Justice For George Floyd

June 1, 2020

Black Lives Matter. We stand with our community demanding justice for George Floyd.

We stand in solidarity with all the communities across the country demanding justice for Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, James Scurlock, and for all Black lives stolen by the hands of police departments around the country. George Floyd should be alive today. George’s life matters. We know the system is not broken, it is functioning exactly as it was designed: to protect whiteness and wealth at all costs while actively oppressing Black lives, dreams, and futures.

We were reminded by our incredible BIPOC [Black, Indigenous and People of Color] community members this weekend that as an organization with primarily white leadership and participants, we need to demonstrate our commitment to dismantling the system that serves and protects white supremacy. We are working to create actionable, measurable solutions to address the inequities that are in our organization to move forward together. We will keep you all updated on those steps soon.

In the meantime, we all need to take action to stand up for our communities and to protect Black lives. We have listed several resources below, including resources for white and non-Black community members to do their own, deep anti-racism work.

In solidarity,

She Rock She Rock Board of Directors and Staff

Illustration by Andres Guzman (https://www.instagram.com/andresitoguzman/)

Illustration by Andres Guzman (https://www.instagram.com/andresitoguzman/)

Illustration by Shirien Damra (https://www.instagram.com/shirien.creates/)

Illustration by Shirien Damra (https://www.instagram.com/shirien.creates/)

Resources 

Where to Donate:
Donate to DJ-U, a DJ mentorship and workshop program for femme, fluid, and non-binary people of color. (https://www.gofundme.com/f/dju-2020) 
Donate to Mizgi whose youth center was burned down in the first nights of protests: https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-migizi?fbclid=IwAR3ugNSb5Rr4iFTAqQjy55PQX9gJwr1Q3TZFe1WhupL3gecPt3Ox8K5IOw4 
Donate to Black Visions Collective, an organization dedicated to Black and collective liberation. (https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/) 
Donate to MPD 150, an organization working towards a police-free Minneapolis. (https://www.mpd150.com/
Donate to Northside Funders group to support Northside (of Minneapolis) businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and the recent uprising: https://giving.onecause.com/public/02ad4737-2285-4ad2-91c6-95cd66b423bf/fundraisers/c60e5030-69ce-4853-8b11-4727da5054ad/donate?fbclid=IwAR3P2PanVpLh6XJp2KoVkuR57hBgnFWGoxD8BAJt1v5Pcol-WqcTBqoMnDE
Donate to We <3 Lake Street, to help rebuild Lake Street, starting with direct support to small businesses and nonprofits to help them rebuild their storefronts, reopen their businesses and serve our neighborhoods.(https://www.welovelakestreet.com/
Donate to Juxtaposition Arts whose building was damaged and who is non-profit youth art and design education center, gallery, retail shop, and artists’ studio space in North Minneapolis (https://juxtapositionarts.org/

Take Political Action
Call Keith Ellison (651) 296-3353, Govenor Walz (651) 201-3400 and Mayor Frey (612) 673-2100 to demand justice for George Floyd and to arrest all four officers involved with his murder. 
Help 18+ family and friends get registered to vote: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/register-to-vote/?fbclid=IwAR0e3pLeLIq6qv4ITA0uOSqWvh7AK6vjoMUKa76SYmMYLy-iorLCHHCNQew

Donate Supplies:
Use this amazing map for food and supply donations: (https://jdalt.github.io/twin-cities-aid-distribution-locations/?fbclid=IwAR0pXVVb_wp_SoyFvrO9k3d_5m62Mz4_JQyx_5Cb-Xkrweem7PbDYDvxKsM

Recommended readings for white and non-Black allies: 
https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234 
“So You Want To Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo 
“The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander 
“Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race” By Beverly Daniel Tatum 
Recommended readings for children, ages 4-10 (but all ages can learn from!!!) (https://twitter.com/earthdomdirtbag/status/1267465059439165441)