THINGS YOU CAN DO TO SUPPORT THE RESISTANCE FROM HOME
*Some organizational changes made to this doc regularly to make things easier to find. If something seems missing, search for it with CTRL/CMND + F. If it’s missing, make a comment and we’ll fix it!
The need of these efforts below is immense right now.
PLEASE be generous if you are able! All links have been vetted by Minneapolis-St. Paul activists and allies. If you see links elsewhere on the internet, please be sure to verify directly with owners and organizers and actively call out false fundraisers where you see them. There are people out there trying to take advantage of people’s generosity.
Black Visions Collective, Minnesota Freedom Fund, MPD150, and Reclaim the Block say they do not need any more contributions at this time. Expanded recommendations below.
Black-led immigrant org that amplifies and makes visible the voices of Black immigrants in Minnesota. Work includes: mutual aid support; deportation & detention defense; local, state, & federal policy and resource sharing including legal support.
*Femme Empowerment Project
Venmo @femmeempowermentproject. Skill shares and discussions led by and for QTIIBPOC femmes in the twin cities. Creating space for cultural resiliency, healing and ancestral wisdom. Currently organizing supplies and medic trainings.
“My name is Isak Douah and I am raising money to buy military grade gas masks for Black youth activists on the front lines. We are choking on teargas every night in Minneapolis. Anything you could spare would go a long way. Help me spread this message by sharing it on all your platforms.” (Pic text from link.)
Providing jail support and free criminal defense for low-income people esp BIPOC.
Our long-standing Twin Cities volunteer medic team who are working on the ground as well as coordinating training to prepare more protest medic support.
South-Minneapolis based rad worker-owned childcare co-op working to provide easy access childcare by and for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and queer organizers and families.
Incredible independent media bringing us live feeds and updates from movements for justice for 5 years (it’s their 5 year anniversary!).
Transformative justice org dedicated to Black liberation, organizing Defund MPD with Reclaim the Block.
UPDATE: Black Visions asks for donations to be redirected to partners.
Organizing 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 (Defund MPD).
UPDATE 6/1: Reclaim the Block asks for donations to be redirected to partners.
This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George. A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund.
Community member who is a Black Trans Woman was beaten by >15 assailants. There have been no reports of arrests. Rather than watch another violent viral video, why not instead donate to her Cashapp while she heals and seeks justice. (No video in link.)
Help support the community now and through the future, fighting injustice, poverty, and uplifting BIPOC lives. ★ = Tax deductible/registered non-profit (if not marked, under review).
Food and supplies
*If you are able to leave your home and donate supplies yourself, please see this interactive tool for local needs: Twin Cities Aid map
All things holistic health. Prioritizing Rebellion Relief Fund for Black Mamas. “This aid is priority to children and mothers impacted by the Twin Cities Rebellion due to the murder of George Floyd.”
Community members running large ($2000+!) supply hauls for fellow community members.
★ Supporting and strengthening urban American Indian people through culturally-based education, traditional healing approaches, and leadership development. One of their most relevant resources right now is their food shelf.
★ Org with deep roots in North Minneapolis, serving thousands of households each year with food and critical supplies.
★ Grassroots org working to promote the well-being and empowerment of Somali women in Minnesota and beyond.
★ Food and safety needs for residents of Little Earth of United Tribes.
★ Building health, wealth, and social change through youth and workforce development programs, social enterprises, and policy initiative, building community capacity to engage with the food system. Serving North Minneapolis.
★ Emergency fund for families who had to evacuate their homes near Lake St last week, and who are now coming back to a devastated neighborhood with no grocery stores within walking distance.
Rent and housing
★ “Dreaming in Color is an organization that focus' on the healing and wellness of BIPOC individuals through an exploration of identity. Dreaming in color's mission is to create a safe and brave space for BIPOCs to learn about who they are without the presence of whiteness, and how one can heal in that process.”
Aims at utilizing funds to support quality therapy primarily for BIPOC folks who are dissuaded, or unable to seek therapy due to financial barriers.
★ Provides a supportive professional community and mutual aid network for wellness and healing justice practitioners who also identify as IBPOC. More ways to help here.
Working within a harm reduction framework to promote the human rights to health, safety, autonomy, and agency among people who use substances.
★ Volunteer full-spectrum reproductive options and support group comprised of doulas, birth-workers, and passionate reproductive justice advocates. based in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, occupied Dakhóta territories.
★ A worker-led org where workers organize, educate and empower each other to fight for a voice in their workplaces and in their communities.
★ Gathering Black Women in Minnesota to share experiences in order to heal, find joy and move toward liberation on our own terms!
★ Gathering Black communities through the arts, towards better black futures.
★ Holistically investing in the leadership and political power of young women and trans & non-binary individuals throughout Minnesota.
★ Group of Powderhorn residents, community organizations, and neighborhood organizations committed to supporting renters in our community.
*Also follow Vanessa Taylor, a Philly writer and organizer whose roots are in MN. She is connected and likely to vet more mighty on the ground efforts to support.
Contribute to repairing and reconstructing community services, small businesses, and public spaces that have been damaged in the Twin Cities. ★ = Tax deductible/registered non-profit (if not marked, under review).
The clinic is one of a handful of critical access dental providers in the southside community, providing dental care for undeserved, underprivileged, Children and uninsured patients.
★ Latin@ resource and service org helping Lake St workers who can’t file for unemployment due to immigration status.
Friends of Global Market donations will go directly to help repair the damage and to help rebuild our small businesses throughout our community.
★ Indigenous youth org on Lake St that advances a message of success, well-being and justice for the American Indian community. Help them rebuild completely after the fires Friday night.
★ Funds to go towards repairing damage and creating new programs and resources focused on tackling the persistent poverty and inequality facing our black, brown and indigenous friends and neighbors.
★ The Association for Black Economic Power is partnering with Pimento to provide black business without insurance relief after white supremacists set them on fire during the protests.
Fundraiser for multiple Latinx-owned businesses on Lake St.
Help bring more healthy, plant based options from a Black entrepreneur to the Twin Cities.
Paypal firstname.lastname@example.org Native-run cafe, currently providing meals to elders, protectors and community, purchasing medical supplies, fire supplies, cooking supplies.
Minnesota’s first & only Black owned plant based /vegan brick and mortar restaurant, right on Lake St at Lyndale Ave. Owned and operated by Louis Hunter, a cousin of Philando Castile, who was targeted by SPPD in 2016 with unjust felony riot charges which were then eventually dropped. Louis has been defending the restaurant and they need our support now more than ever to thrive.
Small businesses and nonprofits on a neighborhood level
Neighbors United Funding Collaborative
Organization is a nonprofit fundraiser supporting Hamline Midway Coalition.
6/19 6PM: $0.68M raised [of $1M goal]
WBC in partnership with Northside Funders Group will direct all donations to support Northside businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and the recent uprising. Hasn’t raised nearly as much as Lake St yet, so let’s work together to change that.
6/19 6PM: $2.03M raised [of $5M goal]
Fund (Southside /black and brown businesses)
Black-owned distillery with a building that was damaged. They’ve “received a tidal wave of love and support from across the nation and many have asked how they can help… Therefore, Du Nord is establishing this fund to support black and brown companies affected by the riots.” 501C status in-progress - update at link.
6/19 6PM: $.56M raised [of $1M goal]
Set up check-ins with protesters you know or offer to be a buddy to someone you don’t. Set regular times for personal check-ins on safety and make yourself available with phone charged and volume all the way UP. Check to make sure they have these phone numbers written on their body before they hit the street:
Legal Rights Center: 612-337-0030
National Lawyers Guild: 612-444-2654
If you are somebody’s personal jail support person:
[Can anyone add what you do next or have a good resource with this information? -Some added.]
Take notes when you witness people being detained, whether in person or online.
Be sure to include as much of the following as you can:
This will help with organization like looking up arrest records to keep track of who will need transportation from where and/or calling where they are being held to ask about and advocate for them directly. People detained may have religious, medical, dietary needs, and other urgent requirements that your notes will help with.
Spread the word to allies you know going out to be careful observers and drop everything else if they see detainment in progress, immediately recording video if they safely can.
*Aside from long-standing centralized resources below, this doesn't appear to have be tightly organized and we may need it more in the future.*
Legal Rights Center: 612-337-0030
National Lawyers Guild: 612-444-2654
St. Thomas Legal Services Clinic at (651)-952-4960. A form is also available here.
We can all look out for each other, make emergency plans together (think of elders, people without cars, people with children, people with pets, etc.), and stay updated. If you are a white ally and have some white neighbors to educate, now is the time. Check out the Education section of this doc for more info.
Text version of places to donate supplies. Updated regularly:
Call the yellow/unconfirmed stores on the map above & try to dete rmine their status.
Join the Support the Cities group on Facebook for scheduled/organized events and locations. If you are able to attend in person, safety instructions and some supplies will be provided, but please check event descriptions for any specific items you may be able to bring from home.
Spread the word to more organizers, allies, and anti- police brutality groups in state and across the country to increase funds, bail, supplies, etc.
Take video/audio you’ve seen and transcribe it or record a descriptive video of your own describing what’s going on for those with visual and auditory disabilities.
Chatting via text, or phone, or video, listening, talking through someone’s concerns, practicing mindful breathing.
An online introduction to health and safety in the streets, from tear gas and pepper spray treatment to staying hydrated and covid safety. This is not a street medic training, but is meant to help you and your buddies stay safe. ASL interpretation pending confirmation. If you are a healthcare professional looking for a bridge training to become a street medic, check out New York City Action Medical at https://www.facebook.com/NYCactionmedical/.
We’re still in the middle of a pandemic and it’s important that everyone minimize spread while supporting the cause. You can bring masks to protest sites and hand them out or bring them to specific donation centers.
Hello, my name is [your name here] and I am calling as an advocate on behalf of George Floyd and his community. First and foremost, I want to condemn the police officers responsible for murdering Mr. Floyd and the members of law enforcement who escalated violence against peaceful protests honoring his memory.
I have heard the demands put forth by organizers which I am calling to uplift:
George Floyd should be alive today, and all cops involved must be held accountable for his murder, in order to get justice for his family and prevent this brutality and violence from happening again.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman
Minneapolis Police Union
Governor Tim Walz
Contacts for targeted officials:
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Minneapolis Police Administration (MPD functions under a decentralized command structure with one Assistant Chief, three Deputy Chiefs, and five Precinct Commanders (Inspectors)), 350 South 5th Street, Room 130, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Hello, my name is [your name here] and I am calling as an advocate on behalf of George Floyd and his community. First and foremost, I want to condemn the four police officers responsible for murdering Mr. Floyd and the members of law enforcement who escalated violence against peaceful protests honoring his memory.
I demand action for the murder of George Floyd -- Minneapolis Police officers must be held accountable now and in the future to ensure this never happens again. George Floyd should be alive today, and all cops involved must face consequences for his murder, in order to get justice for George’s family and prevent this brutality and violence from happening again.
President Obama joins Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, President of Color of Change Rashad Robinson, Minneapolis City Council Representative Phillipe Cunningham, and MBK Columbus Youth Leader Playon Patrick, in a conversation moderated by Campaign Zero co-founder Brittany Packnett Cunningham.
Scroll down here for research, reports, and other resources talked about in the video: https://www.obama.org/anguish-and-action/
BLM Resource list
Resource guide for Saturday May 29th
Googlemap of current actions:
26 ways to Be In the Struggle Beyond the Streets
National List of Bail Funds
Bay Area (San Fran, Oakland, San Jose, Vallejo, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz) https://rally.org/ARCbailfund
Brooklyn - https://brooklynbailfund.org/donation-form
Boston - https://www.massbailfund.org/
Buffalo NY https://fundrazr.com/11fcAd
Charleston South Carolina https://www.gofundme.com/f/charleston-sc-protestor-bail-fund
Charlotte - Cash App: $WereStillHere Venmo: ResistanceisBeautiful Call: (980) 224-2097 bail support
PAYPAL = NCFreedomfund@gmail.com CashApp = NcFreedomfund
Chicago - https://chicagobond.org/donate/
Cincinnati Ohio https://www.givelify.com/givenow/1.0/NTU5MjE=/selection
Cleveland - BLM Cleveland https://www.paypal.me/blmcle
Colorado - https://fundly.com/coloradofreedom
Columbia South Carolina Cash app/Venmo sodacitybail | 803-602-4589
Columbus - https://www.paypal.me/columbusfreedomfund
DC/Maryland/Nova- Venmo - @freedom-fightersdc Cashapp $freedomfightersdc
Denver - https://fundly.com/coloradofreedom
Fargo, ND & Moorhead, MN https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8oLGbaaeqf
https://www.lgbtqfund.org/donate-1 ← focus on LGBTQ individuals
Grand Rapids / Western Michigan https://secure.actblue.com/donate/kentcountyibond
Harrisburg, PA https://dauphincountybailfund.org/donate
Indianapolis - https://bailproject.org/
Kansas City - https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/it-aint-over-legal-fund
Los Angeles (inc. Oxnard, San Clemente, Santa Ana, Long Beach): https://www.gofundme.com/f/peoples-city-council-ticket-fund ← bail, supplies, transport overall fund
Madison, WI https://freethe350bailfund.wordpress.com/ Venmo: @Liam-Manjon | Cashapp: $FreeThe350BailFund | Paypal: FreeThe350BailFund@gmail.com
Milwaukee - https://fundrazr.com/mkefreedomfund
Minneapolis https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/ ← asking for help in other areas. Click thru for links/direction
Nebraska - https://www.paypal.me/neleftcoalition
New Orleans - https://donorbox.org/safety-freedom-fund
North Carolina PAYPAL = NCFreedomfund@gmail.com CashApp = NcFreedomfund
Ohio - Canton/Akron https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8pz5hovrmY
Orlando Florida https://communitybailfund.org/
Raleigh/ Chapel Hill - https://www.takeactionch.com/donations
PAYPAL = NCFreedomfund@gmail.com CashApp = NcFreedomfund
Richmond - https://rvabailfund.org/donate
Rhode Island https://www.gofundme.com/f/fangbailfund
Rockford IL (and Winnebago County) https://www.wincoilbondproject.org/donate
Salt Lake City, Utah https://www.gofundme.com/f/c2mvvn-support-protesters-arrested-by-slcpd
San Diego (inc La Mesa) https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-us-raise-funds-to-support-our-community
Seattle - https://donorbox.org/ncbf
Silicon Valley/San Jose: https://siliconvalleydsa.org/donations/
Washington State https://www.nwcombailfund.org/
Wilmington, DE https://www.gofundme.com/f/fnbbailfundwilm