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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.
Keep on going let’s go
Justice for Breonna Taylor https://t.co/a2bOpDSC0g
— Lights (@lights) June 5, 2020
#BreonnaTaylor was an EMT. She was an essential worker in the middle of a global pandemic. Today should be her 27th birthday. She was murdered by police on March 13th. #SayHerName #BlackLivesMatter
— The Story So Far (@thestorysofarca) June 5, 2020
breonna taylor would have been 27 years old today. she was murdered by police when they illegally raided her home and shot her 8 times. here is a list of ways you can honor her on her birthday. #sayhername #birthdayforbreonna https://t.co/gNDUvVBNRE pic.twitter.com/afjrp8E4q0
— erin gilfoy (@eringilfoy) June 5, 2020
#BirthdayForBreonna ?? #SayHerName
I demand justice for Breonna!! @GovAndyBeshear @djaycameron @DanielCameronAG @RepJohnYarmuth @RandPaul @senatemajldr — Do the right thing RIGHT NOW
– Demi pic.twitter.com/xJhbPJZEan
— Team Demi (@ddlovato) June 5, 2020
We honor #BreonnaTaylor on her 27th Birthday today & EVERY day after that. #RestInPower Queen! We will continue to fight for justice! We will continue to fight for equality! We will NOT let your memory go today, tomorrow, or ever! ???✊? #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/4KF1K3MsdI
— Adore Delano (@AdoreDelano) June 5, 2020
please sign this petition to help obtain justice for #BreonnaTaylor. it literally takes 2 seconds to do this. today would have been her 27th birthday. please do this now. https://t.co/MNsTbvL4rO
— Charli (@charli_xcx) June 5, 2020
Hi guys only takes a second ❤️ I just signed a petition to stand with Breonna Taylor. You should too: https://t.co/aTTr47KgEg
— Boy Exotic ? (@JackBarakat) June 5, 2020
Today is June 5th, Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday. Here is a link to sign a petition demanding justice for her, a donation link for her family, as well as other resources. https://t.co/tQPXBl2h5K#BreonnaTaylor #SayHerName #BirthdayForBreonna pic.twitter.com/oRMYwDSlwy
— Knuckle Puck (@KnucklePuckIL) June 5, 2020
Breonna Taylor would’ve been 27 years old today. The same age I am. But she was shot 8 times. Please join me in signing this petition and let’s get #JusticeForBreonnaTaylorhttps://t.co/KHAMSRMHuw
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) June 5, 2020
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.
Directly to Breonna Taylor’s family
The Louisville Community Bail Fund to help support protesters
Tomorrow SHOULD be Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday. Need to protest from home? Send birthday cards to KY officials demanding #JusticeForBreonna and be apart of #BirthdayForBreonna. pic.twitter.com/YpzFHQlgg6
— Dr. Vanessa M Holden (@drvholden) June 4, 2020
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 #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.