Acknowledging the way racism and inequity affect every facet of our society is an important step forward that many of us have taken. Educating ourselves, donating to justice funds, and supporting Black business and media are the leaps forward many of us still need to take.
These are resources to help:
George Floyd Memorial Fund: The official GoFundMe to support the Floyd family.
In Memory of Tony McDade: The official GoFundMe to support the McDade family.
Justice for Breonna Taylor: The official GoFundMe to support the Taylor family.
The National Bail Fund Network: A national project that works with organizers, advocates, and legal providers across the country that are using, or contemplating using, community bail funds as part of efforts to radically change local bail systems and reduce incarceration. Click here for the National Bail Fund Network Directory of Community Bail Funds.
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund: America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice through litigation, advocacy, and public education.
LGBTQ+ Freedom Fund: A Black-led organization that posts bail for LGBTQ people held in jail or immigrant detention and raises awareness of the epidemic of LGBTQ overincarceration.
Trans Justice Funding Project: A Black community-led funding initiative to support grassroots trans justice groups run by and for trans people.
Minnesota Freedom Fund: A community based nonprofit in Minnesota that pays criminal bail and immigration bonds for individuals who have been arrested while protesting police brutality.
Black Lives Matter: A global organization whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
Color of Change: The nation’s largest online racial justice organization which seeks to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward.
Advancement Project: A multi-racial civil rights organization which uses innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change.
Reclaim the Block: A coalition that advocates for and invests in community-led safety initiatives in Minneapolis neighborhoods.
Black Visions Collective: A Black, trans, and queer-led organization that is committed to dismantling systems of oppression and violence, and shifting the narrative to create transformative, long-term change.
Campaign Zero: Online platform & organization that utilizes research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in America.
Unicorn Riot: A non-profit organization that is dedicated to exposing the root causes of dynamic social and environmental issues.
The Bail Project: A non-profit organization designed to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system.
Communities United Against Police Brutality: A Twin-Cities based organization that was created to deal with police brutality on an ongoing basis. It operates a crisis hotline where people can report abuse, offers legal, medical, and psychological resource referrals, and engages in political action against police brutality.
Center for Black Equity: An organization committed to supporting leaders, institutions and programs for health, economic and social equity for Black LGBTQ people.
The Marsha P. Johnson Institute: An organization protecting and defending the human rights of Black transgender people by organizing, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership, and promoting collective power.
SNaPCo: An organization aimed at building the power of Black trans and queer people to force systemic divestment from the prison industrial complex and invest in community support.
The National Black Justice Coalition: A civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black LGBTQ people and people living with HIV/AIDS, with the mission of ending racism and stigma towards LGBTQ people.
The Black Trans Advocacy Coalition: A national organization led by Black trans people to collectively address the inequities faced in the Black transgender human experience.
Black AIDS Institute: An organization working to end the Black HIV epidemic through policy, advocacy, and high-quality direct HIV services.
The Okra Project: A collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black trans people by bringing home-cooked meals and resources to the community.
No New Jails NYC: An organization that seeks to keep New York City from constructing new jails, and to instead divert funds that currently go toward the police and incarceration toward housing, ending homelessness, mental health, and other community support systems.
Youth Breakout: A Black-led organization working to end the criminalization of LGBTQ youth in New Orleans to build a safer, more just community.
Know Your Rights Camp: An organization founded by Colin Kaepernick that seeks to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders.
Research Brief: Black LGBTQ Youth Mental Health (The Trevor Project)
LGBT workers of color are among the most disadvantaged in the U.S. Workforce (Movement Advancement Project)
COVID-19 in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
Black Americans still are victims of hate crimes more than any other group (Public Integrity)
How You Can Be Ally to the Black Lives Matter Movement (Great Big Story)
Blavity: An American media outlet created by and for Black millennials. Its mission is to “economically and creatively support Black millennials across the African diaspora, so they can pursue the work they love, and change the world in the process.”
The Root: An African-American-oriented online magazine that provides an unflinching analysis of important issues in the Black community through insightful and savvy commentary from Black thought-leaders.
BET: The nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African American audience
NBCBLK: An NBC platform highlighting “stories by, for and about the Black community” with the goal of “elevating America’s conversation about Black identity, politics & culture today.”
TheGrio: An American news website focusing on news and events that have a unique interest and/or pronounced impact within the national African American audience.
Ebony: A magazine committed to showcasing the best and brightest, as well as highlighting disparities in Black life.
Essence: A lifestyle, fashion and beauty magazine for African American women.
Refinery 29 – Unbothered: An online platform made for and by Black millennial women, celebrating the beauty, strength, and power in the Black community.
Madame Noire: An international online magazine that is geared toward the lifestyles of African American women, as well as popular culture.