A Statement of Solidarity from Fruity Feline Press

George Floyd – say his name.
Breonna Taylor – say her name.
Tony McDade – say his name.

These are just a few of the Black lives that have been unjustly murdered by the police in America. Please join me in saying their names. Fruity Feline Press unequivocally stands in solidarity with the folks on the front lines, protesting for Black Lives. Fruity Feline Press unequivocally denounces police senselessly murdering Black folks across the United States. Fruity Feline Press unequivocally says BLACK LIVES MATTER. 

In this time, we need to stand up and call out white supremacy in our families, our circles, communities, workplaces. It’s time for everyone to come together and demand real change for our communities. 

I’m tired, I am angry, I am livid. It’s time for all of us to make a stand for what we believe in. It’s time for us to force real change to happen in the United States. Please join me in recognizing the intrinsic value of Black lives, in fighting for and with our Black colleagues, loved ones, family, friends, and communities. If you have the ability – get out and protest, use your body for good. If you can’t protest, consider donating anything you can to grassroots activists, bail out funds for protesters, etc. Spend your hard-earned dollars on Black-owned businesses. Spread your wealth, if you have it.

It’s time for us all to use the privileges we have to force real change in this country. Enough is enough – enough happened long ago.

We are here, we will not be silent. 

Our team of editors is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and below you can find some Bay Area specific resources. For folks in other areas, consider researching (and then sharing with your circles) local grassroots orgs, bail out funds for protesters, and Black-owned businesses. 

In an effort to reduce labor and burden on our Black staff, you may direct all your comments, critiques, etc to SM Santiago, the non-black staff member of FFP. We are also temporarily pausing all work on our first anthology to allow our staff to tend to their needs and focus on their art, activism, and give them space to live their lives. 

In solidarity,
SM Santiago

People’s Breakfast Oakland

@PeoplesBreakOak (Twitter)
Bailing Black folx out who were arrested protesting!
PayPal: peoplesprograms
Venmo: peoples-programs
Cashapp: $PeoplesPrograms

Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee Bail Fund
Rally.org/ARCbailfund

National Lawyers Guild
Tinyurl.com/NGL-SF (takes you straight to their donor page)
Also if you’re protesting, write their number with a sharpie in case you get arrested
415-909-4654

Black Earth Farms
Pan African and Pan Indiginenous Farming Collective, currently providing free food boxes to black folks who have been arrested, injured, or otherwise traumatized during the Oakland protests.
https://www.blackearthfarms.com/
https://cash.app/$blackearth
Venmo: @blackearthfarms

Fantastic Spreadsheet of Black-owned (or co-owned) Businesses in the SF Bay Area
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1mTthE5lwqVnTCIm3iQtQXLyxwK-pc17cuCp–BhAYX8/htmlview?pru=AAABcqVnMiU*JYlhWLiGjRO_M2HECb8Idg#gid=0

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