Say Their Names - 13 Names To Know and How To Help
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Say Their Names - 13 Names To Know and How To Help

Trigger warning: death, violence, and suicide

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Say Their Names - 13 Names To Know and How To Help
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"Police killed 1,099 people in 2019. Black people were 24% of those killed despite being only 13% of the population" https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/

This is not an all intensive list of all the names you should know about this movement. Follow the movements below to help out in any ways that you can.

George Floyd

On the night of May 25th, 2020, a Minneapolis police officer brutally killed a man after already arresting him. He used his knee to hold George down via his neck. George stated multiple times on how he wasn't able to breathe and the extreme pain that he was in. Here is how you can help his family and the movement:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd

https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/

Breonna Taylor

She was an EMT in Kentucky. She was killed in her own home after officers entered her apartment unannounced for a suspect that was already arrested on March 13, 2020.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/21/us/breonna-taylor-death-police-changes-trnd/index.html

Tamir Rice

On November 22, 2014, Tamir Rice was a 12-year-old shot by a Cleveland police officer while playing with a toy gun. Tamir would've been entering college this year if he was still alive.

https://apnews.com/f4337d7f57a44f258ac2b40e724be34a/Tamir-Rice%27s-mother-remains-frustrated-2-years-after-death

Ahmaud Arbery

On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery was out for a jog when two white men began to chase him and then shoot him three times.

https://gbi.georgia.gov/press-releases/2020-05-21/ahmaud-arbery-murder-investigation

Trayvon Martin

On February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, while unarmed, was shot by George Zimmerman who claimed self-defense.

https://www.trayvonmartinfoundation.org/

Eric Garner

On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner was put into a choke hold after some questions by the NYPD and repeatedly shouted that he couldn't breathe.

https://www.changethenypd.org/EricGarner

Sandra Bland

On July 10, 2015 Sandra Bland was arrested for a minor traffic violation. Her arrest led to her being jailed but she was found hanging dead on July 13, 2015. Her questionable death led to outrage on how it was a suicide.

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2016/07/12/sandra-bland-one-year-later

Dana Martin

On January 2019, Dana Martin was the first victim of transgender homicide in 2019. She was found dead in her car with gunshot wounds.

https://avp.org/ncavp-mourns-the-death-of-dana-martin-a-31-year-old-black-trans-woman-in-montgomery-alabama/

Terence Crutcher

On September 16, 2016, Terence Crutcher was shot by a police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma who was founded not guilty. He was unarmed.

https://www.cnn.com/2016/09/20/us/oklahoma-tulsa-police-shooting/index.html

Michael Brown

On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown was shot by a Ferguson police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael Brown was unarmed and was shot at least six times.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/08/13/us/ferguson-missouri-town-under-siege-after-police-shooting.html?mtrref=www.google.com&gwh=42FD7B677BD9D339BDB88AAF265606BE&gwt=pay&assetType=REGIWALL

Akai Gurley

On November 20, 2014, Akai Gurley was shot by a NYPD in a public housing unit while visiting his girlfriend.

https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2016/02/akai-gurley-verdict/462471/

Alton Sterling

On July 5, 2016, Alton Sterling was shot dead by two officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

https://www.cnn.com/2016/07/07/us/baton-rouge-alton-sterling-shooting/

Amber Monroe

In 2015, Amber Monroe was shot dead in Detroit. She was a University student and has been attacked previously. She was also further misgendered after death.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/amber-monroe-black-transgender-woman-shot-dead-in-detroit-10448049.html

What you can do to help

For the recent case of George Floyd, his family has set up a GoFundMe for the funeral and burial costs. Sign the petitions asking for reforms. If you are having difficult financial times right, share the link and let others know how they can support as well. Support the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the people behind it.

Support their stories as you aren't facing the same reality as they are, BELIEVE what they are saying. Educate yourself as to what Black lives are targeted more from the police. Speak up and educate on the system that the police supports and how it constantly gives little support to BIPOC. Support Black voices and their causes, before they die. Recognize any biases you might have and learn about you can teach yourself a new perspective. You can support by buying from their business instead of Amazon.

When protesting, be safe and wear masks and goggles. You may be tear gassed but also the masks will help against COVD-19 and being recognized in videos. If you wish to share the protest to help it spread, then do not record the faces as people can be identified that way. Using milk as a backup in order to help fight the burning sensation of tear gas.

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