21 Ways To Support Black Lives Matter If You Can’t Protest
More than two weeks after 46-year-old George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer named Derek Chauvin, protests about systemic racism and the killings of Black people continue across the country. On May 25, Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for close to nine minutes, suffocating and killing Floyd, as three other Minneapolis police officers watched.
While these protests have garnered a lot of media attention, they've also inspired some major changes in the United States. On June 7, Minneapolis City Council members pledged to dismantle the Minneapolis police department, to invest in more community-led public safety measures. That same day, the Denver Police Department banned the use of chokeholds and carotid compressions (like the one that killed George Floyd), with no exceptions. And protestors arrested in Los Angeles are no longer facing criminal charges or financial penalties.
Being on the front lines of these protests has been an important way to inspire major reforms of the police. But for those with disabilities and/or chronic illness, people currently in quarantine, or essential workers, it may not be possible to attend demonstrations in person. If you're unable to stand or walk outdoors for hours, feel unsafe in large crowds, or can't take off work, there are tons of other ways to support Black people and Black Lives Matter and to protest police brutality.
Here are 20 ways to get involved that aren't demonstrating in person.