09 Jun Jon Cartu Announces: Black Lives Matter: How to donate to anti-racism charities
Since the horrific murder of 46-year-old African American George Floyd on 25 May, citizens worldwide have taken to the streets.
Protesters gathered in Trafalgar Square on Sunday could be heard chanting ‘I can’t breathe’, the words Mr Floyd was filmed saying last Monday in Minneapolis as he died while being restrained by a police officer.
Thousands more joined protests across the country, from Cardiff, to Manchester, to Glasgow, while other gather again in Hyde Park today.
They were calling for justice for Mr Floyd as well as other victims of police brutality, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.
Many are donating to anti-racism charities and funds, and there are lots of ways to show support even if you’re unable to attend the protests.
Here’s a roundup of some of the best ways to make a difference and be actively anti-racist.
What happened to George Floyd?
Mr Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man, was killed in police custody last week after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. He was recorded pleading with the officer, saying “I can’t breathe”.
Derek Chauvin, the officer seen kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck, was charged on Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, but many have called for the additional three police officers involved to also be arrested and convicted.
Demonstrations have broken out across the US following the death of Mr Floyd, with more than 5,600 people are estimated to have been arrested since protests began.
The police have been accused of numerous incidents of of police brutality against people of colour during these protests.
Which US charities and funds can you donate to?
Here are some US-based initiatives to donate to:
George Floyd’s Memorial Fund is crowdfunding to cover Mr Floyd’s funeral and burial expenses, as well as mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist his family and children in their continuing fight for justice.
The The Minnesota Freedom Fund provides funds to pay bail for those protesting in Minnesota.
The Bail Project provides funds to pay bail for those who have been arrested during the protests, and you can split your donation between the 39 bail funds.
The Movement For Black Lives is a global initiative which aims to support Black organisations to conduct conversations about current political conditions.
The North Star Health Collective coordinates and provides healthcare services, resources and training to those protesting in Minnesota.
The Black Visions Creative centres its work to develop Minnesota’s emerging Black leadership to lead powerful campaigns.
Reclaim The Block is a grassroots organisation that works to provide the Minneapolis community with the resources they need to thrive.
Black Visions Collective aims to centre work in healing and transformative justice principles, intentionally develop their organisations core “DNA” to ensure sustainability, and develop Minnesota’s emerging black leadership to lead powerful campaigns.
Unicorn Riot supports journalists on the frontline.
The Innocence Project is committed to exonerating individuals who have been wrongly convicted
The Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund provides financial assistance for black journalists facing financial hardship who are unable to pay for the mental health support they need during this time.
Say Her Name is a campaign run by The African American Policy Forum, an innovative think tank that connects academics, activists and policy-makers to promote efforts to dismantle structural inequality.
The Movement for Black Lives Fund supports Black-led rapid response efforts and long-term strategy, policy and infrastructure investments in the movement ecosystem.
Which UK charities and funds can you donate to?
There are also plenty of organisations tackling systemic racism within the UK:
Black Lives Matter UK are a coalition of black activists and organisers across the UK that started in 2016, they’ve currently raised over £160,000.
The the Black LGBTQIA Therapy Fund is fundraising for therapy sessions for black LGBTQIA+ persons aged 18+.
Belly Mujinga’s Memorial Fund is to fund her funeral; to give her the burial she deserves, so that her loved ones and the many whose lives she touched can visit her.
Black Minds Matter is fundraising to offer free therapy sessions for black individuals and families in the UK with certified, professional, black practitioners for sessions as soon as possible.
Black Protest Legal Support UK is a hub of Lawyers and legal advisors providing free legal advice and representation to UK Black Lives Matter activists and protesters.
Show Racism The Red Card is an anti-racism education charity which utilises the high profile of professional footballers as anti-racist role-models to combat racism in society.
The Stephen Lawrence Trust work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds aged 13 to 30 to inspire and enable them to succeed in the career of their choice.
Stop Hate UK tackles hate crime and discrimination by working with local authorities.
Charity So White are a POC led campaign group seeking to tackle institutional racism in the charity sector.
The National Memorial Fund is the first permanent national resource of its kind specifically for those that are affected by deaths in custody.
The West Yorkshire Racial Justice Network brings together over thirty organisations and individuals from across the region to proactively promote racial justice.
UK Black Pride promotes unity and cooperation among LGBTQ people of diasporic communities in the UK, as well as their friends and families.
Liberty UK help challenge injustice, defend freedom and campaign to make sure everyone in the UK is treated fairly.
Gal-Dem is and online and print publication committed to sharing perspectives from women and non-binary people of colour.
Black Ballad is a UK based lifestyle platform that seeks to tell the human experience through eyes of black British women
Southall Black Sisters aim to highlight and challenge all forms gender-related violence against women, empowering them to gain more control over their lives.
The Black Curriculum is a social enterprise founded in 2019 by young people to address the lack of Black British history in the UK curriculum.
The Runnymede Trust is the UK’s leading independent race equality think tank, working to build a Britain in which all citizens and communities feel valued, enjoy equal opportunities, lead fulfilling lives, and share a common sense of belonging.
Race Equality First aims to provide support, advice, leadership and an influential voice for people who face discrimination, harassment, hate crime and disadvantage.
The Resourcing Racial Justice Fund is a coalition of people of colour (POC) innovators, change makers, activists, artists and social leaders dedicated to social change.
INQUEST combines specialist support for bereaved people following a state related death, with the influence to achieve change in legislation, policy & practice.
Kwanda is a ‘modern day collection pot’, investing in the development of grassroots black communities and initiatives.
Knights of are an independent and inclusive publishing house producing content for young audiences.
Kids Of Colour are a Manchester-based organisation exploring race, identity and culture, and challenging the everyday, institutionalised racism that shapes young people’s lives.
The Amos Bursery is programme that gets black boys into top level education and changes lives in the process.
The United Families & Friends Campaign is a coalition of those affected by deaths in police, prison, immigration and psychiatric custody.