BLACK LIVES MATTER
We’re highlighting racial justice initiatives that readers need to know about
We at Cassandra support the Black and Brown communities and unequivocally denounce racism. Today, we’re bumping our scheduled Daily content to highlight specific initiatives and groups, founded by members of the Black community, that are working to combat racial injustice. We’ve highlighted their missions below, but we also encourage readers to visit each organization’s links to learn more and follow them for continued updates. In addition, we’ve added direct links for those who are interested in donating to these initiatives.
BLACK VISIONS COLLECTIVE
According to its website and Facebook page, Black Visions Collective (BLVC) is a Black-led, Queer, and Trans centering organization whose mission is to organize powerful, connected Black communities and dismantle systems of violence through strategic campaigns, investing in Black leadership, and engaging in cultural and narrative organizing. This Minnesota-based organization centers its work in healing and transformative justice principles, thereby ensuring sustainability of its mission and ultimately supporting Minnesota’s Black leadership to lead campaigns that work to dismantle systems of oppression and violence that harm Black communities. Since George Floyd’s death the BLVC has been actively involved in circulating impactful ways to take personal action, as seen in this petition from BLVC and Reclaim the Block, posts calling for a week of action in defense of Black lives June 1st through 5th, and more.
Donate to BLVC here.
BLACK FUTURES LAB
According to its website, Black Futures Lab is a project for change that helps Black people transform their communities, build Black political power, and change the way that power operates on local, statewide, and national levels. Black Futures Lab engages Black voters year-round, uses its political strength to stop corporate influences from creeping into progressive policies, and combines technology and traditional organizing methods to reach Black people anywhere and everywhere we are.
Donate to Black Futures Lab here.
Brother Vellies founder Aurora James launched the 15 Percent Pledge, a campaign that calls on major retailers across the country to commit to buying 15% of their inventory from black-owned businesses. “This is the least you can do for us,” James wrote on her personal Instagram page. “We represent 15% of the population, and we need to represent 15% of your shelf space.”
Editor’s note: the 15 Percent Pledge’s website is down at the time of publication, but readers can follow along at the pledge’s Instagram account as updates are made available.
We are currently talking to youth in the Cassandra Collective about the recent protests/events in light of the death of George Floyd, and we will publish subsequent findings in tomorrow’s Daily in order to highlight how today’s youth are acknowledging and reacting to these cultural events.
For Cassandra Daily readers who would like to take action alongside the protests, this article has links to organizations where you can donate, petitions you can sign, and the information for representatives you can contact. For readers who want to take additional and broader action to combat systemic racism, we offer this article, written by Zyahna Bryant, a Gen Z racial justice activist. In the article she outlines how to educate yourself on racial justice issues and subsequently take action in your own life.