Justice for George Floyd Initiatives

This page houses information about community events, volunteer opportunities, donation needs, and a variety of other resources dedicated to the memory of George Floyd and/or the fight for racial justice. As this page is in no way an exhaustive list of resources available in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas, please use this form to submit information about an event/item that you believe should be added. This will help ensure we all work together to keep our community informed.

If you have specific questions about this page, contact Joanne Reeck.

Please note the events/items listed on this page have not been vetted and/or do not necessarily represent the entire or partial views of Augsburg University.

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Upcoming Events
Toolkit for Hard Conversations (about race and other subjects) Monday, October 19, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Afrolatinidad & Anti-Blackness in Latinx Culture Wednesday, October 21, 12 pm – 1:30 pm
Let’s Get Uncomfortable with The North End Neighborhood Organization of St. Paul Thursdays, October 22 & November 5, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
From Enforcement to #FundOurLives- Advancing Equity in Community Safety Friday, October 23, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Unity March Saturday, October 24, 12 pm – 3 pm
Race, Politics, and the Workplace Thursday, October 29, 12 pm – 1:30 pm

Table shows list of initiatives and events.

Events

Toolkit for Hard Conversations (about race and other subjects)

Monday, October 19, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Online Event: https://www.sotv.org/toolkit-for-hard-conversations/

From the Event Page: Monday, October 19 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm on Zoom. Register (deadline is Sunday, October 18): www.sotv.org/toolkit-for-hard-conversations

We are all trying to find ways to talk about race and racial bias. This class includes short videos and discussion that will help us learn skills for participating in difficult conversations and maintaining relationships with people who think and believe differently about racism and other tough topics. This class will be held using Zoom. Please join us for this timely conversation!

This class is facilitated by members of the Racial Truth and Justice Team using The White Ally Toolkit. This is a repeat of the class offered in July. Learn about the group at sotv.org/racial-truth-and-reconciliation.

Event Information


Afrolatinidad & Anti-Blackness in Latinx Culture

Wednesday, October 21, 12 pm – 1:30 pm
Online Event Hosted by Metropolitan State University and Inver Hills Community College

From the Event Page: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Join our panelists as they discuss Afrolatinidad and their experiences with anti-blackness.

Register here: https://minnstate.zoom.us/…/WN_6OVZAPNQRMSJLFG9TN84PA

For more information, please contact Karina Moreno, Student Success Coordinator for Latinx and Undocumented Students at karina.moreno@metrostate.edu.

Sponsored by Metropolitan State University, in collaboration with Normandale Community College, Inver Hills Community College and South Central College.

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Let’s Get Uncomfortable with The North End Neighborhood Organization of St. Paul

Thursdays, October 22 and November 5, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Online Event: https://dangerboat.net/lets-get-uncomfortable

From the Event Page:

What? Let’s Get Uncomfortable (3 Virtual Sessions)

When? Wednesday, October 7, Thursday, October 22 and Thursday, November 5, 6:00-7:30 pm CT

Where? Virtual on Zoom Live. Your Zoom Meeting link will be sent within 3 days after purchase. If you have not received the link, please contact destiny@t2p2.net

Racism is everybody’s problem, and it’s well past time to start talking about it. In this conversation series, Let’s Get Uncomfortable, we’re asking you to do just that. LGU is a facilitated space to get people (particularly white people) to talk about racism, its consequences, and how we all share the responsibility to do the work for change. Need a place to start? Here you go, get uncomfortable with us.

This conversation is supported by North End Neighborhood Organization of St. Paul.

Space is limited and we ask registrants to sign up for one session out of the three dates (October 7, October 22, November 5). You may reserve up to 2 spaces per registration.

Event Information


From Enforcement to #FundOurLives- Advancing Equity in Community Safety

Friday, October 23, 11 am – 12:30 pm

From the Event Page: In 2020, the murder of George Floyd amplified to the national and international spotlight the generations’ long efforts of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities to seek justice for the devastating impacts of racist policing and envision new social systems to keep our communities safe, healthy and thriving. Thanks to fierce love and leadership, policy makers and the public are engaged in more robust conversations about how we spend and prioritize public dollars to protect prosperity and security for some while intentionally underinvesting in communities of color.

We know that safety and stability come, not from a reliance on policing and punishment, but from meeting fundamental human needs, like housing, jobs and healthcare.

As cities move toward adopting their 2021 budgets, join us for a conversation with community organizers from different issue areas who are elevating and advocating for the priorities that #FundOurLives

Event Information


Unity March

Saturday, October 24, 12 pm – 3 pm
Minnesota State Capitol

From the Event Page: One Minnesota unites with The 8218 Truce Center of St. Paul and Push For Peace based in Minneapolis to call for an end to violence in our communities. Join us as we bring red and blue together along with all Minnesota communities to show we truly are ONE MINNESOTA. This historic event will be hosted by the Honorable Rev Darryl Spence Sr and feature keynote speaker Dr. Armondo Collins, Asst. Prof of African American studies and African Diaspora, University North Carolina Greensboro. There will be several other speakers along with some very special guests.

Event Information


Race, Politics, and the Workplace

Thursday, October 29, 12 pm – 1:30 pm
Online/Video Conference by the Forum on Workplace Inclusion

From the Event Page: 

When: October 29, 2020 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Where: Online/Video Conference
Cost: $30 Suggested Donation
Level: Intermediate
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenters: Candi Castleberry, Twitter  |  Bill Proudman, White Men as Full Diversity Partners/FDP Global  |  Howard Ross, Udarta Consulting  |  Regina Speed-Bost, SB Law, PLLC  |  Sandra S. Yamate, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP)

We are experiencing amplified division and chaos around concepts central to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Anti-racism and white privilege are becoming increasingly politicized, especially as the US prepares itself for the upcoming presidential election.

How does this resistance show up in your workplace and in your DEI initiatives? How do we continue to bridge divides that seem to be increasingly polarized? And, how will you prepare your workplace for the aftermath of the election, whatever the outcome?

Moderated by WMFDP’s CEO and co-founder Bill Proudman, with guests Howard Ross of Udarta Consulting and Sandra Yamate of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP), we will explore these questions and the unique challenges facing workplaces in the US right now.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn what fear and resistance sound like and reveal in the workplace
  • Be clear on why DEI work matters, especially right now
  • Build up your resolve and your internal change agents

Event Information


Resources and Donations

Resources to Support the Minneapolis Protests and Community

Google doc filled with volunteer opportunities and a multitude of other resources.
List of Resources


Places to Donate

153 Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color (The Strategist, August 11, 2020)

SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS’ FAMILIES

George Floyd’s family
Donations cover funeral costs; counseling services; legal fees; and care for his children. https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd

Ahmaud Arbery’s mother fund
Donations support the family’s legal battle.
https://www.gofundme.com/f/i-run-with-maud

Breonna Taylor’s family
Donations fund legal fees and offer extra support.
https://www.gofundme.com/f/9v4q2-justice-for-breonna-taylor

David McAtee’s mother and family
https://www.gofundme.com/f/justicefordavidmcatee

PROTEST TIPS AND SUPPORT

Safety During Protest
https://www.amnestyusa.org/pdfs/SafeyDuringProtest_F.pdf

The Black Trans Protesters Emergency Fund
Raises money for physical resources, bail, and medical care for black, transgender protesters, which will be redistributed to black, trans-led organizations https://www.instagram.com/p/CA8GE-HDbxa/

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Supports racial justice through advocacy, litigation, and education. https://www.naacpldf.org/about-us/

The Legal Rights Center
A non-profit law firm based in Minneapolis, offering legal defense, educational, and advocacy services. https://www.legalrightscenter.org/

Black Visions Collective
A black, trans, and queer-led social justice organization and legal fund based in Minneapolis-St. Paul. https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/about

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 Mpls. https://www.knowyourrightscamp.com/

ORGANIZATIONS WORKING AGAINST POLICE ABUSE

Showing Up For Racial Justice
Works to educate white people about anti-racism and organizes actions to support the fight for racial justice and undermine white supremacy.
https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/donate-to-surj.html

Communities United Against Police Brutality
Operates a crisis hotline where people can report abuse; offers legal, medical, and psychological resource referrals; and engages in political action against police brutality. https://www.cuapb.org/what_we_do

POCI Caucus of Minnesota Legislature
Introduced reforms they are pushing at the State level to address police misconduct and prevent more killings and police misconduct against the communities they serve. https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/Profile/News/10399/30019

New Era of Public Safety
An Advocacy Toolkit for Fair, Safe, and Effective Community https://www.obama.org/wp-content/uploads/Toolkit.pdf

Campaign Zero
Has a comprehensive package of urgent policy solutions informed by data, research and human rights principles to change the way police serve our communities. https://www.joincampaignzero.org/#vision

NPAP
Their mission is to promote the accountability of law enforcement officers and their employers for violations of the Constitution and the laws of the United States https://www.nlg-npap.org/

MPD 150
A participatory, horizontally-organized effort by local organizers, researchers, artists and activists helping organizers in other cities to establish practical abolitionist strategies.
https://www.mpd150.com/

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Hallie Q. Brown Community Center
The Mission of Hallie Q. Brown is to improve the quality of life in our community by providing access to critical human services, fostering and promoting personal growth, and developing community leadership.
http://www.hallieqbrown.org/site/index.php/get-involved/volunteer/
http://www.hallieqbrown.org/site/index.php/get-involved/donate/

MOODI
(Mobile Outreach and Outdoor Drop-In)
Initiative of the Cultural Wellness Center in Minneapolis, providing immediate response and resources for people currently without shelter. https://www.givemn.org/story/Mxmjeg

We Love Lake Street
Gathers donations for small businesses and non-profits on Lake Street in Minneapolis, to help with the clean-up effort, as is the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition. https://www.welovelakestreet.com/checkout/donate?donatePageId=5ed02a6ccfba127f3c1cc3fd

Okra Project
Combats food insecurity in black trans and gender-nonconforming communities. It set up two funds — the Tony McDade Mental Health Recovery Fund, for trans men, and the Nina Pop Mental Health Recovery Fund, for trans women — to help cover the costs of mental health therapy sessions with licensed black therapists. You can donate money here, and learn about donating services by following the links above. https://www.theokraproject.com/

Mutual Aid Fund
Good place to send community support amid a pandemic. https://mutualaiddisasterrelief.org/collective-care/

Fair Fight
Organization founded by Stacey Abrams that aims to end voter suppression and equalize voting rights and access for fairer elections. https://secure.actblue.com/donate/fairfight-2020-dtd

BLACK VISIONS COLLECTIVE (BLVC)
Believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in right relationship within our ecosystems.
https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/


Black Minds Matter (Free Cora Course)

Anti-Racism Resources (AspireMN)

How Minnesotans Can Fight for Racial Justice (Minnesota Monthly)

Confronting Racism at Work: A Reading List (Harvard Business Review)

2020 Inclusion, Anti-Racism, and Wellness Resources (National Institutes of Health)

Anti-Racism Education Resource List (NYU Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation)

Anti-Racism Resources (OC Human Relations)

The Great Unlearn (curated by Rachel E. Cargle)

Racial Equity Resource Guide (W.K. Kellogg Foundation)

Training and Popular Education (Racial Equity Tools)

Racial Justice, Racial Equity, and Anti-Racism Reading List (Harvard Kennedy School)

Training for Racial Equity and Inclusion: A guide to selected programs (Written by Ilana Shapiro, Ph.D., Alliance for Conflict Transformation/Linked via Racial Equity Tools)

Resources for Ending Anti-Black Racism (Soul 2 Soul Sisters)

Let’s Talk About Anti-Blackness (Yes! For Teachers)

Confronting Anti-Black Racism (PBS LearningMedia)

Anti-Racism Resources: Educate Yourself (Project Home)

Training Resources To Reduce Inequity And Bias In The Workplace (Training Industry)

Implicit Bias (Racial Equity Tools)

8 Online Classes and Workshops That Help You to Examine Your Own Bias (Well + Good)

Virtual Events on Diversity and Inclusion (The Chronicle of Higher Education)


Supporting Black-Owned Businesses

How to Support Black-Owned Businesses in Minnesota (KARE 11)

Black Owned Businesses in Minnesota That Need Your Support (shoppeblack.us)

A Roundup of Black-Owned Restaurant Lists for Supporting These Businesses in the Twin Cities (Eater Twin Cities)

How to Find and Support Black-Owned Businesses (Yes!)

100 Black-Owned Businesses to Support (Forbes)

25 Black-Owned Businesses You Can Support Right Now (The Oprah Magazine)

39 Black-Owned Businesses You Can Support Today and Everyday (Glamour)


Miscellaneous Resources and Information

Know Peace Murals

An artist collective in the Twin Cities honoring BIPoC killed at the hands of those sworn to protect. Questions/donations, email tc.mural.fund@gmail.com.

Facebook Page


The Epicenter for Change T-Shirt

We are excited to launch this limited-edition The Epicenter For Change T-shirt to support Minnesota communities impacted from the unrest stemming from the death of George Floyd.

Designed by local youth artists from Juxtaposition Arts in North Minneapolis, the T-shirt depicts images of Minnesota communities united together. The Minnesota Twins logo sits as a marker to the Twin Cities, embodying the strength of Minnesota as an epicenter for change.

Proceeds benefit: West Broadway Business and Area Coalition/Northside Funders Group, Lake Street Council, St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce.

Cost: $30.00 Donation

Information and Order Form


Black Lives Matter Lawn Signs – Twin Cities

All lawn sign proceeds go to Black-led organizations. This BLM lawn sign project was started in 2015 by SURJ MN with direction from Lena Gardner, in consultation with other BLM founders. 

Facebook Page
About the Signs


Refugee Savings Program

ISUROON
Contact: Ramla Elmi ramla@isuroon.org or (612)353-5765
Information about the program


Higher Ed Learning Collective

Public Facebook Group that includes a post of  Black Lives Matter Instructional Library


Augsburg University Religion Department

Statement of Commitment to Anti-Racist Action and Education
Read the complete statement