In the aftermath of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, Tony McDade and Ahmaud Arbery, you might feel unsure of how best to respond and take action in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Besides making a commitment to help fight racial inequality every day, there are steps you can take, right now, which will make a tangible contribution.
Signing petitions, educating yourself, speaking up, and having potentially difficult conversations with friends, family and colleagues about institutionalised racism are all good places to start - but you can also donate if you are in the financial position to do so.
Donating funds is important, because while solidarity, awareness and amplification of voices helps - giving people the financial resources to make changes to the world is necessary for progress to occur.
Here are some places to start, from US-based causes, to UK-led charities and collectives - plus one option if you're not in a position to make a monetary donation.
US-based and international
George Floyd's memorial fund
Following the homicide of George Floyd, his family set up the below fund to cover funeral and burial expenses, counselling, accommodation and travel for court proceedings, and for the benefit, care and education of his children.
Ahmaud Arbery's memorial fund
In February Ahmaud was shot by Travis McMichael, the son of retired Brunswick investigator Greg McMichael. The below fundraiser was set up to account for the financial burden of of grieving and seeking justice.
Black Lives Matter
This organisation began in 2013 following the death of Trayvon Martin, and the acquittal of the white man who fatally shot him, George Zimmerman. It operates in the US, Canada and the UK, organising, creating petitions, intervening on violence on Black communities and "creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy".
Minnesota Freedom Fund
With a mission to pay "criminal bail and immigration bond for those who cannot afford to, as we seek to end discriminatory, coercive, and oppressive jailing", this charity has so far raised over $20 million to pay bail for those who protested the murder of George Floyd, and then "to post bail in our community for those who are held pretrial simply because they cannot pay and to post bonds to free people from ICE detention".
You can donate below, but they have requested on their site that donors also consider other Black-led and POC-led organisations such as Black Visions Collective (donate here) and Reclaim the Block (donate here).
Show Racism the Red Card
Using the status of football and footballers to spread awareness of racial disparity, this charity hosts training workshops across the UK to address in a grass-roots way (and to over 50,000 people per year), the need for greater education, tolerance and understanding.
Stand Against Racism & Inequality
SARI provides resources to survivors of hate crime, supporting them through legal proceedings, making complaints against agencies, coping with the trauma of hate crime and more.
Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
Founded following the murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 (a racist attack), the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds between the ages of 13 and 30 to succeed in their chosen career.
Race Equality Foundation
This charity seeks to achieve racial parity through research into racial inequality and discrimination, and actions across the topics of health/care; children and families; housing, and community. Funds help towards producing resources and training, social enterprise and more.
Justice for Belly Mujinga
Railway worker Belly Mujinga was the victim of a racially-motivated attack in London Victoria. She later died with COVID-19. The below fundraiser was set up by her colleagues at Victoria train station in order to raise funds for the funeral. The rest of the donations will be given to Belly's family, "especially her daughter".
A project that has, since 2016, been seeking to diversify university curricula, broadening what is taught at the UK's universities to include voices of BAME, LQBTQ and differently abled people.
Become a gal-dem member
Founded by Liv Little, gal-dem is a media company which champions the voices of people of colour who identify as women or non-binary. Most of their revenue, to date has come from offline events which are not currently possible. Consider taking out a "Sugar", "Spice" or "Nice" membership to support their costs - and you can also choose to pay it forward to another would-be member who can't afford the fee.
If you can't afford to donate
Stream to Donate
Every penny of the advertising revenue made on this hour-long video, featuring work by a collection of Black artists, will be donated to "associations that offer protester bail funds, help pay for family funerals, and advocacy listed in the beginning of the video". Disable any ad-blockers, leave the adverts running, watch the video, and share with friends.
For more suggestions, consult this google doc for a broad list of UK charities working with BAME communities.
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