Bon Iver Helps Donate $30,000 to George Floyd Memorial Fund & More Racial Equality Organizations

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver
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Justin Vernon of Bon Iver performs during the All Points East Festival at Victoria Park on June 2, 2019 in London, England.

Bon Iver joined the national outrage over the unlawful death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died shortly after a Minnesota police officer knelt on his neck, suffocating him.

As a result, protests for justice have spanned throughout Minneapolis and other big cities in the United States. "The hurt and rage in Minneapolis-Saint Paul right now are harrowing," Bon Iver wrote in a statement via Twitter on Friday (May 29). "We are deeply concerned for the safety of the people in the streets protesting for justice. Their bravery is astounding and inspiring. A police state cannot fix what a police state has broken. Only equal freedom and protection of all citizens can begin to reset the scales of justice."

In response, Justin Vernon "and the Bon Iver family," and record labels Rhymesayers and the Secretly Group are donating $30,000 "to organizations supporting those who need our help right now. These organizations are Minnesota Freedom Fund, George Floyd Memorial Fund, Reclaim The Block and Black Visions Collective."

"Fellow fans, artists, labels, please join us by making contributions of your own, whatever you can afford, to help make a difference in the communities most affected by the ongoing crisis in the Twin Cities, one that is also beginning to brew in other cities across America," the statement concluded.

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