Get involved in ending sanctioned racial violence in America
What happened in Minneapolis with George Floyd is not an outlier incident. People of Color have endured hundreds of years of systemic racism and oppression. Law enforcement has its roots in slave patrols and holds an interest in protecting the status quo for wealthy elites, feeding a system of mass incarceration that targets POC.
POC and white people share a mutual interest in racial justice. White silence stokes the division of working and poor people along racial lines, when they have every reason to unite for a better standard of living, environmental justice, and an end to war. Now is the time to stand together to protect communities targeted by police abuse, and tear down the systems that perpetuate it.
Nationwide, people of all races are taking action together, doing everything from setting up bail-out funds to putting their lives on the line in protest.
To help you help others, we have compiled a list of actions and organizations that are working to deconstruct systemic racism and end sanctioned violence. You can contribute your donations or energy to them now.
Humanist Action for Black Lives
Foundation Beyond Belief is calling on white humanists to fight for an end to state-sanctioned violence. This means:
Defunding police and supporting community-led policing alternatives.
Learning more about anti-racist work and partcipating in that work.
Following the leadership of Black and brown organizations and responding when they call for action.
You can begin right now. Here are some places to start:
1. Donate to Pure Justice, a Black-led organization in George Floyd’s hometown of Houston, working to “amplify the needs and voices of individuals forced to live on the margins due to regressive policies of our current criminal justice system and economic structure. Through organizing, educating, advocating, and innovating, Pure Justice empowers its members and supporters to proactively pursue the changes they deserve.” Pure Justice also co-sponsors the Houston Bail Fund. We also encourage you to support organizations in your community working to #DefundThePolice, as well as local bail funds.
2. Follow the work of Black-led organizations in the humanist movement. These organizations need and deserve as much support as our historically white organizations. Some prominent examples include:
- Black Nonbelievers (website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
- Women of Color Beyond Belief (website, Facebook, Instagram)
- Black Skeptics of LA (website, Facebook)
3. Take your first step into activism:
- Sign the Petition to #DefundThePolice published by Black Lives Matter
- Learn your protestors’ rights, courtesy of American Civil Liberties Union.
- Learn about how to be a effective white ally, courtesy of religious allies at Sojourne
- 6.19: Join BLM’s actions for this year’s Juneteenth.
- Sign Color Of Change’s petition to Netflix to remove cop shows from their platform.
Check back here often. We’ll keep this list growing as we discover other actions we want to share.
Please keep in mind many organizations have been overwhelmed with recent donations. This list largely aggregates those who are in present need, as referred to the public by such groups as Reclaim the Block, Black Lives Matter, and the Obama Foundation.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Please contact us (email@example.com) if you can help us edit or expand it.
Referred by Reclaim the Block:
*Starred entries indicate new organizations that may not have received as much support yet
- *Al Maa’uun – a nonprofit with deep roots in North Minneapolis, serving thousands of households each year with food and critical supplies.
- Black Immigrant Collective – amplifies and makes visible the voices of Black immigrants in Minnesota.
- Black Table Arts – gathers Black communities through the arts, towards better black futures.
- *Black Women Speak – gathers Black Women in Minnesota to share experiences in order to heal, find joy and move toward liberation on their own terms
- Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha – a worker-led organization where workers organize, educate and empower each other to fight for a voice in their workplaces and in their communities.
- *Division of Indian Work – supports and strengthens urban American Indian people through culturally-based education, traditional healing approaches, and leadership development. Provides many services to the community, the most relevant right being thier food shelf.
- Du Nord Riot Recovery Fund – a Black-owned distillery with a building that was damaged. They’ve “received a tidal wave of love and support from across the nation and many have asked how they can help… Therefore, Du Nord is establishing this fund to support black and brown companies affected by the riots.”
- Femme Empowerment Project– donate via Venmo @femmeempowermentproject – facilitates skill shares and discussions led by and for QTIIBPOC femmes in the twin cities. Creating space for cultural resiliency, healing and ancestral wisdom. Currently organizing supplies and medic trainings.
- Isuroon – a grassroots nonprofit organization working to promote the well-being and empowerment of Somali women in Minnesota and beyond.
- *Joyce Preschool – emergency fund for families who had to evacuate their homes near Lake Street, Minneapolis, and who are now coming back to a devastated neighborhood with no grocery stores within walking distance.
- *Latino Community on Lake Street – fundraiser for Latinx owned businesses on Lake Street, Minneapolis.
- Little Earth Residents Association – food and safety needs for residents of Little Earth of United Tribes.
- Migizi Communications – MIGIZI Communications advances a message of success, well-being and justice for the American Indian community. Support them rebuilding after fire.
- Minnesota Healing Justice Network – a supportive professional community and mutual aid network for wellness and healing justice practitioners who also identify as IBPOC (indigenous, black, or people of color).
- Northside business support – support businesses on Minneapolis’s Northside that have been impacted by recent demonstrations.
- Pimento Relief Fund – partners with Pimento to provide black business without insurance relief after white supremacists set them on fire during the protests.
- Powwow Grounds – send via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org – Native-run cafe, currently providing meals to elders, protectors and community, purchasing medical supplies, fire supplies, cooking supplies.
- *PPNA – Renters Support Fund – operated by the Minneapolis Renters’ Coalition, a group of residents, community organizations, and neighborhood organizations committed to supporting renters in our community.
- Southside Harm Reduction– Southside Harm Reduction Services works within a harm reduction framework to promote the human rights to health, safety, autonomy, and agency among people who use substances.
- Spiral Collective – a volunteer full-spectrum reproductive options and support group comprised of doulas, birth-workers, and passionate reproductive justice advocates. based in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, occupied Dakhóta territories.
- *TC Care Collective – South-Minneapolis based rad worker-owned childcare co-op working to provide easy access childcare by and for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and queer organizers and families.
- *West Broadway Business and Area Coalition – WBC in partnership with Northside Funders Group will direct all donations to support Northside businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and the recent uprising.
- Women for Political Change – holistically investing in the leadership and political power of young women and trans & non-binary individuals throughout Minnesota.
- Unicorn Riot – A decentralized media organization that has been live-streaming uprisings
POC-led organizations working on sanctioned violence:
- Black Lives Matter: a dynamic, chapter-based, international organization whose goal is to create a world where violence is no longer inflicted on Black people.
- Color of Change: works to empower members (Black Americans and allies) to make government more responsive to the concerns of Black Americans and to bring about positive political and social change for everyone.
- TransWomen of Color Collective: unites trans and gender nonconforming people of color to share their narratives and elevate them to leadership positions in the fight for collective liberation for the oppressed.
- Trayvon Martin Foundation: established by Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin in March of 2012 to provide emotional and financial support to families who have lost a child to gun violence.
- Incite! Women of Color Against Violence: a network of radical feminists of color organizing to end state violence and violence in homes and communities.
- Million Hoodies: a membership, chapter-based organization building a grassroots student-led human rights movement to end gun violence and reimagine safety and justice for all communities.
- National Action Network: one of the leading civil rights organizations in the U.S. with chapters nationwide. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda.
- Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity: a national Leadership Training Program designed to help rebuild Black social justice infrastructure in order to organize Black communities more effectively and re-center Black leadership in the U.S. social justice movement.
- Blackout Collective: full service Black direct action collective.
- Know Your Rights Camp: founded by Colin Kaepernick to empower young people of color and teach them how to interact with law enforcement.
- Movement for Black Lives: a coalition of groups across the United States which represent the interests of black communities.
- Puente (Arizona): a grassroots migrant justice organization based in Phoenix, Arizona that develops, educates, and empowers migrant communities to protect themselves and their families.
- Freedom Inc (Wisconsin).: Engages low- to no-income communities of color in Dane County, WI to end violence against people of color, women, those that non-traditionally gender identify, and youth.
- Organize Florida (Florida): a community-based, nonprofit member organization of low and moderate income people dedicated to the principles of social, racial, and economic justice.
- Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work toward racial justice.
- Organizing White Men for Collective Liberation: a national network mobilizing white men to learn, grow and take action against white supremacy and patriarchy
From the Black Lives Matter donation portal:
- Donate to support victims directly
- Donate to support protesters
- Donate to Black-owned businesses
- Donate to other important places
Organizations recommended by BLM:
- Reclaim The Block — currently overwhelmed with donations
- North Star Health Collective — currently overwhelmed with donations
- Black Visions Collective — currently overwhelmed with donations
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- Black Disability Coalition
- The Marshall Project
- Campaign Zero
- Advancement Project
Past FBB beneficiaries:
- The Trace
- The Sentencing Project
- Audre Lorde Project
- Community Change Inc
- Cure Violence
- Equal Justice Initiative
North Star Health Collective – A mutual aid network consisting of medical professionals and activists working to reduce harm at protests
Defund OPD / Anti-Police Terror Project (Oakland) – aims to reduce the police force, redirecting the millions of dollars saved to fund less expensive solutions that are more effective at meeting the needs of Oakland’s communities.