Make your voice heard and place a call to Kentucky officials like the Public Integrity Unit of the Louisville Metro Police Department, the Kentucky Attorney General and other representatives. Push for them to take more action on this case and support legislation that prevents this from happening again. Here’s the contact information you’ll need:
Not sure what to say? Here are instructions and a full email script to get you started. If you’re not from Kentucky, consider reaching out to your own local and state representatives to stand behind Breonna’s Law. Any support on getting justice and fighting for Black lives is a win.
5. Raise Awareness
Share, share, share. Raising awareness among others is powerful. Sometimes people get overwhelmed by all the information and just need to be pointed in the right direction. You can start by:
- Following the case and sharing credible information on social media.
- Using hashtags like #StandWithBre, #JusticeforBre, #BreonnaTaylor, #SayHerName
- Tweeting to @LMPD, @LouisvilleMayor and @GovAndyBeshear or DMing @LMPD.ky, @MayorGregFischer and @GovAndyBeshea
- Sharing all the links above to get your friends and family involved.
6. Discuss, Listen & Learn
It can be uncomfortable to talk about these serious topics with friends and family especially if they hold different views than you. However, we can’t tippy-toe around the issue that the Black community continues to be mistreated by a system that’s supposed to protect all of us.
This is not a political issue. We can’t turn a blind eye and cover our ears because it’s not ‘happy news.’ Sit down with friends and family and talk about what’s going on. Talk about the news, listen and find out what they’ve been doing to take action. Ask questions like Do you know what happened to Breonna Taylor? Are you following the case surround Breonna Taylor? How do you feel about this?
Now, there are going to be individuals that claim what the police did was right. As soon as you utter ‘Black Lives Matter,’ they are quick to say ‘All Lives Matter,’ so according to their own argument, shouldn’t Breonna Taylor’s life matter? Did you know she was an EMT, an essential worker that was working during the pandemic? She was serving all lives, so why wasn’t her life taken into consideration?
Find time to talk and listen to each other on the matter. Don’t be afraid to provide resources and educate yourself more on Breonna Taylor, police brutality and old laws that hinder the lives of all Americans. Luckily, we did a roundup of books, podcasts, businesses and talking points as a start.
7. Register to Vote
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but we’re not going to make a change overnight. We’re also not going to dismantle a system overnight either. But what you can do is vote. Vote for local and state representatives who vouch for issues we care about. Vote for officials that will advocate for change to be made from the bottom on up. You probably heard before but voting does matter. Your vote counts and if you sit it out, you can’t expect laws to be put in place to help us.
The election is in 40 days. Are you ready to vote?