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Saturday, May 30, 2020

How To Help

It has been heavy and I am still trying to learn and educate myself more on ways to help and have these conversations. Not just with sharing a hashtag, but how to actually show up and act and help justice be served. You guys have seen the headlines, watched videos, saw photos of what's been happening. There's so much being shared online and I wanted to put together some links and other information that may be helpful, if like me, you have felt lost and not known what to do despite wanting to. This is a human rights issue and we need to stand up to these injustices. It is not enough to not be racist, but important to actively be anti-racist. We cannot simply say we are an ally to the cause without acting.

Text "FLOYD" to 55156
Text "JUSTICE" to 668366

I've seen a couple of different articles listing ways to help. If you'd like to check out these individual articles, I've listed them down below. Helping can range from signing petitions, calling out racism, having these discussions at home, donating, etc.

If you are looking to pick up new literature to educate yourselves, please check out these shops to help support these independent bookstores.

Please note which sites will state whether or not they need more donations at this time. GoFundMe is to help support families directly.
(Source: Fast Company + Links Submitted from Instagram)

  • Minnesota Freedom Fund Pays the bail for protesters/those imprisoned for immigration and criminal offenses. The group sees pretrial bail requirements to be unjust, wealth-based discrimination. Click Here To Donate. (They have announced that they're requesting people donate to other sites at this time)
  • How To Support BLM Protesters In Every City Article by Paper Mag. Click here. 
  • George Floyd's Family This is the official GoFundMe for George Floyd's family. Click here to donate.
  • The Legal Rights Center. They provide criminal defense and legal services for low-income people of color in and around Minneapolis. This also includes arrested protesters. Click here to donate.
  • Northstar Health Collective. Medics for protesters. The group of nurses, doctors, and healthcare providers was originally founded to maintain community safety during the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul. Click here to to donate.
  • Black Visions Collective. BLVC is committed to a long term vision in which ALL Black lives not only matter, but are able to thrive. What we know to be true in order to create this world is that oppressed people, especially Black people, need to build collective power in order to create systems transformation. Through the development of powerful strategic campaigns, we seek to expand the power of Black people across the Twin Cities metro area and Minnesota. Click here to donate.
  • Communities United Against Police Brutality: This is an established local organization that was created “to deal with police brutality on an ongoing basis.” Learn more.
  • Reclaim The Block: "By donating, you will support Reclaim the Block's work to make sure that our communities have the resources they need to thrive. Our grassroots group is up against the deep pockets of the Minneapolis police union, and we need your support." Click here to donate.
If you have additional links, petitions, or causes you'd like seen here, feel free to commend down below and I will add them to the post.
I will continue to edit this and provide additional information. If there are any other ways you know how to help that isn't here, please share. We must take the time to educate ourselves. Podcasts, books, movies, etc. There's still so much work to be done. And remember, it's an election year. Please show up and vote this November! Please check out Vote Save America to learn more.

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