We, the Jewish Youth Climate Movement, are deeply unsettled by the systems in our country which allow disproportionate harm to be inflicted upon Black communities and we would like to voice our unequivocal support for those who have fought and are currently fighting for justice and reform. At this time, we believe that it is important to take a break from our work, and use our platform to uplift Social Justice Organizations Benefiting the Black LGBTQ+ Community.
The Okra Project (@theokraproject)
In their own words: “The Okra Project is 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.”
In more detail: Black trans people, especially trans feminine people are often more susceptible to poverty and food insecurity. The Okra Project provides free, literally home cooked meals made from traditional ingredients.
Why you should support: Not only does the Okra Project provide free hot meals in a home environment, their chefs are also trans people, making their trans patrons feel more comfortable and part of a community.
In their own words: “The Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative is a Black, trans-led, broad based collaborative to restore an Atlanta where every person has the opportunity to grow and thrive without facing unfair barriers, especially from the criminal legal system.”
In more detail: SNaPCo aims to create a future of trans justice and safety, in particular for trans folks of color, in a variety of ways.
Why you should support: SNaPCo lays out a clear framework for a future in which Black trans people are loved and respected. They have various funds for keeping kids in school as well as leadership opportunities and a fund bank for trans folks in need.
Anti-Violence Project (@antiviolence)
In their own words: “AVP empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.”
In more detail: AVP has worked tirelessly to support LGBTQ+ communities especially affected by violence and HIV, in particular communities of color. They have various hotlines as well as other resources for those communities.
Why you should support: AVP has been around for 40 years. It uses various programs to support LGBTQ+ folks. It is black lead and offers free legal, counseling, and various other services, all of which are especially valuable at this time.
Black Aids Institute (@blackaids)
In their own words: “Founded in May of 1999, the Black AIDS Institute (BAI) is the only premier uniquely and unapologetically Black think and do tank in America powered by two decades of work to end the Black HIV epidemic and led by people who represent the issues we serve.”
The BAI digs into the roots of what causes the prevalence of AIDS in the African-American community, and finds solutions to those problems as well as providing immediate services to the Black community in the Los Angeles area
Why you should support: The Black Aids Institute has a variety of programs aimed at educating its community on how to protect themselves, as well as the systemic issues that cause the prevalence of AIDS in their community. Their for the people, by the people approach makes sure that those suffering from AIDS get the care they need without the devastating consequences of racial bias.
LGBTQ Freedom Fund (@LGBTQ_Freedom on Twitter)
In their words: “Each day, tens of thousands of LGBTQ people are held in jail or immigration detention because they cannot afford bail—for immigration status or charges like sleeping in public. With your help, the Freedom Fund posts bail to secure their release and safety.”
In more detail: Through donations, the LGBTQ Freedom Fund pays the bail of LGBTQ folks in prison or aids those in immigration detention. It also works to address the over incarceration of LGBTQ+ people.
Why you should support: The LGBTQ Freedom Fund has been especially helpful to LGBTQ+ people arrested for protesting police brutality.
Center for Black Equity (@ctr4blackequity)
In their words: “Our Mission: To promote a multinational LGBTQ+ network dedicated to improving health and wellness opportunities, economic empowerment, and equal rights while promoting individual and collective work, responsibility, and self-determination.”
In more detail: the Center for Black Equity clearly defines its goals and explains the different types of equity it hopes to achieve on its site, punctuating each with links to blog posts that explain them in more detail and from unique perspectives.
Why you should support: The Center for Black Equity connects Black LGBTQ+ folks with much needed resources and is a great educational tool.
The Transgender District (@transgenderdistrict)
In their words: “The mission of the Transgender District is to create an urban environment that fosters the rich history, culture, legacy, and empowerment of transgender people and its deep roots in the southeastern Tenderloin neighborhood. The transgender district aims to stabilize and economically empower the transgender community through ownership of homes, businesses, historic and cultural sites, and safe community spaces.”
In more detail: The Transgender District is a neighborhood in San Fransisco that works to to empower trans folks through controlled rent, the arts, and other opportunities.
Why you should support: San Francisco is one of the most expensive cities in the US, both in housing and other amenities. The Transgender Disctrict is a powerful tool to help trans folks reclaim SF as an affordable, safe community to live.