I believe that each of us is given one sentence at birth, and we spend the rest of our life trying to read that sentence and make sense of it.
Li Young Lee
A list of resources, petitions, organizations, and mutual aid funds that support the Black Lives Matter movement.
We know there are many extensive lists circulating, and by no means is this one complete. Please send any additions or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This petition is to “demand the officers who killed George Floyd are charged with murder.” So far, the petitions has garnered more than 3,000,000 signatures. You can also sign by texting “Floyd” to 55156.
This petition demands that charges be filed against the officers involved in the murder of Breonna Taylor.
This petition calls for the Georgia State Legislature to pass a hate crime bill.
This petition would punish police for shooting unarmed citizens.
This petition calls for every police officer who abuses their power to kill innocent members of the community to be sentenced to life in jail.
Michael Reynolds broke into the house of unarmed Black people in Nashville, then assaulted them and called them racial slurs. He is still employed by the NYPD. This petition calls for the NYPD to fire him.
This petition calls for Boris Johnson to publicly condemn Trump’s response to the murder of George Floyd.
This petition calls for the ban of rubber bullets by policemen while trying to control crowds of protestors.
Sign the petition to bring the officers who killed Elijah Mcclain to justice.
The ACLU Racial Justice Program aims to preserve and extend constitutionally guaranteed rights to people who have historically been denied their rights on the basis of race.
Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc., is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
Campaign Zero is a comprehensive platform of research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in America.
Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.
An ongoing directory made up of over sixty community bail and bond funds across the country.
A decentralized, educational 501(c)(3) non-profit media organization of artists and journalists dedicated to exposing root causes of dynamic social and environmental issues through amplifying stories and exploring sustainable alternatives in today’s globalized world.
To find centralized information and updates on protests in NYC visit Black Lives Matter of Greater NY, and visit @JusticeforGeorgenyc. Check NYC Protest Updates 2020 on Twitter for updates on NYC protests throughout the day.
Check @inthistogether_la on Instragram for daily protest schedules.
For information on protests in other cities, it is recommended that you visit the Black Lives Matter chapter pages for your location on social media.
For a list of Black Lives Matter Chapters across the country, visit https://blacklivesmatter.com/chapters/. If your city does not have a Black Lives Matter Chapter, try searching for “protests near [your location]” on Twitter and on the “Events” tab on Facebook.
Click here to read some more tips on how to find protests near you and be in the loop about work being done on the ground.
A short guide to read before protesting to ensure you know your rights.
How to prepare for a protest:
Make sure to wear sunglasses/eye covers, face covering mask, strong and mobile clothing, good walking shoes, and a small bag/backpack.
Do NOT wear makeup on eyes or lips. Do not wear contact lenses. Makeup or oil-based products like lotions can serve as irritants when the dispersion measures used by the police stick to them. Contact lenses will make tear gas or pepper spray much worse.
To shield your identity wear shapeless clothes with no logos and wear hair up.
Bring water for drinking and tear gas, cash/change, an ID, bandages/first aid supplies, ear plugs, and hand sanitizer.
If you need to seek medical help, avoid telling healthcare providers you were at a protest. Insurance plans can deny coverage for participation in “Civil Unrest or Riots.”
Do NOT bring jewelry, a cell phone without first turning off face/touch ID, and anything you don’t want to be arrested with.
As an ally at the protests, make sure to follow the lead of Black leaders during the rally. Do NOT escalate situations or riot or loot just to do it.
Write down emergency contacts somewhere on your body (a good place are the forearms).
A video showing how to aid someone who has been teargassed.
Information on how to create a mask using a T-shirt to avoid being recognized and to protect others from being infected with coronavirus.
A protest guide with in depth tips on how to act at protests, what to do when you get home, and more.
Free 1-color Risograph printing for organizers and protestors. Send your files to email@example.com and they will print them for you.
Numbers to call in case of unlawful arrests at protests
310-313-3700 — Los Angeles
210-227-1515 — San Antonia Texas
804-291-8520 — Richmond, Virginia
783-346-6322 — New York
612-444-2654 — Minneapolis
404-689-1519 — Atlanta
484-758-0388 — Philadelphia
502-705-0081 — Louisville
A BLM-created list of ways to get involved including texts or calls, donations to victims, protestors, and Black-owned businesses, and a resource for how to donate with no money.
A list of Black-owned restaurants and pop-ups in New York.
A global crowd-sourced map of Black-owned bookstores across the US.
A resource to discover and support Black-owned businesses in Brooklyn.
An organization that gathers Black communities through the arts.
A people of color-led, mass-based coalition of tenants, homeowners, block associations, anti-police brutality groups, legal and grassroots organizations working together to end the rampant gentrification and displacement of low- to middle-income residents of Brooklyn.
A Black-led, membership-based organization of primarily low-to-moderate income Central Brooklyn residents dedicated to building power and pursuing self-determination in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights by nurturing local leadership, waging campaigns, and winning concrete improvements in people’s lives.
Mutual aid networks are a new way to approach resource distribution. They can range from food to shelter to healthcare to money. People contribute their money, skills, or time to certain communities directly.
A group of neighbors working together to provide non-emergency assistance including grocery shopping, prescription pick up, medical transportation, errands, dog walking, and more to vulnerable members of the Astoria community.
A mutual aid network of over 3,000 people from across Bed-Stuy who crowdsource donations and use them to provide no-contact grocery deliveries for vulnerable members of the Bed-Stuy community.
A mutual aid group situated in South Brooklyn with over 400 volunteers supporting neighbors in Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, and surrounding areas.
A mutual aid group connecting neighbors with delivery and drop-off of items like groceries and supplies, child and elder care resources, over the counter medications, and other essential items.
A mutual aid fund that provides Black transgender women in New Jersey and New York with the funds to pay for car services to travel to their destinations safely.
Elijah Mccain was harshly arrested for doing nothing but wearing a mask in public. He was injected with ketamine which caused him to go into cardiac arrest and die.
A fund for the community of Black trans women who live in Atlanta are are sex workers or homeless.
Based on the funds from individual donations, The Okra Project pays Black transgender chefs to go into the homes of other Black trans people and cook them meals.
This fund aids transgender women of color with any basic necessities that they might need, such as food, car fare, clothing, hygiene products and more.
This organization helps Black trans people pay bail and also does outreach to educate the public on the issue of transgender incarceration.
This organization raises money to help Black transgender people pay rent and for gender affirming surgeries.
* all of the above resources in this section are pulled from the Vice article “Donate to These Orgs to Support Black Trans People.”
Created by The Okra Project, this fund that raises money to pay for one-time mental health therapy sessions for Black trans women, transfeminine people, and/or Black folkswith licensed Black women therapists.
Created by The Okra Project, this fund that raises money to pay for one-time mental health therapy sessions for Black trans men, transmasculine people, and/or Black folks who identify as trans* with licensed Black male therapists.
This organization provides support for Black Transgender Men through mentoring, access to resources, and financial assistance.
This organization organizes, advocates and creates an “intentional community” to support the rights of Black transgender people.
A grassroots community organization in Central Ohio which strives to aid with the liberation of Black LGBTQIA+ people through community organizing, education, and the creation of spaces to uplift voices.
Housed by the Transgender Law Center, “BLMP” provides cash assistance to Black LGBTQ+ migrants and first generation people who are facing difficulties with the impact of COVID-19.
A black trans-led collaborative that works in Atlanta to address systemic inequalities, especially concerning the criminal legal system.
A group of transgender, gender variant and intersex people who are inside and outside of prisons, jails and detention centers and who strive to fight against human rights abuses, imprisonment, police violence, racism, poverty, and societal pressures.
A Black-led, Trans-led LGBTQ Center based on the South Side of Chicago.
A funding initiative founded to support trans justice groups run by and for trans people.
A list of Black-led racial justice organizations and key movement supporters compiled by leadership from the Movement for Black Lives.
BOLD (Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity) is a national Leadership Training Program designed to help rebuild Black (African-American, Caribbean, African, Afro-Latino) social justice infrastructure in order to organize Black communities more effectively and re-center Black leadership in the U.S. social justice movement.
Full-service Black direct action collective.
An organization dedicated to stopping the AIDS epidemic in Black communities.
A racial justice organization committed to strengthening Black America’s political voice and to empowering Black Americans and allies to make government more responsive to the concerns of Black Americans and to bring about positive political and social change for everyone.
Decolonize this Place (DTP) is an action-oriented movement and decolonial formation in NYC that consists of over thirty collaborators, including grassroots groups and art collectives that seek to resist, unsettle, and reclaim the city. The organizing and action bring together many strands of analysis and traditions of resistance: Indigenous insurgence, black liberation, free Palestine, free Puerto Rico, the struggles of workers and debtors, de-gentrification, migrant justice, dismantling patriarchy, and more.
A grassroots organization based in Los Angeles that fights for the dignity and power of incarcerated people, their families, and communities.
Freedom Inc. engages low- to no-income communities of color in Dane County, WI, and works to end violence against people of color, women, those that non-traditionally gender identify, and youth.
Organization that collects monthly donations from non-Black people to redistribute to Black people and organizations in need.
Take Back the Bronx is an anti-capitalist collective guided by an anti-colonial, feminist and queer perspective that centers the black, brown, indigenous & immigrant peoples of the Bronx.
Why Accountability is a Black, female led grassroots community organization committed to the fight against police brutality and racial injustice since the chokehold death of Eric Garner.
This fund provides cash assistance to Black LGBTQ+ migrants and first generation people dealing with the impact of COVID-19
Started by Colin Kaepernick, donations will go toward Black and Brown communities that are disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
Funds that will go toward organizations that need financial support while navigating the pandemic.
Support for Black-led organizations during the pandemic.
A fund for writers of color who have been impacted by the current COVID-19.
This fund offers small grants to “low-income, BIPOC, trans/GNC/NB/Queer artists and freelancers whose livelihoods are being affected by this pandemic in NYC.”
A link that makes it very easy to simultaneously donate to 38 community bail funds.
A Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers, and activists who focus on ending pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration. A statement from their website: “In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, we are bailing out Black mamas and caregivers now through May, to ensure our people are alive, well and safe for Mother’s Day and beyond.”
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund has paid bail for >5,000 presumptively innocent New Yorkers. They are committed to challenging existing structures in the criminal legal systems that disproportionately target low-income communities of color.
The Bronx Freedom Fund pays cash bail in New York City for thousands of low-income New Yorks incarcerated before trial.
The Louisville Community Bail Fund bails people out and also lends financial support after the initial release.
A document filled with various resources.
Provides resources for vulnerable members of the Brooklyn community, with special attention to communities of color.
A document with resources for mental health during COVID-19.
A toolkit for dealing with anxiety during COVD-19.
An organization with online mental health resources.
A collective focused on the mental health and healing of Black communities.
A place for Black women to find therapists.
A therapy fund for Black women and girls.
A list of free online courses offered as resources to self educate.
Taught by Professor David W. Blight, Professor of American History at Yale University.
Taught by Jonathan Holloway, Professor of History, African American Studies, and American Studies at Yale University.
Taught by various professors at Columbia University.
Taught by Claybone Carson, a professor at Stanford University.
Taught by Kelly Brown Douglas through the School for Formation.
Taught by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva through the School for Formation.
Taught by Jennifer Harvey through the School for Formation.
Taught by Michael Curry through the School for Formation
POC law firm in Washington, DC.
POC law firm in NYC.
POC law firm in Atlanta.
POC law firm in Houston.
POC law firm in Chicago.
POC lawyer in Boston.
POC law firm in Kansas City.
POC law firm in Denver.
POC law firm in Oakland.
POC law fim in Charlotte.
POC Law firm in Memphis.
Please send any additions or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
I believe that each of us is given one sentence at birth, and we spend the rest of our life trying to read that sentence and make sense of it.
Li Young Lee