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Anti-Black Racism: History, Ideology, and Resistance - Oakland Campus

Support Local Organizations against Racism (Pittsburgh and Allegheny County)

  • Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP): Launched May 21, 1986 to ensure that the Pittsburgh African-American community votes in every single election. 
  • Greater Pittsburgh Coalition against Violence:  The purpose and the role of the COALITION AGAINST VIOLENCE is to identify and  facilitate the implementation of strategies and initiatives addressing the issues of violence and crime that plague many of the neighborhoods and communities throughout the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. 
  • The Pittsburgh Foundation: A statement from the staff members: "In this pivotal moment, we will no be silent."
  • Three Rivers Community Foundation: Advancing social change through grantmaking, advocacy, and capacity development for grassroots and other organizations.  
  • Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh: Ranked in three successive performance reviews as one of the nation’s highest performing affiliates, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh was founded in 1918 with the shared National Urban League mission of enabling African-Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity and power, and civil rights.

Support Organizations against Racism (Nationwide)

  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice: Protecting the civil and human rights of Asian Americans in Georgia and the Southeast.
  • 1Hood Media: A collective of socially conscious artists and activists who utilize art to raise awareness. 
  • 18 Million Rising (18MR): bringing Asian American communities together online and offline to reimagine Asian American identity with nuance, specificity, and power using technology and popular culture. 
  • ACLU: The ACLU seeks to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.
  • Appleseed: A network of independent public interest law centers that use pro bono help to develop practical and lasting solutions to chronic injustices in public education, health care, child welfare, justice, and immigration. 
  • Atlanta Solidarity Fund: A fund to support people in Atlanta who have been arrested for taking action against social injustice. Focused primarily on bailing out arrestees, with priority for those who have the most need.
  • Black Girls Equity Alliance: Empowering girls and young women to have productive lives through holistic, gender-specific programs, education, and experiences.
  • Black Lives Matter: Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
  • Brennan Center for Justice: Uses scholarship, public education, and legal action to find innovative and practical solutions to intractable problems in the areas of democracy (voting), poverty, and criminal justice.
  • Campaign Zero: Supporting research to identify effective solutions to end police violence and the development of legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide.
  • Chicago Community Bond Fund: Pays bond for people charged with crimes in Cook County, Illinois. 
  • Color of Change: Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. Helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, they move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.
  • Critical Resistance: Seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe.
  • Equal Justice Initiative: Committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the U.S., challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society
  • Grassroots Leadership: Seeks to put an end to abuses of justice and the public trust by working to abolish for-profit private prisons.
  • Innocence Project: Works to achieve the exoneration and release of factually innocent inmates through post-conviction DNA testing and works to create a network of schools, organizations, and citizens that can effectively challenge wrongful convictions.
  • Justice Policy Institute (JPI): Works to enhance the public dialog on incarceration through accessible research, public education, and communications advocacy with the goal of ending society’s reliance on incarceration.
  • Justice Strategies: Promotes humane, effective approaches to criminal justice and immigration reform through rigorous analysis, high-quality research, and practical policy solutions.
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law: Marshals the pro bono resources of the bar for litigation, public policy advocacy, and other forms of service by lawyers to the cause of racial justice and economic opportunity.
  • Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF): Works to foster sound public policies, laws, and programs to safeguard the civil rights of the 40 million Latinos living in the United States and to empower the Latino community to fully participate in our society.
  • NAACP Legal Defense Fund: Uses advocacy and litigation to achieve racial justice, focusing specifically on issues of education, voter protection, economic justice, and criminal justice.
  • National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF): Building collective power with AAPI women and girls.
  • National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA): Represents the interests of the greater Asian American (AA) and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities and to provide a national voice for AA and NHPI issues.
  • National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC): Advancing business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises and connects them to corporate members.
  • NPAP: National Police Accountability Project
  • Okra Project: 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.  
  • Prison Policy Initiative (PPI): Documents the impact of mass incarceration on individuals, communities, and the national welfare, and produces accessible and innovative research to empower the public to participate in creating better criminal justice policy.
  • Reclaim the Block: Working to defund police in Minneapolis and move the community's dollars into resources that keep community members safe. 
  • Sentencing Project: An independent source of criminal justice policy analysis, data, and program information for the public and policy makers.
  • Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC): Combats hate, intolerance, and discrimination through education and litigation.
  • UNCF: The nation's largest and most effective minority education organization.