In honor of Pride and the Black Lives Matter movement, below is a list of additional organizations that promote equality, advancement and safety of some of the most vulnerable populations.
The Black Mamas Matter Alliance
“We envision a world where Black mamas have the rights, respect, and resources to thrive before, during, and after pregnancy.”
The partnership project between the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective (SisterSong) addresses black material health inequity and Black maternal health outcomes. A combination of cultivating research, advance care, and a shift in culture.
“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.”
A community employing black trans chef and feeding black trans communities suffering from food insecurity. One session for a chef and groceries is $90; every little bit counts.
Recent News: To honor Nina Pop, Tony McDade, and the many Black Trans people who have been murdered by state-sanctioned violence, The Okra Project is dedicating $15,000 to create the Nina Pop Mental Health Recovery Fund and the Tony McDade Mental Health Recovery Fund. We are asking the community to match our commitment by donating, as you are able, monetary support to sustain this work or donate one of your scheduled sessions with your Black male/female therapist.
“To increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology.”
The mission is to provide African-American youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected to be available in the U.S. by 2020, and to train 1 million girls by 2040.
Recent News: Since BGC’s launch in 2011, the girls of BlackGirlsCode have eagerly jumped into programming. Have a look at what we’ve done to support girls in STEM and register for upcoming classes!
“The mission of the Emergency Release Fund is to ensure that no trans person at risk in New York City jails remains in detention before trial. If cash bail is set for a trans person in New York City and no bars to release are in place, bail will be paid by the Emergency Release Fund.”
The current state of the country with ever changing rules (the elimination of habeas corpus in NYC) and a pandemic on our hands, the Emergency Release Fund is VITAL.
Recent News: In response to COVID-19, the Emergency Release Fund has expanded their mission to raise and post bail for pretrial medically vulnerable individuals and anyone who identifies as LGBTQ. As of May 26th, 2020, we have freed 160 people and paid over $900k in bail funds.
“Pioneer a health movement for African-American women and girls grounded in civil rights history and principles through walking campaigns, community leadership, and health advocacy.”
Beyond walking, GirlTrek’s active members support local and national policy to increase physical activity through walking, improve access to safe places to walk, protect and reclaim green spaces, and improve the walkability and built environments of 50 high-need communities across the United States.
“Our mission is to curb the disproportionate harms of mass incarceration on the queer community — this means addressing the twin epidemic of HIV, which is inextricably intertwined.”
Based off their site, In the U.S., queer individuals are also three times more likely to be incarcerated than heterosexual individuals, and over 40 percent of imprisoned women are sexual minorities.
Recent News: For those in need, we provide case management and medical-legal-social services linkages.