June 2, 10:36am: This post was updated to include the latest information on Bay Area bail funds.
The scope of systemic racism in this country is overwhelming and infuriating. Race affects everything—how seriously your doctor evaluates your symptoms, your quality of education, your job and housing prospects. And, of course, your likelihood of being harassed, arrested or killed by police, who, in the vast majority of cases, walk away with impunity.
In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Monday, anti-police brutality protests have reignited across the country, including in Oakland and Hayward, the latter of which had two police shootings this month. Meanwhile, many people are struggling with ways to contribute to the fight for racial justice at a time when health authorities advise that the best way to help the world right now is to stay at home.
If that's you, then here are some concrete ways to be helpful while sheltering in place.
Donate to On-the-Ground Activists
Activists attending physical protests during the pandemic are putting themselves on the line in numerous ways, especially if they are people of color who are likelier to be taken to jail, where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is incredibly high. The Minnesota Freedom Fund is bailing people out of jail who were arrested in the ongoing Minneapolis street protests with the help of the National Lawyers Guild and Legal Rights Center. In Oakland, People’s Breakfast and the Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee are bailing out protestors. The Anti-Repression Committee, formed out of the Occupy protests of 2011, is collaborating with the National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, which is also supported by donations.