How you can help without protesting
In this moment you may be thinking to yourselves: “What’s happening is wrong, I want to support black people and help in their fight for justice and equal rights, but I don’t know how”. Here’s a quick list of things you can do to help:
Want to protest, but with a lower risk of being harmed?
You can provide first aid if you have a certified, medical background (e.g CPR certified, EMT, LPN, RN, etc.). If you do not have a medical background support those who do because they may need people on foot to get extra supplies. Also, you can bring a tear gas neutralizing solution (3 spoons of baking soda mixed with 1 cup/8 fl oz. of water. This helps the burning sensation from tear gas subside better than milk can.
You can also provide water & towels for tired protesters. People will be marching and shouting all day and will get tired.
Protesting isn’t for you at this moment?
Donate to the George Floyd Memorial Fund:
Official George Floyd Memorial Fund organized by Philonise Floyd
On May 25, 2020, my life shattered as I learned of the tragic passing of my dear brother, George. My family and I…
Help free protesters who were wrongfully arrested but can’t afford their bail. Donate to a bail fund:
LGBT Freedom Fund: https://www.lgbtqfund.org/
Silicon Valley: https://siliconvalleydsa.org/donations/
Small Business Repair
I know some of you reading this can’t help but think about rioting and looting during all of this. Regardless of whether you agree with it, in the end, small businesses far and wide will have to deal with the aftermath of these events, and the owners also need help to repair their stores and replace goods. Here’s a list of black-owned businesses that could use your help:
Rebuilding Bole Ethiopian Cuisine organized by Lelna Desta
George Floyd's life mattered! Our community is hurt and we are hurting with them. As we silently watched our beloved…
Scores Sports Bar Mpls Rebuild organized by KB Balla
Scores Sports Bar was set for a grand opening this spring but when COVID-19 hit that was put on pause. Now, just as…
Black-Owned Business Relief Fund organized by Art Hoe Collective
This fundraiser is in support of Black Owned Businesses in various cities that have been affected by the recent…
Save Mama Safia's Kitchen organized by Family Friends
Family and friends we need your help! Mama Safia opened her doors December 1, 2018 with little but her life savings…
Repairing The Somali Museum Of Minnesota organized by Osman Ali
UPDATE Thank you for your generous support. With the help of kind volunteers and staff, the Museum was able to move…
Support MIGIZI on GiveMN
MIGIZI’s mission is modeled in our organizational goal which is to build on our clients’ assets in all that…
Rebuild Guns and Roses Boutique organized by Cashmere Pope
Guns and Roses Boutique has been a staple in Dallas, TX for over 8 years. On Friday, May 29, 2020 the boutique was…
Atlanta Black Owned Business Relief organized by Atlanta Black Business Owned Relief
This fundraiser is for Atlanta Owned Black Business Owners affected by the protests, riots, and looting. You must be a…
Rebuilding Juiced Up Vapors organized by Austyn Jiminez
David from Juiced up vapors has been part of the eugene community for 10 plus years. His business was destroyed during…
You can donate your time and voice.
Don’t have the capability to assist others financially? That’s fine. There are still ways for you to contribute.
In your city, you can call up the police department and request that protesters be freed and/or request to speak to a specific protester over the phone.
The conversation would go a little something like:
“Hi, my name is [insert name] & I’m from [insert city]. I’m calling to demand that [insert city] Police Department immediately release all protesters that were arrested during today’s events.”
or if you know someone specifically and need to check on their status:
“Hi, my name is [insert name] & I’m from [insert city]. I’m calling to speak to [insert protester name] immediately.”
Here is an example
This part is especially important. There have been cases in the past and even in these present where protesters will get taken away or arrested by police officers and won’t be heard from for days and the police will lose track of them after taking them into custody. If you know anyone that’s been arrested or have just randomly heard the name of someone who has been arrested, call and request their freedom or request to speak to them. Make sure that they’re okay in all aspects, let them know that someone is out there and cares and is thinking about them.
I hope that everyone who says they support the black community, regardless of your race, can put some action in front of the support in your hearts. Yes, I meant in front. Meaning take actions and show you support the community first before you say you support us and/or post another status about it. Being non-racist in this time is not enough, copy-pasting statuses and saying you support us is not enough, being passive is not enough. Times like this require unified action from all of us.
Didn’t see your local bail fund above? Check these sources:
National Bail Fund Network - Community Justice Exchange
The National Bail Fund Network is made up of over sixty community bail and bond funds across the country. We regularly…
Want to donate to more small black-owned businesses? Check out this thread:
Huge big up to my friends Dan and Kenny for pointing me to some of the links and inspiring me to write this article altogether. If there are any other resources that I’ve missed add them in the comments and I’ll update the article. Please double-check that all funds are valid before donating and double-check links before adding them in the comments. Stay safe and stay blessed.
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