One year ago, Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell in Texas, after a Texas state trooper pulled her over three days earlier.

On the anniversary of her death, Ferguson-based social justice organization Hands Up United is hosting a community vigil to remember Bland and the 24 Black women who have been killed at as a result of state or community violence.

We have a lot of work to do together over the coming months and years to end our country’s culture of violence and dismantle institutional racism. But what is needed right now is healing, and connecting with others can be the best medicine. That’s why it’s so important for us to stand with our brothers and sisters here in St. Louis tonight.

If you’re in St. Louis already, make plans to head over to City Garden tonight at 7 p.m. to #RememberHer and stand in solidarity with local organizers who are leading the fight in the Movement for Black Lives.

If you’re not able to come to Netroots Nation, you can still support the work of Hands Up United by donating to their Breakfast and Books program.

Click here to buy a book for this great program.

Breakfast and Books provides healthy food and books to community members. By providing positive images and informative literature, this program helps increase awareness and enhance skills needed to actively combat local issues.

From hosting technical training workshops in the Ferguson area to organizing a food pantry and food drops, Hands Up United does so much important work to uplift and empower their community. Let’s do what we can to support them.

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