One of my friends posted on Facebook that she’s looking for black-run projects to donate to today, which I thought was a great idea. Here’s a list of suggestions:
–The Girls Raks Bellydance and Body Image Program: a body-positive bellydance course for young women in Oakland, CA, taught by fabulous fat dancers Etang Inyang and Tammy Johnson (pictured above).
-Janet Mock is running a book drive to get books by trans people of color to trans prisoners around the US.
–Black Girl Dangerous, one of the blogs I read regularly, “seeks to, in as many ways possible, amplify the voices, experiences and expressions of queer and trans* people of color.”
–The Black Youth Project (BYP) “is committed to producing research about the ideas, attitudes, and experiences of young black people; providing a platform for their voices and perspectives; and mobilizing young people and their allies to make positive change and build the world within which they want to live.”
–Urban Cusp, an online lifestyle magazine, has been providing great coverage of Ferguson, and has been instrumental in organizing the #NotOneDime Black Friday boycotts and the upcoming #BlackDecember campaign.
–Feminista Jones organized the nationwide protests that took place immediately after Mike Brown’s shooting.
-Other bloggers and activists doing important work: Trudy of Gradient Lair, @bad_dominicana, @so-treu, Sydette (@BlackAmazon), Shaadi (@tgirlinterruptd), Chef Fresh (an awesome fat-pos food justice activist–you can read an interview with here here), Shannon Barber of Nudemuse, and Monica of TransGriot. (h/t to Lauren Chief Elk for the first five)
-The Ferguson Rapid Response Giving document lists ten grassroots organizations working for racial justice in Ferguson.
–The Trans Women of Color Collective is “creating revolutionary change by uplifting the narratives, leadership and lived experiences of trans people of color.”
-“Revolutionary black trans woman CeCe McDonald has inspired many people with not only her survival from a racist, transphobic, and misogynistic hate crime and her criminalization for that survival, but also how she has emerged from that experience as a brilliant and passionate advocate.”
–The Audre Lorde Project is “a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area.”
–TGI Justice Project is “a group of transgender people—inside and outside of prison—creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom.”
–Affinity Community Services is “a social justice organization that works with and on behalf of Black LGBTQ communities, queer youth, and allies to identify emergent needs, create safe spaces, develop leaders, and bridge communities through collective analysis and action for social justice, freedom, and human rights.”
-Here in Boston, Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) “builds the power of communities of color and low-income communities in Massachusetts to eradicate environmental racism and classism, create healthy, sustainable communities, and achieve environmental justice.”
If you have more ideas, leave them in the comments!