Show Your Support
Below are links to various organizations where you can support the #Blacklivesmatter movement both in Philadelphia and across the nation.
"The Philadelphia Bail Fund is a revolving fund that posts bail for people who are indigent and cannot afford bail. Our goal is to keep families and communities together and vigorously advocate for the end to cash bail in Philadelphia. In the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black lives, communities around the country have come together to remind us all of a simple truth: Black Lives Matter. This reminder has been met with violence, repression, and a trusted tool of white supremacy: the criminal legal system. In response, we have received an outpouring of financial support from people eager to stand in solidarity with protesters putting their bodies and freedom on the line."
"From May 2017 to May 2020, we've bailed out 386 people held in Philadelphia jails simply because they could not afford to buy back their freedom. We've posted bail as low as $30 and as high as $50,000. Roughly 34% of those who we've bailed out are women and over 90% are Black and Brown people. We've posted over $1,518,917 to secure our neighbors' freedom. That translates to roughly $15 million in set bail."
"The Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project (YASP) is building a youth-led movement to end the practice of trying and incarcerating young people as adults. Through its work in the Philadelphia jails, YASP provides space for incarcerated young people to express themselves creatively and to develop as leaders both within and beyond the prison walls. Young people who have been through the adult court system are at the forefront of YASP, leading the movement to keep young people out of adult prisons and to create new possibilities for youth around the city."
"Founded in October 2014, Amistad Law Project advocates for the recognition of the human rights of all people and believes in the intersection of movements against systemic oppression. ALP consists of attorneys, activists, and organizers. We are prison abolitionists who view the prison industrial complex as directly related to the massive divestment from our communities the things that make them safe and strong. We believe that good public education, affordable health care, healthy and affordable food, safe and affordable housing, and the ability to care for our families, no matter what they look like, are human rights."
"In the summer 2012 #BlackLivesMatter was born. BLM is created by co-founders, Patrisse Kahn-Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi, in response to Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, being acquitted for his crime. It gained more traction On August 9, 2014, when Officer Darren Wilson murdered 18 year Mike Brown in cold blood in the middle of Canefield Drive in Ferguson, Missouri. On August 28, a Northeast (NYC, PHL, NJ) contingency of about 30 activists bused for 20 hours from NYC to Ferguson, Missouri for the Black Life Matters Freedom Ride.
Months after the life-changing experience in Ferguson, the BLM Northeast (NYC, Philly, NJ participants on the ride) hold their first of several meetings on December 10th. Soon after they began exploring more city-based meetings.
In February of 2015, two of the original Ferguson Freedom Riders, Decide to initiate the chapter and file the official paperwork necessary for Philadelphia to have a official chapter. Months later in May, BLM Philly hold the first local chapter meeting at the St. Paul’s Baptist Church. Since then, the chapter has flourished launched a number of initiatives including, letter campaigns, Black Joy and Healing circles, vigils, and forums."
"On May 25, 2020, my life shattered as I learned of the tragic passing of my dear brother, George.
My family and I watched in absolute horror as the now infamous and horrifying video began to spread quickly throughout social media. What we saw on that tape left us shell shocked; a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling directly on my brother's neck, obstructing his ability to breathe. As some officers knelt on his neck, other officers participated and watched; no one took any action to save my brother's life. Those officers would continue to brutalize my brother until he died. This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George. A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund."
"We are trying to reach the attention of Mayor Jacob Frey and DA Mike Freeman to beg to have the officers involved in this disgusting situation fired and for charges to be filed immediately.
Please help us get justice for George and his family!"
"The Loveland Foundation was established in 2018 by Rachel Cargle in response to her widely successful birthday wish fundraiser, Therapy for Black Women and Girls. Her enthusiastic social media community raised over $250,000, which made it possible for Black women and girls nationally to receive therapy support. Black women and girls deserve access to healing, and that healing will impact generations.
The Loveland Foundation is the official continuation of this effort to bring opportunity and healing to communities of color, and especially to Black women and girls. Through fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more, ultimately we hope to contribute to both the empowerment and the liberation of the communities we serve."
"Over 1,000 people are killed by police every year in America. We are calling on local, state, and federal lawmakers to take immediate action to adopt data-driven policy solutions to end this violence and hold police accountable."
"The NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund uses litigation, advocacy, and public education to work towards racial justice and equality for all Americans. The organization is fighting to protect voting rights, reform the criminal justice system, and improve equal access to education, among other civil rights causes. In donating, you can pick where your money is directed (for example, towards police reform, education, or voting rights) or simply choose 'Where it’s needed most.' Right now, the organization is specifically fighting for the arrests of the other three officers involved in George Floyd’s murder—as the nonprofit said in a recent Instagram post, 'Partial justice is not justice at all."