Stand Up For Change
It is frightening how divisive our country and the world has become. Taking a life is never okay. Let's do our part to support #BlackLivesMatter.
For the month of June, I will match your donation to a fund below with a free 30-minute session or review of your resume or college essay.
Donate however much you can, whether that's $100, $50, or $10 and receive college application assistance. You *must* provide a copy of your donation receipt. Scroll to the bottom for the FAQ section.
Complete the Google form below. You will have an opportunity to upload a copy of the receipt of your donation.
To ensure that donations are being sent to a verified cause, I will accept receipts only from the following:
The Official George Floyd Memorial Fund: "This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George. A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund."
The Minnesota Freedom Fund: "The Minnesota Freedom Fund pays criminal bail and immigration bond for those who cannot afford to as we seek to end discriminatory, coercive, and oppressive jailing."
The Bail Project: The Bail Project, Inc,"pay[s] bail for people in need, reuniting families and restoring the presumption of innocence. Because bail is returned at the end of a case, donations to The Bail Project™ National Revolving Bail Fund can be recycled and reused to pay bail two to three times per year, maximizing the impact of every dollar."
Black Lives Matter: "Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes."
Black Visions Collective Donation: "Black Visions Collective (BLVC) believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in right relationship within our ecosystems...BLVC is committed to a long term vision in which ALL Black lives not only matter, but are able to thrive.
If you have a suggestion for where you would like to donate, please email me separately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will this donation matching end after June?
Definitely not! In a country as diverse as the US, there will always be some form of racial injustice and subsequently educational inequality. After June, I will continue to donate a significant portion of College Lead earnings to these causes, #BlackLivesMatter and more. I am still figuring out the details (e.g., which other funds to support) but will certainly keep you updated.
Why should you care about #BlackLivesMatter?
Every life is precious. In our society, African American lives are disproportionately at risk. Let's do our part to support #BlackLivesMatter.
What more can I do to support racial equality?
Donate, engage in conversation, and continue to educate yourself on issues of racial inequality.
The New York Times' podcast The Daily is a great place to start. This episode in particular covers first-hand accounts of the recent protests. NPR's Fresh Air has also covered these recent events.
And here are a few book recommendation:
Amazon affiliate links have been provided, and all earnings will be donated to a fund above.
A People's History of the United States of America
by Howard Zinn
I read this in AP U.S. History. This book is an excellent record of the often untold side of United States history of the marginalized, from America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander
This book is on my reading list and is a must-read. You will gain a new perspective and more insight into the U.S. criminal justice system and how it contributes to racial segregation.