You don’t necessarily have to feel the sting of tear gas to stand up to tyranny.
Courtesy of NYT:
The mass protests that have swept the nation in recent days to express outrage at the death of George Floyd have been paired with a flood of financial donations, as hundreds of thousands of Americans have opened their wallets to give to charitable groups, community bail funds and Democratic candidates.
The Minnesota Freedom Fund, which pays bail for those who cannot afford it and received online support from some celebrities, took in a remarkable $20 million in a matter of days — so much that its website was now encouraging donors to give elsewhere.
A GoFundMe memorial fund established by Mr. Floyd’s brother had raised more than $7 million from more than a quarter-million contributors.
And on ActBlue, the central online hub that processes money for Democratic candidates and causes, Sunday was the single largest day of giving in all of 2020, with donations of $19 million, according to a New York Times analysis of the site’s donation tracker.
Then donors set another record for the year on Monday, topping $20 million shortly after 9 p.m.
The sums given on ActBlue on both Sunday and Monday topped all the presidential primary debate nights and election nights in 2020, and were more than double the amount given on the final day of April (monthly deadlines tend to drive online political giving). The previous high for the year was the day in late February when former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. won the South Carolina Democratic primary and revived his campaign for president; donors contributed $18.3 million that day.
In all, ActBlue processed more than $60 million between Friday and Monday, a sign that the energy spilling into the streets nationwide might also be matched by a wave of money for Democratic causes.
I hear people saying that they are not sure that Democrats are as energized as they need to be to defeat Donald Trump, but I think this demonstrates quite the opposite.
The other day my daughter called feeling all guilty that she was not down in the lower forty-eight so that she could participate in some of these protests like many of her friends.
And I told her what I will tell all of you, the protests are necessary and a good way to focus national attention on a problem that desperately needs attention, but solutions will come through new legislation put forward by folks that we help to elect.
If we do not carry the message from these protests in our hearts come November, then their sacrifice on the front line will have been for nothing.
I told her that if we do not choose leaders who will bring about real reform of our law enforcement, or fight for our First Amendment rights, or make sure that all of our voices are heard, then they were shot with rubber bullets, tear-gassed on the streets, and arrested for no good reason at all.
So if we cannot get to a protest right now, then we need to send a donation or call our Congresspeople. or join a political campaign and do whatever it is that we can do to make a difference.
What was it that a great leader once said?
“We are the change we have been waiting for.”
Yeah, I think that was it.