• GW College Democrats Executive Board

Statement Condemning the Murder of Daunte Wright and the United States Policing System

"GW College Democrats not only condemn the murder of Daunte Wright but demand change. We are horrified by the police shooting of Daunte Wright, but even more so by the fact, this system has been allowed to exist for so long. The murder of Daunte Wright is not an isolated event; it’s a recurring trauma that has plagued Black and Brown communities since the founding of our country. It has become so common in the United States for simple police altercations to end in the loss of life that Daunte Wright made a phone call to his mother moments before he was killed.


"Action is long overdue. Our country must examine policing principles such as, but not limited to: how long police training lasts, tactics for altercations with citizens, and the relationship of fear that exists between police and communities of color. This is one of the numerous events of police brutality that has occurred in Minnesota alone. We demand that localities, states, and Congress take action on police violence and systemic racism.


"Right now, we must support the Wright family and the Brooklyn Center community during their time of grief by donating and demanding change from our representatives. The time for thoughts and prayers is over. Do your part to end the epidemic of police brutality by calling your representative, donating, and educating yourself on systematic oppression. It’s time we take action."


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RESOURCES


FOR DAUNTE’S FAMILY

  • To support his girlfriend and son (note: tag “Daunte Jr.” as the subject line)

  • CashApp: $Hubby98; Venmo: thuy-jones; Paypal: @holisticheaux

  • Verified GoFundMe for Daunte’s funeral costs (organized by his aunt)


FOR PROTESTERS & THE BROOKLYN CENTER COMMUNITY

  • Documenting MN - Buying safety gear & safety kits for protesters, helping local Black businesses protect themselves, delivering hot meals to community members

  • Paypal; Venmo: DocMN

  • Minnesota Freedom Fund - Bail fund for protesters

  • Paypal

  • Freedom Street Health - Community medics currently assisting protesters in Brooklyn Center & the Twin Cities area

  • Venmo: zwine; CashApp: $clamdunk

  • Brooklyn Center Mutual Aid - Supplying PPE, meals, medical supplies, and protest safety kits to the community

  • GoFundMe

  • Minnesota ACLU

  • Website; Instagram: @/aclumn


NON-MONETARY WAYS TO HELP


COUNSELING & MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

  • GW Listens

  • Student-run mental health hotline offering text-based support

  • CHC Counseling

  • Offered a free, confidential consultation

  • There is no appointment necessary, just call during business hours 12:00 pm-4:00 pm Monday through Friday and 12-4pm Saturday and Sunday

  • Black Mental and Emotional Health Collective

  • Nationwide directory of Black therapists and culturally competent mental health professionals

  • The Boris L. Henson Foundation

  • Provides free & localized virtual support groups for young Black people

  • Samantha Vang: 651-296-3709