5 Organizations You Can Support to Fund Racial Justice

Here are 5 organizations that you can support right now that help fund racial justice.

Yesterday, during our weekly blogger link party, I talked about how I had a bad week. I mentioned how I had an injury, and I talked about how I have spent time reading, researching, and watching live streams surrounding the protests around the United States this week. As I said during the link party, if you do not know what I am referring to, please take a moment to read about the tragedies this week and search the names 'George Floyd,' 'Regis Korchinski-Paquet,' and 'Ahmaud Arbery.'

There is a good chance you do know what I am talking about, and you have seen the footage from the protests around the country. While it is important for us to talk about the inherent racism in our judicial system, it's even more important that we do something about it. Sharing posts on Facebook and Instagram to bring awareness is good, but what's better is supporting the causes on the frontlines that will provide hands-on support to the people who are doing what they can to make our country safer for people of color. 

Thoughts and prayers are not enough.

I encourage you to join me and channel your frustration, sadness, or whatever emotions you're feeling into something that will actually bring changes to our country. 

I know many of us are facing financial hardship due to the pandemic and losing out on work, but if you have anything at all to give and want to channel your emotion into something that can actually help, these are some of the organizations that I found doing some research this week that will help bring change to the broken U.S. justice system that is rooted in systematic racism. 

Below are just 5 organizations I have looked into that directly help fund racial justice--I encourage you to read their mission statements, donate what you can, and follow them on social media to stay connected and stay informed well after the protests end. I've gone ahead and taken snippets from their about us/mission statement pages to give you a quick idea of what they are about and how to produce change, but I urge you to go to each of their websites and fully read their entire mission statements to get a further understanding of what it is they are doing and how your donations can help them. 

Black Visions Collective

Located in Minnesota, the Black Visions Collective has a "commitment to dismantling systems of oppression and violence" by working to "develop Minnesota’s emerging Black leadership to lead powerful campaigns" and ultimately "creating the conditions for long term success and transformation." - source: Black Visions Collective "About"

Reclaim the Block

If you want to support an organization located in Minneapolis, one of the hubs of the protests this week, Reclaim the Block "organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety." - source: Reclaim the Block "Home"

Campaign Zero

Campaign Zero is a police reform campaign that currently has 10 proposed plans aimed at reducing police violence in the United States. Campaign Zero is associated with Black Lives Matter movement. You can read more about the proposed plans, and you can donate to support their work on their website

Unicorn Riot

"Unicorn Riot is a decentralized, educational 501(c)(3) non-profit media organization of artists and journalists. Our work is dedicated to exposing root causes of dynamic social and environmental issues through amplifying stories and exploring sustainable alternatives in today’s globalized world.

Born from the Internet in 2015, our commercial-free platform operates non-hierarchically, independent of corporate or government control. Unicorn Riot spans across multiple US cities including Boston, Denver, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia. All of our financial support comes from grants and from you, our audience." - source: Unicorn Riot "About"
The Bail Project

"We believe that paying bail for someone in need is an act of resistance against a system that criminalizes race and poverty and an act of solidarity with local communities and movements for decarceration. Over the next five years, The Bail Project will open dozens of sites in high-need jurisdictions with the goal of paying bail for tens of thousands of low-income Americans, all while collecting stories and data that prove money bail is not necessary to ensure people return to court. We won’t stop until meaningful change is achieved and the presumption of innocence is no longer for sale." - source: The Bail Project "Mission"

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