For those of you looking ways to help during this time, we would like to take a moment to direct your attention to several options at your disposal. Below is a list of links where you can donate time, funds, or energy in order to help during this time of crisis. These are just a handful of the resources available and in order to be most effective, (and not have various options fall through the cracks), we will be sending updated emails with additional resources over the coming days.
And remember, you can always reach out to your local representatives (see here for a list), or contact Governor J.B. Pritzker (312-814-2121) or Tim Walz, Governor of Minnesota at 1-651-201-3400, (or toll free at: 1-800-657-3717) to share your voice. You may also contact Lori Lightfoot and City Hall at 312-744-5000. We wish you safety and health.
George Floyd Memorial GoFundMe: This Go-Fund Me is a memorial fund for George Floyd, organized by his brother, Philonise Floyd. We hope you’ll consider donating in any capacity you are able.
Minnesota Freedom Fund: This organization, based in Minnesota, is helping to pay the bond of folks who are incarcerated for protesting. Please visit the link and consider donating to help them in their work.
Black Lives Matter Chicago: The BLM chapter here in Chicago works “to end state violence and criminalization of Black communities by deconstructing white supremacist, capitalist, patriarchy.” This organization is 100% volunteer run: click the link to donate funds, time, supplies, or energy.
Chicago Bond: A great number of peaceful protestors are being arrested right now, for enacting their constitutional right to protest. Many of those people are unable to make bond. The mission of Chicago Community Bond Fund is to pay the bond of folks arrested in Cook County, IL. Their focus remains on assisting “individuals whose communities cannot afford to pay the bonds themselves and who have been impacted by structural violence.”
Chicago Freedom School: This organization is modeled after the Mississippi Freedom Schools of the Civil Rights Era, and is geared towards helping youth develop into adults who fight for social justice. From their site: “Through youth programs and trainings, the Chicago Freedom School equips young people and adult allies with the tools to develop actionable strategies for social change.”
Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression: From their website: “We defend the civil liberties of workers, activists, and prisoners. We struggle against white supremacy, the prison-industrial complex, and state violence. We demand community control of the police and full representation for Black people and other poor and oppressed people at all levels of government.” Click the link above to learn more about their organization, and how you can lend a hand, or donate.
BYP100: The Black Youth Project 100 is an organization of activists dedicated to “creating justice and freedom for all Black people.” It’s a membership based organization of Black activists, ages 18-35. Their current national campaign, entitled She Safe, We Safe, is focused on “putting an end to the different forms of gender violence that Black women, girls, femmes and gender non-conforming people face everyday.” Click the link above to learn more on how you can take part, and/or support.
Brave Space Alliance: This organization, located in Hyde Park, is a Black and trans-led LGBTQ center that offers support and supplies to LGBTQ members on the South and West side of Chicago. Their mission is to “strive to empower, embolden, and educate each other through mutual aid, knowledge-sharing, and the creation of community-sourced resources as we build toward the liberation of all oppressed peoples. ” Click the link above to donate and get involved.
The Audre Lorde Project: From their website: “The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, we work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, we seek to responsibly reflect, represent and serve our various communities.” Click the link to donate, and/or get involved in their programming.
Black Women’s Blueprint: This organization aims to “provide a blueprint for black liberation through a feminist lens.” They offer services, trainings, and community engagement opportunities. From their website: “Black Women’s Blueprint envisions a world where women and girls of African descent are fully empowered and where gender, race and other disparities are erased.” Click on the link for details on getting involved, and how you can donate.
Equal Justice Initiative: From their website: “EJI is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. We challenge the death penalty and excessive punishment and we provide re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people.” Please click the link to access their website.
RAICES:The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services is a non for profit dedicated to free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant and refugee communities. They are Texas based but work on a national level. From their website: “We defend the rights of immigrants and refugees, empower individuals, families, and communities, and advocate for liberty and justice.” You can click the link to learn more, and find ways you can donate during this time.
NAACP: One of the oldest and most essential social justice organizations in the United States, the NAACP strives to “secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.” In particular, their Vision Statement is extremely prudent in this current climate: “The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.” We hope you’ll consider joining, assisting, and donating as much as you are able.
MPower Change: This grassroots rooted in Muslim communities, works digitally and in the field to fight for racial, social, and economic justice. From their website: “We are building a mass movement of U.S. Muslims and allies prepared to win a future free from Islamophobia and White Supremacy.” Click the link above to learn how you can take part, join, and donate.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights: This coalition of over 200 organizations is dedicated to “promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States.” They cover a wide range of topics, from Immigrant Rights to Justice Reform, and are focused on making this country more equitable for all. Click the link above to donate and support.