A video surfaced of two Buffalo police officers pushing a 75-year-old man to the ground on June 4. Two officers were suspended after the incident and 57 other police officers resigned in protest of the officers’ suspension. All officers were part of the city’s emergency response team. Governor Andrew Cuomo called the incident “wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful.”
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Protests in Louisville continued as well. Louisville resident Breonna Taylor would have turned 27 on June 5. Her killers have still not been arrested. Taylor was killed in March when police officers broke down the door to her apartment in order to serve a search warrant.
The situation in Washington, D.C. remains tense as President Trump and Mayor Muriel Bowser remain at odds. Trump has called her “incompetent.” Bowser announced that the section of 16th street in front of the White House would be called “Black Lives Matter Plaza.”
The section of 16th street in front of the White House is now officially “Black Lives Matter Plaza”. pic.twitter.com/bbJgAYE35b
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) June 5, 2020
Police around the country have been using tear gas and rubber bullets to quell protestors, many of whom have been peacefully protesting. Tear gas was used on protestors in Washington, DC to clear Lafayette Square in front of the White House on June 2.
Here’s what you can do:
Also, remember to register to vote if you haven’t already. This is one of the simplest ways to make your voice heard as a citizen. Here are some resources for you:
Places to donate:
- Donate to Black Lives Matter here.
- Get involved with your local BLM chapter: The full list is here or start your own.
- Many protestors are getting arrested and being held. Donate to bail funds in your city, here or here.
- HBCUBuzz has a listing of lawyers and legal resources for protestors, organized by state.
- Resources and donations by the National Police Accountability Project.
- Learn about Campaign Zero, which works to end police violence in America.
- The New York Times has put together an anti-racist reading list.
- National Black Bailout Fund, which works towards ending systems of mass incarceration and freeing imprisoned black mothers.
- Visit Louisville Community Bail Fund to contribute towards bail for protesters in Louisville.
Petitions to Sign:
- Justice for George Floyd
- Petition to end medical racism
- Justice for Breonna Taylor
- Justice for Ahmaud Arbery
- Justice for Tony McDade, Black trans man killed by police
- Sign the “Justice for George Floyd” petition on Change.org
- Color of Change launched a petition asking that all the officers involved in Floyd’s death are brought to justice.
For a more extensive resource list, please see the collection put together by Black Lives Matter.
Through this grief and anger, we must unite and work together to create the change we want to see. Let’s make sure no black child has to ever say these heartbreaking words ever again.
If you’re attending a protest, please be safe and careful and maintain social distancing, if possible. Check out our founder’s article on #BlackLivesMatter: Killing Black Americans is a Public Health and Human Rights Crisis.