There is a lot going on in the United States right now. Not only are we dealing with the tail end of a pandemic, but there is a strong, valid, necessary movement sweeping the nation. After years of Black people being brutalized and killed by police, the recent death of George Floyd caused an uproar and immense support for the Black Lives Matter movement. People are coming together to demand justice and systemic change.
There are so many violations involved in the core of the issue — the systemic racism that teaches cops and others to fear Black citizens and treat them differently as well as the faults of the justice system that allow these murderers to go free even after clear proof of the murders. For reference, George Zimmerman who killed Trayvon Martin, a young Black boy who was just walking home with skittles and a hoodie is free, and the cop who murdered Philando Castile in a car in front of his fiancée and daughter was acquitted. These are just two examples from a long list.
As this petition states, “International human rights laws protect the right to protest, and the right to be safe from excessive and unnecessary force by police.” Yet, our government is failing us. The brutality continues and the government encourages it. Donald Trump has tweeted threatening to “shoot” and use military force on protestors and his security tear gassed peaceful protestors so that he could stage a photoshoot in front of a church.
That’s why this petition asks the United Nations to step in. Sign this petition to call on the United Nations to intervene and call this what it is: a violation of international human rights!
Don’t stop here! There is more action you can take. Whether you’re out protesting or need to do your part from home, these are the things you can do to make your voice heard:
1. Register to vote if you haven’t already. This is one of the simplest ways to make your voice heard as a citizen.
2. Donate to these organizations:
- 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.
3. Text or call. Perhaps one of the easiest things you can do:
- Text “JUSTICE” To 668366
- Text “FLOYD” To 55156
- Text “ENOUGH” To 55156
- Call Minneapolis Mayor’s Office, Jacob Frey at 612-673-2100
- Call Minneapolis District Attorney, Mike Freeman at 612-348-5550 or email [email protected]
Leave a message for them demanding that all 4 officers involved including Derek Chauvin (Badge #1087) and Tou Thao (Badge #7162) be arrested for the Murder of George Floyd.
4. Sign these petitions:
- 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.
Check out our founder’s article on #BlackLivesMatter: Killing Black Americans is a Public Health and Human Rights Crisis.