Youth Activism in BLM

What We Did 

On May 25, Minneapolis police officers arrested George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, after a deli employee called 911, accusing him of buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. Seventeen minutes after the first squad car arrived at the scene, Mr. Floyd was unconscious and pinned beneath three police officers, showing no signs of life.

 

This is absolutely unacceptable. The systematic racism that America has put into place needs to change. This is not the first black man to be wrongfully killed by police force and sadly, it won’t be the last. We need to keep fighting against police brutality and this systematic racism until we see a change. 

 

The youth, empowered by this idea, has been uniting under a single cause and taking action in their community to invoke legislative and societal action. With changes occurring every day due to the youth's initiative, BLM is an example of what we can do if we fight for what we believe in. It is in times like these where it is important to remember to always do your bit, because collectively, we can induce change around what we are passionate about if we take the first steps. 

Next Steps 

While posting on social media and spreading awareness about the problems our country faces is important, there are other things you can and should be doing to help this cause. Do Your Bit has put together a document of resources that contains places to donate, petitions to sign, mental health resources, black-owned businesses to support, lawyers doing pro-bono cases for those who were arrested by protesting, and bail funds. Some of these links are specific to Texas or to Austin. From Do Your Bit, stay safe out there, and let’s continue to do our part to fight against what is wrong. 

 

Resources: https://tinyurl.com/blklivesmatterresources

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