How can I support BLM during this time?
As we welcome this month of celebration and remembrance, please remember that our Black friends and allies bore the burden for us so that we could live without fear; the black rights movement paved the way for the recognition of LGBTQ+ rights; the first Pride was a riot by queer people of colour. It’s time for us to stand and bear the burden with them.
Please consider supporting these small businesses and community effort programs, who have not met their funding goals yet, with a donation.
We've provided a short list of donation links that we have reviewed and verified. This list will continue to be updated, and campaigns that have reached their funding goals will be removed.
Even if you are unable to donate right now, please take the following actions to lend support for the Black Lives Matter movement and encourage reform.
- Get informed: CampaignZero provides a highly-visual, easily digestible article with information for reflection and action.
- Raise your voice: sign Colour Of Change’s petition to end violent policing against black people.
- Stream videos: watch this hour-long video featuring art and music from black creators, from which 100% of ad revenue will be dispersed between various BLM organisations.
Community effort programs
Please consider donating to the following community effort programs:
- WBC: supports Northside businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and the recent uprising, many of which are minority owned.
- WeLoveLakeStreet: supports entrepreneurs on Lake Street with rebuilding their dreams.
- Actblue: supports bail for peaceful protestors.
- Twin cities recovery project: addresses the immediate needs of a community affected by trauma: contributions go toward direct support - food, diapers and formula, and continued naloxone distribution.
- Black Business Minnesota: funds reparations for black-owned businesses in Minnesota.
Direct to small businesses
Please consider donating directly to these black-owned small businesses whom have suffered heavy damages due to riots and looting:
- Studiiyo23: an Egyptian owned sneaker shop.
- Go Get It Tobacco: a black-owned business that employs local community members and designers.
- Chicago St. Furniture: an Ethiopian-owned furniture company that supports minority members with work.
- Jigjiga business center LLC: distributes funds to various Somali-owned businesses in the midtown-Phillips and uptown areas.