Resources for Empowering Black Communities

On Juneteenth, we explained that one of our goals with Discord is to build meaningful relationships and strong affirming communities. We want to continue this by expanding upon our existing resources list from our previous blog and highlighting additional organizations we think are important to support in any way possible.

Below are some organizations and nonprofits we think make important strides in fighting against systemic racism and BIPOC inequality.

Direct Support

These organizations directly support both local and worldwide causes.

  • The Bail Project: The Bail Project’s goal is to combat mass incarceration by securing the freedom for as many people as possible and fuel momentum for equal justice.
  • Black Visions Collective: This collective works to dismantle systems of oppression and violence within our society, determined in our pursuit of dignity and equity for all.
  • My Block, My Hood, My City: A small business relief fund working to support and assist in necessary repairs businesses impacted by out-of-state looters.
  • Hope Not Hate: An organization focused on utilizing research, education, and public engagement to challenge mistrust and racism, and help build communities that are inclusive, celebrate shared identities that are resilient to hate.
  • Black Emotional and Mental Health: BEAM works to remove the barriers that Black people experience getting access to emotional health care and healing through organization, education, training, grantmaking, and advocacy.
  • National Black Arts Foundation: An organization working to ensure that every child in the community, regardless of their circumstances, can enrich their lives and build their future through the arts and uplift the next generation.

BIPOC LGBTQ+ Organizations

In addition to LGBTQ The Freedom Fund shared in our first 2020 Pride blog, the following groups focus on LGBTQ+ Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities.

  • Snap 4 Freedom: A black, trans-led organization whose goal is to restore the city of Atlanta, Georgia to a state where every person has an opportunity to grow and thrive without facing any sort of unfair barriers.
  • Transgender District: The Transgender District, located in San Francisco, is the first legally recognized transgender city district in the world that fosters a rich history, culture, legacy, and empowerment of transgender people and its deep roots in the southeastern Tenderloin region.
  • House of gg: The Griffin-Gracy Educational Retreat & Historical Center’s mission is to create programs, services, and resources that positively impact the lives, history, and visibility of Transgender, gender-questioning, and gender-nonconforming people.
  • Youth BreakOUT!: YBO! works to end the criminalization of LGBTQ youth in New Orleans, LA through youth organizing, healing justice, and leadership development programs.
  • The Okra Project: A collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black trans people by bringing home-cooked meals and resources to the community.

Learning More

Take a bit of time out of your day to understand the impact you can have on the world around you and how you can contribute to make your community a better place.

  • Talking About Race: An educational portal built by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, providing tools and guidance to help readers learn more and inspire important conversation. The museum is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture.
  • NPR’s Code Switch: A weekly NPR podcast run by a multi-racial, multi-generational team of journalists who cover both race and identity. Code Switch covers those messy, uncomfortable, essential conversations with the nuance and depth they deserve.
  • Dr. Robin DiAngelo discusses ‘White Fragility’: University of Washington Professor Dr. Robin DiAngelo explains the phenomenon of White Fragility and discusses how you can develop your capacity to engage more constructively across races.
  • Anguish & Action: Collection of resources curated by the Obama Foundation aimed at inspiring, empowering, and connecting people to change their world — this resource list is focused on helping readers learn what they can do to create a more just and equitable world.


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