"A Place to Start"

pen Chad Luberger / calendar Friday, June 05, 2020

Art has always been about connecting our shared human experiences. Right now, we ache for the inhumanity shown to POC. It is time for us to take a pause and meditate on our own complicity. We hope to broaden our understanding of what is happening and how to listen, help, and act. In the meantime, we're using The Museum of Modern Art's "A Place to Start" as our beginning. Please consider visiting these sites. 

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*Taken from the Museum of Modern Art*

A Place to Start

An incomplete list of resources and organizations for
fighting racism and supporting justice and equality

American Civil Liberties Union
Organization with a mission to realize the promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees

An Anti-Racist Reading List
From The New York Times, Ibram X. Kendi, a professor and director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University, on books to help America transcend its racist heritage

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Relief Fund
Micro grant for US-based BIPOC artists and administrators

Bail Funds and Legal Help
Resource organized by city

The Bail Project
Organization dedicated to preventing incarceration and combating racial and economic disparities in the bail system

Black Arts Futures Fund
A collective of emerging philanthropists promoting the elevation and preservation of Black arts and culture

Black Lives Matter Carrd
A list of resources, places to donate, petitions, and information for protestors

Black Visions Collective
Working for a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in a right relationship within our ecosystems

Campaign Zero
Research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in America

Change.org
A platform for change, with petitions for criminal and racial justice

Color of Change
Racial justice organization that leads campaigns that build power for Black communities

Community Justice Exchange (+ National Bail Fund Network)
National hub for developing, sharing, and experimenting with tactical interventions, strategic organizing practices, and innovative organizing tools to end mass incarceration

Critical Reading
A comprehensive list, from Achille Mbembe to Zora Neale Hurston, with PDFs

Critical Resistance
Seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe

Equal Justice Initiative
Working to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality

Fair Fight Action
Promoting fair elections around the country, encouraging voter participation in elections, and educating voters about elections and their voting rights

Fantasy World Master List of Resources on How to Dismantle Systemic Racism

For Freedoms
Using art as a vehicle for participation to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core values

Grassroots Law Project
Combining grassroots organizing with legal expertise to transform policing and justice in America

Homeless Black Trans Women Fund
Fund for the community of Black Trans women that live in Atlanta and are sex workers and/or homeless

Human Rights Watch
Investigating and reporting on abuses happening in all corners of the world

INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence
A network of radical feminists of color organizing to end state violence and violence in our homes and communities

Innocence Project
Organization dedicated to exonerating the innocent through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice

Justice Now
A nonprofit organization that partners with people in women’s prisons and local communities to build a safe, compassionate world without prisons

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
A coalition of more than 200 organizations that work to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States

The Legal Aid Society
Social justice law firm in New York City

LGBTQ Freedom Fund
Posts bail to secure the safety and liberty of people in jail and immigration detention

The Liberty Fund
New York City–wide charitable bail fund for criminal reform

Linktree
Links to National Resource List, Bail Funds by city, George Floyd Resource Compilation, MN Bail Fund, Trans Funds, Mental Health Resources, The People’s Laundry, Black history/Revolutionary texts/Anti-racism Library

Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund
Partnering with Therapy for Black Girls, National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network, Talkspace, and Open Path Collective, to offer a comprehensive list of mental health professionals across the country providing high quality, culturally competent services to Black women and girls

The Marshall Project
A nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the US criminal justice system

Minnesota Freedom Fund
Community based nonprofit that combats the harms of incarceration by paying bail for low-income individuals

Movement for Black Lives
A space for Black organizations across the country to debate and discuss the current political conditions; develop shared assessments of what political interventions were necessary in order to achieve key policy, cultural, and political wins; and convene organizational leadership in order to debate and co-create a shared movement wide strategy

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Legal organization fighting for racial justice

National Action Network
One of the leading civil rights organizations in the US

National Bail Out
Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers, and activists building a community-based movement to end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration

National Black Justice Coalition
A civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS

National Urban League
Enabling African Americans and other underserved urban residents to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights

The New York Times 1619 Project
An ongoing initiative to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative

Not in Our Town
A movement to stop hate, racism, and bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all

Prison Moratorium Project
Stands by a simple principle: do no harm. This is the animating principle behind our advocacy for a serious rethinking of the current correctional system in the United States.

The Racial Imaginary Institute
Founded by poet Claudia Rankine, a cultural laboratory in which the racial imaginaries of our time and place are engaged, read, countered, contextualized, and demystified

Reclaim the Block
Grassroots organization investing in the Minnesota community

Rhizome’s Digital Resources for a Movement Against Police Violence

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Supporting research and programs targeting some of America’s most pressing health issues—from substance abuse to improving access to quality health care

Schomburg Center Black Liberation Reading List

Southern Poverty Law Center
Dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society

Talking about Race
The National Museum of African American History & Culture’s online resource for talking about race

United Negro College Fund
The nation’s largest minority education organization

Vera Institute of Justice
Working to urgently build and improve justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities

Youth Represent
Dedicated to improving the lives and futures of young people affected by the criminal justice system