Social Justice -Minnesota Freedom Fund, Fair Fight, Committee to Protect Journalists + Campaign Zero
Updated: May 25
If you're in a position of privilege, the first step, I believe, in addition to learning about and checking your privilege is putting your money where your mouth is and donating to organizations that are constantly under threat for doing the work many are unwilling to do. Sharing an Instagram on stories is easy, but if you've got the means, please consider donating to these organizations:
Minnesota Freedom Fund - Since 2016, 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. Your support means more people keep their jobs and their housing while waiting for the outcome of their charges.
The Minnesota Freedom Fund was founded in 2016 by Simon Cecil, a graduate student at the University of Minnesota who received a $5,000 grant through the university's Carlson School of Management and a further $5,000 from a business competition, the Acara Challenge.
Minnesota Freedom Fund Inc. is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 82-1214607. To learn more and find out more ways to help, visit their website here .
"At Minnesota Freedom Fund, we believe that wealth should never determine who is kept in jail. That’s what the money bail system does. It puts a price on freedom that only a few can afford and many cannot. This system is unjust.
That’s why we’re working to create a society that values the freedom of all people, regardless of class or identity, ends mass incarceration, and invests in restorative and transformative justice."
Fair Fight - Promotes fair elections in Georgia and around the country, encourages voter participation in elections, and educate voters about elections and their voting rights. Fair Fight brings awareness to the public on election reform, advocates for election reform at all levels, and engages in other voter education programs and communications.
Voter suppression of voters of color and young voters is a scourge our country faces in states across the nation. Georgia’s 2018 elections shone a bright light on the issue with elections that were rife with mismanagement, irregularities, unbelievably long lines and more, exposing both recent and also decades-long actions and inactions by the state to thwart the right to vote. Georgians and Americans are fighting back. Fair Fight Action engages in voter mobilization and education activities and advocates for progressive issues; in addition Fair Fight Action has mounted significant programs to combat voter suppression in Georgia and nationally.
Fair Fight PAC has initiated programs to support voter protection programs at state parties around the country and is engaging in partnerships to support and elect pro voting rights and progressive leaders.
To learn more and to donate, visit the Fair Fight website here .
Committee To Protect Journalists - The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide. We defend the right of journalists to report the news safely and without fear of reprisal. Every year, hundreds of journalists are attacked, imprisoned, or killed. For more than 30 years, CPJ has been there to defend them and fight for press freedom.
CPJ is made up of about 40 experts around the world, with headquarters in New York City. When press freedom violations occur, CPJ mobilizes a network of correspondents who report and take action on behalf of those targeted. CPJ reports on violations in repressive countries, conflict zones, and established democracies alike. A board of prominent journalists from around the world helps guide CPJ’s activities.
CPJ’s work is based on its research, which provides a global snapshot of obstructions to a free press worldwide. CPJ’s research staff documents hundreds of attacks on the press each year. In our quest for a free media, CPJ denounces press freedom violations, meets with heads of state and high-ranking officials, spearheads or advises on diplomatic efforts, and works with other organizations to ensure that justice prevails when journalists are imprisoned or killed. CPJ also provides comprehensive, life-saving support to journalists and media support staff working around the world through up-to-date safety and security information and rapid response assistance.
To learn more and to donate, visit the Committee To Protect Journalists website here .
Campaign Zero is an online platform and organization that utilizes research based policy solutions to end police brutality in America. Campaign Zero encourages policymakers to focus on solutions with the strongest evidence of effectiveness at reducing police violence. Campaign Zero's platform is continuously updated in response to the findings and insights of researchers and organizers nationwide. We can live in a world where the police don't kill people by limiting police interventions, improving community interactions, and ensuring accountability. You can read more below about the categories of policy solutions or on the Campaign Zero website here .
1) End broken window policing.
4) Independently Investigate & Prosecute
6) Body Cams / Film the police
10) Fair Police Union Contracts
Please let me know in the comments section below, other organizations I can research and add to the list.