The killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis on Monday 25 May has caused outrage around the world. Video footage that emerged showing the officer restraining the 46-year-old and kneeling on his neck, despite his protestations that he couldn’t breathe, have provided a shocking reminder of the systemic racism that is still so prevalent in society, and has led to civil unrest across the globe.
Social media is awash with posts in support of the anti-racism movement, and this is important to raise awareness and prompt discussion, but it’s only the start of what needs to be done. Donating to the following organisations is an effective way to show your solidarity and actively support the Black Lives Matter campaign. It’s time to listen, learn, speak out and show up.
Donate in the US
George Floyd Memorial Fund
George Floyd’s siblings are raising funds for funeral and burial expenses, grief counselling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and as assistance as they continue to seek justice for George. You can donate here.
Black Lives Matter
Money given to Black Lives Matter will go towards ‘the ongoing fight to end state-sanctioned violence, liberate Black people, and end white supremacy forever.’ You can donate here.
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
NAACP is a legal organisation fighting for racial justice through litigation, advocacy, and public education. You can donate here.
The Bail Project
The Bail Project National Revolving Bail Fund posts bail for those who can’t afford it, as part of its mission ‘to combat mass incarceration and reshape the pretrial system in the United States.’ You can donate here.
The Minnesota Freedom Fund
The Minnesota Freedom Fund has been overwhelmed with donations in the wake of George Floyd’s death, receiving upwards of $20 million. They are now encouraging those who wish to support their cause to donate to George Floyd’s family and Black and BIPOC led organisations in their local area. More information can be found here.
Donate in the UK
The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
Established in memory of Stephen, who was murdered in a racist attack in 1993, the trust works with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds aged 13 to 30 to help them gain skills and qualifications to pursue their chosen career. You can donate here.
The Runnymede Trust
The leading independent race equality think tank challenging and overcoming racial inequality through research, network building, leading debate, and policy engagement. You can donate here.
Resourcing Racial Justice
A coalition of people of colour innovators, change makers, activists, artists and social leaders dedicated to social change. Their funding pool supports individuals and communities working towards racial justice. You can donate here.
Since 2010 StopWatch has worked to promote effective, accountable and fair policing, and inform the public about the disproportionate use of stop and search. You can donate here.
An organisation designed to challenge injustice, defend freedom and campaign to make sure everyone in the UK is treated fairly. You can donate here.
Operation Black Vote
Fighting for greater racial justice and equality throughout the UK in areas including education, health and employment. Work includes voter registration, lobbying politicians, mentoring schemes and political leadership programmes. You can donate here.
Stream to donate
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Other ways to show your support
Spend your money with black-owned businesses
Sign the petitions
The following petitions are demanding justice for George Floyd:
Further your education
Have difficult conversations – with others and yourself