Today, June 5th, would've been Breonna's 27th birthday. Our goal is to raise $2,700 by the end of today. We chose the #SayHerName campaign because it brings awareness & support to the black, female, and LGBTQ+ community.
#SayHerName is a movement that calls attention to police violence against Black women, girls and femmes, and demands that their stories be integrated into calls for justice, policy responses to police violence, and media representations of police brutality, brought by the African American Policy Forum. #SayHerName emphasizes the importance of intersectionality by standing for the black and LGBTQ+ community. The money donated will go towards supporting the victims’ families, funding vigils, and financing events aiming towards bringing awareness and equal representation.
Breonna Taylor’s birthday is today, June 5th.
Breonna Taylor was a 26-year-old EMT who was shot 8 times in her own home on March 13, 2020 by Louisville police. The police were looking for Taylor’s ex, who was suspected of selling drugs, but did not live in her apartment complex and was already detained by the time the officers showed up at her home. The police were granted a no-knock warrant and forced themselves into Taylor’s home in the middle of the night. Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, thought someone was breaking in, so he fired a shot with his legal firearm, which ended up hitting an officer in the leg. The three officers fired more than 20 rounds into her apartment, resulting in 8 bullets hitting Taylor and leaving her dead at the scene. Not only was Walker arrested and charged with attempted murder of a police officer, but there were no drugs found in the property, nor did either Taylor or Walker have criminal history.
On June 3rd 2020, Derek Chauvin was charged of second degree in George Floyd’s murder and the other three officers were charged as well. It has been two months since Breonna’s death, but none of the officers who shot her have been charged for this injustice. They walk free.
I chose to support #SayHerName because I believe Breonna Taylor and other black women deserve to be fought for alongside the other black men who have been oppressed by police brutality. The term intersectionality was coined to illustrate the experiences of racism and sexism, specifically of Black women. It is a tool used to analyze connections of different power structures and the impacts on people’s experiences. Breonna was not just a black person, she was a black woman. We must focus on the multiple layers of oppression and move to dismantle the institutional constructs against all minority groups.
Breonna’s birthday is today. Join me in the fight for Breonna Taylor by helping me raise money for the #SayHerName campaign.
Here's what else you can do to help:
Sign the Justice for Breonna Taylor petition .
To see what else you can do to help Breonna's efforts, click this link .
Learn more about the #SayHerName campaign here.
Learn more about Breonna's story here .
To see how else you can help, here is a list of resources and sites I've collected!
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