Breonna Taylor



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Breonna Taylor would have been 27 years old today (June 5). Taylor was an EMT in Louisville, KY and worked at two different hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic. “Breonna Taylor was full of life and loved social gathering with her friends and especially her family,” her obituary reads. “She loved life and all it had to offer. She continued to find ways to better herself and the people around her.”

Taylor was killed by the Louisville Metro Police during a late-night raid on her and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker’s home. The police had the wrong address and the suspect they were looking for had been apprehended hours earlier. Taylor was shot eight times after the police opened fire. Today would have been her 27th birthday. Here are some things you can do to support her family, Black Lives Matter and the cause as a whole.

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The killing of George Floyd sparked protests and riots around the world. Peaceful Black Lives Matter protests have occurred in all 50 states of the US and continue to spread as the cause draws more and more support. The officers that murdered George Floyd have been charged which is a step in the right direction, however, nearly two months after Breonna Taylor was killed, the three officers involved have not faced justice.

In a way to support Breonna Taylor’s family and remember her name and her kindness and generosity, people are posting images and messages on what would have been her 27th birthday.

 

But, it’s more than just sharing an image of Taylor on one day. Her family members lost a daughter, a granddaughter, a niece, a sister and a best friend on March 13.

Below are ways you can help her family and make sure that Breonna Taylor will be remembered and that she did not die in vain. Sign petitions, write letters to legislators and donate money if you’re able to make sure something like this never happens again.

Sign the petition calling for justice 

Breonna Taylor’s killers still have not been arrested or charged. Sign here.

Donate

Directly to Breonna Taylor’s family

The Louisville Community Bail Fund to help support protesters

Send Letters

Send letters to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Louisville Metro Mayor Greg Fischer demanding they lay charges against the officers.

Cards should be addressed as follows:

Office of the Attorney General
700 Capital Avenue, Suite 118
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-3449

Mayor Greg Fischer
527 W Jefferson Street #600
Louisville KY 40202

You can also email the attorney general and mayor at [email protected] and [email protected].

The organizer of Breonna Taylor’s call to action on her birthday is Cate Young. She created a pre-scripted email if you’re unsure what to say to the AG or Mayor. That can be found here.

Use Hashtags

Use #SayHerName and #BirthdayForBreonna and flood social media platforms with remembrance posts and calls for justice.

All other available options to show support can be found here, thanks to Cate Young.

 

To show support through donations, connect with grassroots campaigns and obtain resources for allies, please refer to the links below.

Help the family of George Floyd here.
Fight for Breonna Taylor here.
Help the family of Ahmaud Arbery here.To sign petitions for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and more, click here.
Donate to one or more community bail funds for protesters here.
Click here for more resources for protestors, including pro-bono lawyers.
Visit Movement For Black Lives for additional ways you can help the cause.
Click here to connect with leaders building grassroots campaigns.
Here are some anti-racism resources for allies who want to learn more.For other ways to donate, please head here.





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