Our personal conviction drives us to two areas of focus that drive grass roots change:
- VOTING in general and for the young Rising American Electorate (RAE) in particular
- POLICE REFORMATION to focus on Serve & Protect
This is by no means to imply there are not other, worthy recipients. This is just a start, and we encourage you to explore and support the many incredible organizations doing invaluable work to end systemic racial injustice right now.
The absolute dire situation here can not be overstated. Our country MUST figure out how to channel the energy driving protest and demonstration into driving an unprecedented, historically mind-blowing turnout on election day. Michelle Obama’s post shows the translation of YOUR vote on election day to the possible lasting and meaningful impact on the American criminal justice system.
WE SUPPORT the Voter Participation Center.
The Voter Participation Center and its partner organization, the Center for Voter Information, run the nation’s largest mail-based voter registration and turnout programs, working to help members of the Rising American Electorate (RAE) — young people, unmarried women and people of color — register and vote. The RAE is now 64 percent of the voting-eligible population in America.
WE SUPPORT Dine for Democracy.
We’re thrilled to be a winery participant with Dine for Democracy, which brings people together to support free and fair elections through the joyful act of sharing food. The funds raised benefit 5 voting organizations led by youth and communities of color working in key states. You can lend support by:
2- DONATE through our website (now or on the next First Friday. Together, we can make a difference.
POLICE REFORMATION TO SERVE & PROTECT
We can live in a world where the police don’t kill people. 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.
WE SUPPORT Campaign Zero and & their outstanding data driven project 8 Can’t Wait.
Funds donated to Campaign Zero support the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide.
Following are just a few of the many available resources that we’ve found helpful.
For parents trying to raise children who are thoughtful, informed and brave about race.
An incredibly thorough list of funds, legal help for protesters, actions that can be taken, ways to educate ourselves further and more (found via @jennyfrancois and originally published by @botanicaldyke).
Megan Ming Francis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington where she specializes in the study of American politics, race, and the development of constitutional law. She is particularly interested in the construction of rights and citizenship, black political activism, and the post-civil war South. Born and raised in Seattle, WA, she was educated at Garfield High School, Rice University in Houston, and Princeton University where she received her M.A. and her Ph.D. in Politics. This is a TED TALK from 2016 where she asks if we have the collective courage to take a stand against racial injustice TODAY.