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.
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.
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/
A civil rights nonprofit which fights for the rights and freedoms of all Minnesotans. They are playing a lead role in the Justice for George Floyd Coalition, organizing local social justice groups who are advocating for systemic police reform. https://www.cairmn.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.
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.
Links to Readings, Podcasts, Videos, and More
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)
Virtual Events on Diversity and Inclusion (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Supporting Black-Owned Businesses
Black Owned Businesses in Minnesota That Need Your Support (shoppeblack.us)
25 Black-Owned Businesses You Can Support Right Now (The Oprah Magazine)
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 email@example.com.
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
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