Whilst we know that change is a long term pursuit, there are immediate forms of actions like giving your support financially to organisations who are arranging bail and providing legal support to those being arrested in protests in America. We need to take short term immediate action as well as continue to support organisations who are committed to long term change in the form of projects and funds. We have curated a list of organisations and campaigns, you can support, as well as some mosques who are located in America have been mentioned for the work they are doing in predominantly Black neighbourhoods.
You can donate, set up direct debits, sign the petitions and profile the work that these organisations are doing and have been doing the work.
“Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF) exists to offer low-rate bail to arrested individuals who do not represent a threat to the community and to end the cash bail system in Minnesota.
Currently 2020: They are working with the National Lawyers Guild and Legal Rights centre to help bails that are set. Whilst they continue to do the work in America which we can support, they have also chosen to signpost to ask you to donate to other organisations who are also doing relevant work. They have recommended Black Visions and Reclaim the Block.”
“Black Visions Collective (BLVC) believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in right relationship within our ecosystems.
Black Visions Collective, has been putting into practice the lessons learned from organizations before us in order to shape a political home for Black people across Minnesota. We aim to center our work in healing and transformative justice principles, intentionally develop our organizations core “DNA” to ensure sustainability, and develop Minnesota’s emerging Black leadership to lead powerful campaigns.”
“Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and 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.
Currently 2020: “In the wake of George Floyd’s murder by MPD officer Derek Chauvin, and the Minneapolis Police Department’s escalated violence against the city’s grieving Black community, Minneapolis is in desperate need of visionary leadership. We have called on the Minneapolis City Council to become these visionary leaders by pledging to defund the Minneapolis Police Department and invest in the resources that really keep us safe and healthy, especially in Black communities, Indigenous communities and communities of color.”
You can also split your donation across various bail funds here.
Whilst they are not taking donations for the work and research they are doing, the lists are updated and expansive, they also are requesting updates and will add suggestions. The site was created by a Nico who is 17 years old and you can find them on @BLMwaystohelp
The message is clear:
“Educate Yourself. This Doesn’t Go Away Once The Topic Isn’t, “Trending.”
They have various sections dedicated to signposting everyone to petitions, how to support via text initiatives, where to donate, Mental health resources for the Black community and where to go if you are deaf or hard of hearing to get captions for a range of content. There is also specific information and maps for protestors.
MuslimARC is a human rights education organization.
“Our work consists of raising awareness and training Muslim communities on issues of racial justice. In order to uproot racism, we focus on developing and delivering education on internalized, interpersonal, and institutional racism. While the majority of our members are currently in the United States, we stand in solidarity with oppressed people and incorporate global voices because our community is cosmopolitan, reflecting transnational identities with local particularities. In our trainings and workshops, MuslimARC addresses both personal and systemic racism.
Our mission is to provide racial justice education and resources to advance racial justice by:
Don't you miss this Wednesday, June 03, 2020 at 7pm – 8:30pm our ED @Margari_Aziza with an amazing team of panelists to have a deep conversation on how to heal, build and protect our communities. https://t.co/pE1CvE6MCj
— MuslimARC (@MuslimARC) June 1, 2020
“The Lighthouse Mosque was founded by Imam Zaid Shakir. The community of people are diverse & tries to adhere to the teaching of Allah’s final Messenger PBUH.”
— Lighthouse Mosque (@LighthouseMosq) May 29, 2020
A transformational educational institution & resource centre for the Montreal Muslim community; mainstream, authentic, & reliable Islamic knowledge.
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