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Musicians join George Floyd protests in support of Black Lives Matter

Halsey, Machine Gun Kelly and many more were all at Black Lives Matter events to protest the killing of George Floyd.

June 1, 2020
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Since the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, a large number of protests have occurred not just across the United States, but other parts of the world as well. A number of artists have put their words into actions and have taken to helping out on the front lines of the protests. 

Halsey, Machine Gun Kelly, YUNGBLUD, Sebastian Danzig and Emerson Barrett of Palaye Royale, Vic Mensa, Mod Sun, FEVER 333‘s Jason Aalon Butler and more took to the streets in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and to affect positive change in the nation. 

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George Floyd was tragically killed by police after one of the four police officers involved in his arrest knelt on his neck in an incident caught on video. His death happened on May 25, and what started as words on social media has turned into fundraisers raising tens of millions of dollars and large scale protests around the country in cities like Los Angeles, CA, New York City, Orlando, FL and Washington, DC. 

Halsey, Machine Gun Kelly, Mod Sun, YUNGBLUD, IssuesSkyler Acord and others joined the protests. They know they can use their image, their voices and their power to increase the reach and visibility of the movement. See what some of them experienced on the frontlines of the protests below. 

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Halsey

Following George Floyd’s murder, Halsey was very vocal, urging other artists to use their platforms to speak up about the atrocity regarding George Floyd. Over the weekend, Halsey was out in the streets with everyone else.

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YUNGBLUD

Machine Gun Kelly

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Palaye Royale

https://twitter.com/EmersonBarrett/status/1267265744087076864

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Mod Sun

https://www.instagram.com/p/CA1EaObgMDP/?igshid=4qfjbo9h1m8y

Vic Mensa

https://www.instagram.com/p/CA3lBxXFpHI/?igshid=7vigd0vzid0h

FEVER 333/Jason Aalon Butler

FEVER 333’s Jason Aalon Butler documented some of the aftermath of the riots showcasing people helping to clean up the community.

Skyler Acord/Issues

https://twitter.com/Skyduck64/status/1266832712465342467

 

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The Minnesota Freedom Fund has already raised close to $20 million and helps cover the legal costs of low-income individuals arrested for low-level charges. If you are willing and able to donate, you may do so here.

If you would like to donate to the George Floyd Memorial Fund which is to cover all funeral and burial costs, court costs, grief counseling, travel and lodging costs of Floyd’s family and for the care and education of George Floyd’s children, you may do so here.

The post below details other funds you can donate to to help end racial injustice.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CA4o-JeBhrj/

For others ways to donate, please head here. For anti-racism resources, head here. A detailed list of resources and links is below.

To sign petitions for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and more. 

To text or call the District Attorney and Minneapolis Mayor.

To donate to victims, protesters, black-owned businesses and more. 

For anti-racism sites, Black Lives Matter, Mental Health and other educational resources.

A massive resource link containing information for protesters regarding laws, lawyers, dangers of protesting, medical guides on dealing with tear gas, first aid and digital security. 

Written by Koltan Greenwood