For weeks, Americans have taken to the streets to fight against the police killing of yet another black man. Millions watched as George Floyd cried out in pain, begging the white police officer kneeling on his neck not to kill him.
“I can’t breathe,” were among his last words. But we’ve heard them before. Racism and the killing of black people at the hands of law enforcement is a systemic issue that has plagued our nation for decades — but in sporadic moments of our history, a spark catches, and the collective fire to make change ignites.
The consecutive murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Tony McDade — to name but a few who have filtered into the mainstream conscience — has ignited widespread action. Tens of thousands have gathered across US cities daily to protest police brutality, despite the threat of a global pandemic.
“While we’ve made slight strives over the years, this feels like a moment when people all over the country recognize that half-measures are not enough. This is a deep, centuries-in-the-making challenge that we face to undo racism, and we need decisive action,” Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, stated.
“Everybody’s got to be an activist. It’s not enough to just give. You have to at least find some way to stand up and participate,” Lieberman said. The typical ways to help any cause apply here — educate, exercise your civic rights, volunteer, and donate. Here are some resources and tips to figure out the best ways for you to help. To find reliable organizations to donate to, Lieberman suggests thinking critically and putting in the effort to find reputable sources.
“Go on their websites and start reading. Read about their work and read about their history,” she said. Here are a few examples of organizations seeking donations. Many have local chapters, so you could donate to the chapter in your area: