In recent days, thousands of Angelenos have taken to the street in demonstrations expressing anger at police brutality, triggered specifically by the May 25 killing of George Floyd, for which a Minneapolis police officer has been arrested on murder charges. Similar protests have taken place in cities across the country, and may continue for days to come. If you are wondering how to support protesters with financial contributions to the anti-brutality movement, several verified organizations are accepting donations.
The organizations and fundraisers listed below are raising cash to go to bail assistance, providing food and basic aid, and to growing advocacy organizations dedicated to the cause. While bail deviation programs are still in effect in Los Angeles County as part of the COVID-19 response, not all of the hundreds of protestors arrested will qualify for those waivers, and other jurisdictions that have seen large-scale protests are not offering comparable programs at all.
The Bail Project: With locations in Compton, Van Nuys, and San Diego, as well as offices or partnerships in cities from coast to coast, the Bail Project is one of the largest and most established bail funds.
Peoples City Council Freedom Fund: The L.A. activist group Peoples City Council stages protest actions on a variety of issues around social and economic justice. Recently, the local group has been lobbying for a city budget that reduces the share of public funds used to pay for the LAPD.
Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment: This grassroots organization aims to register voters and empower Californians to advocate and vote for economic, racial, and social justice.
George Floyd Memorial Fund: Established by the family of George Floyd, money raised by the memorial fund will be used to care for Floyd’s children, and to fund counseling, legal, and other essential services.
Black Visions Collective: A Black, trans, and queer-helmed organization in Minnesota, Black Visions Collective has been working to “pursue our commitment to dismantling systems of oppression and violence” since 2017. Right now, that means delivering supplies and support on the ground.
Reclaim the Block: This advocacy group in Minneapolis was established in 2018 with a goal of diverting city funds from the Minneapolis Police Department and into non-police programs that serve communities in need.
Black Lives Matter: The national umbrella of the Black Lives Matter movement, donations to BLM go toward programs and actions across the country, focused on ending white supremacy and state-sanctioned violence.
Campaign Zero: Campaign Zero is a national advocacy organization that uses data-based research to inform policy solutions aimed at eliminating police violence.
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