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We’ve compiled available resources and information to share with you below. If you’re looking for ways to demand justice for George Floyd’s murder, Black lives, and support Twin Cities communities, read on.
Contact Minneapolis Representatives
Writing a letter or making calls are impactful ways to demand justice. Many voicemails are full and sending an email can be just as impactful.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Fray
(612) 673-2100 or @mayorfrey on Twitter
Leave a comment for him here.
U.S. Attorney, District of Minnesota Erica MacDonald
Call (612) 664-5600 or to go direct to the Federal Civil Duty Attorney, call (612) 253-0951, and leave a message.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman
(612) 348-5550 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison
(651) 296-3353 (Twin Cities Calling Area), (800) 657-3787 (Outside the Twin Cities), or Minneapolis311@minneapolismn.gov
Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, a Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Minneapolis Police Department
(612) 673-3000 or email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Justice for George Floyd petition on Change.org which will be sent to Mayor Jacob Frey and DA Mike Freeman. It is the largest ever US-based petition on Change.org.
Color of Change’s petition demands that Frey block the involved officers from receiving their pensions and ban them from being able to become police officers again, as well as demands that Freeman charge the officers with murder. You can also text “FLOYD” to 55156 to sign the petition.
- Support George Floyd’s family. His brother Philonise Floyd has organized a fund to cover funeral and burial expenses and to support Floyd’s family as they continue to seek justice: DONATE HERE. His sister Bridgett Floyd is raising money to help support George’s daughter Gianna: DONATE HERE.
- The Minnesota Freedom Fund, a grassroots organization currently working with the National Lawyers Guild and the Legal Rights Center, will use donations to bail out arrested protestors and to supply those on the field. DONATE HERE
- Reclaim the Block, a grassroots organization based in Minneapolis, will use funds to address community needs. DONATE HERE
- Black Visions Collective, which is based in Minnesota, focuses its work on transformative justice in the state. DONATE HERE
- North Star Health Collective is a group of street medics, radical health organizers, and community health trainers based in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and will use funds for gear and medical supplies on the field. DONATE HERE
- Support community clean up efforts, like the one organized by Marvin Applewhite on GoFundMe. DONATE HERE
Support Our Communities
- This map, made by others, details open Twin Cities Aid Distribution locations and what types of donations they’re accepting. It also details which are open for receiving support—please share it!
- Check for community support efforts and clean up efforts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and NextDoor.
- Check in with each other and keep having important conversations.
Stay Updated and Learn
- Follow Black Visions, Minnesota Freedom Fund, Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and Black Lives Matter St. Paul for updates and to support.
- Be wary of what you share online. As the fight for justice carries on, grassroots activists are asking that supporters stay mindful of what they’re posting online to avoid sharing unnecessarily graphic imagery or photos/videos of protestors’ faces.
- Be thoughtful of sharing images of police brutality. George Floyd’s death proves public watchdogs are still necessary to hold police and other perpetrators of violence against Black people accountable. You can express discontent and pressure people in power without sharing graphic videos or images, which can be needlessly triggering. We shouldn’t need visuals to feel empathy for victims.
- Anti-racism resources—This document (compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein) is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen their anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. Feel free to circulate this document on social media.
If you know of any additional resources or community efforts we haven’t mentioned that can be shared at this time, please contact us at email@example.com. Stay safe Minnesota.
On a topic so rich with information , it’s important that we each continue our own research! Here are some great sources to get started with to inspire your 2020 Earth Day action:
We started with sharing about ways animal agriculture impacts the Earth, animals, and our communities. Now we’re sharing ways to take action and contribute to the international fight for a healthy and sustainable home.
We need YOU to make 2020 the biggest and best Twin Cities Chef Challenge yet!
What is the challenge?
The Twin Cities Chef Challenge brings new vegan options to Twin Cities restaurants, which diners then rate. It’s a win-win-win as diners get new options, restaurants increase their business, and animals are spared through the addition and promotion of vegan options at restaurants.
The challenge had been planned for October. We are considering moving the date up to August.
How can I get involved?
Restaurant outreach volunteers—3 to 8 needed. These volunteers go to restaurants between 2 and 4 pm to invite chefs and managers to participate. We provide you with materials to bring. You’ll also drop off promotional materials at the restaurants prior to the challenge, and invite chefs to the final celebration. This position begins in June.
- Volunteers need to provide their own transportation.
- Commitment: An estimated 5-8 hours a week for two weeks to a month.
Restaurant follow-up volunteers—These volunteers make sure restaurants have submitted necessary materials (name of dishes, food photos, etc.) to prepare for our website and promotion. This position begins in June.
- Position can be done from home.
- Have basic spreadsheet skills and be comfortable with using email and making follow-up phone calls.
- Commitment: An estimated 1-2 hours a week.
Dining and social media volunteers—These volunteers go to restaurants, purchase the Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge dishes, and post about them on social media. They also follow and comment on posts submitted by the community.
- Volunteers need to provide their own transportation.
- Commitment: An estimated 5-8 hours a week throughout the month of the challenge.
Ratings volunteer—This volunteer creates the Google form diners fill out to rate the dishes they eat and calculates the results of the votes using a spreadsheet to determine the Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge Champion. They also help determine awards, which are given to all restaurants who participate. Begins in June.
- Commitment: An estimated 3-6 hours to create the survey, make edits, and compile data afterward. The 3 to 6 hours of work will be spread out over several months.
Social media admins—These volunteers put posts on social media pages for the challenge, and help plan social media strategy. Begins in June.
- Commitment: An estimated 3-4 hours a week, starting two months before the challenge and running two weeks after the challenge wraps up.
Please fill out our new volunteer form or email Laura Matanah at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what interests you!
We, the Compassionate Action for Animals board and staff, have an important announcement to share with you.
Meet Max Lohse, who has shifted from helping out in the office this past year to now continuing remotely! Read on to learn about what helped him go vegan, what he’s been working on this year, and more!
April 22nd, 2020 will mark the 50th annual Earth Day—that’s officially half a century of humans taking action to support our Earth! The event was first created in 1970 by then-Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson after he witnessed the intense harms from a Santa Barbara oil spill. Inspired by the anti-war movement on college campuses, he realized that major change could only happen through passion, education, and widespread following.