LAST UPDATED JUNE 22, 2020
Voter suppression of voters of color and young voters is a scourge our country faces in states across the nation. Fair Fight promotes fair elections around the country, encourages voter participation in elections, and educates voters about elections and their voting rights. By raising public awareness, Fair Fight advocates for election reform at all levels, and engages in other voter education programs and communications. Fair Fight Action has mounted significant programs to combat voter suppression in Georgia and nationally. For more information, visit their website, fairfight.com.
Over the past 75 years, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund has been fighting for racial justice in America. The LDF defends the gains and protections won over those many years of struggling for civil rights. They also work to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.
Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and to achieve racial justice for a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. For more information, visit their website, NAACPLDF.org.
Since 2012, the Trans Justice Funding Project has been a community-led funding initiative to support grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans people. The TJFP focuses the leadership of trans people by organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, trans misogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other related oppression. For more information, visit their website, transjusticefundingproject.org.
The Equal Justice Initiative, or EJI, strives to challenge racial and economic injustice. EJI provides legal representation to prisoners possibly wrongly convicted, and protects basic human rights for the most vulnerable Americans, which includes children prosecuted as adults, the mentally ill, and the poor. More information on The Equal Justice Initiative’s work to promote criminal justice reform is available at eji.org.
Literacy for Incarcerated Teens, or LIT, works to end illiteracy among New York’s incarcerated young people by inspiring them to read. LIT works to support the libraries in New York’s juvenile detention centers and provide reading materials, literacy programs for those incarcerated in New York’s juvenile facilities. More information is available at literacyforincarceratedteens.org.
Livefreeusa works to address gun violence and mass incarceration. They’ve also started a Masks for the People campaign to transform their national network of community organizers to distribute masks and sanitizer to essential workers in the most marginalized black communities across the country. For more info, go to their website at livefreeusa.org.
Color Of Change designs powerful campaigns working to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back. Access the tools and resources that you need to lead change campaigns in your community on the issues that matter most to you. Campaigns must revolve around issues impacting Black people and strive to strengthen Black political power. More information available here organizefor.org.
The Center for Policing Equity is a team of research scientists, race and equity experts, data virtuosos, and community trainers who all partner with police departments, to diagnose the roots of disparate policing in order to eliminate the problem. For information about their research, visit their website at policingequity.org.
Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB), is a Minnesota Twin-Cities based organization that was created to deal with police brutality on an ongoing basis. C-U-A-P-B operates a crisis hotline to report abuse, to receive legal, medical, and psychological resource referrals, and to engage in political action against police brutality. More information is available at cuapb.org.
A reminder that although the Newark Public Library buildings are closed at this time, patrons can still sign up for library cards online and utilize library services, including various databases, links to social services, access to free films, and e-books. The library is also offering virtual programming for children and adults including online classes, tutorials, book discussions and an upcoming online dance party. For more information please visit npl.org.
Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity NJ, also known as MEND NJ, is a not-for-profit organization that supports a network of 20 member food pantries throughout Essex County. For those in need of food assistance, visit mendnj.org/pantry-updates for a list of MEND pantries and hours of operation. You may also contact MEND at 862-250-5216 or info@MENDNJ.org.
Meals on Wheels Ocean County and Meals on Wheels Greater New Brunswick are seeking donations of cleaning and toiletry supplies to deliver to elderly and invalid clients during the pandemic. Meals on Wheels programs serve homebound seniors, by regularly delivering meals to them, and are now striving to also supply them with hygienic products, which have become difficult to acquire.
For more information on helping Meals on Wheels of Ocean County, call 609-978-6869 or email email@example.com.
To contact Meals on Wheels in Greater New Brunswick, call 732-249-3488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bed-Stuy Strong is a grassroots mutual aid network of over 2,500 volunteers and neighbors from across Bed-Stuy who are supporting the neighborhood community during the COVID-19 crisis, by purchasing and delivering groceries and basic supplies for neighbors in need. For more information on how you can help Bed-Stuy Strong, or other grassroots mutual aid groups, visit bedstuystrong.com.