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18 Organizations You Can Help Fight Racial Injustice

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We at FitMinutes and Blender Networks, Inc. strongly believe black lives matter and are committed to taking action and helping to spread the word on how others can take action too. We’ve rounded up a list of organizations that are fighting to end police brutality and racial injustice. If you can, please support them by donating money. You can also show them support by following them on Instagram and sharing their stories and posts with your friends, family and followers (#amplifymelanatedvoices). The newly launched FiveFifths is another helpful resource – it’s the largest list of Black-owned restaurants and online businesses on the internet. They also offer Black business news and interviews with Black entrepreneurs. If you have any additional resources, please share them in the comments below!

1. ACLU

Donate here. | Follow on Instagram @aclu_nationwide | “The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union — beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.”

 

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Black youth deserve to grow and thrive.

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2. The Antiracist Research & Policy Center

Donate here. | Follow on Instagram @antiracismctr | “The mission of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center (ARPC) is to convene and team up varied specialists to figure out novel and practical ways to understand, explain, and solve seemingly intractable problems of racial inequity and injustice.”

3. The Audre Lorde Project

Donate here. | Follow on Instagram @audrelordeproject | “The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color community organizing center, focusing on the New York City area.”

4. The Bail Project

Donate here. | Follow on Instagram @thebailproject | “The Bail Project™ National Revolving Bail Fund is a critical tool to prevent incarceration and combat racial and economic disparities in the bail system.”

5. Black Lives Matter

Donate here. | Follow on Instagram @blklivesmatter | “#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.”

6. Campaign Zero

Donate here. | Follow on Instagram @campaignzero | “Funds donated to Campaign Zero support the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide. ”

 

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✊?✊?Hey fam, many of you have been asking what more you can do and we’ve heard you. Today we launch a new campaign: #8CANTWAIT. Together these 8 use of force policies can reduce police violence by 72%. And your Mayor has the power to adopt them all right now. We need YOU to call and email your mayors, wherever you are, and tell them to adopt these 8 life-saving policies RIGHT NOW! We cannot standby any longer while the police kill people. Visit 8CANTWAIT.ORG and use our tools to find your Mayor’s contact info, and see if your city already has any of these policies in place. Help us spread the word and tag 10 people you want to see this policy! Together we CAN END police violence in America.✊?✊?

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7. The Leadership Conference of Civil & Human Rights

Donate here. | Follow on Instagram @civilrightsorg | “Since 1950 The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition. From the beginning, we were forged to fight the intractable — together. At a time when our nation’s progress and highest values are in peril, we are marshaling our shared power to promote and protect civil and human rights.”

8. Color of Change

Donate here. | Follow on Instagram @colorofchange | “Color Of Change helps you do something real about injustice. We design campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward. Until justice is real.”

9. National Domestic Workers Alliance

Donate here. | Follow on Instagram @domesticworkers | “The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States.”

 

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As an organization made up of women of color, many of whom are Black mothers and caregivers, we are devastated by the loss of George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor’s lives. Today, in our grief, we call for justice. We deserve a world where #BlackLivesMatter, and our loved ones are safe, respected, and supported to be their full selves, free from racial and gendered violence and targeting. #GeorgeFloyd, #BreonnaTaylor, #AhmaudArbery, #TonyMcDade, #SeanReed, and many more. All with dreams, stories, and people who loved them. What they have in common is that they should all still be alive today. In the midst of so much recent loss and devastation that has crushed Black workers, Black communities, and Black families, we’ve run out of words to describe the pain and loss. It’s unbearable. Now, there can be only action for justice. TEXT DEMANDS TO 55156 to join us and @ColorofChange in the fight for a country where Black lives matter, and justice runs through this country like a mighty stream.

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10. Equal Justice Initiative

Donate here. | Follow on Instagram @eji_org | “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.”

11. The George Floyd Memorial Fund

Donate here. Follow on Instagram #GeorgeFloyd | “My family and I watched in absolute horror as the now infamous and horrifying video began to spread quickly throughout social media. What we saw on that tape left us shell shocked; a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling directly on my brother’s neck, obstructing his ability to breathe. As some officers knelt on his neck, other officers participated and watched; no one took any action to save my brother’s life. Those officers would continue to brutalize my brother until he died. This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George. A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund.”

12. Innocence Project

Donate here. | Follow on Instagram @innocenceproject | “We exonerate the innocent through DNA testing and reform the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.”

13. Justice for Breonna

Take action here and here. | Follow on Instagram #BreonnaTaylor | “Breonna Taylor was an award-winning EMT and first responder in Lousiville, KY, who loved helping her patients and her community. ‘She was an essential worker. She had to go to work,’ her mother, Tamika Palmer said of her dedication to standing on the frontlines of this pandemic. ‘She didn’t have a problem with that.’ Breonna survived the frontlines of a pandemic that disproportionately kills Black people, only to have her life stolen by police. On the night of March 13th, the Louisville Metro Police executed a warrant, looking for drugs they never found, reportedly trafficked by a person who did not live with Breonna or in her complex-and whom they already had in custody. They sprayed her home with 20 rounds, shooting Breonna 8 times, killing her in her bed.”

14. NAACP

Donate here. | Follow on Instagram @naacp | “Founded 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s first and largest grassroots–based civil rights organization. Over 2,000 volunteer-run branches nationwide.”

15. National Bail Out

Donate here. | Follow on Instagram @nationalbailout | “National Bail Out is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to support our folks and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration.”

 

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Friends, we are in a moment of deep mourning, grief, rebellion and action. This is heavy, and we hope Black folks are finding ways to also rest and take care of themselves and each other and know that there are multiple roles to play in this moment. • • • We celebrate and honor Blackness always. And, next week we are celebrating the homecoming of our Black mamas and caregivers and the tremendous organizing around decarceration efforts, especially during the pandemic. Please join us. Register at bit.ly/fbmhomecoming • • • In response to the uprisings, NBO will be doing Protest Bail Outs to bring home our people getting locked up for demanding a defunding of the police and rightfully expressing rage at the state sanctioned murders of Black people. Stay tuned for more updates.

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16. Run With Maud

Sign the petition. | Follow on Instagram @irunwithahmaud | “Ahmaud Arbery, a fit athlete, was out jogging near his home on a Sunday afternoon in Brunswick, Georgia on February 23, 2020, when two white supremacists saw him, got their guns, got in a truck, chased him down, pulled up next to him, shot him at least two times, and killed him right there on the spot. Ahmaud was unarmed, broke no laws, and did nothing wrong. He was only 25 years old when he died. The attackers were Gregory McMichael, a former police officer and retired investigator for the DA’s office, and his son Travis. When Gregory saw Ahmaud running in his predominantly white neighborhood, Satilla Shores, he and his son immediately armed themselves with a shotgun and a 357 magnum, hopped into their pickup truck, chased him down, and shot him.”

17. Showing Up for Racial Justice

Donate here. | Follow on Instagram @showingupforracialjustice | “SURJ is a national network of groups & individuals organizing white people for racial justice.”

18. The Conscious Kid

Donate here. | Follow on Instagram @theconsciouskid | “The Conscious Kid is an education, research and policy organization dedicated to reducing bias and promoting positive identity development in youth. We partner with organizations, children’s museums, schools, and families across the country to promote access to children’s books centering underrepresented and oppressed groups.”

 

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Thank you for these action items @shiftingtheculture. We would also add giving resources. Right now, there is an Official George Floyd Memorial Fund and several organizations on the ground in Minneapolis who need support, including the Minnesota Freedom Fund, Reclaim the Block, and Black Visions Collective. Also, a note on “calling in”: sometimes there is also a necessity to “call out” so please allow space for both. The push to only “call in” can be a way of tone policing, confining, and dictating the ways in which marginalized groups and individuals are able to show up and respond to their own oppression. The feelings and comfort of the offender are centered and prioritized, while the person, or community harmed is further marginalized by having to respond within the confines of the perpetrator’s comfort and terms—not their own. This also never occurs in a vacuum and usually after many unsuccessful attempts to “call in”. #BlackLivesMatter #GeorgeFloyd

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Looking for more ways you can help? Check out Finimpact’s article on How to Support Black-Owned Small Businesses.

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