Black Lives Matters Resources

This is a page devoted to Black Lives Matters resources I’ve collected. I am a white person in Chicago, so most of the resources will be focused on Chicago initiatives and how we, as white people, can educate ourselves and challenge our own prejudices and racism. This page will be constantly updated as I find new sources, organizations, and initiatives.

Movement 4 Black Lives

The Movement for Black Lives was created in December 2014 to be a space for Black organizations to come together to debate, share, and organize together to create a shared movement wide strategy. They have an seemingly endless supply of resources and campaigns to help achieve Black Liberation including:

A Guide on how to Encounter with the FBI

A Safety Guide for Protestors

Mutual Aid Resources

Defund the Police

Amnesty for Protestors

Breathe Act

And so much more

Show Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Chicago

Stand Up for Racial Justice Chicago organizes people for racial justice through accountability partnerships with Black and Brown-led organizations. They support a number of Chicago based actions such as Defund CPD, CPAC Now, and the recent battle to end pre-trial money bond. They also organize trainings and small group cohorts to help people engage with anti-racist work and learn about organization and showing up for racial justice.

Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR)

Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression was created in 1973 to fight for Angela Davis’ freedom and continues to fight for the rights of oppressed people. They have been integral to the fight for civil rights and Black liberation for decades and continue to be a powerful voice in Chicago.

They have three main campaigns:

CPAC Now-CPAC will create the Civilian Police Accountability Council, an elected council of civilians who will have control over the CPD.

Pardon Gerald Reed-CAARPR is petitioning Governor Pritzker to pardon Gerald Reed. Gerald Reed was arrested on October 3rd, 1990 for a double murder by Detectives Michael Kill and Victor Breska at Area 3 Homicide, members of the notorious “Midnight Crew” led by torturer Jon Burge. They tortured Reed until he signed a false confession and he’s been in jail for 27 years. Reed’s case conviction was vacated given that his “confession” was the result of torture, but Judge Hennelly sentenced Reed to a life in prison anyway on February 14th, 2020.

CFist-CAARPR is campaigning to Free Incarcerated Survivors of Police Torture. Chicago has a history of torturing Black and Latino people into false confessions. We have a police officer, Jon Burge, who is known as the torturer. And we are known for our infamous Homan Square. CAARPR is fighting to get many of these prisoners released.

Chicago Torture Justice Center

The Chicago Torture Justice Center was created to address the traumas of police violence and institutionalized racism. The goal of the center is to end all police violence. They offer trauma-informed resources and trauma-informed support.

Chicago Community Bond Fund

Chicago Community Bond Fund and Coalition to End Money Bond organization around money bond and and prison support. They recently won a huge victory with the passing of Pre-Trial Fairness Act, ending money bond in Illinois. However, the act is sitting on Governor Pritzker’s desk, so we need to call him to sign it.

Good Kids Mad City 

Good Kids Mad City is a powerhouse of youth activism. They have been marching, organizing, and fighting to defund the police, end police violence, and gun violence. They’ve been organizing mutual aid and trainings. They are a youth led organization dedicated towards developing youth-led action.

Homeless Black Trans Women Fund

This fund is to help the small community of Black Trans women living on the streets of Atlanta. The purpose is to end homeless for this community and help them find permanent housing.

The Okra Project

The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans people. They also provided mutual aid for COVID-19 and the Nina Pop and Tony McDade Mental Health Recovery Funds for Trans people who need mental assistance.

Trans Women of Color Collective

This collective was created to provide economic opportunities and safe spaces for trans people of color and to engage in healing through restorative justice. They provide community funds, economic empowerment, and community building.

Brave Space Alliance

Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ+ individuals on the South and West sides of the city. They strive to empower, embolden, and educate the LGBTQ+ community through mutual aid, knowledge-sharing, and the creation of community-sourced resources. They provide COVID-19 support, food pantry support, coat drives, and telehealth programs.

Black Lives Matter Chicago

This is the Chicago based branch of the Black Lives Matters movement. They have ten demands such as:

  • Close Homan Square
  • CPAC Now
  • No Cops in School
  • Accountability for Police Murder and Torture
  • Justice for All Killed by the Police
  • Fire Murderous and Abusive Cops
  • End Youth Incarceration
  • Defund the Police
  • Investment in Community Resources
  • Release the Imprisoned Jon Burge Torture Survivors

Project NIA

Project NIA supports abolition, ending the arrest, detention, and incarceration of children and young adults by promoting transformative and restorative justice. They are a great of source of information, trainings, and organization actions to achieve abolition.

The Black Abolitionist Network

The organization is a constellation of people & organizations collaborating to dismantle anti-Black and carceral systems and build systems that affirm and nurture Black lives. They are the driving force for the DefundCPD campaign. The Chicago police have a terrible history of terrorizing, torturing, and abusing BIPOC and cause more harm than good. We need a new solution.

Supporting Black Creators

Podcasts

1619

Code Switch

White Homework

Floodlines

Black History Year

Abolition Science Radio

Intersectionality Matters!

Speakeasy

In the Thick

Black-Owned Bookstores in Chicago:

Semicolon

Frontline Distribution International

Last updated: 2/11/2021