Literacy Minnesota Stands With Black Lives
Literacy Minnesota stands with Black lives, not only when Black lives have been lost, but every day.
We’re grieving for the family and friends of George Floyd and for the country we live in, which keeps allowing murders like these to happen.
George Floyd’s death at the hands of four Minneapolis Police Department officers is not an isolated incident. The United States has a long history of institutionalized racism and violence toward black and brown people. Our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) affinity group has discussed how Literacy Minnesota can use our collective power to lead change, respond to what we are seeing in our community right now and demand justice for George Floyd, recognizing that we need to be centering the voices of Black people in dismantling anti-Black racism. Leadership honors and appreciates the guidance of this group in eliminating systems of power and privilege and achieving racial justice. We will continue to lift up their voices in fighting for racial justice.
What can YOU do?
Many of you have reached out asking how you can help. Here are a few suggestions of places to direct your funds both locally and nationally:
KEEP THE PRESSURE ON TO ENSURE JUSTICE IS SERVED FOR GEORGE FLOYD. CONTACT:
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison: 651-296-3353 (Twin Cities calling area) or 800-657-3787 (outside the Twin Cities)
Minneapolis Police Union: 612-788-8444 or email@example.com
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey: 612-673-2100
White people bear a special responsibility to take action to learn and understand the historical significance of this tragedy and leverage our privilege to affect action. Please keep in mind the racial trauma Black, indigenous and people of color have continuously endured. They are not responsible for providing education around issues of race. We recommend checking out this list of anti-racist resources from the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley and this anti-racist reading list from the New York Times as a starting point.
Stay tuned for more ways Literacy Minnesota is taking action to combat white supremacy and systemic racism in our work.
Stay safe and stay strong,
Eric Nesheim, Executive Director