On Sunday, April 11, in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, yet another Black man, Daunte Wright, was shot and killed by police.
After viewing the footage of the murder of Daunte Wright, a community member said:
“As Black mothers, we are tired of burying our sons. Our sons don’t die. They are killed, and they are taken away from us.”
During Black Maternal Health Week, while the trial of Derek Chauvin continues, we are once again grieving, nauseated, numb, sad, angry, disillusioned, and disgusted.
We are also resolved to continue fighting until we achieve full reproductive justice, an organizing framework created by Black women where every person has the ability to decide if, when, and how to become a parent; raise healthy children in safe and thriving communities; and have gender freedom and bodily autonomy.
This includes working towards a future where Black mothers, and the mothers of Black sons, can raise their children and live safely in their communities, free from violence from the state.
And it includes holding systems accountable that time and time again treat Black people like they are dispensable.
Donate or Take Action
Part of achieving this vision is to prioritize community care and mutual aid. As such, we have compiled ways to support the family of Daunte Wright and the movement for racial justice. We will continue to update this page as community needs change.
Call decision makers and ask them to take action:
- Brooklyn Center Police Department: 763-569-3333
- Attorney General Keith Ellison: 651-296-3353
- Governor Tim Walz: 651-201-3400
Demand the following:
Fire the Brooklyn Center city manager[Employment terminated on April 12, 2021] Fire the Brooklyn Center police chief and the police officer who killed Daunte Wright.[Both resigned as of April 13, 2021] Charge and arrest the police officer who shot Daunte Wright.[Charged and arrested on April 14, 2021]
- Name all the officers and agencies involved.
- Conduct an investigation by an outside agency other than the Brooklyn Center Police, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, or the system of County Attorneys’ Offices.
- Call on state legislators to reform qualified immunity, and institute other meaningful measures that allow us to hold police truly accountable.
- List from TakeAction Minnesota
- Sahan Journal: How you can help people in Brooklyn Center right now, in the aftermath of Daunte Wright’s killing
- Brooklyn Center Mutual Aid hub on Facebook
Support Daunte Wright’s family
Make a donation
Below is a list of BIPOC-led organizations doing necessary work on the ground in Minnesota. If you have the means, please consider donating to one or all of them:
- Healing Justice & SPIRAL Collective – Networks of healers working in partnership on the frontlines to provide medical assistance to protesters harmed by police violence, as well as mutual aid to pregnant folks and new parents.
- Black Table Arts – Gathering Black communities through the arts, towards better black futures.
- Yes 4 Minneapolis – A people’s petition to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new Department of Public Safety. We decide what safety looks like for our communities. This petition is the first step to letting voters decide the future of policing in Minneapolis.