As a Small Business Owner, You Can Stand Up for Racial Injustice

Marshay Clarke
Jun 10, 2020 7:17:57 PM

Over a course of three weeks, we have seen individuals, small businesses and corporations step up and speak out directly against racial injustice. The brutal murders of George Floyd, after an officer was taped kneeling on his neck and subsequently killing him, sparked outrage after decades of fighting against use of excessive force in the black community. Following the deaths of Breonna Taylor, an EMT who was shot after police raided the wrong home and Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed by two white men while jogging after mistaking him for a burglar, people are asking what to do to right the wrongs of our justice system.

 

As a small business owner, you have the opportunity to fight social injustices with your platform. In a society where it once felt acceptable to separate corporations from causes, today there is an expectation that the values of your business align with those that are your customers. Here is a collection of resources you can use to demand swift action against police brutality and systemic racism within our justice system. Use your voice by creating content, taking to social media and/or email to support the community.

 

DONATE TO THE FAMILIES

 

The Official George Floyd Memorial Fund George Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, created a fund to cover his brother’s funeral expenses, and to support their family as they continue the legal battle for justice.

 

Justice for Breonna Taylor This fundraiser was recently established after more calls were made to demand justice for Breonna Taylor.

 

Ahmaud Arbery Memorial Fund All donations are going towards the fight for making sure justice is served and to ensure that Ahmaud's mother has the resources they will need.

 

VOTE & CONTACT YOUR LOCAL OFFICIALS

 

Vote in State & Local Elections Key officials that influence the police force - governors, district attorneys, judges and others - are all appointed at the local level. This site makes it easy for you to register to vote and participate.

 

2020 State Primary Calendar Be aware when it’s your time to vote and get out there.

 

Text, Call and Email Your Local Officials Contact Mayors and District Attorneys to demand that all officers involved with each of the deaths are charged.

 

PETITION & PROTEST

 

Justice for Ahmaud Demand that district attorneys George Barnhill & Jackie Johnson are removed from office.

 

Justice for Breonna Taylor Call on the Louisville Metro Police Department to terminate the police involved, and for a special prosecutor to be appointed to bring forward charges against the officers.

 

Join the Protests If you can do so safely, join the movement to stop the violence from the police department. Protesting doesn’t end until the officers are held accountable for their crimes. If you can’t be on the front lines, leave goods like water, milk and first aid, along a protest route.

 

SUPPORT THESE ORGANIZATIONS

 

City Specific Support For those looking to donate to bail funds and organizations that are aiding protesters in their cities. This platform also splits your donation across 39 distinct city bail funds. Read more about the inequities of the cash bail system.

 

Reclaim the Block A Minnesota org that lobbies for de-funding the police and re-routing funds to affordable housing, health, violence prevention, civil right and renter protections.

 

Campaign Zero A comprehensive platform of research based policy solutions to end police brutality in America.

 

EDUCATE YOURSELF

 

If you’re a Podcast person:

1619 by the NY Times

Code Switch by NPR
Pod Save the People

 

If you love to read:

The Condemnation of Blackness Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America Rac by Khalil Gibran Muhammad

How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

 

If you’re into film:

The 13th Focuses on the history of inequality in America, specifically the nation’s prisons

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Examines the rise of the Black Panthers and their impact they had on America and Civil Rights

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 This examines the evolution of the Black Power in America from the years 1967-1975

Freedom Riders This talks about the Civil Rights activists’ peaceful fights on buses and trains during the 1960's

 

At Bounce House, we commit to amplifying the stories of the black, entrepreneurial community. We wholeheartedly support the entrepreneurs that we are building for and know we can use our platform to further the change we want to see in society.

 

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