The last week in the Twin Cities (and the country as a whole) has been a time of pain, tragedy and the first flickers of hope – that people are ready for a change to systemic racism that’s a real problem in our country. We know that it can be hard to know where to start.
This is a great place to start: follow this link for a comprehensive collection of ways to donate, petitions to sign, educational resources, and more. (We didn’t design this link, just happy to share!)
We’re also compiling some local ways that you can get involved here in the Twin Cities.
North Star Health Collective – helping to organize safe events in the Twin Cities
Communities United Against Police Brutality – a Twin-Cities based organization that was created to deal with police brutality on an ongoing basis
Black Lives Matter – their mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
The Bail Project – a non-profit organization designed to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system ‒ one person at a time.
At this time, the MN Freedom Fund, Reclaim the Block, Black Visions Collective and other local organizations have actually received more than they need! If you visit their websites, you can find more organizations and fundraisers to support.
Many, many locations across the Twin Cities are accepting donations of food and household essentials at this time (and will continue doing so while communities work on rebuilding). This map is a great, consistently updated way to see when you can get involved near you. Remember that our communities need ongoing support, not just a one-time donation.
At this point, a lot of clean-up is already done (the Twin Cities community is amazing!), but there will be an ongoing need for cleanup and rebuild assistance. If you provide any relevant services (construction, building materials, insurance help, etc.), now would be a great time to offer up your time and abilities to those in need.
Listen and Learn
There is finally light being shone on the injustice that has been happening in our country for a long time – and the Black community is shouting to be heard. If you’re feeling the momentum right now, lean into it, and don’t forget about it once things begin to settle down. Take the time to read, watch, and listen to resources about the systemic racism in our state and country, and how you can be actively anti-racist. This compilation is a great place to start. If it makes you uncomfortable to talk about, that’s okay. Everyone starts somewhere!
We want to hear from you: how are you doing? How are you contributing to the community around you? How can we support you? We’d love to chat, and hear any other resources or ideas you may have for achieving peace and justice. Much love to you all!