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Our country needs more than just a blackout day. We’ve compiled a list of ways you can support Black Lives Matter and the protests against police brutality. From petitions and organizations to bail funds and black-owned businesses, here’s how you can take action.

Don’t let your “activism” begin and end with a black square on Instagram.

Petitions:

Say Their Names

Hands Up Act

Julius Jones is Innocent

Send a pre-written email to the MPD demanding the arrest of all four of George Floyd’s killers

Places to Donate:

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund

Justice for Breonna Taylor

Advancement Project

Mission: “Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. We use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change.”

Donate here.

Beauty 2 The Streetz

Mission: “Beauty 2 The Streetz aims to serve the homeless by providing necessities alongside the things that make us feel inherently human: a hot shower, a hearty meal, the hope-inducing feeling of looking in the mirror and loving what you see.”

Donate here.

Black Immigrant Collective

Mission:

We are an intentional space centering the lives of Black immigrants to
  1. Build on our power toward our collective liberation
  2. Highlight and make visible the impact of immigration policy and law enforcement on Black immigrants
  3. Share best practices on immigrant related work in Black immigrant communities
  4. Recognize our collective resilience and community resources as a way of being
  5. Work in solidarity with ALL Black people as well as other immigrant communities and indigenous peoples.

Donate here.

Black Lives Matter

Mission: “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.”

Donate here.

Check out additional ways to help from BLM here.

Black Visions Collective

Mission: “Black Visions Collective envisions a world in which ALL Black Lives Matter. We use the guidance and brilliance of our ancestors as well as the teachings of our own experiences to pursue our commitment to dismantling systems of oppression and violence. We are determined in our pursuit of dignity and equity for all.”

Donate here.

Campaign Zero

Mission: “Over 1,000 people are killed by police every year in America. We are calling on local, state, and federal lawmakers to take immediate action to adopt data-driven policy solutions to end this violence and hold police accountable.”

Donate here.

Color of Change

Mission: “Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization.We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.”

Donate here.

Du Nord Riot Recovery Fund

Mission: “We are dedicated to rebuilding Minneapolis in a way that ensures our cultural beacons are restored.”

Donate here.

East of the River Mutual Aid Fund

Mission: “This Mutual Aid Network is a grassroots, community focused and lead ecosystem for folks in DC (District of Columbia) are engaged in or are looking to plug in. We are collecting and purchasing supplies to make hygiene bags, sack lunches and provide other material support that we have started distributing. We are working to support as many of our neighbors who are housing and food insecure as well as others that need support East of the River in Wards 7 & 8 as possible.”

Donate here.

Facing History and Ourselves

Mission: “We help students learn about hatred and bigotry so they can stop them from happening in the future.”

Donate here.

Fair Fight

Mission: “We promote fair elections in Georgia and around the country, encourage voter participation in elections, and educate voters about elections and their voting rights. Fair Fight brings awareness to the public on election reform, advocates for election reform at all levels, and engages in other voter education programs and communications.”

Donate here.

Homeless Black Trans Women Fund

Donate here.

Know Your Rights Camp

Mission: “Our mission is to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders.”

Donate here.

Louisville Mutual Aid

Mission: “This fundraiser will support our organizers who go out daily to support the needs of community members. We also train folks up where they are and move them through their vision of leadership.”

Donate here.

The Marshall Project

Mission: “The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. We achieve this through award-winning journalism, partnerships with other news outlets and public forums. In all of our work we strive to educate and enlarge the audience of people who care about the state of criminal justice.”

Donate here.

NAACP Legal Defence and Educational Fund

Mission: “The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. 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. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.”

Donate here.

National Black Justice Coalition

Mission: “NBJC’s mission is to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ/SGL bias and stigma. As America’s leading national Black LGBTQ/SGL civil rights organization focused on federal public policy, NBJC has accepted the charge to lead Black families in strengthening the bonds and bridging the gaps between the movements for racial justice and LGBTQ/SGL equality.”

Donate here.

The National Police Accountability Project

Mission: “The central mission of NPAP is to promote the accountability of law enforcement officers and their employers for violations of the Constitution and the laws of the United States.”

Donate here.

NYC Black Mutual Aid:

Mission: “NYC Black Mutual Aid Initiative is dedicated to building power to address the underlying institutions that continue to harm Black people during COVID-19.”

Donate here.

People’s Breakfast Oakland

Donate.

Peoples City Council Freedom Fund

Mission: “As the mayor and city council have sought to increase the LAPD’s budget during a pandemic, and as police around the country continue to kill innocent people of color, we have taken to the street to protest the funding of state sanctioned murder.”

Donate here.

Reclaim the Block

Mission: “We believe health, safety, and resiliency exist without police of any kind. We organize around policies that strengthen community-led safety initiatives and reduce reliance on police departments.”

Donate here.

Unicorn Riot

Mission: “Our work is dedicated to exposing root causes of dynamic social and environmental issues through amplifying stories and exploring sustainable alternatives in today’s globalized world.”

Donate here.

Bail Funds:

National Bail Out Fund

Mission: “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.”

Donate here.

Minnesota Freedom Fund

Mission: “We stand against cash bail as unjust and identify wealth-based discrimination as a vehicle for the criminal justice system to target populations for structural violence.”

Donate here.

*Note: The Minnesota Freedom Fund has reached over $20 million in donations and is asking donors to give elsewhere.

Check out these bailout funds all over the country:

Atlanta Austin
Baltimore Brooklyn
Boston Buffalo
Charleston Charlotte
Chattanooga Chicago
Columbia Columbus
Connecticut Dallas
Denver Des Moines
Detroit Fargo
Florida Grand Rapids
Greenville Houston
Indianapolis Jacksonville
Kansas City Lancaster
Las Vegas Lexington
Los Angeles Louisville
Madison Massachusetts
Memphis Miami
Michigan Milwaukee
Nashville Nebraska
New Orleans New York
North Carolina Northern California
Oakland Ohio
Oklahoma City Orlando
Philadelphia Phoenix
Pittsburgh Portland
Raleigh Richmond
Rhode Island Roanoke
Rochester Rockford
Salt Lake City San Antonio
San Diego San Jose
Seattle Silicon Valley
Tuscon Tulsa
Washington Wilmington

 

Help Black-Owned Businesses Rebuild:

Fade Factory Barbershop

North Minneapolis business owner Trevon Ellis was left to watch his barbershop, Fade Factory, burn to the ground as he was put on a waiting list by the Minneapolis Fire Department for two hours.

Donate to help rebuild here.

Guns and Roses Boutique

This Dallas, TX boutique was looted on Friday, May 29, 2020. Owner Princess Pope left the following message on the Guns and Roses Boutique Facebook page:

We would like to express our deepest gratitude for all of your love, support and well wishes at this time. While what occurred last night is incredibly difficult to process, we remain hopeful and optimistic — not only for the solidarity of the Dallas community, but for the nation as a whole. We will work vigilantly to rebuild and restore what was destroyed — and look forward to returning bigger, better and even bolder than before. Stay tuned for updates and once again, thank you for your support. Stay healthy and stay safe.

Donate to help rebuild here.

Go Get It Tobacco

Owned by Mussie Tsegai, Go Get It Tobacco in St. Paul, Minnesota was robbed on Friday, May 29, 2020. The following message was posted to the Go Get It Tobacco Facebook page:

Hi Everyone,

We appreciate all of your concern and support. Unfortunately, Go Get It Tobacco was broken into and robbed last night in the midst of the pain and trauma since the death of George Floyd. We are absolutely devastated – both of the death of George Floyd and of the challenge it will be to rebuild.

But we know buildings do not matter more than Black Lives.

We are a Black Owned Business supporting local community members, designers, and entrepreneurs across our great state.

It’s rare to see a Tobacco owner who is Black, which was why we opened the store. We stand with the movement for Black Lives and will continue to push forward.

We support the community during this challenging time.

Donate to help rebuild here.

Private Stock Premium Boutique

This Austin, TX black-owned and black-operated boutique was looted on Saturday. May 30, 2020.

Donate to help rebuild here.

Scores Sports Bar

After having to delay the grand opening in the spring due to COVID, Scores Sports Bar was looted, vandalized, and destroyed on May 27th, 2020. Help owners and active Minneapolis community members KB and Twyana Balla rebuild.

Donate to help rebuild here.

Chris “Fontayne” Herron’s Barbershop

A Long Beach, CA barbershop owned by Chris “Fontayne” Herron was set on fire by looters during protests in Downtown long Beach on May 31, 2020. Herron is a pillar in his community and an active volunteer with Beauty 2 the Streetz, providing free haircuts on Skid Row.

Donate to help rebuild here.

What are musicians doing to help?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely seen Killer Mike deliver his emotional speech about the protests.

But how are other artists lending a hand to the movement? Check out a few ways your favorite bands and labels are trying to help.

Bad Rabbits

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Bad Rabbits have released a charity t-shirt with all profits going to the NAACP.

Pick up yours here.

The Weeknd

The Weeknd donated a total of $500,000 to Black Lives Matter, National Bailout, and the Know Your Rights Camp, and encouraged everyone with “big pockets to give and give big.”

No Sleep Records

No Sleep Records are donating 100% of their proceeds from these shirt sales to George Floyd, Black Visions Collective, Reclaim the Black, The Bail Project and Facing History.

You can purchase yours here. (Note they have currently sold out!)

Saweetie

Saweetie has partnered with PrettyLittleThing on a clothing collaboration and 100% of the proceeds will be going toward Black Lives Matter. Check out the collection here.

Additionally, artists like Nothing, Nowhere., Maxx Dabzibger (of Set It Off), and fever 333 have raised money for Black Lives Matter through livestreams.

Pure Noise Records

Pure Noise Records announced they will donate $2 for every $1 spent in their webstores on June 3rd and June 4th up to $10,000, and the proceeds will be divided between Black Lives Matter, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and Colin Kapernick’s Know Your Rights Comp.

Contribute here.

Sleep On It

With just one song on Bandcamp, Sleep On It raised $563 for the Official George Floyd Memorial Fund. The band also announced they will be holding more fundraisers soon.

8123

8123 announced two efforts to raise funds. The first? On June 3rd and June 4th, 100% of profits from their webstore will be donated to non-profits and funds supporting the black community. Secondly, the company will hold a raffle of rare products. To enter, you must submit proof of a donation to a non-profit.

Get more details here and shop the webstore here.

Beartooth

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Beartooth have released a Black Lives Matter charity t-shirt, with 100% of the net proceeds going to the Black Lives Matter organization.

The band said, “We stand against racism. We stand for human rights. We stand with peaceful protestors. We stand with the entire black community in the fight against systematic oppression. This shirt includes the names of just some of those who lost their lives at the hands of police in the U.S. in recent years. May their names live on. All proceeds will go to Black Lives Matter.”

Get the shirt here. (Note: the shirt is now sold out)

Additional Resources and Ways to Help:

Watch this video by YouTuber Zoe Amira to raise money without spending a dime

YouTuber Zoe Amira created this video project where 100% of the ad revenue generated by its advertisements will be donated to a number of organizations and bail funds. The 56-minute video features art made by black creators.

Donate your Sephora rewards points

 

Sephora is now allowing its customers to redeem their rewards points as donations to the National Black Justice Coalition. Per their system, 1,000 points equate to $20 and 1,500 points, $30. Customers can redeem multiple times and multiple amounts. That said, there is discussion over how productive this method of donating actually is.


This page will be continuously updated. If you know of ways to support that are not currently listed, please email natalie@nusoundonline.com. 

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