9 places to donate and give back
This year, Father’s Day and June 19 fall on the same Sunday, June 19, 2022. This is only the second year in American history that day has been a federally recognized holiday. Many children learn about Juneteenth at school (otherwise known as Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day and Freedom Day). But just like other federally recognized holidays, if you want to do more to teach your kids what Juneteenth is really about – an annual commemoration of June 19, 1865when federal troops came to Galveston, Texas to ensure slaves were freed there two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued – look no further.
If you are looking for material ways to contribute and commemorate this day, there are many organizations that could use your support. From organizations that advocate for trans rights, to groups that run coding boot camps for black girls, to groups that focus on uplifting fathers of color, here are 9 great organizations or actions you can take this Juneteenth.
9 great organizations to support this Juneteenth (and all year round)
The Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI) was created to honor the legacy of Marsha P. Johnson herself, a black trans woman and famous LGTBQ+ rights activist – best known for her enormous role in the Stonewall uprising in 1969. MPJI “protects and defends the rights of BLACK transgender people” by organizing, advocating and more. The MPJI Institute, according to its website, was “founded both in response to the murders of trans women and BLACK women of color and how this relates to our exclusion from issues of social justice, namely racial justice , Gender and Reproductive, as well as Gun Violence.” By donating, you can help the MPJI “employ BLACK trans people, build more strategic campaigns, launch winning initiatives”, and more.
You can make a donation to the MPJI here.
Fathers’ Uplift is designed to serve fathers of color — though it serves all dads and even moms and kids — “who want to overcome challenges and become a positive presence in their children’s lives.” The vast majority of Fathers’ Uplift clients are boys and men, and they also provide services to youth (ages 5-24) growing up in fatherless homes. They provide therapy and aim to make mental health services accessible to minority and low-income communities. Their work is incredibly valuable.
You can donate to Fathers’ Uplift here.
The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) has been the “leading national civil rights organization in the United States dedicated to the empowerment of black lesbian, gay, asexual, transgender, queer+ and same-sex people” since 2003. It serves also HIV-positive people and aims to end racism, homophobia and stigma. The organization campaigns against bills like the “don’t say, gay, black or trans” legislation coming into state homes right now and against anti-transgender violence. At a time when the rights of trans children and adults are under attack, they are a great cause to donate to.
You can donate to NBJC here.
Black Girls Code is a youth-focused organization that creates “pathways for young women of color… by introducing them to computer programming and technology.” The organization works to close the opportunity gap for black women and girls in the tech sector, an industry dominated by whites and mostly men. They host workshops, summer camps, coding clubs, etc., and are a great way to invest in the future.
You can donate to Black Girls CODE here.
The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) is a 50-year-old non-profit organization with a decades-long focus on “achieving positive outcomes for vulnerable children who suffer from the dual legacies of poverty and racial discrimination”. The organization was started in the wake of the civil rights movement and advocates for the education, care and health of black children and families. They work with children from birth to 8 years old.
You can donate to NBCDI here.
The NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, founded in 1940 under Thurgood Marshall, is another legacy racial justice organization that works to make “structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice.” . They do this by serving as the nation’s premier civil and human rights law firm, where they work on issues ranging from criminal justice to education to suffrage protection. Their work is vital at a time when voting rights are under threat.
You can donate to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund here.
The Okra Project is a collective that operates in New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York. Because 34% of black trans people live in extreme poverty, The Okra Project’s mission “is to hire black trans staff to visit the homes of black trans people in need” by providing “free, delicious meals and nutritious foods to black trans people who are food insecure”. .”
“For black people, in particular, the kitchen is such a place of family lineage. It is a place of community. It’s a place of love,” says Ianne Fields Steward, Founder of the Okra Project. “Everyday life happens in the kitchen. And so, having that kitchen filled with someone who looks like you, loves you, and lives like you, is a luxury and a joy.
You can donate to the Okra project here.
Support Black-Owned Bookstores
Support black authors and buy from black-owned bookstores in your city. Below is a list that Glory Edim, Founder and Host of the Well-Read Black Girl Podcast and Founder of the Well-Read Black Girl Reading Network, reposted in June 2020. many black-owned bookstores that might be in your town.
After all, “black bookstores aren’t just about selling books. Their mission is to ensure that the information they carry expands their community and broadens the minds of community members,” W. Paul Coates, Founder and Director of Black Classic Press Explain.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is the only national museum “devoted exclusively to documenting African American life, history, and culture”. To date, the museum has nearly 100,000 members and has collected more than 40,000 artifacts, according to the website. “This museum will tell American history through the lens of African American history and culture,” said Lonnie G. Bunch, founding director of NNAACH. “It’s American history and this museum is for all Americans.”
You can donate to NMAAHC here.
The story of the Bail Project begins over 10 years ago when the Bronx Freedom Fund was launched in New York. This organization was the first of its kind at the time and set the stage for the launch of Project Bail in 2018. Project Bail aims to address mass incarceration and racial and economic inequality by disrupting the bail system under bail. The project aims to see a day when the justice system, particularly the pre-trial phase, is “based on the presumption of innocence for everythingregardless of race, economic status or charge.
You can donate to the Bail Project here.