Forecast pausing fundraising, encourages donations to MN justice efforts + Black orgs

Racism is a public health emergency. We mourn for the family of George Floyd and stand in solidarity with the millions who march to demand justice. We join others across our Minnesota community and our world in the condemnation of all forms of racist violence against black, brown and indigenous people, especially when perpetrated by authorities. We join the call for the arrest and prosecution of all four officers involved in this murder. We commit to uplifting the work of BIPOC artists and culture bearers in our community who are responding, speaking out for justice, healing from trauma, and providing space for communities to express grief and anger in this time.

What we believe the best thing to do at this time as a white-led organization is to pause our own fundraising efforts which were scheduled for this Summer. Instead, we encourage you to donate to these vital organizations to support local efforts for justice in our community. BIPOC leaders and organizers, many of them artists, are on the front lines in our cities. Right now, we are called to support their work. Below we have compiled a list of Twin Cities and national funding efforts for justice, police reform, legal defense funds, and neighborhoods impacted. Donating is just one step towards combating racism in ourselves and our communities.

SUPPORT MINNESOTA JUSTICE EFFORTS + BLACK-LED ORGANIZATIONS

We encourage you to donate to these organizations to support BIPOC communities and local efforts for justice (listed in alphabetical order). This is an evolving list and we welcome additions. Please send to info@forecastpublicart.org.

MINNESOTA JUSTICE + REBUILDING EFFORTS

  • Association for Black Economic Power (ABEP) + Pimento // “We’re partnering with Pimento to provide black business without insurance relief after white supremacists set them on fire during the protests. Our goal is to raise $1,000,000 to help these businesses recover from the damages done.”
  • Black Immigrant Collective // The Black Immigrant Collective amplifies and makes visible the voices of Black immigrants in Minnesota.
  • Black Visions Collective // Black Visions Collective envisions a world in which ALL Black Lives Matter. We use the guidance and brilliance of our ancestors as well as the teachings of our own experiences to pursue our commitment to dismantling systems of oppression and violence. We are determined in our pursuit of dignity and equity for all.
  • Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization // support and strengthen the Central neighborhood in the areas of community building, economic development and housing through engaged and informed action, fostering a neighborhood where everyone can thrive.
  • Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL) // CTUL supports low wage workers, centered on Spanish speaking workers. They are currently accepting and organizing donations for those affected by protests and riots.
  • Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) // CAAL normally supports Asian Americans, but have always been vocal in their support of Black Americans. They are an important part of the Asian community and will work on the anti-blackness within Asian communities.
  • El Colegio // In community, El Colegio honors and builds upon the talents of bilingual students and their diverse families to provide the academic rigor, leadership skills, career preparation, and community connections necessary to fulfill their potential as change makers. They have temporarily changed their name to El Mercado Colegio, and are currently acting as a food shelf in the community.
  • Communities Against Police Brutality // CUAPB provides assistance to individuals and families dealing with the effects of police brutality.
  • Division of Indian Work // Division of Indian Work’s mission is to support and strengthen urban American Indian people through culturally-based education, traditional healing approaches, and leadership development. We provide many services to the community but the most relevant one right now is our food shelf.
  • Eastside Neighborhood Development Company // To foster a safe, diverse and thriving neighborhood by engaging the community to create healthy, affordable housing and support commercial development. Focused on the East side of Saint Paul.
  • Frogtown & Rondo Community Business Recovery Fund // The Summit-University Planning Council (District 8), the Frogtown Neighborhood Association (District 7), and the Victoria Arts Theater Center are collaboratively raising funds to directly support damage recovery of impacted Frogtown and Rondo Community Businesses.
  • George Floyd Memorial Fund // The official fund for George Floyd will cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings and additional assistance to the Floyd Family.
  • Hallie Q. Brown // Hallie Q. Brown is an African American, nonprofit social service agency open to all, primarily serving the Summit University area of Saint Paul, Minnesota and the broader Twin Cities metro area. The organization was born as the result of the vision, commitment and tireless efforts of several community leaders in the 1920’s. We are able to continue serving our community through generous donations from people like you.
  • Indigenous Roots // Indigenous Roots strives to provide opportunities that promote and practice holistic well being through indigenous arts, traditions, and culture. They are currently acting as a food shelf for the community.
  • Isuroon // Isuroon is a grassroots nonprofit organization working to promote the well-being and empowerment of Somali women in Minnesota and beyond.
  • Joyce Preschool // emergency fund for families who had to evacuate their homes near Lake Street last week, and who are now coming back to a devastated neighborhood with no grocery stores within walking distance.
  • Juxtaposition Arts // Juxtaposition Arts is a teen-staffed art and design center, gallery, retail shop and artists’ studio space in north Minneapolis. Juxtaposition Arts develops community by engaging and employing young urban artists in hands-on education initiatives that create pathways to self-sufficiency while actualizing creative power.
  • Latino Community on Lake Street // fundraiser for Latinx owned businesses on Lake Street.
  • Little Earth Residents Association // Food and safety needs for residents of Little Earth of United Tribes.
  • Midtown Global Market Mend // A cultural center in the heart of Minneapolis home to 45 small businesses, which has also been a center of donations and clean-up efforts, is seeking donations in order to repair the building and rebuild small businesses in the greater community.
  • Minnesota Freedom Fund // The Minnesota Freedom Fund is a community based nonprofit that combats the harms of incarceration by paying bail for low-income individuals who cannot otherwise afford it. We oppose “pay-to-play” justice and believe that our work has the potential to catalyze substantive criminal justice reform. Do not use a Venmo account to support this org; it is a false account.
  • Migizi Communication // Donate directly to Migizi, a non-profit Native youth organization that was burned in Minneapolis.
  • Minnesota Healing Justice Network // We provide 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).
  • Neighbors United Funding Collective // Organized by the Hamline Midway Coalition in St. Paul, Minnesota, the NUFC is raising money to rebuild storefronts in one of the hardest-hit neighborhoods.
  • Northside Economic Opportunity Network // NEON’s mission is to build wealth for low-to-moderate income entrepreneurs in North Minneapolis and surrounding communities.
  • Northside Funders Group + West Broadway Business and Area Coalition // In partnership with the Minneapolis Foundation, the Northside Funders Group is raising money specifically for businesses that have been affected by demonstrations in North Minneapolis, a predominantly black neighborhood that often doesn’t get the same spotlight as other areas of the city.
  • Northstar Health Collective // A St. Paul-based organization that provides health services and support at protests // Northstar Health Collective is not accepting donations anymore and is asking people to donate to others in need.
  • PPNA – Renters Support Fund // operated by the Minneapolis Renters’ Coalition, a group of residents, community organizations, and neighborhood organizations committed to supporting renters in our community.
  • Reclaim the Block // If you’d like to donate to police-reform efforts in Minneapolis, Reclaim the Block focuses on community-based solutions in lieu of funding the Minneapolis Police Department. Reclaim the Block is receiving so many donations that the group is asking people to consider giving money to another organization like Black Immigrant Collective, Little Earth Residents Association, CTUL, and others.
  • Southside Harm Reduction // Southside Harm Reduction Services works within a harm reduction framework to promote the human rights to health, safety, autonomy, and agency among people who use substances.
  • Spiral Collective // SPIRAL is a 100% volunteer run & operated QTPOC-centered reproductive justice collective.
  • TC Care Collective // South-Minneapolis based worker-owned childcare co-op working to provide easy access childcare by and for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and queer organizers and families // We are the Cities Care Collective-a burgeoning cooperative business responding to a great need for conscientious, movement based childcare in the Twin Cities. We work with families and organizations alike to provide care that best meets the needs of our community. We’ll come to you equipped with engaging materials and toys to facilitate intentional play with youth while their parents work to build a more nourishing future!
  • Women for Political Change // Holistically investing in the leadership and political power of young women and trans & non-binary individuals throughout Minnesota.

Local Black-Led Arts Organizations

We encourage you to support black-led arts organizations, many of whom are listed in the below article: