If you want to work to undo systemic racism and police brutality and you can’t go to a protest or are looking for additional ways to get involved, open your wallet. And let’s all think about the long game. We need to change the balance of power and lived experience represented in politics, so, in addition to funding support for bail funds, etc. (see the second list below for ideas on where to contribute), please pay attention to and support the POC candidates in your city and state and donate to the organizations below who are working nationally:
Fair Fight: Stacey Abram’s organization focused on ending voter suppression.
Collective PAC: helps elect African American candidates to public office at the local, state, and federal levels.
Higher Heights for America and its sister organization Higher Heights Leadership Fund are building the political power and leadership of Black women.
Congressional Black Caucus: works to increase the number of African Americans in the U.S. Congress, support non-Black candidates that champion African American interests, and promote African American participation in the political process.
Black Voters Matter Fund supports black voters through voter registration, policy advocacy, and organizational development.
BlackPAC: amplifies the voices of black voters through agenda-setting and voter engagement.
Some ideas for other important efforts that need funding right now:
The National Bail Fund Network: directory of community bail funds to which you can donate + a COVID-19 rapid response fund.
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund: racial justice through advocacy, litigation, and education.
The Know Your Rights Camp: Colin Kaepernick’s org providing education and training in black and brown communities.
George Floyd’s family has started a GoFundMe to cover funeral and burial costs, continued care for his children, legal services, and other immediate needs, as well as a GoFundMe raising money for Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, to fund the family’s legal battle. Breonna Taylor’s family has also started a GoFundMe.
Campaign Zero: works to end police violence through research, technical support for organizers, and development of model legislation.
The Marshall Project partners with other news outlets and public forums to raise awareness on the state of the US criminal justice system.
National Police Accountability Project: dedicated to ending police misconduct by assisting its members with training and support, educating the public, and coordinating legal action.
Sadie Nash Leadership Project works to increase the participation of young black women in social, political, and economic decision-making.