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Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively Donate $200k to NAACP

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Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds and his wife, actress Blake Lively, are donating $200K to the NAACP; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The very charitable donation is being made in support of the ongoing protest across the U.S. over the death of George Floyd, and against police brutality in general. George Floyd was an African-American man who was seen on camera dying while in police custody, despite conveying that he could not breathe and the pleas of onlookers.

Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively attend the “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu” premiere, photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary (press use)

The couple made a long statement posted over Instagram:

“We’ve never had to worry about preparing our kids for different rules of law or what might happen if we’re pulled over in the car. We don’t know what it’s like to experience that life day in and day out. We can’t imagine feeling that kind of fear and anger. We’re ashamed that in the past we’ve allowed ourselves to be uninformed about how deeply rooted systemic racism is.
We want to educate ourselves about other people’s experiences and talk to our kids about everything, all of it… especially our own complicity. We talk about our bias, blindness and our own mistakes. We look back and see so many mistakes which have led us to deeply examine who we are and who we want to become.
We are committed to raising our kids so they never grow up feeding this insane pattern and so they’ll do their best to never inflict pain on another being consciously or unconsciously. It’s the least we can do to honor not just George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and Eric Garner, but all the black men and women who have been killed when a camera wasn’t rolling.
Last week we contributed $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. We stand in awe of this organization and its leader, Sherrilyn Ifill. And this is just a start. We also pledge to star educated and vote in every local election. We want to know the positions of school board nominees, sheriffs, mayors, councilpersons. We want to know their positions on justice. But mainly, we want to use our privilege and platform to be an ally. And to play a part in easing pain for so many who feels as though this grand experiment is failing them.”

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Here are some ways you can contribute:

Support George Floyd’s family directly through their GoFundMe here.

Give to Unicorn Riot, for providing critical livestreams here.

Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) here.

National Lawyers Guild Minnesota, arrestee support here.

Donate to Black Visions Collective, organizing for Black and collective liberation here.

Support Reclaim The Block, for organizing for structural change in the city here.

North Star Health Collective (who have another great list of resources, but are not currently accepting additional donations) here.

MN Healing Justice Network and Spiral Collective is taking donations to support 100+ BIPOC Healers on the ground and in quarantine organizing here.

This live stream here.

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