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.
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.
Table shows list of initiatives and events.
White Supremacy in the Trump Era
Mondays in July, 6 pm – 8 pm
From the Event Page: Join Loretta Ross for a 4-part lecture series where we will analyze the history, prevalence, and current manifestations of the white supremacist movement. Throughout our time, we will examine the ideological components, tactics and strategies, and its relationship to mainstream politics while exploring how to build a human rights movement to counter the white supremacist movement in the U.S.
In addition to the lectures, which will happen on Monday nights from 7-9 PM EST starting on July 6th, we will offer optional spaces for facilitated discussion breakout groups. We will also provide recordings of the lectures for anyone who cannot attend them live.
Dismantling Racism and Addressing Anti-Blackness
Wednesdays, July 15, 29, 11 am – 12 pm
Fund Our Communities: 2020 Revised Budget Public Hearing #1
Tuesday, July 14, 6 pm – 8 pm
Online Event Hosted by Black Visions and Reclaim The Block
From the Event Page: We need to protect and fund the things that really keep us safe – affordable housing, mental health services, youth programming and more. Minneapolis has to revise its budget due to COVID19 costs and needs to make cuts to the City’s 2020 budget – we know a department that needs its budget slashed. Minneapolis must continue to fund the things that our communities need most!
Join us in demanding that City Council make cuts to MPD’s budget in their 2020 Revised Budget Public Hearings.
The City Council will hold two meetings with public comment – Tuesday, July 14th at 6PM and Wednesday July 22nd at 10AM.
In the midst of a pandemic and an economic crisis, it’s more critical than ever to fully fund affordable housing, healthcare, real solutions to violence, and addiction services. As our communities are experiencing widespread housing and job insecurity, rising rates of domestic violence, and healthcare systems pushed to a breaking point, we can’t afford to keep pouring resources into an unaccountable police department.This event will be updated with more information about how to attend the public meetings, talking points, and opportunities to submit comments.
Information about how to participate in virtual City Council meetings here: http://www2.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/onlinemeetings/WCMSP-224389
A Breath for George; songs, interviews, poems, and reflections
Tuesday, July 14, 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
American Swedish Institute
Hosted by American Swedish Institute and New Dawn Theatre Company
From the Event Page: Bring A Lawn Chair—Twin Cities-Wide FREE Outdoor Screenings Honoring the Life and Death of George Floyd
New Dawn Theatre is standing with Twin Cities’ theaters – Penumbra, Pillsbury House, Mixed Blood, Yellow Tree, Gremlin, Plymouth Congregational Church – to present for free outdoor screenings of A Breath for George; a collection of songs, interviews, and poems created to honor the life of George Floyd. Artists featured include: James T. Alfred, Aimee Bryant, Perri Gaffney, Peter Macon, Thomasina Petrus, T. Mychael Rambo, Frank Sentwali, Regina Marie Williams and Jevetta Steel. Interviews with Sarah Bellamy, Harvey Blanks, Melvin Carter Jr., James Craven, Talvin Wilks and Professor John Wright are also included in the collection. All screenings are free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for local charities.
A Breath for George was created by New Dawn Theatre and Minnesota artists as a platform to: honor Mr. Floyd’s life; speak to this moment and moments past openly and honestly; and to share avenues which promote hope and positive changes for the future. A Breath for George gives voice to the ways Black citizens & residents historically have been negatively affected emotionally, physically and financially by systemic racism and nationwide police violence.
“There is value in people knowing that they are not alone in the way that they are feeling right now. There is also value in speaking truth to people who have never heard our stories or ever been in position to hear our stories,” says New Dawn Artistic Director Austene Van.
If you would like to put your heart into action but are unsure of where to begin, please consider volunteering or donating to any of the listed organization committed to rebuilding our communities and eradicating systemic racism.
Black Minds Matter
Thursday, July 16, 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
BLACK MINDS MATTER is a free, five part online series featuring leading educational scholars and advocates. The series addresses the parallels between the policing of Black Lives and the schooling of Black Minds. Begins July 16, 2020. Register now: https://bit.ly/3efELFd
Demand Real Change from Minnesota Senate!
Friday, July 17, 4 pm – 7 pm
From the Event Page: Join us in front of the Minnesota Senate Building to demand the Senate work for the people and bring REAL JUSTICE with real police accountability bills that will ensure transformative change. We are not accepting watered down bills, broken pledges and false assurances!
Black Lives Matter Mural
Saturday, July 18, 9 am – 5 pm
Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery
From the Event Page: The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) is bringing together amazing artists to paint “Black Lives Matter” on the street on Plymouth Avenue in support of the movement for racial justice sparked by the killing of George Floyd.
Artists participating in the painting of the mural include Melodee Strong, Sean Philips, Christopher Harrison, Kenneth Caldwell, Broderick Poole, Beverly Tipton Hammond, Drew Hammond, Lissa Karpeh, Brittany Moore, Timi Bliss, Reggie LaFlore, and Christopheraaron Deanes. Stay tuned for more artists! Each artists will create their own unique design on a letter. The event will be videotaped by Georgia Fort.
The mural will be painted on the street on Plymouth Avenue North between Penn and Newton Avenues. This is a historic public art event to support the fight against systemic racism and police brutality against Black people in this country. The museum also affirms that Black lives are sacred and urges a stop to the violence in the community. The public is invited to come out and support, watch and celebrate Black lives. Please wear masks to stop the spread of COVID-19.
March for Elijah McClain
Saturday, July 18, 2 pm – 5 pm
U.S. Bank Stadium
From the Event Page: Inspired by “The Elijah Movement” being held in Oak Park we are taking to the streets for Elijah McClain here in Minnesota.
We invite you to come together over the life and murder of young Elijah McClain through artistic expression, marching and most importantly the voices of our community youth. Throughout the march, we will be stopping periodically to listen to spoken word artists & performances by local rappers and singers. Please help us honor Elijah McClain while also putting forth the voices that continue to lead us further into the revolution. We strive for this peaceful event to serve as an opportunity for our community to unite in the honor of Elijah McClain, lift youth voices & to continue the momentum of bringing humans together over the issue of police brutality.
**Starting point: US Bank Stadium
**We will march towards the Stone Arch Bridge and across it.
Remember, we are still in the middle of a pandemic, please wear a mask!
Donate to our efforts:
Abolition Book Club: Are Prisons Obsolete?
Sunday, July 19, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
From the Event Page: What does a world without police or prisons look like? Whether you’re new to the concept of police and prison abolition or have been organizing around it for years, we’d love for you to join us for our newest virtual offering: the Abolition Book Club.
Join us for the first installment of our virtual Abolition Book Club on Sunday, July 19th at 6 PM! We’ll be reading and discussing Angela Davis’s book Are Prisons Obsolete?
In Are Prisons Obsolete?, Davis illustrates how the prison industrial complex relies on the inheritances of slavery, and asks us to imagine a world focused on healing and rehabilitation rather than punishment.
To sign up to receive emails about our book clubs, click here: https://forms.gle/Fe7wQDjveFZJCZEJA.
Interested in donating or receiving a free copy of Are Prisons Obsolete? Indicate on the form that you’re interested in our Book Club Solidarity Fund!
The Zoom link for the book club will be posted on July 19th prior to the meeting.
Hard copies of the book are backordered, but ebooks are available from the following places:
Seven Stories: https://www.sevenstories.com/books/2907-are-prisons-obsolete
We Can’t Breathe: Virtual Conversations on Systemic Racism
Sunday, July 19, 2 pm – 3:30 pm
In light of the murder of George Floyd and countless police killings of Black and Brown people, the world is reassessing the role of both police and society at large in addressing system-wide and structural racism. We wish to look at what this moment is about, how it connects to America’s history of systemic racism, and the forces that continue to sustain racism in Minnesota and the nation.
With the support of Professor Joe R. Feagin of Texas A&M University, along with Minnesota antiracist activists and scholars, we will host four 90-minute conversations over the summer. We will be on Zoom with a short breakout session.
Ibram X. Kendi on “How to Be an Antiracist”
Monday, July 20, 7 pm – 8 pm
From the Event Page: National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi discusses “How to Be an Antiracist.”
2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi will discuss his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” on Monday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. Dr. Dukes is the first African-American woman to serve as president of the College and has 30 years of progressive leadership experience and administrative responsibility in higher education. The conversation will be streamed live online on Crowdcast, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter/Periscope, and will air on PGCC TV on a later date.
Praised as “The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind” (New York Times), Kendi’s groundbreaking work has provided a major new counterpoint in the national conversation about race in America and resonates in this, our collective moment of reckoning.
Ibram X. Kendi is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, a professor of history, and the founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. He is a columnist at The Atlantic and a correspondent with CBS News. He is the author of five books including “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction; “How to Be an Antiracist”; “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You,” co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and “Antiracist Baby,” illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky.
The Lies of Emancipation
Tuesday, July 21, 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Online Event Hosted by East Side Freedom Library
From the Event Page: The East Side Freedom Library and the St. Paul Recovery Act Reparations Book Group invite you to a discussion: ‘The Lies of Emancipation: The Failure of Reconstruction, the Development of Sharecropping, and the Growth of Convict Labor”.
Six months ago, our project began discussing the long-term consequences of uncompensated African American labor in the perpetuation of racially-based inequality. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and too many others, have generated a new interest in historical study. Just this past month, awareness of the holiday of Juneteenth has awakened knowledge of the process of Emancipation. There is so much to know…
This month, our project will look into the defeat of Reconstruction and the emergence of convict labor and sharecropping as new forms of the exploitation of African American labor. We invite you to read these two articles:
-Portside: Racial Terror: 2,000 Black Americans Were Lynched in Reconstruction Era, Report Say (https://portside.org/2020-06-19/racial-terror-2000-black-americans-were-lynched-reconstruction-era-report-says)
-History Dojo: Sharecropping: Slavery By Another Name (https://historydojo.blog/2019/10/07/sharecropping-slavery-by-another-name/)
We also invite you to watch the documentary film “Slavery by Another Name.” It can be found on See Black See Power’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcCxsLDma2o&feature=youtu.be).
These resources will provide the basis for our conversation, and we ask that you engage them if you want to attend. Newcomers are always welcome. Please email email@example.com for a link to the Zoom invitation.
White Privilege Challenge with Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.
Thursday, July 23, 10 am – 11:30 am
Join MN-NAME and Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., founder of the White Privilege Institute, for an educator kick-off to a 21 day equity/White Privilege Challenge. Learn how you can, for 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity.
How to Be an Antiracist – Book Discussion and Conversation
Thursday, July 23, 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Please consider ordering your book from a Black-owned independent bookstore: https://aalbc.com/bookstores/list.php
Saturday, July 25, 12 pm – 6 pm
CoMotion Center for Movement
655 Fairview Ave N., Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104, Saint Paul
From the Event Page: The BlackOUT: A Vision of celebrating Black Excellence, in a Black-owned space, to spend money with / support Black-owned food vendors, and Black-owned merchandisers while listening to some of the Black Pillars and performers from our community all in the midst of jammin’ to Black DJs bumpin’ Black Music the entire time!!
LBBMn: Por La Raza/ For The People March And Rally
Saturday, July 25, 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
149 Cesar Chavez St, St Paul, MN 55107-2226
From the Event Page: Los Brown Berets-Minnesota is inviting people of the Twin cities to come out and march with is in the West side of St Paul to Castillo Park. This event is to engage with our community on police brutality, racism, bring light and justice to Vanessa Guillen’s family and in observance of the 50th Anniversary of The Chicano Moratorium. we will meet at the Burger King on 455 S Robert St, St Paul, MN 55107 at 230 pm and commence the march at 300 pm. We willend march at Castillo Park.
We will provide waters and snacks and will have speakers share with us at the park. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO BRING A MASK!!!!
I Am Not Your Negro: Film Discussion
Wednesday, July 29, 6 pm – 7 pm
From the Event Page: To register, please fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FbZXp0zReJQwJp8LTlyR1IeKd4PEXuZSXZ9hRTSU8WY/edit
Join us as we discuss the highlights and important moments during the 2016 Documentary Film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript “Remember This House”.
To watch, it is available on Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix.
Pursuing Excellence through Antiracism in Higher Education
Thursday, July 30, 1 pm – 2:30 pm
Webinar Sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education
From the Event Page: Higher education institutions are microcosms of the larger systemic racism reflected in U.S. society; they commonly act on, and reproduce societal inequities. Instead, higher education institutions should act to eradicate racism embedded in institutional policies, procedures, practices, and everyday operations. Excellence within an increasingly diverse society requires expanding institutional capacity for an understanding of how diversity is an imperative for excellence, linking diversity to an institution’s mission. Institutional Antiracism is an active form of transformational change effort designed to alter the way institutions operate in ways that overtly or covertly contribute to and maintain racial hierarchies, inequities, and injustices. An antiracist institution must advance excellence in every domain of education and scholarship, and address threats to racial justice, by critically examining standard operating procedures, policies, assumptions, beliefs, values, and its underlying historical context.!!!
Central Honors Philando (Virtual) 2020
Sunday, August 23, 3 pm – 4 pm
From the Event Page: Log on and come together to honor Philando Castile! The 5th Annual Central Honors Philando celebration will be streamed live online.
Raise money for a scholarship in his name, learn about community resources, enjoy the entertainment, see never before seen footage from past CHP events, take part in the raffle, learn about the history of the event, see what our 4 scholarship recipients are up to, and much more.
More information coming soon!
The Generation that Will Lead Rally
Sunday, September 13, 3 pm – 6 pm
Minnesota State Capitol,75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Saint Paul, Minnesota
From the Event Page: Update – we are postponing the event to a letter date- stay tune- In the past month Minnesota has seen many actions, and of what it has shown us is that it is really the youth that are leading our movements for social change. They have been tirelessly out on the streets, vocalizing their pain and frustration against the system that is oppressing us, fighting for justice on the front lines. This protest is organized by youth, led by youth, and it is for everyone who stands behind them in our continued struggle. This is a critical moment to show up for the next generation and empower them to raise their voices and fight for the world that they’ll live in tomorrow.
Our message to the youth: organize your friends and networks to show up. This is a statewide movement, and it only exists when YOU speak up and demonstrate to the world that is is OUR generation that recognizes the courage and commitment it takes to keep this fight going and to revoke any vestiges of white supremacy, police brutality and any form of systemic racism in our state. WE need to lead this charge. That is what this event is about. Organize your school, bring out your friends and classmates, wear your school colors, and tell those in power that you’re young but your voice matters too. We’re counting on you.
“This is a time for bold measures. This is the country, and you are the generation.” — Bono
This will be a socially distanced protest. Please wear masks and expect to maintain a six-foot distance.
LEAP! 2020: Feeding Native Families, Empowering Native Youth
Monday, September 28, 5 pm – 8:30 pm
Tickets · $50 via Eventbrite
From the Event Page: LEAP! is Division of Indian Work’s annual fundraiser to support its Horizons Unlimited Food Shelf and Youth Leadership Development Program.
LEAP: Feeding Native Families, Empowering Native Youth, is the Division of Indian Work’s annual fundraiser to support its Horizons Unlimited (HU) Food Shelf and Youth Leadership Development Program (YLDP). HU has provided food for the Twin Cities American Indian community since 1952 and remains the only culturally-sensitive food shelf serving the west metro American Indian population; YLDP has worked to empower American Indian youth since 1980.LEAP event highlights include live entertainment, a silent auction, live auction, appetizers, and a cash bar. Proceeds raised during the evening will support food shelf and youth program costs. Last year we raised more than $75,000! We invite you to be part of an amazing event filled with laughter, friendly bidding competitions, and a common purpose—helping to provide services to the Twin Cities Native American community.
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
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.
Breonna Taylor’s family
Donations fund legal fees and offer extra support.
David McAtee’s mother and family
PROTEST TIPS AND SUPPORT
Safety During Protest
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.
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
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
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/
A participatory, horizontally-organized effort by local organizers, researchers, artists and activists helping organizers in other cities to establish practical abolitionist strategies.
Clean Up Efforts
Local businesses owned by people of color need support repairing the damages to their buildings https://www.facebook.com/events/1721001344705696
Support the Cities
Information on Lake Street clean up and grocery donations. Volunteers need brooms, shovels, trash bags, , gloves. Plywood is also useful. https://www.facebook.com/supportthecities/
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.
(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
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/
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.
Essential Supplies Needed at YWCA Midtown!
-Wednesdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm for walk-up only.
-Saturdays 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm for walk-up and drive-up.
Miscellaneous Resources and Information
Black Lives Matter Lawn Signs – Twin Cities
Refugee Savings 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