Racial Justice

Breonna Taylor was killed 5 months ago. Can you do more to demand justice?

It’s been five months since Breonna Taylor was killed by Louisville police officers. No one has been held accountable.

In the early morning hours of March 13, 2020, three officers used a controversial “no-knock warrant” to enter Breonna’s Taylor’s apartment. More than 20 shots were fired, killing Breonna Taylor.

In the days, weeks, and months that followed, Breonna Taylor’s name has become an almost household name. People have taken to the streets to demand justice. Oprah Winfrey put Breonna Taylor on the cover of her magazine’s August issue and has taken out 26 billboards in Kentucky demanding justice. And nearly 11 million people have signed a petition on Change.org demanding accountability for Breonna Taylor’s death, making it the second largest petition in Change.org’s history.

And now on the 5-month anniversary of her death, a national and statewide advertising campaign is taking off to drive pressure on Kentucky lawmakers. Working with petition starter Loralei HoJay, and leveraging the voices of hundreds of signers of the Justice for Breonna Taylor petition, August 13, 2020 will mark the start of over 500 advertisements that will blanket Kentucky radio stations and TV stations demanding action over Breonna Taylor’s death.

Thirty-second and sixty-second commercials will run on five different television networks in Louisville, KY and Lexington, KY between August 13-27, 2020. Additionally, 30 second radio spots will run on over 15 iHeartRadio stations in Louisville and Lexington for the same two-week period, driving people to take further action by putting pressure on Kentucky lawmakers. Signing the petition. Calling decision-makers directly. And sharing the call to action to demand justice for Breonna Taylor.

You can watch the 30 second TV commercial here, and the 60 second TV commercial here

And listen to the 30 second radio spot here.

In addition to these ads running across the state of Kentucky, there will also be a news page takeover on TheHill.com urging people to put pressure on Kentucky lawmakers and members of Congress, as well ads running on Blavity driving their readership to take action for Breonna Taylor.

And because more than 500 petition signers submitted videos to us, talking about why they signed the petition and what justice for Breonna Taylor looks like to them, we’ll be streaming hours of videos from petition signers telling Kentucky lawmakers directly what ‘justice’ looks like to them. We’ll post this to our YouTube channel by the end-of-day Monday and share next week.

This national outcry comes on top of more than 54,000 phone calls that Change.org supporters have placed to lawmakers in Kentucky, including Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

“Breonna did not deserve to die. She should still be with us,” petition starter Loralei HoJay said in a recent update to her viral petition. “Please keep calling and emailing — I will continue to work to the best of my ability to get justice for Breonna.”

On Wednesday, August 12, Attorney General Cameron met with Breonna Taylor’s family.

“We let him know how important it was for their office to get all the facts, to get the truth and to get justice for Breonna,” Breonna Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, told the Louisville Courier Journal. “We all deserve to know the whole truth behind what happened to my daughter.

Over 10 million Change.org signers agree. Here are simple ways you can continue to take action to demand justice for Breonna Taylor:

  • Head to www.callforbreonna.com and place a quick, easy phone call to Kentucky lawmakers. Tell them simply: “I am one of more than 10 million people who’ve signed the petition demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, and I want to see your office act.”
  • Watch the :30 second or :60 second commercial demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, and share them with your friends and family
  • Urge people to sign and share the petition at www.change.org/justice

Breonna Taylor was an EMT. A daughter. A partner. A friend. She had dreams that so many of us have: to build a life, to fall in love, to make a difference in the world. All of those dreams were taken from her on March 13, 2020. We cannot wait another month to get justice for her death.

Written by
Michael A. Jones
August 13, 2020 2:03 am