Overwhelmed by the Barrage of Information?: 5 Social Justice Organizations You Can Get Involved In

For the past couple of weeks, I have been consuming so much information about the transformation that is taking place around the country. Like many of you, I am so inspired and hopeful that we will finally be able to take a quantum leap in the fight against systemic racism, injustice, and inequality. If you are anything like me when you get inspired, you tend to overdo it and stretch yourself too thin, which makes you practically useless. This time was no different for me. I was spiraling out of control, taking in all of this information about nationwide organizations leading the fight against systemic racism, injustice, and inequality. I was also putting myself in the “poor house”, as the old folks used to say, because every time I read about an organization that seemed to be actively engaging in the war against injustice and inequality, I would make a small donation. Small donations add up! 🙁

So that you do not end up like me I have decided to share 5 organizations that stood out for the work that they are doing in the fight against systemic racism, injustice and inequality. 4 of the 5 organizations were in existence prior to May 25, 2020, the day that George Floyd was murdered.

Here you go:

5 SOCIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT:

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS CAMP

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THE MISSION OF THE KNOW YOUR RIGHTS CAMPAIGN

To advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders.

EMANCIPATE NC

THE MISSION OF EMANCIPATE NC

Dismantling Structural Racism and Mass Incarceration Across North Carolina Through community education, narrative shift, and idea incubation, Emancipate NC supports North Carolina’s people as they free themselves from mass incarceration and structural racism. 

COLOR OF CHANGE

THE MISSION OF COLOR OF CHANGE

Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization.

Help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.

LAW ENFORCEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT

THE MISSION OF LEAP

To disrupt the code of silence that exists around police aggression and misconduct. We will no longer accept this. We will tell the true stories. The goal of LEAP is to elevate activist storytelling around police brutality and murder through funding short-term projects in film, theater, photography, fine art, music, poetry, literature, sculpture and dance. Change begins with the stories we tell each other about the police and Black people.

POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN

THE MORAL AGENDA OF THE POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN

Over the past few years, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has connected with communities across this nation to learn from the struggles being waged. We have met with tens of thousands of people, witnessing the strength of their moral courage in trying times. We have gathered testimonies from hundreds of poor people and we have chronicled their demands for a better society. The following moral agenda is drawn from this deep engagement and commitment to these struggles of the poor and dispossessed. It is also grounded in an empirical assessment of how we have come to this point today. The Souls of Poor Folk: Auditing America report reveals how the evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, and the war economy and militarism are persistent, pervasive, and perpetuated by a distorted moral narrative that must be challenged.

We must stop the attention violence that refuses to see these injustices and acknowledge the human and economic costs of inequality. We believe that when decent people see the faces and facts that the Souls of Poor Folk Audit presents, they will be moved deeply in their conscience to change things. When confronted with the undeniable truth of unconscionable cruelty to our fellow human beings, we must join the ranks of those who are determined not to rest until justice and equality are a reality for all.

So, there is my list! You know I am expecting you to share yours 🙂

Much Love,

Tonza

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Author: Tonza D. Ruffin

Perfectly Imperfect but VERY PROUD WOMAN, MOM, LAWYER, and AUTHOR, but most importantly...LIFE LOVER! I laugh loud, I work hard, I play hard, I am adventurous, I am curious, I am driven, I have moments of deep insecurity, I am loving, I am vulnerable, I am explosive (not one of my finer qualities), I dance around my house alone, I am an awful perfectionist which makes my insecurity worse, I sing out loud in my car without any concern for whose watching, I have trust issues, I do not live through my children, I no longer try to force my children into the mold that I created so that I could feel validated as a mother, I am a risk-taker, I am guarded in my personal life, I am kind, I am grateful. I am so excited about the rest of my life!

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