Support Black Lives
create change by taking action
Let’s be real – we are past the point of raising awareness regarding the racism and injustice happening to Black folks in our world today. SacPride believes this is the time to TAKE ACTION to support the Black Lives Matter movement. We’ve created this list of resources below that include actions YOU can do RIGHT NOW.
Our white and non-black LGBT+ community members need to start using their privilege to advocate for marginalized groups. They are able to transfer the benefits of their privilege to Black folks who lack it. Here is what you can do:
Donate to Black-led LGBTQ Organizations
- TGI Justice Project: Transgender Gender-Variant & Intersex Justice Project is a group of transgender, gender variant and intersex people—inside and outside of prisons, jails and detention centers—creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom.
- SNaPCo: Builds power of Black trans and queer people to force systemic divestment from the prison industrial complex and invests in community support.
- Black AIDS Institute: Working to end the Black HIV epidemic through policy, advocacy, and high-quality direct HIV services.
- Trans Cultural District: The world’s first-ever legally recognized trans district, which aims to stabilize and economically empower the trans community.
- LGBTQ+ Freedom Fund: Posts bail for LGBTQ people held in jail or immigrant detentino and raises awareness of the epidemic of LGBTQ overincarceration.
- House of GG: Creating safe and transformative spaces for community to heal, and nurturing them into tomorrow’s leaders, focusing on trans women of color in the South.
- Trans Justice Funding Project: Community led funding initiative to support grassroots trans justice groups run by and for trans people.
- The Okra Project: Collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black trans people by bringing home-cooked meals and resources to the community.
- Youth Breakout: Works to end the criminalization of LGBTQ youth in New Orleans to build a safer and more just community.
- For the Gworls: They raise money to assist with Black trans folks’ rent/affirmative surgery.
- Black Trans Travel Fund: The Black Trans Travel Fund is a mutual-aid project developed in order to help provide Black transgender women with the financial resources needed to be able to self-determine safer alternatives to travel, where women feel less likely to experience verbal harassment or physical harm.
- Marsha P. Johnson Institute: The Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI) protects and defends the human rights of BLACK transgender people. We do this by organizing, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership, and promoting our collective power.
Support Black-owned businesses in your area
Mental Health Resources for Black Folks
This is a list of seven resources that are providing virtual support to the Black community right now. However you choose to grieve, process, and/or stand in solidarity, remember that you’re not alone, and that your personhood and wellness still matter.
EDUCATE YOURSELF - Watch - Read - Listen - Start A Conversation
- Ally dos and don’ts
- History of colonialism
- The history of slavery in the U.S.
- Read Black revolutionary texts
- Watch the following documentaries:
- Read the following books – try to purchase them from Black-owned book stores:
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- Divided Sisters by Midge Wilson and Kathy Russell
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston
- They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- Fatal Invention by Dorothy Roberts
- Locking Up Our Own by James Forman
- The Miner’s Canary by Lani Guiner and Gerald Torres
- The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
- CONFRONT RACISM wherever you see it, online and with family/friends
Start thinking about a world without police
Sometimes it’s hard to think about what a world without police and prisons would actually look like — here are some action items you can take to start thinking about what could happen when we invest in our communities and divest police.
How to help without being on the frontlines
- Donate to a BAIL FUND in your area or around the country
- Donate MEDICAL SUPPLIES to people working as medics at the protests
- FEED PEOPLE – buy food and water, or make food, and donate it to those who are part of or affected by the protests
- VOLUNTEER at non-hot zone areas to supply food and water
- PICK UP people from the hot-zone if they need it
- Offer to WATCH KIDS if their parents are organizers and need to be on the frontline
- DONATE directly to frontline people and organizations
- WRITE articles and blog posts in support of the ongoing protests