Ok, Karen, Sharon, Becky, Jenny, let’s get on the phone.
3. More and more stories of black folks encountering racism are being documented and shared through social media — whether it’s at a hotel, with the police, in a coffee shop, at a school, etc. When you see such a post, call the organization, company, or institution involved to tell them how upset you are. Then share the post along with the institution’s contact information, spreading the word about what happened and encouraging others to contact the institution as well. Whether the company initiated the event or failed to protect a POC during an onslaught by a third party, they need to hear from us.
George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis Police is a tragedy that continues a long pattern of police violence against Black people in this city. Healing will be long and difficult, but it must begin with justice for George Floyd.
As so often happens with county attorneys, the Hennepin County Attorney’s office has failed to deliver this justice in the past. That failure that has further eroded trust between the Black community and Minneapolis law enforcement. At a time when mending this trust is most essential, the ACLU of Minnesota is calling for the prosecution of the officers involved in George Floyd’s death be taken out of the County Attorney’s hands.
We need you to call for justice for George Floyd. Call Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison today and urge them to appoint an independent prosecutor to work under the Attorney General’s authority.
We have contact numbers and call scripts below to help you.
Call Minnesota Governor Walz
Hello, my name is [insert name], and I live in [insert city, town or neighborhood]. I am calling to demand justice for George Floyd — a man killed mercilessly by the Minneapolis Police. The investigation into his killing should be independent, fair and conducted by the Attorney General’s office.
I’m calling on you to transfer the prosecution of the police who killed George Floyd to the Minnesota Attorney General and to appoint a Special Assistant Attorney General to lead the prosecution. The Hennepin County Attorney’s office works every day with Minneapolis Police and has failed to bring charges in past police killings. I don’t trust the county attorney to fairly prosecute this case. Your appointment of a special prosecutor will send a clear message to the community that you value justice for George Floyd.
Call Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison
Hello, my name is [insert name], and I live in [insert city, town or neighborhood]. I’m calling to urge your office to accept and advocate for a special prosecutor to prosecute the Minneapolis police who killed George Floyd.
As a member of this community, I know that people are in pain. We are angry and reeling from yet another senseless killing of a Black man. The Hennepin County Attorney works with Minneapolis Police every day, and his office has failed to bring charges in past police killings. That’s why we need your office to prosecute these officers. Please help us heal the community by showing your commitment to justice for George Floyd.
Call Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman
(612) 348-5550 or (612) 348-2146
Hello, my name is [insert name], and I live in [insert city, town or neighborhood]. I am calling to demand a swift and independent prosecution of the police who killed George Floyd. As we seek justice for George Floyd, I ask that your office turn over the prosecution of these officers to Attorney General Ellison’s office. This gesture will send a clear message to the community that the Hennepin County Attorney supports an independent and fair prosecution.
When the police kill a person, the same prosecutors that work day-in-and-day-out with those police are not the same ones who should be prosecuting them.
In case you missed it, here’s Killer Mike’s great and moving speech in Atlanta:
I don’t know much about Atlanta’s Police Chief Erika Shields, but what I have seen of her on the news has been impressive. One thing for sure is our cities should have more women police chiefs.
And Sarah Cooper just keeps killing it:
Teen Vogue is also killing it lately with their reporting. Here’s the latest:
On June 8, Princeton University is hosting this online event open to the public:
As COVID-19 has swept across the United States, it has unmasked and amplified existing racial inequities. Rampant fear and misinformation has provoked a wave of discrimination, harassment, and hate targeting those of Chinese and Asian descent. The disease has also had a disproportionate toll on historically marginalized populations, including African Americans and Native Americans, due to unequal access to health care, residential segregation, poverty, and incarceration. Join a conversation that will situate these developments within the long history of racism, exclusion, and scapegoating in the United States. Panelists will discuss strategies to address marginalization and empower impacted communities.
- Andy Kim, Congressman from New Jersey’s 3rd District
- Beth Lew-Williams, Associate Professor of History, Princeton University
- Keith Wailoo, Chair and Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs
- Helen Zia ’73, Activist and author
- Aly Kassam-Remtulla, Associate Provost for International Affairs, Princeton University (moderator)
Space is limited, pre-registration is required.
A Zoom link will be emailed to those who register early the morning of the event.
Ibram X. Kendi on books to help America transcend its racist heritage.