OnePwaa Community Statement on Black Lives Matter Protests

For the next 72 hours starting now, OnePwaa will not be posting any of our produced content on our social media accounts and website to stand in solidarity against racism and police violence. Against the senseless murders of George Floyd and countless others.

We unequivocally support the protests against institutional violence and the crimes of humanity inflicted upon BIPOC communities in the US and around the world. While centuries of oppression cannot be dissolved with one move by a fledgling organization, we have a platform and a duty to black members of our community to speak up. We recognize that we are in a position of privilege to act, and implore the privileged among us to stand up for our black brothers and sisters.

This blackout, however, does not mean we will stop fighting. In order to amplify and listen to black voices during this period of silent reflection, we will continue to link educational and actionable resources we have compiled below and on our social media stories.

George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Tamir Rice. Travyon Martin. Oscar Grant. Eric Garner. Philando Castile. Sandra Blake.

Say their names. Silence is complicity.

Black lives matter.


We've compiled a few resources for our audience, please view them below:

YouTube Stream to Donate

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCgLa25fDHM

Contribute to the cause even if you don't have funds to donate by replaying this YouTube video on silent. The ad revenue goes towards protester bail funds, plus there's links to dozens of petitions in the video description!

Petitions

https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

This official BLM resource page is more than just petitions, though it sure has a lot of them for you to sign! Find a map of protests on there & see if there's one near you to support -- virtually or physically. Donate to black-owned businesses and survivors of police brutality. Do your part.

ACLU Minnesota

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota is leading the charge by providing pro bono legal advice to protesters on the ground & pivotal thought leadership on the modern civil rights movement. Educate yourself about the movement or fund their efforts by visiting https://www.aclu-mn.org/.

Justice Nonprofits

These are major social justice nonprofits focused on conducting campaigns for black liberation in the US. They run many popular petitions & have the largest black-focused community funds. They are the root of Black Lives Matter.

• Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com/
• Black Visions Collective: https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/
• Reclaim The Block: https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/home
• Campaign Zero: https://www.joincampaignzero.org/#vision
• Unicorn Riot: https://unicornriot.ninja/

Mutual Aid Funds

"Mutual aid is a term to describe people giving each other needed material support, trying to resist the control dynamics, hierarchies and system-affirming, oppressive arrangements of charity and social services. Mutual aid projects are a form of political participation in which people take responsibility for caring for one another and changing political conditions, not just through symbolic acts or putting pressure on their representatives in government, but by actually building new social relations that are more survivable." (Source: Big Door Brigade)

• East of The River Mutual Aid Fund by Black Lives Matter DC: https://www.gofundme.com/f/blmcovid
• Missouri Black Protester Relief Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/mo-black-protester-relief-fund
• Atlanta Black Owned Business Relief: https://www.gofundme.com/f/atlanta-black-owned-business-relief?utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link-tip

Bailout Funds

The US bail system is a fundamentally regressive policy that places disproportionate economic burden onto underprivileged communities of color. The Bail Project is the largest bailout nonprofit that has secured freedom for over 10,000 individuals by paying their bail. The other link takes you to Community Bail Funds, a donor portal allowing you to choose how you split your money between over 40 community bailout funds in the US. Our suggestion? Read up on where protesters are being prosecuted & subjected to unlawful arrests, then allocate your precious funds accordingly. Every cent can make a difference.

• The Bail Project: https://bailproject.org/
• Community Bail Funds: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd?refcode=cwg

Black Lives Matter.

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