A mural outside 38th & Chicago in Minneapolis by Xena Goldman, Cadex Herrera, Greta McLain, Niko Alexander, and Pablo Hernandez
We stand in solidarity and mourning with our students and their families who are part of the communities most affected by this tragedy. The deeply-entrenched problems of white supremacy, anti-blackness, and state violence are at the core of what happened while police detained #GeorgeFloyd.
We know that these same structural problems affect students who are at the core of our mission. We know that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” and when our students are affected, so is our entire community. We know that our students will be part of the solution for dramatically shifting the world to a more equitable place.
Our mission, opening access to debate as an activity and learning tool, is fundamentally about two things: effective problem solving, and shifting power by strengthening new and powerful voices that have been unheard.
There can be no progress without collective work – and we are committed to supporting our students as critical thinkers and effective advocates who use their voices to shift power and demand solutions to the problems we must solve.
Ways to Help
Help from Home:
- Twin Cities Mutual Aid Map: This interactive map is updated with which organizations are currently receiving and distributing donations throughout the whole Twin Cities Metro. (Now multilingual and includes FAQ’s.)
- Assist the MN Human Rights Department Investigation: The Minnesota Department of Human Rights is investigating whether the Minneapolis Police Department’s policies, procedures, and practices violate the civil rights of people of color, particularly Black community members. Your experiences matter. If you have relevant information of interactions with MPD over the last 10 years, use this online form to submit your experience (translators and phone reports are available).
- Other Ways to Help from Home: Check out TeenVogue’s featured ways to help your cause while staying at home.
Educate Yourself & Others:
Do You Need Help?
If you’ve been personally impacted by events within the past week, resources are available to you:
Do you know of other critical resources? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your submission.