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Madison’s response to the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis

A solidarity protest is planned for Saturday at the Capitol.

A solidarity protest is planned for Saturday at the Capitol.

Photo by Lorie Shaull on Flickr.

Minneapolis police murdered a man named George Floyd on Monday, prompting massive protests across the Twin Cities, in L.A., and in other large U.S. cities. We’ll be rounding up information here about how people in Madison are responding and how you can help. This story will be updated as more information comes in. If you have information you’d like us to include here, please send an email to [email protected].

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There are easy ways to help from here. Donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund will go toward supplies and legal help for protestors in Minneapolis. Many activists online have discouraged sharing photos on social media that identifiably show individual protestors, as this can expose people to prosecution or violence. If you’re getting all mealy-mouthed about looting, it’s easy and free to shut the fuck up.

Some activists in the Twin Cities have asked that out-of-town protestors not come unless they are offering specific skills requested.

The Free The 350 Bail Fund is raising bail money for people arrested during the protests over the weekend of May 30, and continues its efforts to bail out black people incarcerated in Dane County.

Freedom Inc. will hold a press conference Monday, June 1 at noon in front of Madison Police Department’s headquarters, 211 S. Carroll St.

The Party for Socialism and Liberation and the Socialist Rifle Association have launched a PayPal fundraiser for street medics.

One Madison protest is scheduled for Saturday, May 30 at noon at the State Capitol, where demonstrators will be urged to maintain social distancing and express their support for Floyd and other victims of police violence. A student-led march will start at noon on Library Mall and proceed toward the protest at the Capitol. Attendees are asked to wear masks if possible. The Madison chapter of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, along with Freedom Inc. and Urban Triage, is also organizing a car protest that will start on Wingra Drive at 11:30 a.m. and converge with the demonstration at the Capitol.

Madison non-profit Freedom Inc. hosted a livestream on Thursday in which black activists from around Wisconsin discussed the situation in Minneapolis and shared information about how people in Wisconsin can offer solidarity. As with most things involving Freedom Inc., it’s filled with good context and resources.

Madison365 hosted a virtual town hall on Thursday with community leaders and several police chiefs from around the area.

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