In response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, Black Lives Matter protests have erupted across the nation, including here in Las Vegas. Here are ways you can show your support.
Protest. Demonstrations are still being organized in the Valley. Check social media for protest flyers and event pages, and make sure they’ve been posted by a legitimate organizer. Always keep things peaceful, dress for safety and comfort and have a lawyer’s phone number written somewhere on your body, in case of an arrest.
Donate. The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada’s Vegas Freedom Fund (planevada.org) relies on donations to bail out jailed protesters. The Forced Trajectory Project (forcedtrajectory.com) is seeking volunteers, food, water and donations for future organizing efforts. For more, visit linktr.ee/nationalresourceslist.
Watch. Films like 13th and When They See Us (Netflix) and James Baldwin documentary I Am Not Your Negro (Kanopy) are great starting points for educating yourself on racism in the United States.
Read. A list of anti-racism reading materials is available at bit.ly/antiracismresources. You can also start with books like How to Be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi.
Follow. Listen to black voices, and amplify them on social media and beyond. Start with accounts like @Blklivesmatter, @NAACP, @reclaimtheblock, @blackvisionscollective and @colorofchange.
Vote. June 9 is the mail-in deadline for Nevada’s primary election. For more information, visit clarkcountynv.gov/election.