Join us in ACTING. In educating yourselves, and working to change this rigged system to make it work for ALL of us. If you wouldn’t want to be treated the way any particular group or person is being treated, work to change the system that is causing that.
There are ways for all of us to help. You might not be able to get out and protest. You might not be able to give financial support. But I guarantee there are things that you can do to chip away at these inequities. How about pledging to take action on just one thing a day? Give something, talk to someone, educate yourself or your children, make sure you’re ready to VOTE, shop with black owned businesses. Do SOMETHING. Here are a few things to choose from:
Text FLOYD to 55156 to demand all four officers involved with Floyd's death be charged and arrested.
Call DA Michael Freeman at (618) 324-4499 to demand all four officers be charged and arrested.
Contact your congresspeople and ask them to support Reps. Pressley and Omar's resolution condemning police brutality.
This takes 15 seconds: https://defund12.org/nyc
Unicorn Riot: an alternative media organization of artists and journalists dedicated to amplifying stories and exploring sustainable alternatives. They have been reporting live from the Minneapolis protests to help to amplify the voice of the protesters.
NAACP Legal Defense Fund: Since 1940, NAACP LDF has been the vanguard of the fight for civil rights and racial justice in the courts. They continue to fight to promote full, equal, and active participation of African Americans in America’s democracy.
Campaign Zero: has put together a comprehensive platform of research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in America. They also provide tools for individuals to directly advocate to their elected leaders for policy solutions to end police violence.
Movement for Black Lives: seeks to reach millions, mobilize hundreds of thousands, and organize tens of thousands, so that Black political power is a force able to influence national and local agendas in the direction of our shared Vision for Black Lives.
BYP100: Black Youth Project 100 is a member-based organization of Black youth activists creating justice and freedom for all Black people. They mobilize through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy, and education. With multiple chapters across the country, we are asking you to support the Washington, DC, New York City, and Chicago chapters.
TGI Justice Project: a group of transgender, gender variant and intersex people—inside and outside of prisons, jails and detention centers—working in collaboration to fight against human rights abuses, imprisonment, police violence, racism, poverty, and societal pressures. We seek to create a world rooted in self- determination, freedom of expression, and gender justice.
Audre Lorde Project: Rooted in LGBTQI communities and movements, they work to ensure that their resources reach the activists who need them most and who are best positioned to make transformational impact over time. They raise and distribute funds to programs and initiatives led by and for diverse constituencies, prioritizing groups led by lesbians and queer women, trans and gender non-conforming people, intersex people, and people of color.
Metro Atlanta Mutual Aid Fund: was created by community members from metro-Atlanta who have witnessed the needs of their neighbors at this time of crisis. They are grounded in a pro-Black, anti-white supremacist, anticapitalist, black feminist politic and utilize an intersectional analysis of oppression. They only distribute funds to Black, Indigeneous, and people of color communities, with special attention paid to gender/sexuality/class/immigration status.
National Bail Fund Network: made up of over sixty community bail and bond funds across the country. They are also fighting to abolish the money bail system and pretrial detention.
Equal Justice Initiative: The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
Community Bail Funds: Split donation between 40 bail funds
Color of Change: Campaigns that build real power for Black communities
1619 (New York Times)
Code Switch (NPR)
Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
Pod For The Cause (Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)
Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)
Parenting Forward podcast episode "Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt"
Fare of the Free Child Podcast
American Son (Netflix)
Dear White People (Netflix)
If Beale St Could Talk (Hulu)
King in the Wilderness (HBO)
See You Yesterday (Netflix)
The Hate You Give (Cinemax)
When They See Us (Netflix)
An introduction into white privilege
Racial contract in America
What white Americans can learn about racism from Corona Virus
Why All Lives Matter is problematic and not helpful
What white people can do to support racial justice
Reading Lists from the Chicago Public Library
Reading list from US Prison Culture
Resources from 100 Year Hoodie
Trevor Noah contextualizing why looting is happening
Comprehensive list of anti-racism resources
Organizations to donate to, broken up by type by New York Magazine:
Victim memorial funds
Donations will go toward supporting the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, James Scurlock, Tony McDade, David McAtee, and Breonna Taylor.
Donations will go toward paying bail/bonds to release protesters jailed in states with bail/bond systems. If you’d like to make a localized contribution to a bail fund in a city or state not shown below, the National Bail Fund Network lists the funds you can donate to in all states with bail/bond systems.
• People’s Program Bail Out Fund; Oakland, California
• Columbus Freedom Fund; Columbus, Ohio
Single donations will be split between multiple organizations, with the ability to adjust what goes where.
Donations, made via Venmo, Cash App or PayPal, will go directly into the pockets of activists and organizers on the front lines of protests.
• Mitch Gayns’s community supplies fund; donations go to Gayns, the host of Those People podcast and a Boston-based protester who is using the funds for supplies — such as snacks, Band-Aids, and flashlights — for protesters, and providing receipts for purchases on his Twitter feed.
• Isak Douah Minneapolis Gas Mask Fund; donations go to Douah, who is using the money to buy gas masks for black youth activists on the front lines to protect them against tear gas used by the police.
• Black Earth Farms Food Delivery Fund; donations go to Oakland, California–based Black Earth Farms, which is cooking and delivering food to black protesters who have been arrested, bailed, or injured.
Community restoration organizations and funds
Donations will go toward rebuilding businesses and other parts of black communities where protests have occurred and/or have been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
• Minnesota Rapid Response Coalition; Twin Cities, Minnesota
• The Lake Street Council; Minneapolis, Minnesota
• Pimento Relief Fund; Minneapolis, Minnesota
• West Broadway Business & Area Coalition; Minneapolis, Minnesota
• Rebuilding Oakland Black Businesses Fund; Oakland, California
• My Block My Hood My City; Chicago, Illinois
Community enrichment organizations
Donations will go toward arts, technical, or other programs for black and brown people.
• Assata’s Daughters; Chicago, Illinois
• Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha; Twin Cities, Minnesota
• Twin Cities Recovery Project; Twin Cities, Minnesota
• Black Feminist Project; New York City
Youth-oriented community organizations
Donations will go toward funding initiatives for educating black and brown youth, such as programs for coding, activism camps, and providing books for schools.
Policy reform organizations
Donations will go toward legislative efforts to overturn systemically racist policies at either national, state, or local levels.
• Black Visions Collective: Minnesota
• Take Action Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, North Carolina
• Austin Justice Coalition; Austin, Texas
• Dallas Alliance Against Racial and Political Repression; Dallas, Texas
Donations will go toward black-voter education initiatives and supporting black political candidates.
• Fair Fight; National, but mainly Georgia
Police reform organizations
Donations will go toward police reform initiatives, including efforts to redistribute police funding to other social services.
• Equality for Flatbush; Brooklyn, New York
Incarceration reform organizations
Donations will go toward prison reform efforts to stop excessive punishment, mass incarceration, incarceration in general, and the creation of new jails and prisons.
Legal defense funds and organizations
Donations will go toward legal aid and education for black, brown, and other minority groups.
Moral Governance; San Diego, California
Restoring Justice; Texas
Black LGBTQ funds
Donations will go toward providing immediate mental health and health-care support, monetary support, and education to black LGBTQ communities.
• Homeless Black Trans Women Fund; Atlanta, Georgia
• Black Trans Travel Fund; New York City
• Emergency Release Fund; New York City
• F2L Relief Fund; New York State
• For The Gworls Party; donations are collected through Venmo, PayPal, and Cash App
Black LGBTQ organizations
Donations will go toward providing ongoing mental health and health-care support, monetary support, and education to black LGBTQ communities.
• House of GG; Arkansas
• Youth Breakout; New Orleans, Louisiana
• Solutions Not Punishment; Atlanta, Georgia
• Trans Cultural District; San Francisco, California
• The Audre Lorde Project; New York City
• Vocal New York; New York State
• Princess Janae Place; New York City
Black and brown media organizations
Donations will go toward supporting black and brown media outlets and journalists.
Mental health organizations
Donations will go toward providing mental health care and education to black communities and individuals.
• Peoples Oakland; Oakland, California
• Live Another Day - Extensive information on mental health and substance use resources for people of color. Their mission is equal access to life-saving resources. They have guides for black, Latinx, Asian, and native people.
Health-care funds and organizations
Donations will go toward providing medical aid, including COVID-19 and reproductive care, to black, brown, and other minority communities.
• COVID-19 Bail Out NYC; New York City