Updated at 5:25 p.m. on May 27
Ways to act now
We are heartbroken. Last night, Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd, a Black man who should be alive today. We are grieving and processing. Through our pain, we can imagine a better world – a future without a police system. Police officers must be held accountable for murder. Publicly, we must invest in the world we want to live in.
We know many people are looking for ways to act. TakeAction will keep updating this post with calls to action and resources from community partners. If you can’t join in person, commit to learning more about the local and national movement to replace our broken, harmful policing system.
- Learn about the movement for a new way forward. The solution isn’t reforming a broken system–it’s replacing it. Read MPD150’s powerful, comprehensive report of the history and current reality of the Minneapolis Police Department released on its 150th anniversary. It’s a great introduction to the fight for abolition.
- Support the fight to fund our communities, not police. Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety. Sign Reclaim the Block’s petition.
- Give money to support Black-led, community-centered organizing efforts in Minneapolis. Organizations like Black Visions Collective and Reclaim the Block have been organizing for a better, just Minneapolis for years. Support their work. More donation information is listed below.
- Call on elected officials to defund police. It’s time to move our money out of our police departments and into the resources that truly keep our communities safe. Call Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey today and tell him to defund police.
Reformist vs. abolitionist steps in policing (Transform Harm)
While Republicans & Democrats Unite to Increase Police Power, Others Point to New Way Forward (Ricardo Levins Morales)
Video: Why We Can and Should Abolish the Police and Prison-Industrial Complex (Films for Action)
Abolish the police? Organizers say it’s less crazy than it sounds (Chicago Reader)
If you’re able, give money to support Black-led, community-centered organizing efforts in Minneapolis. One-time donations in times of crisis meet a critical need, but sustaining monthly contributions are what allow grassroots organizations to powerfully and strategically build for the future. Please consider setting up a sustaining contribution to one or all of these organizations, to power their work for justice even when it’s not in the headlines.
- Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s brother, has set up a GoFundMe to cover funeral and burial expenses and to support the Floyd family as they seek justice. Contribute to George Floyd’s memorial service.
- Black Visions Collective believes in a Minnesota and a country in which ALL Black lives not only matter but thrive. BLVC is dedicated to Black liberation, collective liberation, and to radical and ongoing investment in healing. Support Black Visions Collective here.
- Reclaim the Block is organizing in Minneapolis to move money from the police department into community health and safety. Support their work here.
- Contribute to the Minnesota Freedom Fund – an organization that bails incarcerated people out of jail – to help protestors arrested by police. Donate here.