Thousands of people have mobilized in the past week, showing solidarity with the memory of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement, and Black communities across the country. Protests and demonstrations have been held in 140 cities across America following Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
In this time of civic unrest, many have stepped up to support the cause, from fundraising to marching in the streets. A number of celebrities have participated in these grassroots efforts, including The Weekend, who has donated 0,000 to several organizations in support of racial equality. The CR MEN star pledged 0,000 to Black Lives Matter Global Network, 0,000 to Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense initiative, and 0,000 to National Bail Out.
The police have reacted to the demonstrations with great force, using tear gas, batons, and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds, and thousands of protestors have been arrested. Donations to organizations like those that The Weekend contributed to provide critical resources for those on the frontlines of the fight for racial equality. Bail funds provide aid to those arrested while protesting, while other non-profits may supply legal aid or assist with medical fees.
As many wonder how they can help in this time of civic unrest, donating any amount of money to organizations helping Black communities is a simple and direct way to aid in affecting change. With thousands having been taken into custody and others continuing to protest, please consider contributing to the below organizations:
Black Lives Matter: The global network is committed to extinguishing state-sanctioned violence against black people. It has teamed up with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund fighting for racial justice.
Minnesota Freedom Fund: The Minnesota-based bail fund was founded in 2016 and has raised over million since the murder George Floyd.
Action Bail Fund: Organized by the L.A. sector of Black Lives Matter, the Action Bail Fund is backed by the White People 4 Black Lives donating 100 percent of proceeds to support bails and medical fees associated with the protests.
Brooklyn Bail Fund: The bail fund is devoted to confronting systemic inequality and racism in the criminal legal system to protect those minorities who are more vulnerable to injustice.
National Bail Out: The Black-led and Black-centered collective provides lawyers and activists abolitionist coordinators for those involved in the rallies.
Unicorn Riot: The non-profit media institution is committed to impartial news coverage on police brutality and social strife.
Legal Rights Center: Mainly focusing on juveniles in Minneapolis, the Legal Rights Center is committed to providing criminal defense to low-income people of color.
National Lawyers Guild: Working with the Minnesota Freedom Fund for protestors’ bail assets, the National Lawyers Guild has pledged to utilize their vast knowledge of the law to protect people’s human rights.
Know Your Rights Camp: Organized by Colin Kaepernick, the camp is now aiding in disseminating legal services to those in need in the surrounding Minneapolis area.
National Bail Fund Network Directory: An organized directory of community bail funds.
Click here for a list of protest bail relief funds by state.END
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