One thing we’ve learned over the past 40 years is that it takes a lot of dedicated, hard-working people to create something special. That’s true when it comes to making ice cream, and it’s true when it comes to making lasting change.
Racial justice and equity will never be achieved by one leader or one group alone. It’ll take an array of activists and organizations operating at all levels, from the local to the national, to make change happen.
Read on to learn about 10 organizations—some relatively young, some with decades of accomplishments—doing everything they can to make racial equity a reality. Support them if you can. We can make a difference, but only if we all stand together.
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Color of Change
The country’s largest online racial justice organization, Color of Change is a long-time Ben & Jerry’s partner that mobilizes its 1.4 million members to knock down the walls that hold Black people back. Learn more and donate here.
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Advancement Project National Office
We’re working with Advancement Project National Office this year on issues like reforming our broken money bail system. Supporting their mission means getting hundreds of thousands of innocent people out of jail and back to their families. Learn more and donate here.
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The NAACP has been on the front lines of the struggle for racial justice since 1909. The nation’s largest civil rights organization, the NAACP is dedicated to securing progress for communities of color and all Americans. Learn more and donate here.
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Dream Defenders was founded in 2012, after Trayvon Martin was murdered in Sanford, Florida. They’re developing a new generation of leaders ready to end the criminalization of Black and Latinx youth. Learn more and donate here.
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Know Your Rights Camp
Colin Kaepernick took a knee and changed the world. He founded Know Your Rights to empower young people of color and teach them how to interact with law enforcement. Learn more and donate here.
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Van Jones and Newt Gingrich don’t join forces too often, but they did for #cut50, a bipartisan advocacy organization with a mission to reduce the prison population and make our communities safer and stronger. Learn more and donate here.
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Black Youth Project
Young Black Americans are often talked about in the media, but it seems like they’re rarely heard from. The Black Youth Project provides a much-needed platform for the ideas and voices of Black millennials. Learn more and donate here.
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Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter is a dynamic, chapter-based, international organization whose goal is to create a world where violence is no longer inflicted on Black people. Learn more and donate here.
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National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
Founded in 1976, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation is dedicated to increasing civic engagement and voter participation in Black and underserved communities. Learn more and donate here.
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Live Free USA
Live Free is a collection of congregations that’s working to create a movement for racial and economic change by increasing civic engagement and economic investment in communities of color. Learn more and donate here.