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Resources for Social Justice

As we work to become an active force for change in our community and industry, we have compiled this list as a resource for ourselves and for you. We know that an important part of any social justice work is to work on ourselves, so that we can build inclusivity and diversity from a place of knowledge. We hope this list can provide a starting point for education and conversation within our MOVE community and beyond.

Donation Classes

  • Join us as we move to be an active part of needed change by hosting a series of weekly donation classes to benefit various organizations that support social justice. Everyone’s invited—donate what you are able.

National Organizations

  • Black Lives Matter
    • Working to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
  • National Bail Fund Network
    • Made up of over sixty community bail and bond funds across the country. We regularly update this listing of community bail funds that are freeing people by paying bail/bond and are also fighting to abolish the money bail system and pretrial detention.
    • List of Bail Funds by state
  • NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
    • Legal organization fighting for racial justice through litigation, advocacy and education
  • Black Mental Health Alliance
    • Developing, promoting and sponsoring trusted culturally-relevant educational forums, trainings and referral services that support the health and well-being of Black people and other vulnerable communities.
  • Embrace Race
    • Raising kids who are informed, brave and thoughtful about race
  • GirlTrek
    • In the footsteps of a civil rights legacy, GirlTrek is a national health movement that activates thousands of Black women to be change makers in their lives and communities — through walking.
  • 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.
  • Black Mamas Matter Alliance
    • We envision a world where Black mamas have the rights, respect, and resources to thrive before, during, and after pregnancy.

Local Organizations

Articles

Things to Watch on Netflix

Local/State Actions

  • Keep an eye on Michigan Senate Bill 945, which would require Michigan police officers to complete training in implicit bias, de-escalation, and mental health. It was just introduced in the Michigan Senate and referred to committee. Call your senators and say you support it.

Places to Explore/Visit

  • List of Ann Arbor/Ypsi Black-owned Businesses
  • GoFundMe for Black Stone Bookstore, a black-owned bookstore in Ypsilanti
  • Map of Black Historical Sites in Ann Arbor
    • Walking/Biking Tour including info about each site
  • Living Oral History Digital Collection
    • Presented in partnership between the African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County and the Ann Arbor District Library. The Digital Collection, an extension of the Living Oral History Project Exhibit, includes historical materials from AADL’s Community Collections about six major topics important to African American communities in Washtenaw County: Community Centers; Education; Housing; Employment; Entrepreneurship; and Faith.

Instagram Friends to Follow

  • Alyssa Klein @dj_diabeatic
  • Sarah Sophie Flicker @sarahsophief
  • Erika Hart @ihartericka – check out her booklist (under Instagram Highlights) and social justice trainings
  • Chrissy King @iamchrissyking
  • Sonja R. Price Herbert @commandofitnesscollective
  • Ijeoma Oluo @ijeomaoluo
  • Rachel Cargle @rachel.cargle
  • Layla Saad @laylafsaad

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