforblm.com/
Wear a mask - Not just to protect your face but to also protect your identity. There are people in the crowd that are looking to harm anyone they can put a name to.
Maintain social distance - It's not really something that's possible but we are still in the middle of a pandemic. Try and keep a safe distance if possible.
Protect your eyes and body - I know it's heating up but wear layers, protect your skin as much as possible. Pepper spray and tear gas are both heavily used as a counter attack against protesters, covering all parts of your body (with layers) will help minimize the risk of burn. If you are sprayed, change as soon as possible as the chemical sticks to clothing. Covering your eyes with goggles is another important tip that can also help as rubber bullets fly through the air. Even ski goggles, which fit tightly over your eyes, will keep tear gas from getting in. Sunglasses won't do the job nearly as well.
Use caution with your technology - There are people that will say do and don't bring your phone. I've included a link for tips on both. If you do take your phone, make sure you have a portable charger. https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2017/01/6-tips-for-protesting-safely-and-securely-with-your-phone.html
Energize - Make sure you eat beforehand and take some snacks if you can. No, this isn't a picnic but make sure you are fed and energized. Also stay hydrated! Take water if possible.
ICE - Write your In Case of Emergency information somewhere on your body or on a small card that you can keep in your pocket in case something happens.
Donating: Here are a few sites that you can donate to to help the families effected and protesters across the country. I'm trying to verify more and they'll be added as well. If you find some, let me know and I'll update the list.
• The Bail Project, a nonprofit that aims to mitigate incarceration rates through bail reform.
• Black Visions Collective, a black, trans, and queer-led social justice organization and legal fund based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
• A Gas Mask Fund for black youth activists in Minneapolis is raising money to buy gas masks for demonstrators who’ve faced tear gas during protests.
• The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which supports racial justice through advocacy, litigation, and education.
• Communities United Against Police Brutality, which operates a crisis hotline where people can report abuse; offers legal, medical, and psychological resource referrals; and engages in political action against police brutality.
• Northstar Health Collective, a St. Paul–based organization that provides health services and support at protests.
• The ACLU, which provides legal services and support for a broad range of people with civil rights complaints.
• The Atlanta Solidarity Fund is raising bail and bond money for jailed protestors in Atlanta.
• Fair Fight, an organization founded by Stacey Abrams that aims to end voter suppression and equalize voting rights and access for fairer elections.
Call For Justice: Updating shortly with information on where you can call to demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Dion Johnson. Text “JUSTICE” To 668366
George Floyd died May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds while he was handcuffed on the ground, crying that he couldn't breathe and pleading for help.
Minneapolis Mayor’s Office, Jacob Frey.
- (612) 673-2100
Minneapolis District Attorney, Mike Freeman.
- (612) 348-5550 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Minneapolis PD E-Mails:
Internal Affairs Number: 612-673-3074
On March 13th, 26 year-old Breonna Taylor was in bed with her boyfriend when three plainclothed officers entered her apartment using a no-knock warrant, which allows officers to enter a home without announcing their presence. She was shot at least eight times but her boyfriend survived. Later that day, they'd found they'd entered the incorrect address and the individual they were looking for was elsewhere.
Mayor Greg Fischer:
502.574.2003 | email@example.com
Attorney Thomas Wine:
Governor Andy Beshear:
Attorney General Daniel Cameron:
502.696.5300 | firstname.lastname@example.org
LMDP Cheif Steeve Conrad:
Text Enough to 55156 or sign the petition at https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/justiceforbre-breonna-taylor-officers-fired?source=coc_main_website
As an Arizona native, this story deifintely hit too close to home. Dion Johnson was shot and killed by a DPS trooper on Memorial Day after pulling off of the side of the road to sleep in his car that night. According to officers there was a struggle and Johnson was killed. According to officers there was no footage from the officers dash cam or body cam. There are still so many unanswered questions.
If anyone was in the area of the 101 & Tatum early on May 25 and saw Johnson’s vehicle in the gore point or anything related to the struggle between the DPS Trooper and Johnson, please call the Phoenix Police Department’s Violent Crimes Bureau at (602) 262-6141.
On Sunday, February 23rd, Ahmaud was killed in a neighborhood a short jog away from his home after being confronted by a white man and his son. It took nearly four months for the father and son to be arrested for the senseless killing of Ahmaud Arbery.
Update: on 6/4 it was determined that the three individuals involved in the killing of Ahmaud have enough evidence against them to stand trial.
David McAtee was a 53 year old man from Louisville, KY. He was a chef and the owner of Yaya's BBQ. He was known as a "community pillar", who was a good, friendly person and loved his city. David was an innocent, unarmed, black man murdered in his hometown by the police, during a peaceful protest on June 1st, 2020. During the protest, he was handing out food to the police and hours later they killed him, for no reason. Every member's body camera on the Louisville Police Department was turned off during the shooting and they left his body in the streets for more than 12 hours after his death.
Sign the Petition Here: https://www.change.org/p/louisville-mayor-greg-fischer-justice-for-david-mcatee
Donate Here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/justicefordavidmcatee
I know a lot is happening at it can be a bit overwhelming at times. Just remember to breathe and take a step back when needed. We are fighting for our lives here and no voice is going unheard. Let's all continue to do our part to make change!
Stay Safe and Stay Aware, love you guys <3