We cannot stay silent about things that matter. From the beginning our response has been to donate to the movement, educate ourselves, amplify black voices and encourage our community to be, and stay, involved. We believe that racism comes from a place of fear and a lack of education. The only path forward is to be outspoken about our beliefs, to help educate people, and to rethink the structures, systems, institutions, and constructs that were built to keep people of color down. As Angela Davis said, it is not enough to "not be racist", we must be anti-racist. We agree wholeheartedly that to bring real change we must be actively anti-racist.
Anti-racism is the active process of identifying and eliminating racism by changing systems, organizational structures, policies and practices and attitudes, so that power is redistributed and shared equitably." - NAC International Perspectives: Women and Global Solidarity
We stand in solidarity with our black brothers and sisters. We hope you will join us and stand with us to fight for what's right. We have included resources below to further your education on anti-racism, as well as organizations to donate to, if you can.
Mental Health Issues Facing the Black Community
Ted Talks and PodCasts
How to Be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Books to Read on Anti-racism
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Dr. Robin DiAngelo
Black Lives Matter
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) provides legal services and support to those with a wide range of civil rights complaints, from free speech to voting rights. The ACLU Racial Justice Program works to "preserve and extend constitutionally guaranteed rights to people who have historically been denied their rights on the basis of race." Donate here.
NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
The NAACP Legal Defense and Eduction Fund (LDF) is America's top legal firm fighting for racial justice. "Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans." Visit their website and click on the "Donate" tab at the top.
Black Visions Collective
Black Visions Collective creates campaigns that seek to expand the power of Black people and communities in the Twin Cities area. Donate money to the cause here, follow them on Instagram, and you can also sign up to volunteer or host a workshop.
The Bail Project
Working to end mass incarceration, the Bail Project seeks to end the racial and economic disparities in the bail system, and helps pay bail for those who cannot afford it. Since its start in 2007, the organization has paid bail for more than 10,000 people, including 1,329 people during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also find a full directory of bail funds by state here.
The Antiracist Research & Policy Center
By bringing together teams of scholars, policymakers, journalists, and advocates, the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, directed by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, works to create antiracist policy solutions. Recently, they have worked on the COVID Racial Data Tracker, which collects and analyzes racial data on the COVID-19 pandemic, which has so far disproportionately affected communities of color. Learn how to donate here, and follow them on Instagram here.