If you were unable to participate in the recent protests and want to do something, another way to help is to donate your money or your time. There are many organizations providing activists with bail bonds and legal help. Some are helping small businesses and other community resources that have been adversely affected as well.
Here is a list you can use to begin your search. We’ve provided links to the organizations and their donation pages. Links can be found on the sites for volunteer opportunities as well.
The National Lawyers Guild is the nation’s oldest and largest progressive bar association and was the first one in the US to be racially integrated. Their mission is to use law for the people, uniting lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people by valuing human rights and the rights of ecosystems over property interests. Donate
Its National Revolving Bail Fund is on a mission to combat mass incarceration and reshape the pretrial system in the United States. 100% of online donations are used to bring people home.
It is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to support the Black community and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration.
The Lake Street Council (501c3) will donate 100% of funds to help rebuild Lake Street, starting with direct support to small businesses and nonprofits to help them rebuild their storefronts, reopen their businesses and serve the neighborhoods.
POLICY REFORM ORGANIZATIONS
With more than 1.5 million members, nearly 300 staff attorneys, thousands of volunteer attorneys, and offices throughout the nation, the ACLU of today continues to fight government abuse and to vigorously defend individual freedoms including speech and religion, a woman’s right to choose, the right to due process, citizens’ rights to privacy and much more.” Donate
Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. They help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, they move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America. Donate
It is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, they exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. They use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change. Donate
As a response to the inequities experienced by the Black Community, the Anti-Racism Fund provides capital from a pool of donations to a dynamic portfolio of curated organizations whose ethos align with ARF’s four pillars of purpose: Justice System Reform, Education Parity, Health & Wellness Access and Community Outreach & Social Justice Advocacy. Donate
POLICE REFORM ORGANIZATIONS
Funds donated to Campaign Zero support the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide.
The National Police Accountability Project is a project of the National Lawyers Guild, a non-profit membership organization of plaintiffs’ lawyers, law students and legal workers dedicated to ending law enforcement and detention officer abuse of authority. Donate
CUAPB provides assistance to individuals and families dealing with the effects of police brutality. It routinely wages battles in the political and legal arenas to bring about changes in laws, policies and practices that reduce accountability and allow police brutality to occur. A number of educational programs are provided by them to inform the community about police brutality and justice system issues as well.
LEGAL DEFENSE FUNDS
It is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. Donate
LEGAL RIGHTS CENTER – A Law Firm of and for The People
Their mission is to provide the highest quality criminal defense and restorative justice services to low-income people, specifically people of color. Their focus is Hennepin County, their priority is juveniles, and their services are pro bono. Donate
It advocates for the recognition of the human rights of all people and believes in the intersection of movements against systemic oppression. Donate