Last week, the UF LitiGators raised money for the Florida Bail Fund. Florida Bail Fund, organized through the Florida Justice Center, pays bail for those who cannot afford it. Their mission is to “make society a better, more just, and equitable place for all people.” LitiGator Naomi Hardin suggested the team raise money to support peaceful protestors in their fight for justice for George Floyd. “As a prominent pre-law organization I think it is important to do,” she said. LitiGators collected donations through social media, family, friends, and made personal contributions. By the end of the week, we raised and donated $900 to the Florida Bail Fund!
In addition to the fundraiser, many LitiGators attended vigils and participated in protests to support the fight for racial equality. Some took action in Gainesville while others attended events throughout the state of Florida and across the country. LitiGator Brandon McKay was one of the leaders who organized a Gainesville vigil to honor George Floyd. At the vigil, he read an original poem. “We’ll stand hand in hand to withstand all of the hatred and rebrand this land,” said Brandon. LitiGators continue to take action in the fight for justice and equality in their communities.