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On August 23, Police Officer Rusten Sheskey shot Jacob Blake
in the back seven times in Kenosha, Wisconsin. While Blake is now in stable condition, at least one bullet went through Blake’s spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed. Two of the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave as protestors have taken to the streets to demand justice and systemic change. On August 25th, Kyle Rittenhouse
, a white 17-year-old, shot and killed two protestors with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and injured another. Rittenhouse has been charged two counts of first-degree homicide and one count of attempted homicide. Read the latest updates here
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Professional athletes boycotted playing games
in the days following the shooting of Jacob Blake in efforts to further invoke change towards systemic racism. Four years after Colin Kaepernick first knelt
to protest social injustice and police brutality, this is the first time athletes across sports have collectively demanded action by refusing to play. NBA players resumed playoff games after agreeing to enact commitments
around establishing a social justice coalition, converting arenas into voting facilities, and adding advertisements to raise awareness around voter access and opportunity.
1. Donate to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp
Kamala Harris joined Joe Biden’s presidential ticket, making her the United State’s first African-American and South Asian-American Vice Presidential nominee
. While her past as a prosecutor has come under harsh criticism, Harris affirmed her commitment to implementing criminal justice reform
efforts including ending private prisons, legalizing marijuana, and abolishing the death penalty. Earlier this month, Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American Member of Congress and the first woman of color to represent Minnesota, won renomination
1. Register to Vote
- Text ‘VOTE’ to 56005
Elijah McClain’s parents filed a lawsuit
against the city of Aurora, Colorado, police officers, and medical officers involved in their son's death. No charges have been filed nearly one year since the altercation, and although there are three ongoing investigations, McClain’s parents hope this lawsuit will continue the fight for racial justice. In Louisville, 71 people were arrested
amidst a demonstration spreading attention to the 171 days that have passed since Breonna Taylor was murdered. After dozens of interviews and over 1,500 pages of police records, a clearer picture
of her life leading up to the incident emerged.
1. Sign the Color for Change
petitions for Elijah McClain
2. Call +1 (202) 750-4988 to receive talking points and get connected with 4 lawmakers responsible for holding Elijah’s murderers accountable.
3. Visit Fight For Breonna
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