Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been compiling resources of ways to actively work towards an anti-racist future and we wanted to share what we’ve found with you all! The current system is broken and has been since its inception but we must realize that we have the full power & responsibility to upend the reeling history of oppression in this country. So with this list we hope to inspire you all to act, act as you are, act as an agent of change.
If you haven't already, consider donating your money to organizations actively working to protect communities of color. We suggest setting up a monthly automatic donation (even $10/month can make a difference) to ensure that your charitable contributions continue even after all the social media hype has faded. Here are some organizations that we love & support...
Black Lives Matter: Works to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state & vigilantes
NAACP Legal Defense Fund: America's premier legal organization fighting for racial justice
Innocence Project: Exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA tests & reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice
Emergency Release Fund: Dedicated to keeping trans individuals safe & out of jail
Reclaim Philadelphia: Working to unify the Philly community and end structural racism, sexism, & oppression of all forms.
Bread & Roses Community Fund: Facilitates grants & fundraising for movements supporting racial equity and economic opportunity for all.
Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project: A youth-led organization working to end the practice of trying and incarcerating youths as adults.
Philadelphia Black Giving Circle: Facilitates the pooling of donations to Black-led local non-profits.
Consider the worth of your dollar outside of donations. What kind of businesses do you want to exist in the future? Supporting Black-owned businesses at a local level & at large reinforces the importance of Black cultural & ideological contributions to society.
Support Black-owned businesses:
Educate. Educate. Educate. There is always more work to be done. Continue investing in anti-racism by investing in your own education around these issues. Think of these resources as additions to your anti-racism tool belt, how can you expect to execute a job successfully without the proper tools?
Educate yourself on racism:
& lastly, VOTE!
Your voice matters & your vote matters, we urge ALL of you to participate in your local elections & this upcoming election. You can check your voter status here.
We know this list is just scratching the surface of resources available. If you have any suggestions or additions to this list don't hesitate to share by leaving a comment below!