Changing Womxn Collective’s Solidarity Statement:
We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement & protestors/protectors across the country. To our Black community members: We hear you. We see you. We will fight with you.
For non-Black folx, it is imperative to recognize and call out anti-Blackness in yourselves and your communities. Dismantling white supremacy begins with acknowledging your own implicit biases and choosing to act against the oppressor-- your silence is compliance with the structure of white supremacy.
Listen to Black voices: use your privilege to amplify their messaging without speaking over them. Give your time, your ears, your hands, and your money if you are able. Use your privilege as a shield for those who are unprotected. Remember that Black leaders have been at the forefront of liberation movements for centuries.
We tried to curate an extensive list of resources, actionables, links, and literature, but we know that there are still incredible resources out there that are not included in this doc. We will continue to update as we find more, and encourage you to continue amplifying anything you come across with your friends, family, loved ones, followers, communities, and local collectives.
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Table of Contents
Justice for Breonna Taylor- 2
Actions Docs- 7
Anti-Racism Reading List- 8
Self-Defense Reading List- 8
Joy/Leisure Reading List- 9
Therapy and Self-Care Resources- 9
Black-Owned Businesses to Support RN- 11
Bail Funds by City- 13
Justice for Breonna Taylor
It has been over 100 days since the murder of Breonna Taylor. Her murderers have yet to be brought to justice. Here are some ways you can support and keep fighting for Breonna.
- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer: Demands for justice can be made by calling Fischer’s office at (502) 574-2003 or by filling out the contact form on his site.
- Louisville MPD: A contact form is available on the department’s site. A template is widely available as well as a submittable form that will automatically send an e-mail in your name.
- Special Prosecutor, Attorney General Daniel Cameron: Call 502-696-5300 or e-mail email@example.com
- Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear: Call 502-564-2611
- Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Thomas Wine: Call 502-595-2300 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is [NAME] and I am a resident of [CITY/STATE]. I am emailing today to demand accountability in the unjust murder of Breonna Taylor. I demand that Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove each be arrested and charged for 2nd degree murder for the wrongful death of Breonna Taylor.
June 5th would have been Breonna’s 27th birthday but she is unable to celebrate because on March 13th your police recklessly executed a raid using a “no knock” warrant on the wrong home.
Despite your almost 3 months of inaction, Breonna’s life matters and I want justice for her.
*Note: The Minnesota Freedom Fund, Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, and Northstar Health Collective have received overwhelming support, so they are redirecting donations to other organizations and funds. This is why we did not include them in this list.
Black Visions Collective
Black Visions Collective is a Minneapolis based community organization. “BLVC is committed to a long term vision in which ALL Black lives not only matter, but are able to thrive. What we know to be true in order to create this world is that oppressed people, especially Black people, need to build collective power in order to create systems transformation. Through the development of powerful strategic campaigns, we seek to expand the power of Black people across the Twin Cities metro area and Minnesota.”
The Audre Lorde Project
A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York area. Through mobilization, education, and capacity-building, they work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice.
The Marsha P. Johnson Institute
Protects and defends the human rights of Black transgender people through organizing, advocating, and creating an intentional community to heal, develop transformative leadership, and promote collective power.
A group of transgender, gender variant, and intersex people inside and outside of prisons, jails, and detention centers creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom. They work in collaboration to forge a culture of resistance and resilience to strengthen themselves in the fight against human rights abuses, imprisonment, police violence, racism, poverty, and societal pressures.
TransWomen of Color Collective
Their work is led by the narratives, voices, and leadership of our community members who exist at the nexus of state sanctioned violence: sex workers, poor people, homelessness, folk experiencing home insecurity, folks deeply entrenched in complex, seemingly inescapable traumatic environments. Through healing and restorative justice, they’re building a network of trans, non-binary Black and POC who are artists, healers, entrepreneurs, and creators sharing and cultivating sustainable projects for that community, by that community.
Reclaim the Block
“Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety. We believe health, safety and resiliency exist without police of any kind.”
George Floyd Memorial Fund
This fund was created by Philonise Flloyd, George Floyd’s brother. It was originally made to cover funeral and burial expenses for his memorial which took place on Thursday June 5th, 2020. Now funds will go towards general assistance to the family of George Floyd as they continue to seek justice for George. A portion of the funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd which includes his children and their education fund.
I Run With Maud Fundraiser
This fund was created by Akeem Baker, Ahmaud Marquez Arbery’s best friend. The fund has been made to assist Ms. Wanda Cooper-Jones, Ahmaud’s mother as well as his immediate family to financially support them during this extremely difficult time in their struggle for justice for Ahmaud.
“The National Black Food and Justice Alliance (NBFJA) is a coalition of Black-led organizations working towards cultivating and advancing Black leadership, building Black self-determination, Black institution building and organizing for food sovereignty, land and justice.”
Equal Justice Initiative
“Your contribution is critical to our efforts to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, challenge racial and economic injustice, and protect the basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.”
The Okra Project
“The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them
The Bail Project
“The Bail Project™ National Revolving Bail Fund is a critical tool to prevent incarceration and combat racial and economic disparities in the bail system.”
Louisville Bail Fund
“The Louisville Community Bail Fund exists to not only bail out folks, but provide post-release support to get them from jail, fed, and to a situation of safety. LCBF also maintains a focus on preventative measures for those targeted by law enforcement and threatened with incarceration.”
NAACP Covid-19 Relief Fund
Donate to National Bail Out
“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.”
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
“Donations to this legal organization go toward helping "win landmark legal battles, protect voters across the nation, and advance the cause of racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society."
Atlanta Solidarity Fund
“From the Civil Rights Era to today, Atlanta has strong traditions of dissent. Protest movements play a critical role in the struggle for social justice. But when people stand up for what’s right, they often face the risk of arrest and imprisonment. We provide support for people who are arrested at protests, or otherwise prosecuted for their movement involvement.”
Communities United Against Police Brutality
“Communities United Against Police BrutalityTM is a Twin-Cities based organization that was created to deal with police brutality on an ongoing basis. We work on the day-to-day abuses as well as taking on the more extreme cases. Our overriding goal is to create a climate of resistance to abuse of authority by police organizations and to empower local people with a structure that can take on police brutality and actually bring it to an end. We provide support for survivors of police brutality and families of victims so they can reclaim their dignity and join the struggle to end police brutality.”
Homeless Black Trans Women Fund
“This is fund for the community of Black Trans women that live in Atlanta and are sex workers and/or homeless.”
Gas Mask Fund for MN Black Youth Activists
Donate via Venmo (@Isak-Douah), Cash App ($Isakdouah), or PayPal (email@example.com) to help buy military grade gas masks for Black youth activists on the frontlines. Anything spared will go a long way.
The Loveland Foundation
Committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls. Their resources and initiatives are collaborative and they prioritize opportunity, access, validation, and healing.
**#runwithmaud and justiceforbigfloyd.com were removed from this list because they were backed by Shaun King’s The Action PAC. We encourage you to sign petitions created by organizations and individuals that do not harm Black queer women.
Justice for Breonna Taylor
Justice for Elijah McClain
Justice for George Floyd
Justice for Tony McDade
Defund the Minneapolis Police Department
Reclaim the Block Petition
Resources for Accountability and Actions for Black Lives:
Detailed and extensive list of Minnesota organizations and individuals:
Action Doc for mainly Portland, OR area & folx, sent in by Juma Sei:
Anti-Racism Reading List
*Check out Z-Library or https://b-ok.cc/
for free downloads of books and articles. However, if you are financially able to purchase these works, PLEASE do to support these authors and their anti-racism work.
Are Prisons Obsolete? By Angela Davis
Women, Race, & Class by Angela Davis
Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
Divided Sisters by Midge Wilson & Kathy Russell
Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks
Is Prison Necessary? (New York Times, Ruth Wilson Gilmore)
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Critical Race Theory: An Introduction by Jean Stefancic and Richard Delgado
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
As We Have Always Done by Leanne Beta Simpson
Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall
On Intersectionality: Essential Writings by Kimberlé Crenshaw
Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
Citizen by Claudia Rankine
The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Banaji Mahzarin and Anthony Greenwald
Recitatif by Toni Morrison
The Possessive Investment in Whiteness by George Lipsicz
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni-Eddo Lodge
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Foreman Jr.
This Bridge Called My Back by Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa
Self-Defense Reading List:
Black Power by Charles Hamilton and Kwame Ture
Negroes with Guns by Robert Williams
Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms by Nicolas Johnson
Angela Davis: An Autobiography by Angela Davis
We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement by Akinyele Umoja
A Taste of Power by Elaine Brown
Joy/Leisure Reading List:
Americanah by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie
How We Get Free by Keeanga-Yamahhtta Taylor
That Could Be Enough by Alyssa Cole
The Lonely Letters by Ashon Crawley
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Whatever Happened to Interracial Love by Kathleen Collins
Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Mannish Tongues by Jayy Dodd
Loving Day by Mat Johnson
The Deep by Rivers Soloman
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith
Therapy and Self-Care Resources
Black Mental Wellness
Founded by Black Clinical Psychologists. They have fact sheets on mental wellness issues, audiovisual resources, plus health, relaxation, and behavioral strategies.
Offers a beginner’s guide to meditation, articles, and a mindfulness-based podcast to remove the social and financial barriers from the benefits of meditation.
Dr. Joy’s Therapist Directory
A listing of mental health professionals across the country who provide high quality, culturally competent services to Black women and girls.
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
Black virtual therapist directory. Extremely helpful because of COVID-19 and social distancing measures.
The Safe Place app (for Black community members)
Melanin and Mental Health
Has a therapist search, podcasts, and articles.
National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network
Advances healing justice through mental health resources for queer & trans POC. Their goal is to increase access to healing justice resources for QTPOC.
Black Mental Health Alliance
Their mission is to develop, promote, and sponsor trusted culturally-relevant educational forums, trainings, and referral services that support the health and well-being of Black people and other vulnerable communities. BMHA staff is currently working remotely because of COVID-19, but is accessible over email and phone.
Wellness & Therapy Podcasts:
Therapy for Black Girls
The Emotional Lives of Black Men
The Extraordinary Negroes Self-Care Episodes
Black-owned businesses to support right now
Original thread via @jadealycebod on Twitter. Full list here!
WeBuyBlack: The Largest Online Marketplace for Black-owned Businesses
BLK & Bold
A coffee and tea company. 5% of all profits go to initiatives that sustain youth programming, enhancing workforce development, eradicating youth homelessness.
Natural hair product subscription service, shipped right to your door.
Natural and non-toxic household cleaning products.
Ginger and Liz
Nail polish company that sells polish, top coats, treatments.
Jewelry company with premade pieces and custom nameplate jewelry.
Cosmetics brand with over 50 different foundation shades and products for all complexions.
The Juma Brand
Jewelry store, Black woman-owned. Ships out next business day after purchase.
Black Creative and publisher of The Modern Day Black Alphabet, a photobook that teaches children the ABCs through Black experiences. Shop the book here (we personally LOVE this):
Illuminate B. Candles
Luxury soy candle line, handmade and designed uplift your spirit while bringing positive energy into your home.
Shunny Bee Soaps
Founded by Dr. Shunny Cashe, Shunny Bee Soaps sells all natural products, handmade face and body soaps.
Black-woman powered clothing business for casual wear, fit/active wear, and accessories.
Bodycons, two-pieces, going-out wear, loungewear in beautiful colors.
Terrance Williams Designs
Accessories and clothing from ethically sourced and sustainably produced materials.
Black-owned online skateshop.
* For folx in the Twin Cities right now, support these Black-owned businesses.
Bail Funds by City/State
Partially compiled by the Association of Southeast Asian Students (@ualbanyaseas); rest compiled by CWC
Venmo @StarRobb; $StarRobb (CashApp)
Kansas City (MO)
*Note: all major bail fund organizations have stated that they have more than enough donations and are directing people towards other bail funds across the country
New York City
Roanoke Community Bail Fund
San Antonio (TX)