7 Charities That Need Your Donation More Than Ever Right Now
If you’re looking to support the black community right now, you can donate to these racial justice charities.
If you're feeling defeated in the face of this week's news, you're not alone. But right now, you can turn that feeling of powerlessness into something productive—something that could literally save lives. Racial justice charities from all over the country are working toward a more just and equitable future: one that grants the same civil rights to every individual, regardless of race, class, or creed. And they need your help.
Your donation can support the charities that are working diligently to dismantle racism at all levels—from local communities, to the highest chambers of the Supreme Court. Read on to find out how you can do your part to support racial justice during this difficult time.
Know Your Rights Camp
Colin Kaepernick established the Know Your Rights Camp to serve black and brown communities by way of education, community advocacy, and mobilization. Right now, the fund is going where it's most needed: Donations are being used to pay legal defense fees for detained racial justice protesters in Minneapolis.
Showing Up for Racial Justice
Showing Up for Racial Justice is an organization that calls for an "inclusive, open hearted approach to organizing—calling people into this work, rather than creating barriers to participation." You can join this multi-racial, cross-class effort to build a more racially just society by donating to their current campaigns.
This black-led organization works to train its community members to become leaders in the fight for racial justice. They aim to give individuals the "skills, expertise, and confidence"—not to mention the action strategies—needed to end anti-blackness.
The NAACP is one of the longest-standing and widely recognized civil rights organizations in the country. A donation to the organization supports "political, educational, social, and economic rights" for communities of color, and furthers their mission to combat racial discrimination and hatred.
Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter is a highly visible organization with an essential mission: to end violence against black communities, and eradicate white supremacy. Founded in 2013 in response to the tragic shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, their work is just as urgent and relevant today as it was then.
Minnesota Freedom Fund
This organization is currently collaborating with the National Lawyers Guild and Legal Rights Center to cover bailouts and legal fees for Minnesota protesters. They are also working toward safer conditions and quicker releases for those detained, since jails can quickly become hotbeds for the spread of coronavirus.
In their own words, the ACLU's mission "is to realize the promise of the United States Constitution for all, and expand the reach of its guarantees." In practice, that means they're doing the indispensable work of protecting the inalienable civil rights of every citizen. Join them today in the fight for civil rights.