By now I’m sure everyone is aware of the George Floyd protests that have been taking place. As someone that has participated in social justice protests in New York, I can attest to the dedication and courage it takes to participate. You can literally arrive with peace in your heart and the best intentions, and end up with your life on the line.
Please do not confuse looters with protestors. Looting is not protesting. Anyone that was involved in nefarious activities was not a protestor. (*For additional views on on the protest, as well as looting and rioting, please read my other post.)
Many of the protestors that participated will arrive home safely and others will need some form of legal, financial or medical assistance. Please stand in solidarity with these individuals, as well as the organizations that support them. I’ve listed donation links below by city.
If you are not able to make a donation, please post something supportive on your social media accounts or write a letter to congress. Anything that will raise awareness.
And if you feel unsure about what’s happening, these social media accounts might be of interest to you.
You are welcome to post additional social media accounts and organizations in the comments.
I’m just encouraging everyone to take some type of positive action. (If they haven’t already done so.)
The world is a very small place. We are all connected. If we ignore, misuse or abuse each other (or the planet) we are only hurting ourselves. Let’s rise to help one another. You have the freedom to do it in your own way.
A better world depends on a better collective consciousness. And that depends on each one of us taking responsibility for our part in that collective. If we want the world to change, we must change first.
Think of new ways to be and new ways to help. The possibilities are endless. And if nothing comes to mind, just support those on the front lines. That’s always a great place to start.
Sending love and support to everyone during this time. I know we’re all hurting in different ways. Let’s continue to be compassionate and courageous, and calm.
Fear, stress and blame is not where we want to focus. I always remind myself of this quote, “Where your attention goes, it grows.” Keep your mind and energy on what the world needs right now.
Empathy, peace, love, creativity, patience, compassion, ingenuity, encouragement, support, healing, well-being, understanding… Let’s root our actions and thoughts in what we need most.
Donating to protestors in Minnesota:
It’s my understating that Minnesota Freedom Fund is fully funded right now and wants donations sent to the following organizations;
Donating to protestors in other cities:
For all the cities I missed, you can check this website and scroll down for a city near you.
And if you need bail support or have questions, you can call the National Lawyers Guild directly 612-444-2654