BLACK LIVES MATTER RESOURCES
CAT Youth Theatre is a free, award-winning after school program that invests in young people and inspires them to thrive– on stage and in life
3T is the educational, inspirational wing of Naked Angels Theater Company. Free for students from all NYC public high schools. Students meet with theater professionals and write a short play, screenplay, story or poem which they bring to life over the course of the workshop.
UPROSE is an intergenerational, multi-racial, nationally-recognized, women of color led, grassroots organization that promotes sustainability and resiliency through community organizing, education, leadership development and cultural/artistic expression in Brooklyn, NY.
Oko Urban Farms is an Aquaponics Farm and Education Company in Brooklyn focused on spreading the knowledge and skills required to practice aquaponics farming by educating children and adults of all racial and socio-economic backgrounds.
Rise and Root farms is committed to engaging rural and urban communities through food and farming. They are committed to justice and equity and in building a strong local food economy.
Soul Fire Farm is a BIPOC-centered community farm committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. They raise and distribute life-giving food as a means to end food apartheid.
The Black Feminist Project enriches the lives of, restores agency, justice, joy and health to Black women, girls and non-men, often referred to as marginalized genders or MaGes and the children they care for - with an emphasis on mother-led families.
Educational Entertainment & Shopping
An interview series with change-makers & culture-shapers exploring what it means to be a good ancestor. Hosted by New York Times bestselling author, Layla F. Saad.
More than a global marketplace for black owned businesses, We Buy Black is a movement to see social and economical justice globally.
Black-Owned Brooklyn makes it easier for you to discover local Black-owned businesses, in addition to documenting Black life, past and present, in the borough.
Unplug, at its core, is a place where Black and Brown womxn and non-binary folks can share their stories about existing in their bodies
without being silenced or censored. It is grassroots and student run magazine that is free and has open submissions.
Black VegFest is about consciously supporting black people in every shape and form and using our voices to defend the voiceless animals.
For the month of June, Criterion Collective is providing FREE access to a comprehensive list of films which focus on Black culture, experience, struggle, & art.
Brown Sugar works just like Netflix! It’s a streaming service where you can watch hit movies and TV shows along with the largest collection of classic black cinema, un-cut and commercial-free, streamed to your phone, tablet, computer or TV. Subscribe for 3.99/ mo.
Created by Angelina Ruiz the website has resources and tools for parents and students combating racism or learning how to be anti-racist.
Promotes and supports Black businesses by organizing monthly markets and holding workshops to highlight the work of creatives.
A comprehensive list of Black-owned vegan businesses in Brooklyn.
Mental Health & Health Resources
An online community designed for people of color to thrive. Enjoy workshops, wellness sessions and live concerts from the comfort of home
An inclusive space focused on holistic health and wellness, committed to building a community that is dedicated to changing the stigma attached to healing.
Ryan Health is dedicated to providing high quality, affordable, comprehensive, linguistically appropriate and culturally competent health care services to medically underserved populations.
Northstar Health Services, Inc. provides physical rehabilitation and other health care services. The Company offers services at outpatient rehabilitation clinics and patient care facilities to patients suffering from physical disabilities. They are offering COVID-19 Related Health Resources/Mutual Aid Fund.
Pay what you wish power yoga over zoom, committed to a warm and welcoming environment.
Harriet’s Apothecary is an intergenerational,
healing village led by the brilliance and wisdom of Black Cis Women, Queer and Trans healers, artists, health professionals, magicians, activists and ancestors.
A community led center for wellness and harmonious living, striving to create an inclusive environment where all people can heal and thrive. Minka believes in the magical existence of human beings: we are here to hold space, so you can remember how to harness your inherent brilliance.
FREQUENCY is an emotional fitness company. We host guided experiences of human connection and transformation inside of a 360 degree audiovisual dome.
Guidance from a licensed, Black female therapist on understanding and taking care of your mental health.
Free herbal medicine for BIPOC.
So often the stigma surrounding mental health issues and therapy prevents Black women from taking the step of seeing a therapist. This space was developed to present mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant.
Created so men and boys of color would have a dedicated place to visit when seeking support for mental health guidance or professionals. In addition, this site was created to help strip away the stigmatization associated with men of color regarding therapy in their communities at large.
Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls.
The Boris Henson Foundation is committed to changing the perception of mental illness in the African-American community by encouraging those who suffer with this debilitating illness to get the help they need.
BEAM is a training, movement building and grant making organization dedicated to the healing, wellness and liberation of Black and marginalized communities. They offer Virtual Therapy through their network.
The Door’s mission is to empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. They offer everything from free health services to school tutoring and college prep.
Moon Mother Apothecary was founded by Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, an AfroDominican herbalist, artist and community organizer. The online apothecary offers plant medicines and herbal products.
A healing incubator by and for people of color that will be offering virtual programming in light of COVID-19.
Herbal Mutual Aid Network free herbal medicine.
FOR TAKING ACTION FROM HOME
NYC'S executive budget initially proposed by the mayor is undergoing final negotiations this month with our city council members. The initial budget proposal supports roughly $6 billion dollars in funding for the NYPD, which is more than the entire budget for Youth, Housing, Homeless, & Health Services combined. The Adopted Budget needs to be negotiated before July 1st so we only have the next two weeks to CALL/EMAIL our council members and DEMAND them to #DEFUNDTHENYPD
Watch this YouTube playlist and turn off your ad blocker – it contains multiple instances of a compilation video by Zoe Amira of visuals and music by black artists. All ad revenue generated goes to the BLM movement.
#CUTNYPD Budget, call scripts and email templates
An accessible guide to demanding a $1 billion cut to the NYPD
Join Sunrise NYC to call local congress people who are still on the fence or against cutting the NYPD budget
5 simple steps to take action, with email sample created by Malarkey Film Festival
PRO TIP: it is important that you include one completely original sentence at the start of your email to ensure the email does not get filtered into the pile of emails which will not be read by the council member.
FOR SHARING AND EDUCATING OTHERS
Donate // Join // Support
Fair Fight brings awareness to the public on election reform, advocates for election reform at all levels, and engages in other voter education programs and communications.
CPE is a national nonprofit that leverages research tools to identify and combat bias in policing. They have studied bias surrounding mental health, immigration enforcement, vehicle searches, homlessness and patrol practices.
TBI is a Black-led think-tank based in NYC that is committed to shaping intellectual discourse and public policy from the perspective of Black people in America and people of color throughout the diaspora.
Color Of Change is the nation's largest online racial justice organization. Its work focuses on addressing four interrelated issues that keep racism alive, including racist policing, racist media narratives, political inequality, and economic inequality.
The structural problems with policing, from the inside out.
Compiled by Jasmine Mitchell, accessible and succinct *intro* to anti-racism. Jasmine made it easy for us, so please also pay them for their work.
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Spread the Vote helps voters in communities of color empower themselves to be heard at the polls. They ease the barriers that often decrease turnout such as getting an ID, completing registration, and staying informed on basic information for election day.
BVMF exists to increase the power of Black communities in the political arena. Its work centers around increasing voter registration and advocating for racially inclusive voting policies.
JC is building a multi-generational movement against police violence and systemic racism in New York City by empowering both youth and elders in communities of color to exercise their political power.
The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them.
An audio series from The Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.
Intersectionality Matters! is a podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory.
Why non- black people don't get a say in how black people fight for justice & why loss of property never equates to loss of life
STOP arguing with your white family about Black people. START talking about whiteness and challenging how you have been complicit with the culture and systems whiteness have created. White people it is time to talk about WHITENESS and not about Black folks.
Watch the full feature free on youtube- Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay's examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country's history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America.
If you are finding it hard to articulate how to discuss issues of racism, injustice, discrimination and privilege, we’d like to encourage you to take some time to learn and listen. Take some time to watch some (or all) of these important documentaries about race, racial prejudices and privilege within our society.
Learn about the erasure of African American cities, towns and villages. Seneca Village that is now known as Central Park was once home to a thriving community of African Americans and immigrants.
Resources for protesting responsibly
How to protest on the street safely during a pandemic
Remember you here to protect black bodies, not to agitate the police, not to take photos for IG. Don't try to lead a chant, some chants ("Hands up, don't shoot" "I can't breathe" as well as the black power fist) are not for you. Listen to the organizers and be prepared to place yourself at the front line between police and BIPOC protesters should violence occur
WE KEEP US SAFE! consider contacting these organizations instead of calling the police
UPDATE via @ shan_ia_twain: "someone sent me a DM letting me know their friend had a blatantly islamophobic experience with CCM Brooklyn."