Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. George Floyd. Today instead of sharing music, Pass The Mic is pausing to reflect on the systemic racism that took these lives and many others.
I founded Pass The Mic in 2018 in St. Paul, and have spent the past two years living in Minneapolis. I launched Pass The Mic with the intention of providing a platform for marginalized voices in music. While my focus has been on women, trans and non-binary folks, this does not excuse us from addressing race and using our platform to amplify all marginalized voices.
After the murder of George Floyd, Minneapolis City Council vice president Andrea Jenkins declared racism a “public health issue” — one that we all need to address. There are many ways to get involved, from urging your local officials to hold police officers accountable to donating money to organizations that combat systemic oppression to reading up on racism and its history.
Below is a list of resources to engage with, including organizations to donate to, small businesses to support, and direct action to take. I’ve included a number of Minnesota-specific organizations, but there are also countless other people across the country doing the important work to combat racism. Get involved at your local level; learn your representatives’ names, donate to causes in your neighborhood, support small businesses in your town. This work isn’t going to be complete in 24 hours, this is just a jumping off point.
Minnesota organizations to donate to
Official George Floyd Memorial Fund: Memorial fund organized by the family of George Floyd
Reclaim the Block: Minneapolis organization dedicated to defunding the Minneapolis police and strengthening community-led safety initiatives
Reclaim the Block has received an outpouring of donations in the past week and are now asking people to donate to these Minnesota organizations instead.
Minnesota Freedom Fund: Pays immigration bond and criminal bail for low-income individuals including protestors
The MN Freedom Fund has raised $20 million as of Saturday and is now asking individuals to donate to George Floyd’s family and other local organizations.
Black Visions Collective: Black, trans, and queer-led organization dedicated to dismantling systems of oppression
St. Paul-based musician, poet, and activist Dua Saleh released a new song “body cast” that addresses police brutality and injustice. All proceeds from the song will go to Black Visions Collective.
Unicorn Riot: “Worker-managed non-profit media organization” that has been providing live coverage of protests in the Twin Cities and is dedicated to exposing the root causes of social and environmental issues
Women for Political Change: Non-profit organization that “invests in the leadership and political power of young women and trans & non-binary individuals throughout Minnesota.”
Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL): Twin Cities-based workers’ rights organization that advocates for “fair wages, better working conditions, basic respect, and a voice in our workplaces.”
National organizations to donate to
National Bail Fund Network: A directory of over 60 community bail and bond funds across the US
Or instead of donating to a specific bail fund, you can split your donation among these 40 national funds.
Black Lives Matter: Global organization dedicated to eradicating white supremacy, combating violence against Black communities and affirming Black lives
Twin Cities small and black-owned businesses to support
The Lake Street Council: Raising funds to rebuild small businesses and nonprofits on Minneapolis’ Lake Street, the majority of which are owned by immigrants and people of color
Northside Funders Group: Providing relief to small businesses in Minneapolis
MSP Mag’s list of black-owned businesses in the Twin Cities to support
Pimiento Relief Fund: Partnership between the Twin Cities POC-owned restaurant Pimiento and the ABEP (Association for Black Economic Power) aiming to raise $1,000,000 to help black owned businesses without insurance relief recover from damages
Information for protestors
Reminder: Do not share photos/videos with protestors’ faces to protect their identity
LiveUpdatesMN: Twitter account posting information about protests in Minneapolis
This webpage shares information about protesting including treatment for teargas, lists of pro-bono lawyers, protestors’ rights, and digital security
Actions to take
Carrd with resources: Includes links to petitions to sign, numbers to text and call, and emails to contact about demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and more
Anti-racism reading materials
Google Doc of anti-racism resources for white people including articles, books, podcasts and more
Black-owned online bookstores where you can buy reading materials, instead of shopping on Amazon