Ways to Support #BlackLivesMatter

I have been sharing links on my Instagram page (they are saved in a BLM highlights), but I wanted to collect them into a link in my linktree so it was even easier for me to find and keep referring back to. I haven’t done the leg work for all of these amazing lists, I am just trying to share them far and wide. I will update this list regularly.

This website is a great first stop, if you will, because it has organized everything really nicely so you can navigate through it and find out a way that works for you. Many of the resources linked in this website can also be found below. https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

Here is a google doc that has an extensive list of various ways to get involved locally (MN) or nationally. It was compiled by @little_crusty and others. https://docs.google.com/document/d/10RUKIPspMkp90smLIC35gkIw7UHpw07HdWaEQ35ozyg/edit

This is a great roundup by @sharmtoaster, in it, you can places to donate and ways to take action in addition to ways to read more about the topic, podcasts, books, ways talk to kids about racism, etc.: https://www.sharmtoaster.com/support-black-lives-matter

Rachel Cargie has a linktree FULL of ways to educate yourself and take action: https://linktr.ee/1thatgotawayy

@ouimichelle created this list of anti-racism resources, ways to demand justice, and other helpful resources: https://msha.ke/ouimichelle/#links

Huge list of books and pod casts on Anti-racism resources compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020: htbit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES

Minneapolis Organizations

Local Minneapolis organizations that are doing the work on the ground and need support are also listed in the lists above, but I wanted to call out this list that Reclaim the Block made because I love how they provide a short description of each organization. (Reclaim the Block is a community organization that 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. They shared this list and said that they have had an outpouring of support and that these organizations could also use some attention.)

  • Black Immigrant CollectiveThe Black Immigrant Collective amplifies and makes visible the voices of Black immigrants in Minnesota.
  • Black Table Arts Gathering Black communities through the arts, towards better black futures.
  • Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en LuchaCTUL is a worker-led organization where workers organize, educate and empower each other to fight for a voice in their workplaces and in their communities.
  • Du Nord Riot Recovery FundDu Nord Craft Spirits is a Black-owned distillery with a building that was damaged. They’ve “received a tidal wave of love and support from across the nation and many have asked how they can help… Therefore, Du Nord is establishing this fund to support black and brown companies affected by the riots.”
  • Femme Empowerment Project- Venmo @femmeempowermentproject. Skill shares and discussions led by and for QTIIBPOC femmes in the twin cities. Creating space for cultural resiliency, healing and ancestral wisdom. Currently organizing supplies and medic trainings. 
  • IsuroonIsuroon is a grassroots nonprofit organization working to promote the well-being and empowerment of Somali women in Minnesota and beyond.
  • Little Earth Residents AssociationFood and safety needs for residents of Little Earth of United Tribes.
  • Migizi CommunicationsMIGIZI Communications advances a message of success, well-being and justice for the American Indian community. Support them rebuilding after fire.
  • Minnesota Healing Justice NetworkWe provide a supportive professional community and mutual aid network for wellness and healing justice practitioners who also identify as IBPOC (indigenous, black, or people of color).
  • Northside business supportsupport businesses on Minneapolis’s Northside that have been impacted by recent demonstrations.
  • Pimento Relief FundWe’re partnering with Pimento to provide black business without insurance relief after white supremacists set them on fire during the protests. 
  • Powwow Grounds – send via paypal to angelswann2021@gmail.comNative-run cafe, currently providing meals to elders, protectors and community, purchasing medical supplies, fire supplies, cooking supplies. 
  • Southside Harm ReductionSouthside Harm Reduction Services works within a harm reduction framework to promote the human rights to health, safety, autonomy, and agency among people who use substances. 
  • Spiral CollectiveA volunteer full-spectrum reproductive options and support group comprised of doulas, birth-workers, and passionate reproductive justice advocates. based in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, occupied Dakhóta territories.
  • Women for Political ChangeHolistically investing in the leadership and political power of young women and trans & non-binary individuals throughout Minnesota.
  • Unicorn Riot A decentralized media organization that has been live-streaming uprisings 

There are some other MN organizations that have had an outpouring of support and they have asked to focus on the above organizations before them. But they are great organizations to support in other ways (following their IG page and amplifying their message). These include:

Minnesota Freedom Fund: https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/

Black Visions Collective: https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/

North Star Health Collective: https://www.northstarhealthcollective.org/donate

Black-owned beauty and lifestyle businesses

This article has a list of 100 Black-Owned Indie Beauty Businesses

Thanks for @glowrecipe, here is a list of black-owned beauty, wellness, and lifestyle brands. (I plan to organize these by category when I have time)

I will keep adding things to my list as I find them!