Anti-Racism Resources: Organizations Advancing Black Life

The list below is compiled from several sources, including Reclaim the Block and ArtsEmerson, and is not comprehensive. Please send additions to

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New England Organizations

  • The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Massachusetts works every day in the courts, in the legislature, and in communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution, Bill Rights, and laws of the United States.
  • Black Lives Matter Boston is Boston’s chapter of BLM, working to raise new Black leaders, create a network for Boston Black folks, and end violence against Black people.
  • ds4si is an artistic research and development outfit for the improvement of civil society and everyday life. The Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI) is dedicated to changing how social justice is imagined, developed and deployed here in the United States.
  • Lawyers for Civil Rights fosters equal opportunity and fights discrimination on behalf of people of color and immigrants. We engage in creative and courageous legal action, education, and advocacy in collaboration with law firms and community partners.
  • Massachusetts Bail Fund posts bails of up to $2000 in Essex & Suffolk Counties in Massachusetts.
  • New England Innocence Project (NEIP) fights to correct and prevent wrongful convictions and ensure justice within the criminal legal system for innocent people throughout New England who are imprisoned for a crime they did not commit. 
  • Support Black Owned Companies in Boston - #BuyBlack
  • Violence in Boston provides assistance to Boston residents who experience violence.
  • You Good, Sis? is a local collective for Black and Brown women looking for a mental, spiritual check in.
  • Coolidge Corner Theatre has compiled a list of Anti-Racist Film Viewing Recommendations

National Organizations

  • Text FLOYD to 55156
  • The Bail Project™ National Revolving Bail Fund is a critical tool to prevent incarceration and combat racial and economic disparities in the bail system.
  • Black Visions Collective believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in right relationship within our ecosystems.
  • Black Immigrant Collective amplifies and makes visible the voices of Black immigrants in Minnesota.
  • Black Table Arts gathers Black communities through the arts, towards better black futures.
  • The Black Trans Advocacy Coalition (BTA), a national organization led by Black trans people, dedicated to addressing inequality in health, employment and housing for trans people. They've been providing direct relief to trans communities during the pandemic.
  • Join Campaign Zero! We can live in a world where the police don't kill people by limiting police interventions, improving community interactions, and ensuring accountability.
  • Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha is a worker-led organization where workers organize, educate and empower each other to fight for a voice in their workplaces and in their communities.
  • Du Nord Riot Recovery Fund is a Black-owned distillery with a building that was damaged. They’ve “received a tidal wave of love and support from across the nation and many have asked how they can help… Therefore, Du Nord is establishing this fund to support black and brown companies affected by the riots.”
  • Isuroon is a grassroots nonprofit organization working to promote the well-being and empowerment of Somali women in Minnesota and beyond.
  • Little Earth Residents Association provides food and safety needs for residents of Little Earth of United Tribes.
  • Migizi Communications advances a message of success, well-being and justice for the American Indian community. Support them rebuilding after fire.
  • Minnesota Freedom Fund values a society that values its people, their freedom and recognizes their contribution to the greater good. A society that does not condition pretrial freedom on class or identity, that has ended mass incarceration, and that invests in restorative and transformative justice.
  • Minnesota Healing Justice Network provides a supportive professional community and mutual aid network for wellness and healing justice practitioners who also identify as IBPOC (indigenous, black, or people of color).
  • NAACP Legal Defense Fund is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.
  • Northside business support supports businesses on Minneapolis’s Northside that have been impacted by recent demonstrations.
  • 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 they can reach them.
  • The Orphan We Video Story Grant is open to applicants who have an interesting life story to tell. We accept video stories up to 10 minutes long. The grant amount is $300. Artists and activists are welcome to apply. Special consideration will be given to applicants who are apart of marginalized groups.
  • Pimento Relief Fund partners with Pimento to provide black business without insurance relief after white supremacists set them on fire during the protests. 
  • Powwow Grounds - support via PayPal to - Native-run cafe, currently providing meals to elders, protectors and community, purchasing medical supplies, fire supplies, cooking supplies. 
  • Reclaim The Block organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety. 
  • Southside Harm Reduction works within a harm reduction framework to promote the human rights to health, safety, autonomy, and agency among people who use substances.
  • Spiral Collective is a volunteer full-spectrum reproductive options and support group comprised of doulas, birth-workers, and passionate reproductive justice advocates. based in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, occupied Dakhóta territories.
  • Unicorn Riot is a decentralized media organization that has been live-streaming uprisings.
  • Women for Political Change holistically invests in the leadership and political power of young women and trans & non-binary individuals throughout Minnesota.

Arts and Leadership Organizations

  • Abilities Dance Boston disrupt antiquated ableist beliefs and disseminate the value of inclusion through dance.
  • AlternateROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition or spirit. They are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, they call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression – everywhere.
  • ArtEquity offers training and consulting services to individuals and organizations on creating and sustaining a culture of equity and inclusion through the arts and culture. 
  • ArtsBoston's Network for Arts Administrators of Color enhances the visibility of professionals of color in Greater Boston’s arts and culture sector, as well as widen the leadership pipeline and highlight opportunities for professional and personal growth in the field.
  • ArtsEmerson is Boston’s leading presenter of contemporary world theatre. They are dedicated to engaging all communities through stories that reveal and deepen our connection to each other. By cultivating diversity in the arts and in the audience, they ignite public conversation around our most vexing societal challenges as a catalyst for overcoming them.
  • Arts Administrators of Color is an arts service network that focuses on networking and community building through the arts.
  • BAMSFest (Boston Arts Music Soul Festival) creates a vibrant and inclusive arts and culture sectors for the City of Boston and beyond; a sector that celebrates all artistic talents, challenges societal perceptions, and empowers and engages audiences.
  • Black Art Futures Fund is a collective of emerging philanthropists promoting the elevation and preservation of Black arts & culture. Through grant making, board-matching, and organization-to-donor cultivation, they seek to amplify and strengthen the future of Black art. 
  • Castle of Our Skins seeks to change lack of equity in composer representation on concert stages and the omission of important stories and figures in Black history. 
  • Company One Theatre builds community at the intersection of art and social change.
  • Dunamis dismantles the "starving artist" narrative for Boston's Black and Brown communities.
  • The Front Porch Arts Collective is a new black theatre company committed to advancing racial equity in Boston through theater.
  • The International Association of Blacks in Dance preserves and promotes dance by people of African ancestry or origin, and assists and increases opportunities for artists in advocacy, audience development, education, funding, networking, performance, philosophical dialogue, and touring.
  • i, Too, Arts Collective builds upon Langston Hughes' legacy by nurturing voices from underrepresented communities in the creative arts.
  • The Theatre Offensive presents liberating art by, for, and about queer and trans people of color that transcends artistic boundaries, celebrates cultural abundance, and dismantles oppression.
  • Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA) is dedicated to creating racial and cultural equity in the performing arts field, by promoting professional opportunities for arts administrators and providing a platform to give voice and visibility to women of color. 

Mental Health Services 

  • Therapy For Black Girls So often the stigma surrounding mental health issues and therapy prevents Black women from taking the step of seeing a therapist. This space was developed to present mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant. 
  • Dive in Well Offering digital classes on various wellness practices, to create a more inclusive wellness industry. Dive in Well hosts donation-based digital events like breathwork classes and therapy sessions aimed at centering self care.
  • Dr. Jennifer Mullen of @decolonizingtherapy Dr. Jennifer Mullan (Pronouns: She/ Her) creates spaces for people and organizations to heal. She believes that it is essential to create dialogue to address how mental health is deeply affected by systemic inequities and the trauma of oppression, particularly the well-being of Queer Indigenous Black Brown People of Color (QIBPOC).  
  • Inclusive Therapists Seeking counseling or therapy can be a vulnerable process. To that, add the challenges that marginalized populations face such as micro-aggressions, prejudice, and language/ financial barriers. Getting the right help can become an overwhelming task. Finding a therapist should not feel like a gamble. All identities in all bodies deserve equal access to quality, culturally responsive care. We aim to make this process simpler and safer.

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