Racism has no place in this world. We must do better. Classy stands in solidarity in the fight against inequality and injustice towards the Black community after the horrific events in Baltimore, Georgia, and Minnesota.
As an American company that exists to serve the greater good, we will not sit idly by while institutional racism continues to persist in this country. Classy will continue to empower the nonprofits on our platform who fight for justice and equality while creating stronger policies that help eliminate racism in the nonprofit sector.
We will also be increasing the level of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion awareness and training within our own company, because we believe the solution starts with a stronger awareness of our own individual biases.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Taylor, Arbery, and Floyd families.
Please consider donating to the following organizations that are fighting racial injustice and inequality. For those who can’t donate or protest, we also share several resources to help educate ourselves and deepen our anti-racism work.
Donate to Racial Justice and Equality Efforts
Click the name of the organization to learn more about them or donate directly to their efforts.
The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. They provide legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. They also provide re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people.Donate Here
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice through litigation, advocacy, and public education. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.Donate Here
The Center for Racial Justice in Education trains and empowers educators to dismantle patterns of racism and injustice in our schools and communities. The organization is working toward a world where all young people learn and thrive in racially equitable, liberating, and empowering educational spaces.
UUSC advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies. Their work is grounded in the belief that all people have inherent power and dignity.Donate Here
As New York City’s first citywide charitable bail fund, the Liberty Fund is dedicated to reducing the number of New Yorkers subjected to unnecessary pretrial detention while simultaneously providing them with much needed social services. The organization provides bail and case management services to any qualifying client throughout the pendency of their court case.Donate Here
The Massachusetts Bail Fund pays up to $2,000 bail so that low-income people can stay free while they work towards resolving their case, which allows individuals, families, and communities to stay productive, together, and stable. The Massachusetts Bail Fund is committed to the harm reduction of freeing individuals serving pre-trial sentences, and to abolishing pre-trial detention and supervision in the long-term.Donate Here
Incarcerated Nation National Council (INC) is a collective of leaders that creates an alternative to incarceration by working on collaborative projects serving youth, providing resources and a safe space for mentoring for members returning from incarceration as well as impacted youth. INC’s mission is to combat mass incarceration through trauma-informed care practices that produce healed people who work to heal other people directly impacted.Donate Here
Resources to Deepen Anti-Racism Work
Aside from the petitions below, the following resources were pulled from a document compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein in May 2020. Please check these out to increase our own education and understanding and actively pursue anti-racism.
Justice for Breonna Taylor – Sign this petition to demand that the mayor and city council address the use of force by LMPD; arrest, charge, and convict the officers responsible for her death; create policy for transparency in investigations of law enforcement misconduct, and more.
Justice for George Floyd – Sign this petition to reach the attention of Mayor Jacob Frey and DA Mike Freeman and demand justice for George Floyd.
Justice for Ahmaud Arbery – Sign this petition to demand justice for Ahmaud Arbery, bring charges against the men involved in his murder, and get the attention of officials who have the power to make a difference in this case.
State of Emergency: End the War on Black People – Sign this petition to make structural demands that, over time, will reduce the overall impact of policing in ways that are concrete and tangible.
Movement for Black Lives – Sign this petition to call on Congressional leadership to create future action that prioritizes communities over corporation and decreases the use of militarization in communities as a response to this crisis.
Resources to Raise Anti-Racist Children
The Conscious Kid – This Instagram account provides parenting education through a critical race lens.
Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners – These award-winning books for children and young adults are written by African American authors and illustrators and demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
“Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt,” Parenting Forward Podcast – This episode dives into parenting lessons learned against the backdrop of COVID-19.
Fare of the Free Child Podcast – This podcast centers on Black people, indigenous people, and people of color in living and learning practices.
“Teaching Your Child About Black History,” PBS – Check out this article for suggestions to help connect your kids with Black history.
Articles to Read
The 1619 Project by The New York Times Magazine – This ongoing initiative re-examines the legacy of slavery in the U.S.
The Combahee River Collective Statement – Written by the Combahee River Collective, a Black feminist organization active from 1974 to 1980, this key document underscores the importance of identity politics and proposes solutions to societal issues like racial and sexual discrimination.
“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh – This article describes and identifies some of the effects and conditions of white privilege.
“Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Ibram X. Kendi – This article examines the racist terror experienced by Black males.
Videos to Watch
Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers – This panel discusses the ways that Black Feminism shapes and influences the resistance to racism and structural violence.
“How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion”: Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools – Peggy McIntosh shares how the understanding of privilege should serve as an impetus for compassionate action.
Books to Read
Films and TV Shows to Watch
Ava Duvernay’s “13th” – Netflix
Kenny Leon’s “American Son” – Netflix
Chinonye Chukwu’s “Clemency” – Available to rent
“I Am Not Your Negro” – Available to rent
Justin Simien’s “Dear White People” – Netflix
Barry Jenkin’s “If Beale Street Could Talk” – Hulu
Please check out the full resource list for more materials.