To provide financial assistance for African American families whose unarmed loved ones were killed by law enforcement officers.
Since 2017, approximately 1,000 unarmed African Americans were killed by law enforcement; those who are sworn to protect and serve all citizens. Many are African American men who leave children, spouses, fiancés, and significant others behind through no fault of their own. AAMF is there to support these families through this trying time by taking the financial burden away.
Many of these families are struggling to live from day to day. The family has to suffer not only the death, but also financial hardship. Oftentimes, families have to borrow or seek donations on their own. AAMF provides resources to help families ease the burden of such a tragic loss. AAMF will help to bury the loved one with dignity.
The victims’ families in high profile incidents sometimes get financial assistance from celebrities but the majority of these families go unnoticed and struggle with the cost of burying their loved ones.
Donations to the African American Memorial Fund will help to supplement the cost and, in doing so, provide comfort to grieving families.
According to statista.com:
· Police killed at least 104 unarmed black people in 2015, nearly two each week. (See which police departments were responsible for these deaths)
· Nearly 1 in 3 black people killed by police in 2015 were identified as unarmed, though the actual number is likely higher due to under-reporting.
· 36% of unarmed people killed by police were black in 2015 despite black people being only 13% of the U.S. population.
· Unarmed black people were killed at 5x the rate of unarmed white people in 2015.
What Can You Do?
You can help our cause by donating to assist families in need. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Programs and services are funded by private citizens’ donations.
Are You a Family in Need?
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