Across The Margin stands emphatically with the Black Lives Matter community and social movement…
Throughout the United States, and for the entirety of its existence, too many have been struck down before their time unjustly. The brutal murder of George Floyd by Officer Derek Chauvin (and three additional officers complicit in his murder), along with the tragic murders of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, has rattled the country and served as yet another reminder of how far we still have to go to eradicate racism, white supremacy, and systemic injustice in the U.S.
Far too often, an arrest of a person of color in America has meant a death sentence. The systematic racial injustices that pervade our society, our institutions, and our government cannot be allowed to continue and those responsible for perpetuating these injustices must be held to task. Across The Margin stands in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter and all organizations fighting to end racism and police brutality / misconduct transpiring across the United States.
George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Breonna Taylor …. SAY THEIR NAME.
To support the protests in our local communities, Across The Margin has donated to the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund (committed to challenging the racism, inequality, and injustice of a criminal legal system and immigration and deportation regime that disproportionately target and harm low-income communities of color) and the PDX Portland Protest Fund. Beyond our communities, and for this extremely important cause, we suggest our readers support the following organizations and fundraising platforms:
- George Floyd’s Family Go Fund Me, to cover funeral and burial costs; counseling services; legal fees; and continued care for his children.
- Ahmaud Arbery’s mother’s Go Fund ME, donations to which will similarly fund the family’s legal battle.
- The Mass Defense Committee (MDC), a network of lawyers, legal workers and law students providing legal support for political activists, protesters and movements for social change.
- Color of Change, a non-profit devoted to racial justice.
- Campaign Zero, an organization that utilizes research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in the United States.
- Black Visions Collective, a black, trans, and queer-led social justice organization and legal fund based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
- The National Bail Fund Network has a directory of community bail funds to which you can donate.
- The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which supports racial justice through advocacy, litigation, and education.
- The Atlanta Solidarity Fund, which is raising bail and bond money for jailed protesters in Atlanta.
- Minnesota Freedom Fund, a community-based fund set up to pay criminal bail and immigration bonds for individuals who have been arrested while protesting police brutality.
- The Bail Project, a nonprofit that aims to mitigate incarceration rates through bail reform.
- The Know Your Rights Camp, an organization founded by Colin Kaepernick that provides education and training in black and brown communities, has set up a legal fund for Minneapolis protesters.