Bread Head is heartbroken by the murder of George Floyd and the countless Black lives that came before him, the continued instances of police brutality to our communities of color, and the demonization and physical attacks against those who are protesting for justice.
Millions of people around the world have watched the horrifying video of George Floyd’s death, prompting protests and marches across every state in our country that have been met with reckless violence by police departments. Every day since then, new viral videos of excessive use of force, use of military grade equipment on civilians and general disregard for life by the Police have opened the eyes of millions of Americans to a truth all too familiar to Black people in this country.
Though prompted by the murder of yet another Black man by Police, the ongoing protests and the Black Lives Matter movement seek not only to address police brutality against Black people, but to make Americans realize the all-encompassing pervasive ways that our entire country’s infrastructure plays a role in the continued oppression of Black people. From national to state local levels, from our education system, to health and human services, to housing and social programs, and especially our criminal justice system – we demand change.
What YOU can do about this right now…
To take action against systemic racism and oppression requires an understanding that we, the taxpayers, are the ones that finance the continued functioning of those systems of oppression. In Los Angeles, 54% of Our city budget for 2020-2021 is allocated to the Los Angeles Police Department; that is more than 3 billion dollars in taxpayer money used to finance the purchase of military grade equipment being used to target communities of color, especially Black communities.
Meanwhile, the proposed City Budget by Mayor Garcetti, allocates a measly $89 million to address the most pressing issue in our city: our precarious community infrastructure and the more than sixty thousand unhoused folks in our city.
City elected officials work for YOU and the city budget should be dictated by the will of the people, not police unions. The most immediate way to address these systemic issues is to make your voice heard to your elected officials. If you are unsure of how to do this, click here to find Peoples Budget LA’s guide on how to take action and make your voice heard.
Ways to continue taking action…
Another way to be involved in the fight for racial justice is all around you: in your community. By engaging in organizations and actions devoted to racial justice, we can build our community and create alternative ways of relating with each other outside of oppressive systemic frameworks. Institutional racism is all-pervasive but racial justice is not limited to police abolition. All of us must continue educating ourselves and sparking dialogue. LA 2050 provides a list of organizations on the frontlines, resources to discuss systemic racism with your loved ones, and Black-owned businesses you can support during these times.
If engaging in direct action such as attending a march or protest, we encourage you to follow the ACLU’s guide to attending a protest and knowing your rights. Film any and all interactions with Police through the ACLU’s app to record police conduct – the app uploads the videos to a remote server where they can be preserved in the event that your phone is confiscated or destroyed. Before attending the protest, communicate with your trusted ones and emergency contacts about how to proceed in the event of your arrest. Lastly, write the number of a lawyer or legal group on yourself with a permanent marker. In LA, the National Lawyer’s Guild Association provides legal services to protesters, their phone number is 310-313-3700.
Here at Bread Head, we acknowledge that food and housing insecurity are institutional failures that indirectly affect and target Black people, Indigenous people and other People of Color. We are committed to empower individuals and families experiencing housing insecurity with food literacy, life skills, and positive relationships. By creating an intentional community, we hope to inspire personal growth, independence, and balanced living. We believe these goals to be vital in the fight for racial justice as we strive to think outside systemic frameworks to come up with alternative ways of relating to one another and building a society that is fair and equitable to all.
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