In light of recent events, I have decided to donate a portion of net profits to two organizations surrounding the #blacklivesmatter movement. However, I also wanted to acknowledge that June is LGBTQ+ month so I have chosen organizations that highlight the interconnectivity of these struggles.
The first organization is called the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100). Started by Dr. Cathy Cohen, this grassroots organization is "a member-based organization of Black youth activists creating justice and freedom for all Black people." They emphasize that their work involves creating a positive black narrative through a queer, feminist lens. They have a variety of campaigns and projects all aiming to solve different issues within the black community. Find links below.
- View their “Agenda to Build Black Futures”: https://www.agendatobuildblackfutures.com/our-agenda
- Sign their pledge to end gender-based violence here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/shesafewesafe
- Take their survey to collect data/stories surrounding gender-based violence: https://uic.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9uXOHERKOMEIQyF
- Donate here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/loveblack
- Get involved in other ways here: https://www.byp100.org/take-action
This second organization is called the Transgender, Gender-Variant and Intersex Justice Project (TGI Justice). This organization specifically aims to advocate for non-gender conforming, transgender and women of color in prisons or jails throughout California. Their aim is to create a unified culture of resistance and resilience to fight against, "imprisonment, police violence, racism, poverty and societal pressure."
- Read their mission and their story here: http://www.tgijp.org/about.html
- Find information on their programs here: http://www.tgijp.org/programs.html
- Donate here: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/TGIJP?code=Donate
I wanted to donate to organizations that were local but fighting for every aspect of black equality. It must be understood that all these struggles are connected. You can't fight for Black rights without fighting for women's rights and LGBTQ+ rights too.
Below I have linked some resources. Please look through and pass along the ones that you find useful.
Until all of us are free, none of us are.
Thank you for your support,
Jayla Loren :)
Compilation of black organizations to use as resources/get information/ donate to:
Resources specifically for non-black allies (but everyone could benefit to look at!):