Social & Racial Justice Organizations and Community Leaders

This is a compiled list of all of the organizations and community leaders Metalsmiths for Change and collaborators have benefited. The majority have clear inclusive values that support all Black people and are Black-led or include Black leadership.

If you are financially able, you are encouraged to donate directly at anytime to either of the organizations or community leaders listed or to the Metalsmiths for Change Fund.

 
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The American Civil Liberties Union dares to create a more perfect union — beyond one person, party, or side. The ACLU's mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.
Arts Administrators of Color Network

The Arts Administrators of Color Network (AAC) is an arts service network that focuses on networking and community building through the arts. The AAC are advocates and continue to fight for equity in the arts through collaboration, forums, and outlets that provide a voice for arts administrators and artists of color where there may not be one.

Autistic People of Color Fund

The Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color’s Interdependence, Survival, and Empowerment exists to provide direct support, mutual aid, and reparations by and for autistic people of color.

Black Artists + Designers Guild (BADG)
BADG is building a more equitable and inclusive creative culture by advancing a community of independent Black makers in creative industries. BADG is committed to honoring their ancestral legacies in art and design, taking ownership of their narrative, and creating spaces to celebrate Black creativity and culture.
Black Girls Code

We build pathways for young women of color to embrace the current tech marketplace as builders and creators by introducing them to skills in computer programming and technology.

Black Mamas Matter Initiative
Black Mamas Matter Alliance is a Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance. Black Mamas Matter Alliance centers Black mamas to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice.
Black Trans Advocacy Coalition
The National Black Trans Advocacy Coalition works with communities in the U.S. and across the globe to foster diversity, inclusion and equality for all people and is lead by the Black Transmen, Inc., Black Transwomen, Inc and Black Trans MX non profit organizations.
Black Visions Collective
Black Visions Collective aims to center their work in healing and transformative justice principles, intentionally develop their organizations core “DNA” to ensure sustainability, and develop Minnesota’s emerging Black leadership to lead powerful campaigns.
Black Voters Matter Fund

Black Voters Matter goal is to increase power in marginalized, predominantly Black communities.

Black Women's Health Imperative

Black Women's Health Imperative's mission is to lead the effort to solve the most pressing health issues that affect Black women and girls in the U.S. 

Black Women Lead
Black women have led this country since the beginning and we want to amplify more black leadership in this moment. BWL will be at the forefront of a human rights movement and will continue to speak out against murders committed by police, campaign against violence, systemic racism, and advocate anti-racist policy, defunding the police, investing in communities and will call for the prosecution of killer cops.
BreakOut!
BreakOUT! seeks to end the criminalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth to build a safer and more just New Orleans.
Brennan Center for Justice
The Brennan Center for Justice is an independent, nonpartisan law and policy organization that works to reform, revitalize, and when necessary, defend our country’s systems of democracy and justice.
Brown Girls Do Ballet®
The mission of Brown Girls Do Ballet® is to help increase participation of underrepresented populations in ballet programs through organizing and arranging ballet performances, photo exhibitions, and providing resources and scholarships to assist young girls in their ballet development and training.
Center for Black Equity
Center for Black Equity's mission is to promote a multinational LGBTQ+ network dedicated to improving health and wellness opportunities, economic empowerment, and equal rights while promoting individual and collective work, responsibility, and self-determination.
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization advancing policy solutions for people with low incomes.

Check Your Privilege

Check Your Privilege  is a global movement that supports individuals  on their journey of becoming actively anti-racist.

Color of Change

Color of Change leads campaigns that build real power for Black communities by challenging injustice, holding corporate and political leaders accountable, commissioning game-changing research on systems of inequality, and advancing solutions for racial justice that can transform our world.

Common Ground Foundation
The work of CGF reaches high school students through mentoring and college preparation programs. Their focus areas are nutrition and healthy living, financial literacy, character development, and creative expression.
Crafting the Future
Crafting the Future works to diversify the fields of art, craft and design by connecting BIPOC artists with opportunities that will help them thrive.

 

Dream Defenders
The Dream Defenders is organizing Black and Brown youth to build power in our communities to advance a new vision they have for the state. Their agenda is called the Freedom Papers. Through it, they are advancing their vision of safety and security –  away from prisons, deportation, and war – and towards healthcare, housing, jobs and movement for all.
Emanuel Nine Memorial

The Emanuel Nine Memorial encourages people to reconcile their hearts and actions with the example set by families of the Emanuel Nine. The memorial will also honor their lives by teaching new attitudes and behaviors to reverse racism.

The inspiration for the memorial design is drawn from reflecting upon the lives and sacrifices of the Emanuel Nine: Reverend Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Mrs. Cynthia Graham Hurd, Mrs. Susie J. Jackson, Mrs. Ethel Lee Lance, Reverend DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Reverend Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Kibwe Diop Sanders, Reverend Daniel Lee Simmons, Sr., and Mrs. Myra Singleton Quarles Thompson.

Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)
"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."
Fair Fight

Fair Fight educates and mobilizes voters to seek election reform and to understand their basic voting rights that should be - but are not - inherent in our democracy.

FIERCE FIERCE integrates healing and restorative justice in its holistic community organizing approach, and our work is grounded in the belief that realizing and manifesting our personal and collective power is critical to changing our conditions, shaping our futures and becoming effective agents of change in our own lives, communities and cities.
George Lee Speaks

George introduces listeners to critical tips, techniques and skills that foster a stronger foundation of purpose for professional development and diversity inclusion. 

Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA)
HAA plays an essential role in the lives of emerging and established artists by helping build the resources, networks, and capacity of its richly diverse membership.
Know Your Rights Camp

Know Your Rights Camp's mission is to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders.

LGBTQ Freedom Fund

LGBTQ Freedom Fund pays bail to secure the safety and liberty of individuals in immigration facilities in every U.S. state and pretrial detention in Florida.

 

Life Pieces to Masterpieces

Life Pieces To Masterpieces uses artistic expression to develop character and leadership, unlock potential, and prepare African American boys and young men to transform their lives and communities.
Live Free USA

With hundreds of congregations as well as countless leaders and movement partners throughout the country, the LIVE FREE Campaign is working to end the scourges of gun violence, mass incarceration, and the criminalization of Black and Brown bodies that tears at the soul of our society.

The Loveland Foundation

The Loveland Foundation grants financial assistance to Black women and girls who require high quality and racially sensitive therapists to help them navigate the trauma of living in a white-centric world.

Marsha P Johnson Institute

The Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI) protects and defends the human rights of BLACK transgender people.

Movement for Black Lives

Movement For Black Lives has grown into a cohesive group that calls for six fundamental pillars - called Visions - that guide their voice; to end the war on Black people, reparations made for past wrongs and current harm, redistributing funds for police departments directly into the communities, reframe the current economic system into one that is not racially capitalistic in nature, give control of the communities back to the communities themselves, and to recreate our democracy into one that is as varied and colorful as the beautiful communities that make up this country. 

My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (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.

My Sistah's House Memphis

My Sistah's House Memphis is a trans/nb lead nonprofit providing first hand experience as well as field research to create a one-stop shop for finding doctors, social groups and safe spaces for the trans community. 

The NAACP's mission 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.
National Black Disability Coalition (NBDC) The National Black Disability Coalition (NBDC) is a response to the need for Blacks with disabilities in America to organize around issues of mutual concern and use our collective strength to address disability issues with emphasis on people who live in poverty.
National Black Food & Justice Alliance

The National Black Food and Justice Alliance (NBFJA) is a coalition of Black-led organizations aimed at developing Black leadership, supporting Black communities, organizing for Black self-determination, and building institutions for Black food sovereignty & liberation.

National Black Justice Coalition

 National Black Justice Coalition's mission is to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ/SGL bias and stigma.

National Birth Equity Collab

 NBEC creates solutions that optimize Black maternal and infant health through training, policy advocacy, research, and community-centered collaboration.

No More Secrets

OUR MISSION at No More Secrets Mind Body Spirit Inc. is to decrease uterine care and menstrual health disparities in underserved communities through the eradication of societal stigmas and propagation of resources and scientifically based information. 

Outdoor Afro

Outdoor Afro is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and equitably accessible outdoors experience.

Survived & Punished
The Survived And Punished Project demands the immediate release of survivors of domestic and sexual violence and other forms of gender violence who are imprisoned for survival actions, including: self-defense, “failure to protect,” migration, removing children from abusive people, being coerced into acting as an “accomplice,” and securing resources needed to live.
Tessera Arts Collective

Tessera Arts Collective is a non-profit arts organization founded in 2018 that supports womxn (including queer, trans, femme and non-binary) abstract artists of color by providing opportunities, resources, and programming that elevates their work and practice.

Therapy For Black Girls

Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.

Transgender Gender-Variant and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP)

The Transgender Gender-Variant and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP) is centered around peer advocacy and providing legal services for transgender and gender non-conforming people of color who are currently in the prison system, as well as those who have formerly been incarcerated and are now back in the greater community.

 

Trayvon Martin Foundation

The Trayvon Martin Foundation's mission is to advocate for crime victims and their families, increase public awareness of all forms of racial, ethnic and gender profiling, educate youth on conflict resolution techniques, and reduce the incidences where confrontations between strangers turn deadly.
UndocuBlack Network
The UndocuBlack Network (UBN) is a multigenerational network of currently and formerly undocumented Black people that fosters community, facilitates access to resources, and contributes to transforming the realities of our people, so we are thriving and living our fullest lives.
Young, Black & Lit
Our mission is simple, to increase access to children's books that center, reflect, and affirm the experiences of Black children.

 

Last updated: 4/18/22