In the midst of a global pandemic that has disproportionately impacted people of color and Black people in particular, protests of police brutality across the country are being met by still more state-sanctioned intimidation and violence. In New York City, we have an eight o’clock curfew. The agitated whir of police propellers offers a discomfiting lullaby for a city in crisis. Scratch that. It offers no lullaby at all.
Amidst the protests and pain and general messy and muddled waking up happening this week, I’m encouraging folks—specifically white people and non-black people of color—to support grassroots fundraising efforts run by and supporting Black people.
Please join me, wherever you are in your antiracism learning and unlearning, with whatever you have to offer, in this one small effort to a more just and equitable future.
These are the small funds I’ve shared on Instagram so far this week. I’ll be sharing more and updating this space in the days to come.
“A mutual aid funding initiative to honor and nurture single Black mother artists, writers and cultural workers. These are women often freelance workers who pour their creativity into their children and the community. They often work off the books and can’t file for unemployment or other social services.”
“Rent Relief Fund for members of our community who are struggling to pay rent due to #Covid19! Now we are circling back because we still need help! For those that don’t know… many landlords are still expecting us to pay rent during these times. So many families in our proximity are tirelessly working to survive, to protest, to organize, to be an essential worker with terrible pay, etc! Housing is yet another layer attacking our public safety – so we’re fighting for those on the front lines!”
“In partnership with Black Trans Travel Fund, For the Gworls, and The Okra Project, [Black Trans Femmes in the Arts] is raising funds to support Black trans protestors with resources, medical care, and bail. All funds that are not needed will be redistributed to black trans-led orgs doing the work to minimize violence against black trans folks.”
Today, in honor of Breonna Taylor’s birthday, please send donations directly to her family. Breonna would have turned twenty-seven today. She was an EMT in Louisville, Kentucky, killed by police officers who shot her eight times during an unannounced raid at the wrong apartment. The police officers have involved in her March 13 killing are on administrative leave and have not been charged with any crimes.
“An herbal medicine drive for Black people seeking support due to the ongoing crisis of racial violence + injustice.” Donations cover shipping and materials costs for the network.“
+ These funds are small, grassroots, mutual aid funds getting resources directly into the hands of their community members. If you work for a company that matches donations, and/or you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation, please consider directing your donations to The Conscious Kid Anti-Racist Children’s Books Education Fund.
+ Intoning All Lives Matter as a response to posts on racial equity and justice can only be seen as a willful misinterpretation of the Black Lives Matter phrase and movement. Comments that invoke the phrase or are otherwise unproductive will not be published.