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How You Can Donate to Anti-Racist Organizations

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By A. Elise

The police killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville are only the tip of the iceberg. For decades, many Americans have tried to bring attention to injustice and violence used against people of color.

While many people show their support for the cause with peaceful protests, you may be looking for ways to donate time or money to support the efforts. Several organizations are calling for reform and justice. These are just a few of the ways ordinary citizens are helping.

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Many people are donating funds to the national Black Lives Matter (BLM) fund. There are also local chapters you may feel more comfortable donating to. Many prefer to donate to chapters that are especially involved in the movement right now. These include chapters in Washington, D.C./Virginia/Maryland, Denver, Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. The state of Arizona is also seeing significant demonstration following the death of Dion Johnson.

For those unable to donate funds or time, signing petitions may also be helpful.

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Twitter and other social media websites have also pointed to bail funds. These funds are used to help release protestors from police custody. Different organizations may offer different details about who you are donating to release. The National Bail Fund Network offers a directory where you can find local organizations accepting donations.

When people are arrested during peaceful protest, they can typically be bailed out within 24 hours. Bail allows people to be released when they are awaiting trial so they can return to work, school, and caring for their families.

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Of course, Black Lives Matter is not the only organization against racism and police brutality. Smaller organizations benefit from financial support and volunteers.

Black Visions Collective is dedicated to justice. They also focus on a community-led vision for the autonomy and safety of people of color.

Communities United Against Police Brutality is based in Minnesota and works to end police violence.

Colin Kaepernick founded the Know Your Rights Camp, which empowers people of color with education and other resources. The organization is also hiring defense attorneys for those arrested during protests.

Finally, you might consider donating to the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU. The organization operates in 50 states and provides legal assistance.

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Another way to help anti-racist organizations is to read about the history of racism and oppression in the United States. Reading about the lives of people like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor is one valuable step you can take, but you can also educate yourself with a visit to the library.

Some organizations have recommended books like "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander, "Stolen Justice" by Lawrence Goldstone, and "How to Be an Antiracist" by Ibram X Kendi.

Finally, oganizations calling for change recommend voting for local officials as well as those in executive positions like president.

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