1. Read this article. Stop posting videos of George Floyd's death. You can show support by being active. Posting a video that desensitizes us to violence against Black folks and perpetuates anti-blackness helps no one.
2. Educate yourselves.
3. Sign petitions:
US Postal Codes to Use for Non-US People When Signing Petitions:
90015 - Los Angeles, CA
10001 - New York City, NY
75001 - Dallas, TX
4. Text "FLOYD" to 55156. Text "JUSTICE" to 668366. Text "ENOUGH" to 55156.
5. Donate to BLM, George Floyd Memorial Fund, I Run with Maud, Justice for Breonna Taylor, National Bail Out Fund, Black Visions Collective, Reclaim the Block, NAACP, ACLU, Campaign Zero, Unicorn Riot
Minnesota Freedom Fund has asked people to donate to other organizations.
7. Call Mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey: 612-673-2100
8. Go to this website. Sign the petition and call.
Guidelines for What to Say When Calling:
I'm calling to demand justice for George Floyd. Officers Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J Alexander Kueng should be prosecuted for the murder of George Floyd. This is a racist hate crime, violation of civil rights, and an abuse of power.
Justice for Elijah McClain:
Numbers to Call:
Co Governor Jared Polis: (303) 866-2471
Mayor of Aurora Mike Coffman: (303) 739-7015
District Attorney Dave Young: (303) 659-7720
District Chief Judge Emily E. Anderson: (303) 654-3350
Deputy City Attorney Nancy Rodgers: (303) 739-6014
Aurora City Attorney Daniel L. Brotzman: (303) 870-9078
Fire chief Fernando Gray: (303) 326-8999
Council Member Crystal Murillo: (303) 739-7502
Council Member Nicole Johnston: (303) 739-7506
Council Member Marsha Berzins: (303) 739-7508
Council Member Alison Coombs: (720) 505-4312
Council Member Juan Marcano: (720) 634-6927
Council Member Francoise Bergan: (720) 465-1830
Council Member Curtis Gardner: (720) 505-4312
Council Member Dave Gruber: (303) 739-7514
Council Member Allison Hiltz: (720) 767-2685
Council Member Angela Lawson: (720) 244-6932
I am calling on behalf of Elijah McClain. We demand that D.A., Dave Young, re-open the case as the officers involved displayed tampering with evidence when footage heard, "Dude, move your camera," as well as the dislodging of the officers' cameras. We demand that Officers Nathan Woodyard, Jason Rosenblatt, Randy Roedema, Matthew Green, and Sgt Dale Leonard as well as Lt. Peter Chichuniec and Medic Jeremy Cooper of Aurora Fire Rescue are fired immediately and charged for killing Elijah McClain. We demand a public apology and admission of guilt, specifically on behalf of Dave Young, who found that the officers did not violate any criminal laws. Elijah McClain was a 23 year old man with limitless potential. Our world lost an incredible person and we demand justice. Take accountability.
Protests to Attend:
Check out our calendar for more information.
What to Wear:
- Nondescript, solid color, layered clothing, cover any identifying tattoos
- Facial recognition used by the government mainly focuses on the eyes, eyebrows, nose, and lips. Make sure to cover those.
- Goggles & mask
- Emergency contacts for bailout (not of family or loved ones) written down somewhere easily accessible and coverable (like your arms)
- (310) 313-3700 - Los Angeles, CA
- (210) 227-1515 - San Antonio, TX
- (804) 291-8520 - Richmond, VA
- (783) 346-6322 - New York City, NY
- (612) 444-2654 - Minneapolis, MN
- (404) 689-1519 - Atlanta, GA
- (484) 758-0388 - Philadelphia, PA
- (502) 705-0081 - Louisville, KY
- Tie up your hair
- Heat resistant gloves
What to Bring:
- Water for Drinking
- Ear Plugs
- Protest Signs
- First Aid Supplies
- Cash/change & ID
What NOT to Bring:
- Cell phone without first turning off Face/Touch ID, going on airplane mode, and disabling data
- Do not post identifying photos of people on the internet
- Anything you don't want to be arrested in
- Makeup (tear gas adheres to it)
- Contact Lens
- Change of clothes
How to Protect Yourself against Tear Gas and Pepper Spray:
- Bring a mixture of baking soda and water (3 teaspoons of powder for every 8.5 ounces of liquid) in a spray bottle
- Bring 'no tears' baby shampoo to remove pepper spray from the eyes and a cleansing solution to remove it from the skin
- Your clothes will be contaminated so take them off immediately when getting home and hang them in an open, ventilated area for at least 48 hours before washing them at least twice (do not wash with other uncontaminated garments)
- Take a cold shower for at least 20 minutes
Do not post on social media and excuse yourselves from the real work that lies ahead. Awareness is important but at this point, it's about demanding for change because we cannot tolerate sitting still and waiting for something to happen.
Remember their names. Tony McDade, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Botham Jean, Trayvon Martin, Emmett Till, Oscar Grant, and too many more.
Do not pick and choose which black lives you fight for. Black Lives Matter. All Black Lives Matter.
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