Furious about the murder of George Floyd? Here’s what you can do in KC.
On May 25, George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. With Chauvin’s knee pressed into the back of Floyd’s neck, Floyd said, “Please, I can’t breathe.”
Chauvin has only now been arrested. Four days later. He has been charged with third-degree murder. The other three officers have only been fired.
Protests continue in Minneapolis and nationwide. No matter your location, there are ways to support justice for George Floyd. Attend a local socially distanced protest happening in your community. Speak up when you see injustices take place. Start a dialogue at home and online with friends and family about why we are outraged and why it’s our responsibility to support the Black community now.
The mayor has encouraged peaceful protests and will be attending an event himself.
Here is a running list of protests that you can attend here in the metro. If you know of others, send them our way and we will keep this list updated.
Black Lives Matter KC Today from 3 – 6 p.m. at 47th and JC Nichols Parkway
Statehouse Protest Saturday the 30th at the statehouse in Kansas.
Black Lives Matter: Enough Is Enough Sunday from 2 – 4 p.m. at JC Nichols Memorial Fountain
Here are some online resources where you can take part in making this world a better place.
KC Community Bail Fund
Support bail-outs of protesters in our community.
#ICantBreathe KC Solidarity Bailfund
Support KC’s Black-lead bail fund
1 Struggle KC General Fund
Additional bail-out support and community activism.
We Need KCPD Accountability Petition
Get local control over the KCPD.
Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
Financially support his surviving family members. With 88.4 k donors it really shows what $20 can do
Minnesota Freedom Fund –
Financially support bail-outs for protesters and other activism projects.
Support legal programming and the fight for Minnesotan civil liberties.
Black Visions Collective
Support Black liberation and collective liberation.
Communities Against Police Brutality
Twin-Cities based organization that was created to deal with police brutality on an ongoing basis.
Reclaim the Block
An organization fighting to direct Minneapolis funds towards community safety.
Donate to a Local Food Shelf
Provide Minneapolis residents with access to food.
Remember, it is not the job of Black people and people of color to use emotional labor to explain to white people how they are feeling. Black communities are hurt, grieving, and exhausted. The best way white people can be supportive is by donating and promoting donations to the organizations featured above and starting conversations with those around us who still don’t get it.