Support Protests Against Police Oppression
We are currently living in an important moment of history. The public is rising up across the country in ways unseen for decades. The fight against oppression from systems of perpetual punishment and disenfranchisement is making real progress. This list of resources will help you learn about the demands of the movement and directly support the movement for liberation from oppressive policing and punishment systems.
We can build a transformative future. We can build the future we want to live in. We have to dare to imagine it, and then create it.
"It always seems impossible until it is done." - Nelson Mandela
During this time it is incredibly important to have consolidated, specific demands for change. Current voices are calling for incremental reforms. We have tried this in the past; they do not work because officers do not listen. 8 To Abolition is a great resource that provides specific demands in an abolitionist point of view. It was developed by multiple abolitionist activists to counter the current narrative of small, incremental reform.
The National Bail Fund Network has an up-to-date, comprehensive list of bail funds all over the United States and parts of Canada. They “provide support to community-based organizations across the country that are experimenting with bottom-up interventions that contest the current operation and function of the criminal legal and immigration detention systems.”
It is important for all of us to get involved with organizing locally to actually meet our goals. Change is not a one time event. It takes the work of thousands of dedicated volunteers and advocates working towards specific goals to create the world we desire to live in. This is a list of grassroot organizations doing the work (via "Showing Up For Racial Justice"
Black Lives Matter has been building momentum & effecting change since 2013. It is a Black-led grassroots organization that is heading the march towards progress.
Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD) “is a national training intermediary focused on transforming the practice of Black organizers in the US to increase their alignment, impact, and sustainability to win progressive change. BOLD carries out its mission through training programs, coaching, and technical assistance for BOLD alumni and partners.”
BlackOUT Collective aims “to train 10,000 black people in the next 4 years to be direct action practitioners and strategists through campaign, abolitionist, and rapid response frameworks.” They’re doing this through training, community building, and “uplifting direct actions across the country.”
Color of Change helps “people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us.” They are a national organization with 1.7M members. They focus on corporate & governmental decision-makers with a focus on fighting racial injustices against Black Americans.
Dignity & Power Now (DPN) “is a Los Angeles based grassroots organization founded in 2012 that fights for the dignity and power of all incarcerated people, their families, and communities. [Their] mission is to build a Black and Brown led abolitionist movement rooted in community power towards the goal of achieving transformative justice and healing justice for all incarcerated people, their families, and communities.”
Freedom Inc. “ is a Black and Southeast Asian non-profit organization that works with low- to no-income communities of color. [Their] mission is to achieve social justice through coupling direct services with leadership development and community organizing that will bring about social, political, cultural, and economic change resulting in the end of violence against women, gender-non-conforming and transgender folks, and children within communities of color.”
The Organization of Black Struggle (OBS) was founded in 1980 by Black activists, students & other St. Louis community members. They are a Black-led organization based in Missouri working towards true political democracy & equality for the Black working class.
Project South “provides year-round, rigorous political education for leadership development, community organizing, and bottom-up movement building across the region and the country.” They have initiatives focusing on community building, action within public schools, and providing legal counsel to those most at risk of discrimination.
UndocuBlack Network “is a multigenerational network of currently and formerly undocumented Black people that fosters community, facilitates access to resources, and contributes to transforming the realities of our people, so we are thriving and living our fullest lives.” They have chapters in New York, Los Angels & Washington, DC.
Women For Political Change “holistically invests in the leadership and political power of young women and trans & non-binary individuals throughout Minnesota.”
Redistribution of resources is incredibly important during times like these. We cannot always rely on set institutions to aid in this form of financial support for those fighting for justice & being affected by injustice. This list of Bail Funds are working to redistribute funds to impacted communities and those helping said communities. If you have the financial means to do so, donate to these initiatives.
The Healing Collective is currently fundraising to supply no-cost mental health services to Black Canadians. The fund is being managed entirely by Black social workers.
The Homeless Black Trans Women Fund is being used to directly support Black trans homeless women & sex workers in Atlanta. They are doing work that provides immediate relief & support.
Black Minds Matter UK is linking Black families with Black mental health professionals to provide support during this time of global crisis. Their website allows community members to find practitioners of their choosing. They are using the money raised to cover the cost of therapy.
The Black Resilience Fund is supplying direct & immediate relief to Black Portlanders. They’re covering groceries, bills & warm meals to Black community members in need.
Rebuild the Block is collecting donations to redistribute to Black-owned small businesses starting June 30th. They will distribute funds on a monthly basis, and they are accepting applications from businesses nationwide.
The Missouri Black Protester Relief Fund “is intended to provide support for Black/African people detained by police during peaceful protests and supply essential medical plus food supplies.”
The GoFundMe discover page is currently full of fundraising initiatives focused on supporting Black communities, and other communities of Color.
Petitions are an important, accessibly way for us to use our voice to unify and speak up against injustice. Petitions raise awareness for issues and put public pressure on institutions to act against injustice. They are a valuable means of activism and advocacy when utilized properly. Remember to sign the petitions and SHARE them with your friends and family via social media, email, and word of mouth.
Regis Korchinkski-Paquet was a Black Indigenous woman murdered by Toronto Police. Her family is fundraising to pursue justice in her name.
George Floyd was a Black man murdered by police in Minneapolis. He was murdered over $20.
Jennifer Jeffley is serving a life sentence for a crime she didn’t commit. She has been in custody since she was 15 years old.
Jarred Campbell is a police officer who maced a small child. Call for him to be terminated from the police force.
Marshae Jones is currently imprisoned for being shot in the stomach, ending the life of her unborn child. The woman who shot her was released but Marshae is serving time for manslaughter.
Julius Jones has been wrongfully convicted of murder & is awaiting execution on death row. He has been kept in solitary confinement for 20 years. He was with his parents at the time of the murder and was unjustly convicted due to a plea deal.
Breonna Taylor was a Black woman executed in her own home when police raided the wrong house. She would have been 27 this year.
Emerald Black was assaulted by police during a traffic stop. They caused her to miscarry her baby. She was not a suspect in any crime. Her & her fiance were pulled over for bad registration tags. They were both arrested & forced to spend the night in custody while she miscarried.
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