Where to Donate: You Can Help These Organizations Support Protesters Right Now
Thousands of people across the country are taking to the streets to protest after George Floyd was killed when a police officer kneeled on his neck for eight minutes. This isn’t the first time a person has died at the hands of police brutality. Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Oscar Grant, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and many more Black people have been victims of police violence. Protesters are demanding justice and the end of police brutality.
Some people may not be able to join a protest, especially due to the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily, there are many ways you can still make an impact from home. Here are some organizations you can support to help protesters and give back to your community.
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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Established in 1909, the NAACP is a well-known and highly respected civil rights organization. According to its website, the NAACP works to "ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights" for all communities. Supporting the organization helps fight racial hatred and discrimination.
Campaign Zero, a national advocacy organization, works with data-based research to form policy solutions to end police violence. The reform group analyzes data such as racial disparities in traffic stops, the number of police officers that are charged with violent crimes, underreported police killings and the impact that violent officers have on other officers.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The ACLU is committed to protecting the civil rights of all citizens from government abuse. Founded in 1920, the organization has been involved in countless high-profile cases, including Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade and fighting the internment of Japanese Americans.
Black Lives Matter
In 2013, Black Lives Matter was formed in response to the slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The widely recognized organization works tirelessly to stop violence inflicted on Black communities and to end white supremacy.
Other Important Organizations to Support:
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) - Mission: "SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work toward racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability."