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Black Lives Matter
This is a Grand Rapids grocery store whose mission is "To increase access to healthy, affordable and culturally-accepted food for our community." They get their produce from "Black, brown, indigenous, local or womxn-led farms and businesses."
This organization supports incarcerated writers "join and enrich the broader literary community." They do this through multiple initiatives including mentorships and publishing opportunities.
The Bail Project fights to end the inequality of the cash bail system. A majority of people held in prison are actually pre-trail dittanies who cannot afford bail. By donating to this organization, you can help pay someone's bail. This is also an issue of racial justice because Black people are wildly overrepresented in prisons.
Support Black Children
Both The Conscious Kid and the Little Justice Leaders are groups that provide racial justice education resources for kids. The Conscious Kid is an "Education, Research And Policy Organization" with book lists, story time, and more. The Little Justice Leaders focus more specifically on how to teach children about racial justice.
Here are some of my favorite books that both expose the racism America was built on, and celebrating Black joy. This list is not an expansive list so please reach out if you have other favorites that should be on your bookshelf.
Long Way Down
The New Jim Crow
The Man Who Lived Underground
As Brave as You
Red at the Bone
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