In response to the latest senseless loss of life by police murder to go viral, the heinous killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, as well as the murders of Ahmaud Arbury, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, we have compiled this list. We especially encourage white people to take responsibility to change our racist, broken systems. None of the things on this list will bring justice to the deceased nor their families and loved ones. Nor will they end racism. But they are steps in the right direction.
Please let us know other things we can add.
Attend Local Events
- June 20, Burlington, The Black Perspective Protest
- June 14, Montpelier, Dance to Celebrate Black Lives
- June 14, Waterbury, Waterbury Rally Against Racism
- June 14, Bennington, Black Lives Matter Protest
- June 14, Stowe, Drive Against Racism
- June 13, Randolph, We Demand Change!
- June 13, Colchester, Black Lives Matter! Divest from Police & Reinvest in Community!
- June 8, online Use of Force event with Racial Justice Alliance
- June 7, 1:00-1:30, SILENT Vigil at UU Burlington
June 7, Thetford, peaceful gathering 3:30-4:30, on the green on Thetford Hill. Masks required.
- June 7, Montpelier protest
- June 7, Morristown protest
- June 7, Rutland protest
- June 6, So Royalton protest
- June 6, Colchester protest
- June 5, Essex protest
- Thursday, June 4
- Tuesday, June 2, 6-7:15
- Follow Up Organizing meeting and Panel Discussion: Racial Justice Work Happening in Vermont to learn what’s happening and to GET INVOLVED.
- Sunday, May 31, 12:00
- Brattleboro: May 31, 12pm: Show up for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality
- Saturday, May 30, 6:00pm
Firing the officers is not enough
- Sign this petition from the Color of Change asking for them to be charged with murder, block their pension, and never be hired as police officers again.
- Sign this petition from Change.org demanding that the officers be charged with murder.
- Sign this petition from the Action Pact demanding that the officers be arrested and charged with murder immediately.
Signing petitions is not enough. Don’t stop here.
Contact Minneapolis District Attorney Mike Freeman to request that he arrest and charge the officers with Floyd’s murder. Freeman can be reached at 612-348-5550. For reference, Officer Derek Chauvin (Badge #1087) was the one who knelt on Floyd’s neck, while officer Tou Thao (Badge #7162) stood by and did nothing.
Contact Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey with this online email form to demand:
- get the police to stop using rubber bullets and tear gas on protesters
- call for the arrest of all 4 officers
- cut the police department’s budget (see details from M4BL below)
- block pensions of involved officers
- ban involved officers from becoming police officers ever again
Mr Floyd’s family needs help to pay for funeral and burial services as well as other expenses. Donate here.
Follow the Floyd’s lawyer, Benjamin Crump, Esq on Twitter to learn about other ways you can help and to follow the case.
Send a card
Anyone wishing to send cards, letters of encouragement and/or contributions in the form of a money order or check, may do so by mail at:
The Estate of George Floyd
c/o Ben Crump Law, PLLC
122 S. Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Attn: Adner Marcelin
Take local action
Show up at the Burlington Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, June 2, 6:00pm via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/826201465502 or call in for audio only: Phone number: 646-558-8656 Webinar ID: 826 2014 6550. Speak at public forum to demand that our police do more to mitigate racism. Demand that they pledge to fire and charge any murderers and violent offenders who wear a blue uniform, and to never try to justify the murder of civilians by police.
Show up at the Burlington City Council Meeting on Monday, June 1, to demand the same (zoom/call-in info pending).
Support Black and Indigenous People of Color, and groups and organizations that are led by them. These include:
Healing and community-building opportunities for BIPOC (white people should give money to these)
- Wellness of We is an 8 day gathering online to reimagine human care, asking what’s possible when the focus of wellness shifts from “ME” to “WE.” It is a series of practices and conversations designed to advance our collective wellbeing and community care. You can come to one or come to all from May 25 to June 1. When you register, you have access to the past evenings.⠀⠀
- Women, femmes, and gender nonconforming POC, check out Rebel Womxn‘s classes and community.⠀⠀
- Attend the PJC’s next POC Affinity Group (date TBD)
- Attend the Root Social Justice Center’s Soul Food Sundays
Support POC and specifically Black-led work in Minneapolis
- Utilize this list of “Actions for George Floyd”
- Donate to:
Read and learn
- This article, In Defense of Looting, by Vicky Osterweil, is from 2014 after the murder of Mike Brown and subsequent uprising in Ferguson, Missouri and is critical for any anti-racist important to understand. (Thank you Jas Wheeler for posting it to fb.)
- If you are white, read this list of 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice.