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#BlackLivesMatter

Posted on 2020-06-10

A message from the Manga Read team.

On May 25, Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for over eight minutes. The brutality, which was captured on video, led to renewed #BlackLivesMatter protests around the US and world. Demands for justice from a vastly unjust and violent system are again ringing out across large and small cities as millions of people protest.

At Manga Read, we are familiar with the flawed justice system of the United States. Many of our staff, including senior editors, are minorities. With numerous groups and government agencies demanding real change, it is unfortunate that it took such a trajedy for action to occur.

Where to donate

These funds are set up to help protesters, the families of victims, and black businesses and charities around the United States and internationally. If you’re able, consider setting up a recurring donation to one of the organizations below, to help provide sustained support beyond this moment.

Reclaim the Block – Founded in 2015, this group organizes the local Minneapolis community and city council to redirect funding away from the police department and into other initiatives that promote health and safety.

Black Lives Matter resources – The Black Lives Matter website linked here includes a comprehensive list of places to donate: To victims, protesters, black businesses, legal defense funds, and small and large fundraisers supporting black communities and the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Marshall Project – Nonprofit journalism “that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system.”

NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund – This is one of America’s biggest legal organizations fighting for racial justice. Much of their efforts are focused on litigation, education, and advocacy.

Bail funds – An organized list of places to donate if you wish to contribute to bail funds going to arrested protesters in Minneapolis, Atlanta, New York, and many other cities. ActBlue will allow you to easily split a donation to many funds, but keep in mind the organization takes its own transaction fee.

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