Mourning in America and What We Can Do Together

June 3, 2020 by

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I write about design, living and places for everyone from all walks of life. Right now people all over the world are mourning. They’re angry. They demand change. Let’s join together in condemning the relentless systemic racism that has brought people all over the world into the streets. Here are some ways we can support the fight against police brutality and advocate peacefully for political, educational, social, and economic justice and equality for minority group citizens of the United States.

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1. Join a Peaceful Protest
Protest peacefully if you are healthy and not immunocompromised. Wear a face covering, and keep your distance from others best you can.

2. Volunteer for Cleanup or Distribution Efforts
Organizations like Support the Cities and local groups are coordinating volunteers to help clean up damage or distribute care packages and groceries. Many are asking volunteers to bring brooms, buckets, trash bags, and other supplies.

3. Sign a Petition for Change
Demand justice from your government representatives by signing your name to a petition, and then share it with your network. Here are some to consider.

White House Petition for Justice for George Floyd

#JusticeforFloyd

Justice for George Floyd

Call for Justice for George Floyd

#WeAreDoneDying

#WeCantBreathe

Justice for Breonna

Justice for Breonna Taylor

Justice for Ahmaud Arbery

Justice for Tony McDade

Justice for Regis Korchinski-Paquet

Justice for Sean Reed


4. Make a Donation

Black Lives Matter, founded in 2013 after the murder of Trayvon Martin, combats white supremacy and builds up local communities.

Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) unites organizations across the country to win rights, recognition, and resources for Black people.

The Official George Floyd Memorial Fund covers funeral and burial expenses, counseling, legal fees, and more for the family of George Floyd.

Reclaim the Block is a Minneapolis coalition investing in community-led safety initiatives; they are supporting protestors with medical supplies and care.

Anti Police-Terror Project documents police abuses and supports families with resources, legal referrals, and healing.

Equal Justice Initiative combats mass incarceration and excessive violence and challenges racial and economic injustice.

Southern Poverty Law Center fights hate and bigotry using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy.

I Run With Maud is a fundraiser for Ahmaud Arbery’s family as they navigate grief and the fight for justice.

NAACP, founded in 1909, is a civil rights organization supporting political, educational, social, and economic equality.

Campaign Zero demands the demilitarization the police, builds stronger communities, and advocates for accountability.

The Okra Project supports Black trans people experiencing food insecurity with healthy, delicious meals.

The Loveland Foundation provides financial assistance to Black women and girls seeking therapy.

Transgender Law Center is a trans-led organization advocating for racial justice, grounded in legal expertise.

Nationwide Bail Fund splits your donation between 38 community bail funds for marginalized people impacted by systemic violence. Here’s a list of other bail funds and community organizations to support listed state by state.

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