Activism Resources: Ongoing Issues

Last updated August 28, 2020 by Mari Jacobson

This is a list of ongoing resources that you can take action on. Many of these items require repetitive action, some of them are organizations and communities that need regular donations, and there are reading resources help educate on a variety of issues.

There are a lot of items on this list - pick some issues that resonate with you, or some that are new to you.

This list is not complete, and it can and will change frequently. It's a starting point for us all - there are many other great resources out there for you to support.

who represents you in congress?

Find out who represents you and how to contact them

ACLU Volunteer Calling

We've signed up for the ACLU's Volunteer Call Team. They make it very easy - they provide a call training guide and call scripts.

Sign up for ACLU Call Team

Read/learn

Denim-related

Watch Denim Dudes Webinar: Denim & Segregation featuring Alyasha Owerka-Moore (Phat Farm), Bobby Joseph (FUBU), April Walker (Walker Wear), Donwan Harrell (Akademiks PRPS) and TJ Walker (Cross Colours)

→ Denim Dudes on racism and denim

Segregation in Southern Textile Mills by Albert Muzquiz

Four Decades of Change: Black Workers in Southern Textiles, 1941-1981 by Mary Frederickson

Black Activism, the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and the Racial Integration of the Southern Textile Industry by Timothy J Minchin

The Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America’s Urban Heartland by Walter Thompson-Hernández

Books

Check out this Black-owned Bookstore guide

Check out what’s being highlighted by the NoName Book free reading program to read curated texts by authors of color for free, or learn about the Book of the Month. Also provides lists of Black-owned bookstores and book clubs. Here is their list for Black August. 

Reparations Club Bookstore staff picks

→ Anti-racism books for children/teens

→ Antiracism books for adults

Articles/papers/interviews

Black Liberation and the Abolition of the Prison Industrial Complex: An Interview with Rachel Herzing

Felony disenfranchisement by Brennan Center

Racial Discrimination by the Criminal Justice System Against Indigenous Peoples in the United States by Indigenous Rights Center

Resources

Rachel Cargle’s The Great Unlearn

Patia’s Fantasy World Master List of Resources on How to Dismantle Systemic Racism

2020 Police Brutality Repository

Frameworks and Organizing Strategy Resources by Community Justice Exchange

How Gerrymandering Works by Sister District project

Relinquishing the Patriarchy Resources list by Adrienne Maree Brown

Donation resources

General/Community

Support Color of Change, an Oakland-based organization that we refer to often!

The National Domestic Workers Alliance

→ Donate to the National Bail Fund Network Emergency Response Fund

Donate to Black Visions Collective MN

Latinx History Project Queer Families Covid-19 Relief Fund

Donations to support Native communities

Donate to help support Native Americans during the covid-19 crisis. Native American communities are at a severely high risk during the pandemic.

Native Philanthropy Resource Library

Adopt a Native Elder donation program

Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Volunteer Form to arrange safe food and supply drop-offs

One Sioux Falls Fund to help individuals/families avoid evictions

Help a Native college student with their educational goals and financial needs 

Donations to support black trans people

Direct giving is the most available and requested option to support Black Trans people. Here are some resources to donate to.

Black Trans Travel Fund (East Coast)

→ The Okra Project's Nina Pop and Tony McDade mental health fund (provides Black male or female therapists to Trans people)

Nina Pop Fund (For female therapists)

Tony McDade Fund (For male therapists)

For the Gworls Covid Medical Fund (pays for travel for medical appointments)

Free Covid care packages including safe sex kit

Free one year supply of HRT needles

Donations to support trans people

Point of Pride COVID Emergency FundCovid Emergency Fund

Updated list of GoFundMe campaigns for Trans Women

Other resources and ways to support

Find a Mutual Aid Network near you via Mutual Aid Hub

Volunteer your skills virtually to a non-profit

Showing up for Racial Justice - an organization to mobilize white people for racial justice

Black Trans Femmes in the Arts

Nationwide Volunteering Opportunities compiled by Equal Justice Initiative

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