Black Lives Matter — 5 Ways To Donate And Show Your Support Today
As the fight for racial equality intensifies around the world, we are all faced with the call to act — but some are confused about how to take action. We’re here to help.
While attending protests and working to elevate the voices of people of color are both great options, it’s also not a bad idea — for those who are financially able — to donate.
What follows is a list of five great causes for anyone looking to put their money where their mouth is.
Black Lives Matter
Founded in 2013 after the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin — in a gated community in Florida at the hands of police — Black Lives Matter is one of the world’s leading organizations working to end white supremacy and racially motivated violence.
BLM is an intersectional, global movement working not only to eradicate systemic oppression, but to commemorate Black lives lost to racial injustice. You can stay up to date on these initiatives here.
The NAACP, or National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is a civil rights organization which came to fruition not long after a race riot broke out in the city of Springfield — in 1908. This means that the NAACP alone has, despite its best efforts, been fighting for racial justice for over 100 years.
The group’s most recent list of demands calls for mistreatment of Black people by police to be deemed a human rights violation, and for the implementation of a zero-tolerance policy with respect to officers who kill “unarmed, non-violent, and non-resisting individuals.”
The Loveland Foundation
The Loveland Foundation — launched by activist Rachel Cargle in 2018 — works to provide mental health support for Black women and children across the United States.
With therapy costing as much as $200 a session, it’s become a luxury few have access to — a reality Loveland aims to change through partnerships with Therapy for Black Girls, National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network, Talkspace and Open Path Collective, as well as through donor support.
You can contribute to this cause here.
The Bail Project
The Bail Project is a fund “on a mission to combat mass incarceration and reshape the pretrial system in the United States.” It provides bail to those being detained prior to trial and while still presumed innocent that could not otherwise afford it — because wealth should not be a condition of release.
Right now, it is one of the organizations providing bail to individuals arrested and detained as a result of the racial justice protests.
The Movement for Black Lives
The Movement for Black Lives, or M4BL, was founded in 2014 as a space for various Black-rights organizations to connect and create a “movement-wide strategy” for racial justice.
Right now, the group is at the midpoint of what it’s calling its Week of Action in Defense of Black Lives — because “the time for action is now.”
If you can’t attend events, you can support this cause here.
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