Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Justice for George Floyd

Here is the Democratic Party of Wisconsin's statement—signed by Ben Wikler, chair—on the horrific murder of George Floyd.

May 28, 2020

George Floyd should still be alive today.

That he isn’t—due to a wrenching but, painfully, not surprising act of lethal police violence against a Black American—is a gross injustice and yet another disturbing reminder of the violence Black Americans are forced to endure in their day to day lives.

“George Floyd’s death is not an aberration, historically or currently. In public parks, on our streets, and even in private homes, centuries of white supremacy and institutionalized racism shatter lives every day in communities across the country and across Wisconsin.

“Every American shares the responsibility to build a country where Black lives matter, where George Floyd’s name is not forgotten, and where the possibility of becoming the next George Floyd isn’t an ever-present threat for Black Americans.”

Show your support for Black family, friends, neighbors, and communities 

If you are able, consider donating to one (or more) of these groups focussed on organizing, engaging, and empowering Black Wisconsinites:

Black Leaders Organizing Communities (BLOC): community-based organizing. https://secure.actblue.com/donate/blocbybloc

Free the 350 Bail Fund: fund to bail out incarcerated Black folks in Dane County. https://freethe350bailfund.wordpress.com/

Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT): a youth of color-led organization in Milwaukee dedicated to “values-based issue and electoral organizing, direct action, advocacy for public policy, and leadership development.” 

Sherman Phoenix: a community-oriented space for small businesses created in the wake of protests in Sherman Park in 2016 following the killing of Sylville Smith by a Milwaukee Police officer. 

Urban Triage, a Madison-based organization focussed on “empower[ing] Black families to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference by way of crisis response, advocacy, psycho-education, community support services, intervention, leadership development and systems training.”