WCCD Women –
First and foremost, we hope that each of you are in good health and staying safe during these challenging times. We wish that we were writing to you under different circumstances, but we find ourselves in the midst of multiple pandemics: not only the global outbreak of COVID-19 (that continues to wreak havoc on communities of color in particular), but also the ongoing struggle against racial injustice.
Our hearts break for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all of the unarmed Black men and women who have been killed at the hands of law enforcement. We extend our deepest condolences to their families and join them in grieving their loved ones. Further, we amplify the calls for the arrest and prosecution of all individuals involved in these racist acts of police brutality. Black lives matter. Although we wish we didn’t have to remind the world of this truth, we realize we must continue to do so. We must continue to say their names. We must continue to call attention to racist behavior, policies and programs so that future generations do not have to carry the same burdens.
We are not okay. The events of the past week have triggered a range of emotions for many of us: sadness, exhaustion, anger, fear, frustration and everything in between. As a dynamic network of professional women, we realize that all too often there is an expectation for us to navigate these traumas while simultaneously showing up in our careers. Please know that we see you and we support you. In these difficult times, we encourage you to lean on the WCCD network, prioritize self-care, and to channel your energy into efforts that can bring about positive change.
Like you, we want to see justice for those who have lost their lives, and ultimately a nation that prioritizes racial equity. Exercising your right to vote, signing petitions and donating to community organizations are simple ways you can make a difference today. We encourage you to check out the resources we’ve compiled below, and if you notice any that should be added to this list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We realize that it will take time and intentionality to dismantle the systemic racism that has impacted communities of color for hundreds of years. The journey is far from over, but we thank you for the incredible work you are already doing to create more equitable outcomes throughout our region. We are proud to serve this dynamic membership and stand with you on the path forward.
WCCD Board of Directors
Make Your Voice Heard
- When We All Vote: Make sure you’re registered to vote and get important information on upcoming elections.
- 2020 Census: If you haven’t participated in the Census yet, it’s not too late! Make sure you’re counted, to maximize the flow of federal funding flow into our communities.
- Justice for Breonna Taylor Petition
- NAACP | We Are Done Dying Campaign: Sign the Justice for George Floyd petition and contact your Congressional representatives to demand action on criminal justice reform, economic policy, health policy and voting.
- Color of Change Petition | End Violent Policing Against Black People
Donation Opportunities & Black-Owned Businesses You Can Support
- Ahmaud Arbery Fund: The fund will help Ahmaud Arbery’s mother and her family with financial support.
- Breonna Taylor Fund: This fund is for Breonna Taylor’s family, supporting their fight for justice.
- George Floyd Memorial Fund: The official fund for George Floyd will cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings and additional assistance to the Floyd family.
- You can find a list of funds to help more victims here.
- Black Visions Collective: A Black-led organizing network committed to dismantling systems of oppression and violence.
- Black-Owned Brands: A collection of black-owned beauty, skincare and clothing brands.
- Black-Owned Wineries: A list of nearly 70 black-owned wineries.
- Black-Owned Restaurants: 100+ Black-Owned DMV restaurants open for business.
- Campaign Zero: Donations 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.
- Communities United Against Police Brutality: CUAPB provides assistance to individuals and families dealing with the effects of police brutality.
- Help Seward Neighborhood Rebuild: A rebuilding effort for a neighborhood in Minneapolis near the epicenter of the protests, on behalf of the Seward Neighborhood Group.
- Midtown Global Market Mend: A cultural center in the heart of Minneapolis home to 45 small businesses, which has also been a center of donations and clean-up efforts, is seeking donations in order to repair the building and rebuild small businesses in the greater community.
- Migizi Communication: Donate directly to Migizi, a non-profit, Native youth organization that was burned in Minneapolis.
- Minnesota Freedom Fund: The Minnesota Freedom Fund pays criminal bail and immigration bond for those who cannot afford to as we seek to end discriminatory, coercive, and oppressive jailing.
- Mutual Aid Funds: If you’re looking to lend a hand in a more general way, look up your local mutual aid fund that will help Black communities and others affected by both COVID-19 and recent destruction. This list on Twitter is a good place to start.
- NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc: The fund supports racial justice through advocacy, litigation and education.
- National Bail Fund Network: A complete directory of over sixty community bail and bond funds across the country that help pay bail for low-income individuals who can’t afford it. This page also takes donations and splits them between 38 community (and counting) funds across the country.
- Neighbors United Funding Collective: Organized by the Hamline Midway Coalition in St. Paul, Minnesota, the NUFC is raising money to rebuild storefronts in one of the hardest-hit neighborhoods.
- North Star Health Collective: A St. Paul-based organization that provides health services and support at protests.
- Northside Funders Group: In partnership with the Minneapolis Foundation, the Northside Funders Group is raising money specifically for businesses that have been affected by demonstrations in North Minneapolis, a predominantly Black neighborhood that often doesn’t get the same spotlight as other areas of the city.
- Reclaim the Block: If you’d like to donate to police-reform efforts in Minneapolis, Reclaim the Block focuses on community-based solutions in lieu of funding the Minneapolis Police Department.
- The Minneapolis Foundation: If you want to aid in long-term, community-based solutions in Minneapolis specifically to prevent violence, address systemic inequities and reform the criminal justice system, the Minneapolis Foundation has already committed hundreds of thousands of dollars from its Fund for Safe Communities and is subsequently looking for donations.
- Campaign Zero—Solutions: A look at data- and research-informed policy solutions that communities can put in place to end police violence.
- Center for Policing Equity—The Science of Justice: Race, Justice, and Police Use of Force: This detailed report delves into police administrative data to show disparities in the use of force. You can watch the director of the Center, Phillip Atiba Goff, deliver a TED talk on fighting racism and improving policing here.
- Equal Justice Initiative—Tragic Death of George Floyd Reveals Continuing Problem of Police Violence
- Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights—New Era of Public Safety: A Guide to Fair, Safe, and Effective Community Policing
- The National Museum of African American History and Culture—Talking About Race: An online portal to help families, individuals, and communities talk about racism and commit to being antiracist.
- The Opportunity Agenda—Promoting Accountability: Learn how police accountability works, and the four mechanisms—community-based, political, civil, and criminal—for holding law enforcement accountable.