Our hearts are with the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the thousands of Black lives lost to senseless acts of violence by the State and police. We stand in solidarity with the brave communities of Minneapolis and Louisville who are protesting for racial justice in the face of constant police violence. It must be recognized and understood that while we are all affected by this pandemic, our country’s response to this virus has been rooted in anti-Blackness and our Black siblings are disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
We have donated $250 each to these organizations and are asking our supporters to donate what you can, or if you are able to please match, our donations to continue uplifting their efforts.
We must all work together to affirm Black lives.
Black Youth Project 100
BYP100 Action Fund is the 501(c)(4) arm of BYP100, a national organization of Black 18-35 year olds dedicated to creating freedom & justice for all Black people. https://secure.actblue.com/donate/byp100-1
Black Visions Collective (BLVC)
BLVC is a Black Queer/Trans led org that believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in right relationship within our ecosystems. Through the development of powerful strategic campaigns, BLVC seek to expand the power of Black people across the Twin Cities metro area and Minnesota. https://secure.everyaction.com/4omQDAR0oUiUagTu0EG-Ig2
Louisville Community Bail Fund
The Louisville Community Bail Fund exists to not only bail out folks, but provide post-release support to get them from jail, fed, and to a situation of safety. LCBF also maintains a focus on preventative measures for those targeted by law enforcement and threatened with incarceration. https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/louisville-community-bail-fund/
National Bail Out #FreeBlackMamas
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. We are people who have been impacted by cages — either by being in them ourselves or witnessing our families and loved ones be encaged. We are queer, trans, young, elder, and immigrant. https://secure.actblue.com/donate/freeblackmamas2020
We leave you with these words from the great and late Toni Morrison, “What struck me most about those who rioted was how long they waited. The restraint they showed. Not the spontaneity, the restraint. They waited and waited for justice and it didn’t come. No one talks about that”. https://charlierose.com/videos/18778