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Support Racial Justice

June 9, 2020
Posted by: JCRC Staff

Following up our #KneelAtHome campaign, we’re reaching out to encourage our community to donate to and volunteer for racial justice. It’s rare for a non-profit to ask its supporters to donate elsewhere – but today’s headlines demand it from us. Below we’ve compiled a recommended list of non-profits in the black and racial justice communities for your financial consideration. Many of these groups also have great volunteer opportunities.

Jews of Color Initiatives

Be’chol Lashon

Be’chol Lashon (Hebrew for “in every language”) strengthens Jewish identity by raising awareness about the ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of Jewish identity and experience. Be’chol Lashon brings the historic Jewish commitment to civil rights and racial justice forward into the 21st century. Embracing the historical diversity of the Jewish people and, more importantly, the growing diversity of the community today is the most important step toward securing relevancy in an exciting American future.

Jewish Multiracial Network

The Jewish Multiracial Network (JMN) advances Jewish diversity through empowerment and community building with Jews of Color and Jewish Multiracial families, and to maintain through JMN an arena in which multiracial families and Jews of Color are recognized. JMN seeks to nurture and enhance Jewish diversity throughout the larger Jewish community.

Jews in ALL Hues

Jews in ALL Hues (JIAH) is an advocacy and educational organization that supports multiple-heritage Jews (one Jewish parent, adopted Jews, Jews by choice, Jews of color and those who do not fit the ‘box’), partners and allies in order to cultivate an honest culture of welcoming in the Jewish community.

The Jews of Color Field Building Initiative

The Jews of Color Field Building Initiative is a national effort focused on building and advancing the professional, organizational and communal field for Jews of Color. The Initiative focuses on grant making, research and field building, and community education, and hosts the nation’s first ever philanthropic and capacity building fund expressly dedicated to responding to racial injustice through helping further establish, fortify and building-out the field of support for Jews of Color.

Bay Area

Equal Justice Society

The Equal Justice Society is transforming the nation’s consciousness on race through law, social science, and the arts. Led by President Eva Paterson, our legal strategy aims to broaden conceptions of present-day discrimination to include unconscious and structural bias by using social science, structural analysis, and real-life experience. Currently, EJS targets its advocacy efforts on school discipline, special education, and the school-to-prison pipeline, race-conscious remedies, and inequities in the criminal justice system. The Oakland, Calif.-based nonprofit also engages the arts and artists in creating work and performances that allow wider audiences to understand social justice issues and struggles.

Glide’s Center for Social Justice

GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice influences public policy and changes public perception around poverty, discrimination, and civil and human rights. We do this through thought leadership, policy development, grassroots organizing, education, and legal action. We convene policymakers and peers to amplify the voices of our community, while mobilizing congregants, clients, volunteers, donors and neighbors to become agents of social change.

The Jewish Coalition for Literacy

The Jewish Coalition for Literacy assists struggling young readers at under-resourced public schools, whose families contend with immigration fears, a spiraling cost of living, and limited employment and affordable-housing opportunities. The ability to read is the foundation of a civil and democratic society; the future of our children, our communities and our country depends on it.

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR) works to protect and promote the rights of people of color, immigrants, and low-income people in California. As one of the oldest nonprofit civil rights organizations on the West Coast, our attorney network has provided free legal representation to communities on the front lines of Racial, Economic, and Immigrant Justice struggles for over 50 years. Our community-centered approach leverages direct services, precedent-setting litigation, and policy advocacy to dismantle systems of oppression and build a more just and equitable society.

Project Level

Founded in 2012, Project Level is a groundbreaking, socially active non-profit program that nurtures the creative needs of at-risk and underserved Bay Area inner-city youth. Our team is dedicated to providing a safe, experiential learning environment where youth can freely express themselves through the arts.

Project Rebound

In 1967 Professor John Irwin created Project Rebound as a way to matriculate people into San Francisco State University directly from the criminal justice system. The focus of Project Rebound quickly became “Education as an Alternative to Incarceration” and “Turning Former Prisoners into Scholars” after being embraced by Associated Students Incorporated. Since the program’s inception, there have been hundreds of formerly incarcerated folks who have obtained four–year degrees and beyond. 

United Playaz

United Playaz is a San Francisco-based violence prevention and youth development organization. We provide a comprehensive range of services to prepare vulnerable youth for higher education, employment, and healthy living within a safe, nurturing, and collaborative environment.

Minnesota

Black Vision Collective

Since 2017, Black Visions Collective, has been putting into practice the lessons learned from organizations before us in order to shape a political home for Black people across Minnesota. We aim to center our work in healing and transformative justice principles, intentionally develop our organizations core “DNA” to ensure sustainability, and develop Minnesota’s emerging Black leadership to lead powerful campaigns. By building movements from the ground up with an integrated model, we are creating the conditions for long term success and transformation.

Black Visions Collective envisions a world in which ALL Black Lives Matter. We use the guidance and brilliance of our ancestors as well as the teachings of our own experiences to pursue our commitment to dismantling systems of oppression and violence. We are determined in our pursuit of dignity and equity for all.

Reclaiming the Block

Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety. We believe health, safety and resiliency exist without police of any kind. We organize around policies that strengthen community-led safety initiatives and reduce reliance on police departments. We do not believe that increased regulation of or public engagement with the police will lead to safer communities, as community testimony and documented police conduct suggest otherwise.

National

Color of Change

Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America. Our campaigns and initiatives win changes that matter. By designing strategies powerful enough to fight racism and injustice—in politics and culture, in the work place and the economy, in criminal justice and community life, and wherever they exist—we are changing both the written and unwritten rules of society. We mobilize our members to end practices and systems that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward. Until justice is real.

The Sentencing Project

Founded in 1986, The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration. Our work includes the publication of groundbreaking research, aggressive media campaigns, and strategic advocacy for policy reform. As a result of The Sentencing Project’s research, publications, and advocacy, many people know that this country is the world’s leader in incarceration; that racial disparities pervade the criminal justice system; that over six million Americans can’t vote because of felony convictions; and that thousands of women and children have lost food stamps and cash assistance as the result of convictions for drug offenses.