As the monstrous killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer continues to fuel dozens of powerfully enraged protests across the country, arrests have been made by the thousands (the New York Times reported 500 in Los Angeles alone). And while there have been calls for more peaceful means of change-making (perhaps most notably by Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, supported by rapper Killer Mike) there remains a large sense that citizens are more than justified in their mass outrage; that their response is not radical, but necessary.
The irony of being arrested while protesting a systemically racist power structure is that it often embroils someone in the very system they are demanding be fixed. That is particularly true for people who are unable to make bail. In response, a number of organizations have gone into high gear this week helping free incarcerated protesters, most often by paying bail or legal fees.
The Minnesota Freedom Fund, in particular, has raised around $20 million from thousands of donations after trending this week when Minneapolis demonstrations started to intensify. The MFF is now directing would be donors to other local organizations, and with that in mind, Vogue is recommending a number of them below.
Those who would like to support the demonstrations, but are unable to physically show up—we remain in a pandemic, after all—should consider donating to any of these local funds. (Just ask Chrissy Teigen), who earlier today donated $200,000 to bail funds across the country.) It perhaps is the most expedient way to stand in solidarity with protesters if you cannot literally do so.
Atlanta Solidarity Fund (atlsolidarity.org)
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund (brooklynbailfund.org)
Philadelphia Community Bail Fund (https://www.phillybailout.com/
Peoples City Council Freedom Fund (Los Angeles) (www.gofundme.com/f/peoples-city-council-ticket-fund)
Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative (Minneapolis) (knowyourrightscamp.com/legal)
Richmond Community Bail Fund (rvabailfund.org)
Colorado Freedom Fund (Denver) (fundly.com/coloradofreedom)
The Bail Project (National) (givelively.org/donate/the-bail-project)