It was important for me as a white person to take a break from content production and focus on educating myself on the systematic oppression of black people around the world. To shift the focus from my content on my social media to donating, sharing/signing petitions and spreading the word to help end police brutality and racism. I have been so blessed not just in my career but my life to work with so many incredible black creators and I felt it was important to participate in the media blackout, and not just with a black square on Instagram.
The protests and voices heard worldwide have been inspiring. The arrests of George Floyd’s murderers is great but the fight is not over. Black lives matter today, tomorrow and forever. We will not rest, and the voices will be heard.
I have decided in this first post to list petitions to sign, and bail fund donations for protesters unjustly arrested thanks to BLEU. Please also see the official BLM site to see what you can do.
PETITIONS TO SIGN
Minnesota Freedom Fund: Non-profit organization fund paying criminal bails every Tuesday and immigration bonds every Thursday. Their mission is to pay the bail of low-income individuals who cannot afford it.
People’s City Council Freedom Fund: Bail fund organizations based out of Los Angeles, CA, providing legal support, bail, and court fees for arrested protesters. This fund will also help the Black Lives Matter campaign in Los Angeles.
Free Them All: Fempower’s Community Bond Fund provides post bond for those arrested in Miami.
Atlanta Solidarity Fund: Action Network is fundraising funds for bail expenses for those arrested in Atlanta during the protest. The bail fund helps those detained, and with your help, they will be able to get out of jail faster.
Chicago Community Bond Fund: Non-profit organization posting bail for individuals arrested in Cook County, Illinois.
Louisville Community Bail Fund: A bail fund providing post-release support to individuals arrested during the Louisville protest. The fund will provide individuals with a situation of safety by any means.
Brooklyn Bail Fund: Community bail fund for individuals incarcerated in Brooklyn during the protest. The organization is committed to focusing on bail reform.
Philadelphia Bail Fund: An organization providing bail to protesters in the Philadelphia city, with a commitment to ending cash bail.
Restoring Justice Community Bail Fund: Restoring Justice, the Bail Project, and Pure Justice joined forces to provide bail relief in Houston.
Outside the U.S.
Toronto Protest Bail Fund: Individuals in Toronto have taken matters into their own hands holding a Black Lives Matter protest over the death of Regis Korchinski. The organization has set up a bail fund for those arrested.