Last month, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died while Officer Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, knelt on his neck while detaining him.
Floyd’s death sparked national outrage and grief that has received global attention. Days of protests against police brutality have followed in large cities and smaller towns across the country and the world.
Floyd is one of the more than 1,000 people killed by police officers every year. Of that number, black Americans are three times more likely to be killed than white people. The protests are one way to bring awareness and demand change from police.
If you can’t join a protest, there are other ways to support the racial justice cause. If it’s within your capabilities, you can make a financial donation to a handful of organizations supporting racial equality. There are also other steps you can take. Here’s what to know.
Where to donate:
There are many nonprofits with missions worthy of your donation. It’s up to you if you want to focus your funds to legacy ones like the NAACP and ACLU that have championed civil rights for nearly 100 years; donate directly to the families of those affected by the latest wave of violence; or financially support the legal fees of 10,000 people who’ve been arrested since last week’s protests broke out.
Cashay checked the nonprofit’s credentials on GuideStar and Charity Navigator. The Obama Foundation also curated a list of resources and many are included below.
Organizations to follow on social media:
Numbers to call and text:
Call 612-348-5550 for Hennepin County, Minnesota District Attorney Mike Freeman and Attorney General Keith Ellison will lead the state’s prosecution team against Officers Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and Alexander Kueng to vocalize your support.
Call 502-735-1784 for Stand With Bre, a grassroots organization formed to bring justice for the late Ms. Taylor. The number above provides instruction to volunteers on how to effectively and gracefully communicate to state, local and federal officials.
Text ‘FLOYD’ to 55-156
Text ‘JUSTICE’ to 66-8336
Text ‘ENOUGH’ to 55-165
Call 502-574-2003 for Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and demand justice for Breonna Taylor.
Petitions to sign:
Be an ally. Check in on your black friends, family, neighbors, partners, and colleagues.
Support black-owned small businesses.
Screenshot, share, and repost resources to educate those around you.
Identify privilege and condemn it.
Don’t support organizations that promote division and hate. The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit that monitors hate groups and extremists in the U.S.
Join a peaceful protest in your city, if you’re able.
Continue to advocate after the outrage subsides.
Read more information and tips in our Spending section