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How To Make A Difference Locally With Black Lives Matter And The George Floyd Protests

How To Make A Difference Locally With Black Lives Matter And The George Floyd Protests

Over the last two weeks, our country has been turned upside down as we say enough is enough with police brutality. There are many ways to help the cause from sending emails to public officials, signing petitions, supporting black-owned businesses locally and nationally as well as donating. Many national organizations have hit their donation goals and have asked that the community donate to other places that need the support. Below are local organizations you can donate to that will help those fighting for Black Lives Matter.

Florida Bail Fund

As stated on their website, The Florida Bail fund “is a new effort supporting protesters on the front lines of the fight against racism, homophobia, sexism, mass incarceration, police brutality, and the criminalization of poverty.”

They pay bail for those who cannot afford it and who are striving to make society a better, more just, and equitable place for all people.

100% of donations to the Florida Bail Fund go directly to paying bail with no administrative costs.

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This bail fund is being organized by Gainesville fka IWOC. They initially started a gofundme page for the cause, however have moved over to Cash App and Venmo due to a long processing time with gofundme. On Cash app you can donate to $freefloridaf12 or FreeFloridaf12 on Venmo.

The Freedom Fund posts bail to secure the safety and liberty of people in jail and immigration detention. They also work to build a critical mass against the mass detention of LGBTQ individuals.

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Jax Community Action is providing community support for those who were arrested on 5/30 and 5/31 during a peaceful George Floyd Event. They will also use the funds for the following: mental health services, medical reimbursement services and bond reimbursement for those whose rights were infringed upon on 5/30 and 5/31. 

Future funding will support food programs, know your rights training and other educational events in Jacksonville, FL.

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As stated on their website,”The Community Bail Fund (CBF), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to ending the widespread incarceration of individuals who have been arrested for non-violent offenses but lack the financial means to pay bail and return home to their families while awaiting their court date. 

CBF is a unique collaboration between the Morgan family, State Attorney Aramis Ayala and Public Defender Bob Wesley, both of the 9th Judicial Circuit of Orange & Osceola Counties.”

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Tampa Bay Students For A Democratic Society started this fundraiser for the Tampa Bay area and are dispersing funds to recipients through Venmo, Cashapp or personal check. 

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Are there any organizations that need funds that aren’t included in the list? Comment them below!

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