The Call To Reform- Enough is Enough
On May 25th, 2020 George Floyd was murdered by police officers in front of witnesses for supposedly paying with a counterfeit $20 bill.
The policemen declared this incident a "medical accident" even though they continued kneeing on George's neck after he repeatedly said he could not breathe.
This is not an isolated incident by any means, and it represents an increasingly normalized situation here in the United States.
Since this event, the protests across the state, the country and the world show us that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
Now is the time for us to stand together and become the voice against the systemic racism that exists in this country.
Cut The Crap! wants to be a powerful and inclusive voice for the climate movement but we can't move forward with this mission until every person on the planet that we are so passionate about saving is equal. Environmental issues and racial injustice are deeply connected and they truly cannot be tackled as separate issues. According to nearly every environmental organization, people of color are signifigantly more likely to live near coal plants or toxic sites, and in 46 states, people of color deal with more air pollution than white populations. (Visit this site to learn a little bit more about this)
Intersectional Environmentalism is an inclusive version of environmentalism that advocates for both the protection of people and the planet. It identifies the ways in which injustices happening to marginalized communities and the earth are interconnected. It brings injustices against the most vulnerable communities to the forefront and does not minimize or silence social inequality.
Below is a message from us to the community.
Scroll down for ways to take action now.
Use your voice. Do not choose silence.
A message from one of your editors:
As someone who has made Minnesota home for the past three years, my heart hurts from seeing the senseless and tragic death of George Floyd. The subsequent days have revealed a broken Minneapolis and a broken country, one that is plagued by injustice and inequality. Since this event, I have taken time to reflect on inequality, racism, and the innate white privilege that exists so deeply in this country. I have also taken considerable time to reflect on my own white privilege, and with it, the duty that I have to uphold equality, fairness and justice for those who have been oppressed for far too long. It pains me that George Floyd’s death is the reason that many people are only now seeing how deep these problems truly run. Yet, this unique period of self-reflection has proven to me that I am capable of working against this injustice. Now is the time for action. I am committed to real activism, not just performative activism that begins and ends with this post. We have linked below some resources that I have found to be helpful for gathering information during this time and I encourage you to explore them and donate if you are able to as well. I have seen a quote circulating social media that outlines the message I am trying to articulate: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor” -Desmond Tutu. For people who think that the events occurring now are “too radical and scary” or wish that “things would get back to normal,” it is important to remember that “normal” is not acceptable. “Normal” has allowed for the unnecessary death and oppression of Black people in America for centuries and has created a system of both overt and covert white supremacy. I hope these events make you uncomfortable. Racism is uncomfortable. Death is uncomfortable. And in terms of the environment, how are we to achieve our environmental initiatives when people are struggling themselves for equality and justice? Environmental justice begins with first achieving equality and the fulfilment of basic human rights. The time is now. I understand that I will never understand much of this Black suffering. However, I stand with the Black Lives Matter movement, now, and until justice is achieved. -Bella
Take Action Now!
Contact state and local leaders
Make a call
Call County Attorney Mike Freeman at 612-348-5550 to demand justice, accountability and/or policing changes. Call Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison at 651-296-3353. Call Gov. Walz at 651-201-3400. Scripts on what to say can be found online if needed.
Sign a petition to show widespread demand for justice
(click on title to be taken to the petition)
This petition aims to "reach the attention of Mayor Jacob Frey and DA Mike Freeman to beg to have the officers involved in this disgusting situation fired and for charges to be filed immediately."
This petition is to "demand the officers who killed George Floyd are charged with murder." You can also sign by texting "Floyd" to 55156.
We are joining George Floyd’s family and local organizers in demanding the officers’ arrest, and calling on Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to prosecute all of the officers involved in his murder.
Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety.
Organized by Philonise Floyd, George's brother, the fund was created to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings and to assist the family in the days to come as they "continue to seek justice for George," according to the description. A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd, which benefits his children and their educational fund. As of May 29, the fund has received over 80,000 donors and raised $1,895,460.
Additionally, those who wish to send cards, letters of encouragement and/or contributions in the form of a money order or check, may do so by mail at:
The Estate of George Floyd c/o Ben Crump Law,
PLLC 122 S. Calhoun Street Tallahassee, FL 32301
Attn: Adner Marcelin
All checks must be made out to: The Estate of George Floyd.
Donations to this legal organization go toward helping "win landmark legal battles, protect voters across the nation, and advance the cause of racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society."
An organization with the mission statement of bringing justice, freedom and healing to black people across the globe. You can become a "Global Member" by donating $5 to support their campaigns.
This Twin Cities-based organization accepts donations via mail or PayPal for "office costs, copwatch equipment, court filing fees and other expenses."
An organization that helps pay jail bonds for those who cannot afford to fight discriminatory and coercive jailing. "Every dollar of financial donations to Minnesota Freedom Fund helps us help free people," the website states.
Education Is The Most Important Step
As a white woman who grew up in a predominately white community I have worked hard to be able to look at myself and my privilege from an outside view. This is essential to better understand how my diverse friends and community members are facing injustice every single day.
We must all do our part to educate the people we know about the issues going on. This also calls for us to speak up when we see them spreading racism and hate and this starts with educating ourselves!
I thought I was someone who was putting work into the racial justice movement but I have learned there is so much in our society that I can turn a blind eye to because of my skin color.
These are all resources that I am using right now to educate myself so that I can be an active member of the community and an educated activist.
Here is a list of resources to help talk to and inform your children about race and racism
Here is an intensive and accessible list of "75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice"
"There is no time for inaction. We have all the tools we need. Only white people can end white supremacy". Understanding and Dismantling Racism: A Booklist For White Readers
Understand your privilege as a white person with this checklist
Another great booklist from bookriot: "So You Want To Be Woke: A Reading Guide For White People"
A message from Zöe:
It has been hard for me to articulate how I feel about what is going on in the world but I came across this quote and it sums it up perfectly, “As a white person, it’s easy for me to say, ‘All lives matter,’ because I’ve never felt as if mine didn’t. However, ALL lives cannot matter until BLACK lives matter.”
My heart is breaking and full of anger at this world for continuously murdering people of color for no reason other than racial profiling and hatred. I know how I feel is nothing compared to the people who are forced to tolerate senseless murder every single day as their reality.
I have been selfish and privileged trying to spread positivity by promoting the message of all lives matter and also spreading the word of peaceful organizing. I have learned I, as a white woman, have no right to tell people who have oppressed for a vast majority of our history how to feel or react.
Anyone who knows me knows just how passionate I am in voicing my concerns for climate issues, and I now know I should use my voice and platform to be screaming from the rooftops we can't solve any societal issue until society is inclusive in the same way to every person.
Living in Saint Paul I have been terrified to leave my home because of the violence and rioting happening in my city, but how can I criticize anyone causing this destruction and fear when this is how people of color have to feel every single day?
As a person born with inherent privilege due to the color of my skin I pledge to be an ally and speak vocally against any racism I see or hear no matter the situation. I pledge to live life understanding my privilege in everyday situations. I pledge to use my voice not only to fight for the Earth, but to fight for our country to be a safe place for all. We need to all unite and stop hiding in the shadows and letting the diverse community we have in America live tolerating "hidden" racism and systematic injustice.
We can't focus on fighting for a healthy and just planet until we have a society that emphasizes equality. Change can only happen if we dismantle and reform our system that is clearly broken and incredibly unfair.
We pledge to continue educating ourselves and those around us about white privledge and racial justice, while also giving our support in the form of donations, petitions, and phone calls.
This fight is not over. We all have work to do.