June 3, 2020
A Message from Melville House
by Melville House
Melville House resolutely stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and condemns police violence against black people. And while we in fact deplore violence of any kind, including the looting of businesses, we urge people not to be distracted from the core issue—as the owner of one destroyed business in Minneapolis put it, the story is not about the destruction of property, but about what police did to George Floyd, and the fact that ‘Justice must be served.’
Melville House will be donating a portion of proceeds from our social justice titles to Black Lives Matter. If you’re able, we strongly urge you to support one of the following organizations, dedicated to ending racist violence:
- Black Lives Matter is a global organization whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
- The NAACP is at the forefront of the movement to build political power and ensure the wellbeing of communities of color. Donations further their mission to ensure the equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and discrimination.
- The National Bail Fund Network is made up of over 60 community bail and bond funds. They regularly update this listing of funds that are freeing people by paying bail/bond and are also fighting to abolish the money bail system and pretrial detention.
- Black Visions Collective has been working to shape a political home for Black people across Minnesota. By building movements from the ground up with an integrated model, they are creating the conditions for long term success and transformation.
- Reclaim the Block is calling on Minnesota to invest in violence prevention, housing, resources for youth, emergency mental health response teams, and solutions to the opioid crisis—not more police.
- Communities United Against Police Brutality was created to deal with police brutality. They work on the day-to-day abuses as well as more extreme cases to create a climate of resistance to abuse of authority by police and to empower local people.