Supporting Organizations Working for Racial Justice

The Bay Area Council holds racial equity and the fight toward racial justice among our core values. We strongly condemn the brutal killing of George Floyd and applaud the work that many organizations throughout the Bay Area are doing to end racial injustice, discrimination, and hatred.

The Council has compiled a list of national and Bay Area-based grassroots organizations that are making an impact on issues of racial justice. While this list is not exhaustive, our goal is to provide our member companies, partners, and supporters with a resource to learn more about organizations working in this space.

The Bay Area Council has created this list as a resource, but is not working in partnership with these organizations or acting as an intermediary with these groups. However, this is a growing and evolving resource. Reach out to Leslie Alfaro if you have any questions or suggestions for other organizations tackling racial justice that are not included here. Thank you!

Bay Area-Focused Organizations

Black Organizing Project – The Black Organizing Project is a grassroots organization in Oakland working on issues of racial, social, and economic justice. Donate.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCRSF) – LCCRSF works to protect and promote the rights of people of color, immigrants, and low-income people in California. As one of the oldest nonprofit civil rights organizations on the West Coast, our attorney network has provided free legal representation to communities on the front lines of Racial, Economic, and Immigrant Justice struggles for over 50 years.

People’s Kitchen Collective – People’s Kitchen Collective is a food-centered, Oakland-based political education project offering educational workshops, exhibitions, and community dining events to discuss social justice issues. Donate.

ACLU Northern California – The ACLU is a national nonprofit working to defend and preserve individual rights and liberties. Donate.

East Oakland Collective – The East Oakland Collective (EOC) is a member-based community organizing group invested in serving the communities of deep East Oakland by working towards racial and economic equity. They are also currently collecting money to bail out protesters and bringing meals to those on the front lines of protesting. Donate.

East Bay Community Law Center – The East Bay Community Law Center was founded in 1988 by law students from UC Berkeley’s School of Law. Today, the EBCLC has grown to become the largest provider of free legal services in the East Bay and Berkeley Law’s largest clinical offering. Donate.

National Lawyers Guild, San Francisco Bay Area – National Lawyers Guild is a national nonprofit that provides legal assistance to grassroots organizations, activists, and communities of color. Donate.

OCCUR – OCCUR is a community capacity building organization supporting the economic development and civic inclusion of marginalized communities. Donate.

Showing Up for Racial Justice Bay Area – The Bay Area chapter of SURJ is part of a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. There are over 150 chapters and affiliates nationwide. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice, with passion and accountability. Donate.

African American Achievement and Leadership Initiative (AAALI) – AAALI is an initiate to Spark, a non-profit organization dedicated to building private partnerships in support of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to ensure that every child receives the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive in the 21st century. The AAALI initiative has a goal of closing the racial achievement and opportunity gap in SF public schools. Donate.

Ella Baker Center – Ella Baker Center is a grassroots organization in Oakland that focuses on shifting resources away from incarceration and punishment toward opportunities. Donate.

Dream Corps: #Cut50 – #Cut50 is a bipartisan effort led by the non-profit The Dream Corps to cut crime and incarceration across all 50 states. They bring together leaders impacted by the criminal justice system with unlikely allies spanning the political divide to push for criminal justice solutions. Donate.

La Cocina – La Cocina is a nonprofit working to solve problems of equity in business ownership for women, immigrants, and people of color. They are also currently raising money for a COVID-19 relief fund to help business born out of their program. Donate.

Youth Uprising – Youth Uprising is a nonprofit organization with a mission to transform East Oakland into a healthy and economically robust community by developing the leadership of youth and young adults and improving the systems that impact them. Donate.

Mandela Grocery Cooperative – Mandela Grocery Cooperative is a worker-owned grocery store located in West Oakland working to strengthen and diversify the local economy. They source from local entrepreneurs and farmers in California with a focus on black and brown farmers and food makers. Their Karma Jar fund helps people in need purchase food. Donate.

Rafiki Coalition – Rafiki Coalition is a health and wellness center in San Francisco with a mission to eliminate inequalities in San Francisco’s Black and marginalized communities through education, advocacy, and by providing holistic health and wellness services in a culturally affirming environment. Donate.

Roots Community Health Center – Roots Community Health Center is an urgent care and primary care clinic that aims to eliminate wide health disparities and improve health outcomes for uninsured and low-income residents of East Oakland. Donate.

TGI Justice Project – TGI Justice Project is a nonprofit in San Francisco that helps black trans leaders inside and outside of prisons. Donate.

Essie Justice Group – Essie Justice Group is a nonprofit organization in Oakland of women with incarcerated loved ones taking on the rampant injustices created by mass incarceration. Donate.

Planting Justice – Planting Justice is a grassroots organization in Oakland with a mission to empower people impacted by mass incarceration and other social inequities with the skills and resources to cultivate food sovereignty, economic justice, and community healing. Donate.

San Francisco Foundation – SFF is a grantmaking public charity dedicated to improving life within the region by working with community leaders, nonprofits, and donors, to advance racial equity and economic inclusion to ensure that everyone in the Bay Area has a chance to attend a good school, get a good job, live in a safe and affordable home, and have a strong political voice. Donate.

Equal Justice Society – Oakland-based EJS is transforming the nation’s consciousness on race through law, social science, and the arts. Their legal strategy aims to broaden conceptions of present-day discrimination to include unconscious and structural bias by using social science, structural analysis, and real-life experience. Donate.

Cycles of Change – Oakland-based creates healthier East Bay communities by helping youth and adults gain tools for more environmentally and economically sustainable living through school-based bicycle education, job training, watershed education, and community earn-a-bike programs. By exploring our neighborhoods and beyond on bicycles, we are more connected to the people and the land that sustain us. Donate.

Urban Peace Movement – UPM builds youth leadership in Oakland to transform the culture and social conditions that lead to community violence and mass incarceration in communities of color. UPM’s model of “Healing-Centered Youth Organizing” supports young people to feel self-confident & hopeful while empowering them to work for healing, social justice, and a brighter future for all. Donate.

African American Community Service Agency – AACSA is one of the only African American cultural centers in the Silicon Valley. Their mission: providing quality educational, cultural, social and recreational programs, services and activities in order to perpetuate and strengthen African American identity, culture, values, traditions, knowledge and family life-is at the heart of all programs. Donate.

Legal Services for Prisoners With Children – Oakland-based LSPC organizes communities impacted by the criminal justice system and advocates to release incarcerated people, to restore human and civil rights, and to reunify families and communities. They build public awareness of structural racism in policing, the courts, and the prison system, and advance racial and gender justice in all their work. Donate.

Destiny Arts Center – Oakland-based Destiny uses movement-based arts to uplift youth voice, supporting pathways for young people to express themselves, advocate for justice and equity, fight against the systemic racism that continues to impact Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and build a community where everyone feels seen, valued, and free. Donate.

Roots of Success – Roots prepares youth and adults from frontline communities for 100+ jobs and career pathways in green infrastructure sectors and to improve environmental and social conditions in their communities. The program is offered in prisons, jails, job training and reentry programs, juvenile facilities, high schools, youth programs, and other settings. Donate.

Outside the Bay Area / National Organizations

PolicyLink – To advance equity, PolicyLink advocates for groundbreaking policy changes that enable everyone, especially people of color, to be economically secure, live in healthy communities of opportunity, and benefit from a just society. Donate.

Black Lives Matter (LA Chapter) – Black Lives Matter is an international human rights movement that campaigns against violence and systemic racism. Donate.

Black Earth Farms – Black Earth Farms is a grassroots black and indigenous farming collective; Currently, they are delivering free food to black individuals that have been arrested and bailed, injured, or traumatized from the recent protests. Donate.

California Prison Focus – California Prison Focus is a nonprofit that works to expose and end human rights abuses against incarcerated people in California by acting in solidarity with and elevating the voices of those most impacted. Donate.

California Reinvestment Coalition – CRC is a statewide nonprofit that works to disrupt anti-Blackness, dismantle white supremacy, and redistribute wealth by ensuring banks and other corporations invest and conduct business in BIPOC communities in a just and equitable manner. They have offices in both the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Donate.

Californians for Justice – Californians for Justice is a youth-powered organization focusing on racial and educational justice. Donate.

Transgender Law Center – Transgender Law Center is the largest national trans-led organization based in Oakland advocating for a world in which all people are free to define themselves and their futures. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation. Donate.

My Brother’s Keeper – President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper in February 2014 to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and to ensure all youth can reach their full potential. In 2015 the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance) was launched, inspired by My Brother’s Keeper, to scale and sustain this mission. In late 2017, MBK Alliance became an initiative of the Obama Foundation. Within the Obama Foundation, MBK Alliance focuses on building safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color where they feel valued and have clear pathways to opportunity. Donate.

Year Up – Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by ensuring that young adults gain the skills, experiences, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through careers and higher education. Donate.

Therapy for Black Girls – Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. This space was developed to present mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant. Donate.

National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network – The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a healing justice organization that actively works to transform mental health for queer and trans people of color in North America. Donate.

NAACP – The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. Donate.

Southern Poverty Law Center – The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality. Donate.

The National Urban League – The National Urban League is a historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization with 90 affiliates serving 300 communities, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than two million people nationwide. Donate.

LeadersUp – LeadersUp is a 501(c)(3) talent development intermediary focused on ending the youth unemployment and opportunity divide by meeting business hiring needs with a pipeline of ready-to-work young adults. Donate.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund is an American non-profit organization that supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include public historically black colleges and universities, medical schools, and law schools. Donate.

Black Stories Matter – TMI Project’s provides Black-led true storytelling workshops where Black folks can write about, share, and reflect upon their experiences without having to justify, explain, or defend the truth of their lived experiences. Storytelling media are paired with strategic tools to inspire deep introspection, a willingness to transform oneself and take bold action to end systemic racism. Donate.

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