Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old award-winning EMT, was killed by police officers shortly after midnight on March 13 in Louisville, Kentucky. Officers barged into her home while performing a raid at the wrong apartment before fatally shooting her eight times. Taylor's murder has recaptured the world's attention amid the recent Black Lives Matter and George Floyd protests—and people want justice for her.
In an effort to keep her name in people's mouths and get the officers involved rightfully charged with her death, writer and culture critic Cate Young (aka @BattyMamzelle on Twitter) reminded people that Taylor's birthday is coming up on Friday, June 5. Young started the conversation about doing something in remembrance of Taylor on what would've been her 27th birthday.
Since then, Young has organized and created an official link where you can find ways to celebrate Taylor's life and ensure proper legal action is taken in her case. Bel0w you'll find a list of things you can do on Taylor's day to remember her and demand the justice she deserves.
Sign the official petition to fight for justice in Taylor's case
This takes literally 30 seconds, so do it! You can add your name to Taylor's petition on Change.org (it has 3 million supporters already!) to call for charges against the officers who killed her.
Donate directly to her family
While grieving the loss of their family member, Taylor's family has been actively and tirelessly working to make sure that justice is served after her cruel death. Taylor's aunt Bianca Austin created a GoFundMe for Taylor's mom and sister, which allows the public to contribute to them financially during this time. No contribution is too small or too big.
Send a birthday card in Taylor's honor
Not a regular birthday card though. Write a birthday card (or any type of letter you want) to the Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Louisville Metro Mayor Greg Fischer insisting that they take action ASAP, hold officers accountable, and press charges against the police officers who took Taylor's life.
Here's Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's address:
Office of the Attorney General
700 Capital Avenue, Suite 118
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-3449
And here's Louisville Metro Mayor Greg Fischer's address:
Mayor Greg Fischer
527 W Jefferson Street #600
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
If you don't think you'd be able to send a letter that'll arrive in time for Taylor's birthday, you can easily send one online using Postable. You can send a letter to Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Louisville Metro Mayor Greg Fischer for just $4 to ensure that your outrage is heard.
Use her hashtags and flood social media platforms
On Friday, go off on your social media accounts using the #SayHerName and #BirthdayforBreonna hashtags along with messages remembering Taylor. Utilize your platforms to make sure Taylor's name is remembered and justice is brought to her case.
Post on the feeds and Stories of your Instagram and Facebook accounts. Post on Twitter. Post on TikTok. Let your social media be a way you spread awareness and fight for equality.
Donate to the Louisville Community Bail Fund
Protestors in Louisville, Kentucky—the city where Taylor was murdered—have been on the streets taking action and fighting for Taylor. And many of them have been arrested for it. Make a donation to their bail fund so they can continue to go out and protest.
by MEGAN UY JUN 4, 2020, Cosmopolitan.
June 5, 2020
Voices4America Post Script. On March 13, Breonna Taylor was shot by the police 8 times as she slept in her bed. This article lists simple actions we can do to demand justice for her murder. Share it. #BreonnaBirthday #27Today #Justice4BreonnaTaylor #EndRacismNow #EndPoliceViolence