If you have participated in the recent protests and want to do more or if you are unable to participate and want to do something you can help by donating your money or time. There are a number of organizations that provide bail and legal aid to activists or help small businesses and other affected community resources.
What follows is only a limited list. Two things should be considered:
First, before you click a link to donate to an organization or fund, make sure that it is legitimate. Unfortunately, when there is a crisis, there are those out there who try to take advantage of the larger community's willingness to help. In addition, some well-meaning people can start a GoFundMe or other fundraiser without first figuring out how best to help or whether resources are already available. As set out in this helpful Lifehacker article, it's a good idea not to just click on a social media link. Once you've selected a group to donate to, go to that group's website instead and check them out. You can also examine more established charities by using websites like Guidestar or Charity Navigator (although many of these groups are too new or too small to be listed with).
Another reason to go to a group's website is that some local organizations such as the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund and NorthStar Health Collective are overwhelmed with donations and are forwarding contributions to other organizations that may need more help. If you do a little research, you can find out where the current need is greatest.
Here are some starting points. We have provided links to the organizations and their donation pages. If you are at one of them on site and would like to volunteer, there are also links to these websites.
Bail and Legal Funds
National Bail Fund Network
According to the website: "The Community Justice Exchange is a national hub for the development, exchange and experimentation with tactical interventions, strategic organizational practices and innovative organizational tools to end the Enormous. “It is also home to the National Bail Fund Network, which is linked to over 60 Community Bail and Bond Funds, including the Minnesota Freedom Fund. You can view the list of protest bail funds by state if you want to give something to a local fund. You can also donate directly to the network. Donations
The Legal Rights Center
According to the website: “Our mission is to provide high-quality criminal defense and restorative justice services to low-income people, especially those of color. Our focus is on Hennepin County, our priority is on youth, and our services are free. “Note: Hennepin County is the county in which Minneapolis is located. Donations
National Lawyers Guild
According to the website: “Our mission is to exercise the right for people and to unite lawyers, law students, lawyers and prison lawyers to act as an effective force in serving people by evaluating human rights and ecosystem rights against property interests. “The National Lawyers Guild and the Legal Rights Center are the two organizations that work with the Minnesota Freedom Fund on bail for demonstrators. Donations
Know Your Rights Camp
According to the website: "Our mission is to promote the liberation and well-being of the black and brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass mobilization and the creation of new systems that promote the next generation of change leaders. “The fund, founded by Colin Kaepernick, now provides legal services to people in the Minneapolis region. Donations
Journalists Protection Committee
According to the website: “CPJ is investigating reports of attacks and arrests in recent days in Louisville, Kentucky; Las Vegas, Nevada; Atlanta; and Washington, D.C. ”These incidents include Linda Tirado, the freelance photographer who lost her eye, or Omar Jimenez, the CNN reporter, who was taken into police custody after his identification. Donations
We Love Lake Street
According to the website: “The Lake Street Council (501
Support the Cities
A Facebook page sponsored by the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minnesota sponsors food and utility taxes and distributions in the affected neighborhoods. Donate
Reclaim the Block
According to the website: “Reclaim the block began in 2018 and organizes members of the Minneapolis community and city council to transfer money from the police department to other areas of the city budget, the really promote health and safety in the community. “ Donations