Here’s a great list of the most reputable organizations which help support the Black Lives Matter movement. Take a look at how each organization contributes to the cause and then decide which ones you want to support.
The year 2020 has not been easy. The first half of the year brought a global pandemic, effecting millions of people and changing the way the entire world functions. Now, we in the United States are facing yet another challenge as riots and protests are sweeping the nation. However, this challenge is not new and it is not unwarranted. In fact, it may be something that we as a country need in order to improve as a nation and as human beings.
On February 23rd, Ahmaud Arbery was shot by two white males as he was out for a jog in Brunswick, Georgia. A few short weeks later, Breonna Taylor was shot multiple times in her own home by police officers. On May 29th, Tony McDade was also shot by a police officer and died as a result. And just four days before, George Floyd was killed by a police officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck despite the pleas for help. While these are the names that have caused people to stand up and speak out in 2020, hosting protests and demonstrations across the country, they are not the only names on the unbearably long list of black men and women who have faced violence every day in the United States. It is time for it all to end… and YOU CAN HELP.
Instead of remembering the year 2020 as the year that COVID19 shook the world or the year when riots broke out across America, let’s make the year 2020 one of hopeful change. Let’s make it a year where we become better people. Where we face our mistakes as a country and push forward. Let’s make 2020 the year when we all banded together and supported the Black Lives Matter movement.
I have gathered together a list of the most reputable organizations which help support the Black Lives Matter movement. Take a look at how each organization contributes to the cause and then decide which ones you want to support. Give what you can, support in any way that you can and get the word out there. Our country needs to change and these organizations are here to help.
Black Lives Matter
The Black Lives Matter organization who’s mission is to eradicate white supremacy and intervene in violence which is inflicted on Black communities. Money raised will go toward the ongoing fight to end state-sanctioned violence against black people. Donate to BLM here.
Reclaim The Block
This grassroots organization is collecting money to help people in Minneapolis get the resources they need to survive. They are pushing for the city to invest in housing, youth resources, emergency mental health response teams and violence prevention rather than spend more city funds on police forces. Donate here to support this cause.
Color of Change
This organization helps challenge corporations and politicians who promote racism agains Black Americans. The group takes on legal cases, campaigns and initiatives to “go after the people who are standing in the way of progress”. Click here to donate to the Color of Change.
The Okra Project
This New York City based group’s goal is to fight food insecurity and make sure black transgender people are getting the meals they need to survive. The group will send a chef to prepare home cooked food for lower income, black transgender people, providing them with a nutritious, free meal. You can make donations via paypal here.
North Star Health Collective
This is an organization of health care providers who work together with other BLM organizations in order to provide equipment and tools to make protest environments safer. The group sends health care materials and aids to cities organizing protests to ensure that medical supplies are on hand at every rally. Click here to donate to North Star Health Collective.
George Floyd Memorial Fund
The George Floyd Memorial fund was created in order to cover funeral expenses, grief counseling, court proceeding costs and to help the Floyd family with their day to day expenses in the days to come. Any extra money raised will go toward helping the BLM movement. Click here to donate to the Floyd Memorial Fund.
Black Table Arts
This organization gathers black communities through the arts and promotes art education to push towards a better black future. Donate here to support the black artist community.
Black Visions Collective
This social justice organization looks to help heal and transform justice principles and develop Minnesota’s emerging black leaders. They are helping fund more powerful campaigns throughout the city in order to gain equality for the black community. To donate to the Black Visions Collective, click here.
Black Aids Institute
Stopping the AIDS epidemic within black communities is the goal of this organization. The group has helped set up medical clinics that specialize in HIV services and prevention. It also provides educational classes and materials to help prevent the spread of the disease within the community. If you would like to support the Black AIDS Institute, click here to donate.
The Bail Project
This national organization helps to pay the bail for those in need, including protestors who are arrested while promoting the Black Lives Matter movement. The money used to bail out each client is returned to the fund after the case has ended which means the money can be used again and again. A small donation can make a big difference! Donate to the Bail Project here.
Communities United Against Police Brutality
This organization originated in the Minneapolis- Saint Paul area. It confronts police brutality and helps those within the black community get services such as access to legal, medical and psychological help. The group also hosts rallies, protests and seminars to push for change in laws, policies and practices in order to reduce police brutality. To donate to the cause, click here.
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
This organization is one of the premier legal teams fighting for racial justice. The group uses litigation, advocacy, and education to help achieve racial justice. They also push to withhold the protections granted by the civil rights movement. Click here to donate to the NAACP.
American Civil Liberties Union
Protect voting rights, assist people who have been placed in jail or help those who are in detention centers be released by donating to the ACLU. The group has been working for over 100 years to protect the rights of Black Americans.
Dignity and Power Now
Help those in the Los Angeles area fight for dignity and power by focusing on activism, health and wellness of all Blacks in the community. Click here to donate.
National Police Accountability Project
Preventing police misconduct is the main goal of this organization. Donations go toward helping hold law enforcement accountable for their actions and protect the civil rights of all Americans. The group works to educate people about police misconduct and support legislative reform efforts. Donate here to help hold police accountable.
Know Your Rights Camp
The Know Your Rights Camp is a legal defense initiative that helps those in need get legal resources and assistance after being the victim of racial injustice. They work to fight oppression and accept donations to help pay for the legal proceedings of their clients. Click here to donate.
If you are outraged by the treatment of Black people in our country, then donate now. If you are feeling inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, then donate now. If you have ever felt injustice personally because of the color of your skin, then donate now. If you believe that all Black lives matter, then donate now. Contribute what you can and give to the organizations that you believe in- the goal of each one is essentially the same- Black lives need to matter. You can make the year 2020 better by starting here, starting now and helping to shape the world.
After all, shouldn’t we all be the CHANGE that we want to see?
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