As it was for millions of others across the nation, last week was a hard one for us.
As journalists at our core, reporting on current and historical events, and rooting out what caused them, is ingrained in who we are. It’s not only our livelihood, and it’s not just about marijuana—it’s about making sense of the world around us.
For over 45 years High Times has stood up to investigate and shine a light into the starkest realities of our country. It has stood up to call out government hypocrisy, it has stood up to demand accountability from our elected officials, and it has stood up to defend the freedoms human beings deserve, no matter where they are from, or what color their skin is. Dissent is as American as apple pie, and the rebellion from injustice is how this country was formed in the first place… However, we also recognize that there are some things you can’t just report on.
Last week the world witnessed a tragedy on the grandest scale—but it wasn’t an isolated incident. This was a symptom of a much larger problem that exists in this country, and situations just like it are happening every day in even the most liberal states. We ache for the memories of not only George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, but for every other person of color senselessly murdered and brutalized by police officers. This is a systemic issue. It has to end.
In an effort to do more than just stand in solidarity, we have collected a list of resources for those who want to get involved, and those that want to educate themselves (available below). More importantly, we will be using our platform to amplify the voices of those that need to be heard on a much grander scale. We hope you will join us in not only saying ‘enough is enough’, but in holding the system accountable to make the changes we all so gravely need.
For those that are still having trouble wrapping their heads around all this, or who maybe think what’s happening outside is just about one thing, or if you think this isn’t a very real issue, please view the first of these important reposts, a brilliant high-level view of the situation unfolding in America from The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah:
NAACP’s Action List: https://www.naacp.org/campaigns/we-are-done-dying/
ACLU’s Protestors’ Rights: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/protesters-rights/
National Bail Fund Network: https://www.communityjusticeexchange.org/nbfn-directory
Campaign Zero: https://www.joincampaignzero.org/
Color of Change: https://colorofchange.org/
We Can’t Breathe: https://www.wecantbreathenational.org/
Know Your Rights Camp: https://www.knowyourrightscamp.com/
The George Floyd Memorial Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd
The Kenneth Walker Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/legal-representation-for-kenneth-walker
Breonna Taylor Memorial site: https://www.standwithbre.com/
Ahmaud Arbery Memorial Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/i-run-with-maud
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