justice for jacob blake: action steps to take now

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Jacob Blake, a 29 year old Black man, was shot SEVEN times by Kenosha, WI police as he attempted to get into his car with his three children after breaking up a fight between two women. The second part of that sentence shouldn't matter and we should not need a video  - we should be outraged that Black people continue to be lynched by the police, regardless of the circumstances. The two officers involved are on leave - it's time to get to work, see y'all out there.

Email Kenosha Officials:

Kenosha District Attorney Michael D. Graveley


Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian


Kenosha Police Department Chief of Police Daniel G. Miskinis


Copy/paste email template:

Subject: Justice for Jacob Blake

Email body:

Dear ____,

My name is _____ and I am a resident of  _(city, state)_ . As a concerned citizen, I am writing to demand justice for Jacob Blake who is currently fighting for his life after being shot seven times in the back by Kenosha, WI police officers in front of his children.  

I am demanding the officers involved in the shooting of Jacob Blake be fired immediately, and the District Attorney file charges against and prosecute the officers involved to the fullest extent of the law. Abuse of power, systemic racism, and white supremacy are evident in the Kenosha Police Department, and I demand the department be held accountable for this attempted murder. 

I trust in you to do the right thing for the community now.

In solidarity,



Protesting and marching works, and there is power in numbers. Find events in your area.

Facebook: Go to "Events", select your area, select "Causes". This will show you a list of events and protests in your city.


  • Find and follow justice orgs in your city (i.e. local chapters of BLM or Showing Up For Racial Justice)
  • Search #Protests[City] and sort by most recent
  • Search "Jacob Blake protests [city] today" or "Racial Justice protests [city] today"
Google: Find racial justice organizations in your city (google "racial justice organizations [city]".

Sign the Petition

Change.org petition 


The Milwaukee Freedom Fund organized by Black and Brown activists to support protestors' bail costs, food, water, and other needs. 

Split Money Between Cities' Bail Funds: These are crucial to protect both protestors AND for preventing mass incarceration. Note: because bail is refunded at the end of a case, this money is always recycled.


Qualified Immunity allows this to keep happening - understand it, support politicians who will reform it.

The Defund the Police movement: what it means and why.

America's History With Lynching

White Rage  by Carol Anderson: order from your local black bookstore (or from mine)

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi: order from your local black bookstore (or from mine)


Share resources, encourage your community to act but avoid posting videos depicting violence against Black people. This is traumatic for people to watch over and over again. 


Local government officials decide who gets prosecuted, to what extent, and the whole law. Research and vote in your local elections. Make sure you are registered at your current address here.

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