In the past three days, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Lousiana, and Philando Castile, in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, were both killed by police. Their deaths, which were both captured on video, have sparked protests of police brutality and the regular killing of unarmed people of color (Sterling and Castile are the latest of 123 black Americans killed by police in 2016 alone). Both left behind families struggling to cope with the sudden loss of their loved ones. In response, family members, celebrities and individuals have created crowdfunding campaigns to help defray funeral and legal costs, and help support their children and families. A number of activists in cities across the country have also organized vigils and protests in response to Sterling and Castile's killings.
Last night, during a peaceful protest in Dallas, snipers targeting police officers opened fire, killing five Dallas PD and Dallas Area Rapid Transit officers and wounding six more, as well as one civilian. As details surrounding the attack still emerge, funds to support the Dallas Police Department and the officers involved have been started. These, as well as vigils for the fallen officers, are listed below.
We will update this list as more events are announced.
Created by Issa Rae, actress and creator of Awkward Black Girl, this fund will support Sterling's five children by creating a scholarship fund. Per Rae's description, all funds will be going to the family.
Created by Castile's sister, Allysza Castile, to "contribute to his homecoming and family." According to Castile, "At this time the family is grieving we just lost a very good man never in trouble a law abiding citizen."
Created by Tommy Blake, a longtime resident of Dallas, TX. Blake will be delivering a check to the Chief of Police on August 1st, who will then post a receipt of the check in order to prove that all of the funds went to the DPD.
#JusticeForAltonSterling Protest rally being held at the Baton Rouge Police Department (4445 Plank Road). Planned to begin at 4 p.m CDT.
Friday, July 15
The Twin Ports-based Justice City Coalition has organized candlelight vigils and protests Friday, July 15, at 7 p.m. CDT. The events will be held at local city halls in the wake of the fatal shooting of Philando Castile and other recent officer-involved shootings of minorities.
Both splash photos from Castile and Sterling's Facebook.