Protests Against Police Brutality and Racism in the United States
Following the killing of George Floyd in police custody on May 25, protests against police brutality have surged nation-wide. On Saturday, hundreds gathered at Town Square and the Midtown Mall to participate in peaceful protests. Jasmin Smith, a community activist who organized one of the Anchorage protests, said that the group stood in solidarity with Floyd and other people of color affected by systemic racism, including missing and murdered indigenous women.
I stand withformer presidents, activists, law enforcement officials, and countless others in condemning the Minneapolis officers' use of restraint against a non-combative Floyd and, more generally, condemning systemic racism in the United States. If you are interested in getting involved and joining the conversation surrounding racial inequity in Alaska and beyond, these resources serve as a good starting point:
ICantBreathe Community Fundraiser & First Friday Exhibit
Akela Space has partnered with ShowDown Productions for an exhibit featuring the works of photographers and protesters from the May 30 #ICantBreathe rally in Anchorage, Alaska. All funds raised will be distributed to Black, Indigenous, POC & LGBTQIA+ organizations actively working against police brutality and fighting for equality.
Masks will be required to enter the space and capacity will be limited.