Bail funds and memorial funds
- George Floyd Memorial Fund
- George Floyd’s Sister’s Fund
- Ahmaud Arbery Fund
- Tony McDade Fund
- National Bail Fund Network
- Bail Funds by State
- Or go here on ActBlue to split your donation among bail funds across the country
Organizations seeking donations
In addition to bail funds, there are groups and organizations fighting for Black racial justice and anti-racism that could use your support right now. Please also consider setting up a recurring donation to any of these organizations if you’re able—this provides organizations with a reliable revenue stream for regular operating costs and longer term planning.
- Reclaim the Block
A coalition to demand that Minneapolis divest from policing and invest in long-term alternatives.
- Black Visions Collective
Transformative justice organization for developing Black leadership in Minnesota. Both Black Visions Collective and Reclaim the Block are Black-run and have been doing important on-the-ground work for the protests in Minneapolis.
- Minnesota Freedom Fund An organization that pays criminal bails and immigration bond for those who can’t afford to as we seek to end discriminatory, coercive, and oppressive jailing. It has encouraged people to donate to local Black and BIPOC-led organizations like the two above and to George Floyd’s family.
- Black Lives Matter Global Network or your local chapter
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund The NAACP’s legal organization fighting social justice.
Actions you can take now
- The Movement For Black Lives, alongside organizers and activists across the country, have initiated A Week of Action in Defense of Black Lives from June 1-5. Each day holds a new demand and recommends actionable steps you can take in your own community, sorted into low, medium, and high risk.
- We defer to the Black Lives Matter page listing the petitions to sign and how to do so (even if you are outside of the U.S.)
- A guide to calling local and state representatives in New York to support police reform and NYC budget justice, as well as a form letter to send your city council member. Another on asking your reps to repeal Section 50a, which allows police to withhold information on personnel misconduct.
- The People’s Budget Toolkit and steps for calling local reps in L.A. for budget justice.
“Wear a mask and eye protection, carry lots of water for hydration and first aid, and have a health plan for before, during, and after your participation.” A resource by Raina Wellman and Lauren Sarkissian that addresses how to navigate protesting in the time of COVID-19.
- Guide to Virtual Protesting
A guide by Manassaline Coleman for who to target with social media and digital protesting tactics and how to make your messages most effective. Support Coleman’s work on this guide by sending her money through Cashapp: $saliine.
From 2014, a guide for engaging in the movement for ending police and state violence against black people if you are unable to attend rallies and protests.
An open source guide to becoming a more effective ally by Amélie Lamont.
Optical allyship is “allyship that only serves at the surface level to platform the ‘ally,’ it makes a statement but doesn’t go beneath the surface and is not aimed at breaking away the systems of power that oppress.” A straightforward guide for not doing that by Mireille Cassandra Harper.
From Spaceus, a growing list of artists who are working to raise funds for the movement by selling their work.
A guide by Annika Izora centering Black queer, trans and nonbinary folks and Black women so you can create your own ongoing reparations plan.
Hart, a Black queer activist, writer, and sexuality educator offers webinar courses on anti-racism, resistance, and analyzing structures that perpetuate “mass marginalization under global capitalism.” After learning 101, go ahead and take Hart’s Social Justice 102.
- Natl Resource List #GeorgeFloyd+ One of the most comprehensive Google docs we’ve seen, containing many of the community bail funds, memorial funds, political education resources, orgs, and general advice/tips for people attending protests or using social media as an organizing tool.
- A White Institution’s Guide for Welcoming Artists of Color* and their Audiences This guide is non exhaustive compilation of ways cultural institutions, public or privately funded, where people in places of curatorial responsibility are overwhelmingly white and/or light skinned, as well as spaces that utilise the white cube(/black box) as the display frame, can and should and will have to redistribute their material and immaterial resources when welcoming Black folks, people of color and our audiences. Pullout Guide by Eunice Belidor.
Donate directly to victims’ families
• Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
• Justice For Breonna Taylor
• In Memory Of Tony McDade
• I Run With Maud [Ahmaud Marquez Arbery]
• Justice For Regis [Korchinski-Paquet]
• Justice For David McAtee
• R.I.P Belly Mujinga
• More donation funds here
• Justice For Breonna Taylor
• Justice For Belly Mujinga
• Defund The Minneapolis Police Department
• National Action Against Police Brutality
• Here’s a template for UK residents to email their MP regarding: UK sales of riot gear to US police; US president Donald Trump’s protest response; the official report on BAME COVID-19 death rate; and the deaths of Belly Mujinga and Sheku Bayoh.
• More petitions here
US-based funds and organizations
• Black Lives Matter
• Black Visions Collective
• The Okra Project
• The Okra Project’s Nina Pop Mental Health Recovery Fund
• The Okra Project’s Tony McDade Mental Health Recovery Fund
• Equal Justice Initiative
• National Bail Fund Network
• 70+ community bail funds, mutual aid funds and racial justice organizers donation splitter
• List of bail funds
• Emergency Release Fund: For trans people in New York City
• Black Trans Femmes In The Arts (BTFA) Collective: Black Trans Protestors Emergency Fund
• LGBTQ+ Freedom Fund
• Anti-Police Terror Project
• Black Youth Project 100
• Unicorn Riot
• NAACP / NAACP Legal Defense Fund
• Some funds are currently not accepting donations—including Reclaim The Block (who are requesting donations be directed to organizations on this list), MPD150 and Brooklyn Community Bail Fund—due to an influx in donations, but are worth supporting in the long term.
UK-based funds and organizations
• Black Learning Achievement And Mental Health (BLAM) Charity
• The Northern Police Monitoring Project
• Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
• ICFree UK
• Kids Of Colour
• Black Minds Matter UK
• The Black Curriculum
• The 4Front Project
• Joint Council For The Welfare Of Immigrants
• United Families & Friends
• Bandcamp will be donating its share of sales this Juneteenth (June 19th, from midnight to midnight PDT) to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. This will become an annual practice.
• Ahead of Bandcamp’s next no-fees day this Friday, June 5th, they’ve shared a list of all the labels and artists who will be donating sales to racial justice organizations and causes. RA will also post a guide to the day’s new releases, highlighting black artists and labels that will be donating to black causes.
• The community has also created spreadsheets to highlight black artists ahead of Bandcamp’s donation drive days: 500+ Black Producers / Artists / Labels for Bandcamp Day, BLM Bandcamp Friday Producers/Labels, Black Femme Identifying Electronic DJs/Producers/Artists
Including protest guides, mental health support for black people and educational materials for white people and NBPOC.
• #BlackLivesMatter master list of petitions, donations, protests, educational materials, resources and more
• Black Mental Health Alliance
• Melanin And Mental Health
• National Queer And Trans Therapists Of Color Network (NQTTCN)
• Black Minds Matter UK
• How to financially support Black Lives Matter without donating money
• Ways You Can Help resource hub
• Support Black People MasterDoc
• Key Advice When Going On A Protest
• Guidelines For Safe Protesting During COVID-19
• Music Worker’s Alliance resource list
• A list of black-owned, independent book stores in the US
• The End Of Policing by Alex S. Vitale (available as a free download via Verso)
• The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Colourblindness by Michelle Alexander
• Me And White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
• Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
• How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
• So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
• Black History Month Library
• Space/Race Reading List
Activists to follow on social
This list is ever-evolving—we invite you to add to it.
Events to have on your radar
Ed note: We ask that whenever you can, please don’t buy these books from Amazon. In most cases, we’ve linked directly to the author’s website. You can buy from local bookstores at Indiebound.org and Bookshop.org, and buy ebooks and audio books on Kobo. We’ve also tried to include any links to directly compensate these authors in addition to buying their books, which we encourage that you do if you are using and accessing their work.
- So You Want to Talk About Race? By Ijeoma Oluo
Oluo has been writing about race since the 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin, when she turned her food blog into a space for talking about issues of racism and injustice. She’s since become an influential speaker and writer on these topics, and her book So You Want to Talk About Race? is New York Times bestseller. We find that it’s a good primer on racism and guide for continuing the conversation.
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad (we’ve heard the hardcover is selling out—here’s a link to the ebook).
“Based on the viral Instagram challenge that captivated participants worldwide, Me and White Supremacy takes readers on a 28-day journey of how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.” Saad also runs the Good Ancestor Podcast, is an incredible fource on Instagram, and first published her book as a free PDF in 2018 (which she now asks that you don’t use as it’s since been updated). To make sure she gets paid for the work she does that we all benefit from, support Saad’s work on Patreon.
- The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter
For an in-depth history of how race was invented, and how the idea of whiteness has carried forth throughout time, from the ancient Greeks (who had no concept of race) up to today. It’s slightly academic, deeply informed, and a truly engaging read.
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
Sociologist and educator Robin DiAngelo’s coined the term “white fragility” in 2011 to describe the defensiveness that white people exhibit when their ideas about race and racism are challenged. In her 2018 book, she illustrates how this behavior reinforces white supremacy and prevents meaningful dialogue. Read it to understand how racism is not a practice that is only restricted to “bad” people. See also DiAngelo’s anti-racism resources for white people and her interview on Layla Saad’s excellent Podcast Good Ancestors.
- How to Be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.
“Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism re-energizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America–but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other.”
- Why I’m No longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Eddo-Lodge, a London-based journalist, decided to write this book out of her frustration that the conversations in Britain around race weren’t being led by the people who are affected by it. The result is a book that explores issues such as the whitewashing of history and feminism and the political purpose of white dominance. The book turns three years old this week, and Eddo-Lodge is asking that anyone who buys her book donate the same amount to the Minnesota Freedom Fund.
- Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard
Delving behind Canada’s veneer of multiculturalism and tolerance, Policing Black Lives traces the violent realities of anti-blackness from the slave ships to prisons, classrooms and beyond. Robyn Maynard provides readers with the first comprehensive account of nearly four hundred years of state-sanctioned surveillance, criminalization and punishment of Black lives in Canada.
- Taking Sides, edited by Cindy Milstein
The lines of oppression are already drawn. The only question is, Which side are you on in the struggle against the violence that is white supremacy and policing? Taking Sides supplies an ethical compass and militant map of the terrain, arguing not for reform of structurally brutal institutions but rather for their abolition.