Racial Justice and Anti-Racism Resources

Black Lives Matter. We at Theatre for a New Audience, as individuals and as an organization, support the Movement for Black Lives, and are committed to identifying, uprooting and dismantling white supremacy in our society and our industry.

This is a long-term commitment to self-assessment, to centering marginalized voices, and to taking action. Below is a list of anti-racism educational resources, and opportunities to amplify calls for racial justice with our bodies, our voices, and our financial support. 

This list has been compiled by TFANA staff, and will be updated as we go. If you have a resource you think should be on this list, please email us at info@tfana.org

 

Bail & Legal Defense Funds

American Civil Liberties Union
Organization with a mission to realize the promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.

The Bail Project
Organization dedicated to preventing incarceration and combating racial and economic disparities in the bail system.

LGBTQ Freedom Fund
Posts bail to secure the safety and liberty of LGBTQ people in jail and immigration detention.

The Legal Aid Society
140-year old social justice law firm—the largest in New York City—that fights for low-income New Yorkers in court and advocates for legal and criminal justice reform.

The Liberty Fund
New York City–wide charitable bail fund and advocacy group for criminal reform.

Minnesota Freedom Fund
Community based nonprofit that combats the harms of incarceration by paying bail for low-income individuals.

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Legal organization fighting for structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice, fulfilling the promise of equality for all Americans.

National Bail Fund Network
Directory of over sixty community bail and bond funds across the country.

National Bail Out
Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers, and activists building a community-based movement to end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration.

 

Ending Police Brutality and Mass Incarceration

Community Justice Exchange
National hub for developing and sharing tactical interventions, strategic organizing practices, and innovative organizing tools to end mass incarceration.

Communities United for Police Reform
The #NYCBudgetJustice campaign is demanding at least $1 billion dollars be cut from the NYPD’s budget, and this money reinvested for services, programs, and infrastructure that directly benefits Black, Latinx and other communities of color most devastated by COVID-19.

Campaign Zero
Research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in America.

Critical Resistance
Seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe.

Equal Justice Initiative
Working to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality

Grassroots Law Project
Combining grassroots organizing with legal expertise to transform policing and justice in America.

Innocence Project
Organization dedicated to exonerating the innocent through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.

Justice Now
A nonprofit organization that partners with people in women’s prisons and local communities to build a safe, compassionate world without prisons.

The Marshall Project
A nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the US criminal justice system.

Prison Moratorium Project
Stands by a simple principle: do no harm. This is the animating principle behind our advocacy for a serious rethinking of the current correctional system in the United States.

Reclaim the Block
Grassroots movement in Minneapolis to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety.

Vera Institute of Justice
Working to urgently build and improve justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities

Youth Represent
Dedicated to improving the lives and futures of young people affected by the criminal justice system

  

Ending Racial Health Disparities and Supporting Health & Wellness

Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
Our mission is to remove the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing.

Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund
A comprehensive list of mental health professionals across the country providing high quality, culturally competent services to Black women and girls.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Supporting research and programs targeting some of America’s most pressing health issues—from substance abuse to improving access to quality health care.

 

LGBTQ Black Lives Matter

Emergency Release Fund
Responding to the risks faced by trans persons in New York City jails, by ensuring that no trans person remains in detention before trial.

GLITS (Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society)
Working toward the wellness and inclusion of transgender people in our society, by offering housing, heathcare and crisis support for trans people post-incarceration.

Homeless Black Trans Women Fund
Fund for the community of Black Trans women that live in Atlanta and are sex workers and/or homeless.

LGBTQ Freedom Fund
Posts bail to secure the safety and liberty of LGBTQ people in jail and immigration detention.

The Marsha P. Johnson Institute
Protects and defends the human rights of Black transgender people by organizing, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership, and promoting our collective power.

National Black Justice Coalition
A civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Okra Project
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.

  

Community-Empowerment Organizations

Black Visions Collective (Minnesota)
Working for a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in a right relationship within our ecosystems.

The Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network
A people of color-led, mass-based coalition of tenants, homeowners, block associations, anti-police brutality groups, legal and grassroots organizations working together to end the rampant gentrification and displacement of low to middle income residents of Brooklyn, New York.

Mutual Aid NYC
Mutual Aid NYC is a multi-racial network of people and groups building support systems for people in the New York area during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

  

Protesting and Organizing

Black Lives Matter Carrd
A list of resources, places to donate, petitions, and information for protestors.

Color of Change
Racial justice organization that leads campaigns to build power for Black communities.

Minneapolis Uprising & Beyond
Links to: Bail Funds by city, George Floyd Resource Compilation, MN Bail Fund, Trans Funds, Mental Health Resources, The People’s Laundry, Black history/Revolutionary texts/Anti-racism Library.

The Movement for Black Lives
A space for Black organizations across the country to debate and discuss the current political conditions; develop shared assessments of what political interventions are necessary in order to achieve key policy, cultural, and political wins; and convene organizational leadership to debate and co-create a shared movement-wide strategy.

National Resource List
A list of resources for protestors, including where to make donations and ways to help.

Not in Our Town
A movement to stop hate, racism, and bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all.

Resources from Black Lives Matter
Toolkits and educational resources for organizers.

Rhizome — Digital Resources for a Movement Against Police Violence
A primer about digital resources for activists and supporters, including best practices for web archiving during protest, and the risks involved.

Showing up for Racial Justice
Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability.

 

Supporting Civil Rights Organizations

Fair Fight Action
Promoting fair elections around the country, encouraging voter participation in elections, and educating voters about elections and their voting rights

INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence
A network of radical feminists of color organizing to end state violence and violence in our homes and communities.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
A coalition of more than 200 organizations that work to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States.

National Action Network
A longtime leading civil rights organizations in the US.

National Urban League
Enabling African Americans and other underserved urban residents to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights.

Southern Poverty Law Center
Dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society.

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
For over 75 years, UNCF has supported Black college students through individual scholarships, financial support to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and advocating for the importance of minority education and community engagement.

 

Supporting Black Artists and Arts Organizations

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Relief Fund
Micro-grants for US-based BIPOC artists and administrators.

Black Arts Futures Fund
A collective of emerging philanthropists promoting the elevation and preservation of Black arts and culture.

 

Black-led Theatre Companies & Festivals in NYC

Theatre companies dedicated to producing stage work about the African American and Black experience, and to developing artists and audiences of color, are finding new ways to produce and connect during COVID-19. They are also (like most arts organizations) facing significant loss of revenue due to the pandemic. Help support them through this crisis by purchasing a ticket to their online programming, subscribing to their seasons, or donating.

Afrikan Poetry Theatre

Billie Holiday Theatre

Black Spectrum Theatre Co.

Caribbean American Repertory Theater

The Classical Theatre of Harlem

Downtown Urban Arts Festival

The Fire This Time Festival

National Black Theatre

Negro Ensemble Company

The New Black Fest

New Federal Theatre

New Heritage Theatre Group

The New Professional Theatre

Vibe Theater Experience

 

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

The Arts Administrators of Color Network is currently raising funds for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) artists and arts administrators who have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 nationally. You can read more here and donate here

 

Anti-Racism Resources: History, Literature, Media and Journalism

Anna Deveare Smith’s Notes from the Field
In this HBO adaptation of her Off-Broadway show (currently streaming for free on YouTUbe) playwright Anna Deavere Smith dramatizes the accounts of students, parents, teachers and administrators affected by America’s school-to-prison pipeline. 

Anti-Racism Reading List from the Staff of the Hammer Museum
Members of the Hammer staff have compiled a list of readings on Black history and anti-racism, incorporating topics such as art history, Black feminism, and food justice.

Anti-Racist Resouce Guide (Victoria Alexander, MEd)
A regularly updated introduction to concepts such as structural racism and implicit bias, with links to further reading.

Anti-Racism Resources (Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein)
A list of books, articles, podcasts, films and social media accounts for those wanting to educate themselves on anti-racism and dismantling white supremacy.

The Anti-Racism Starter Kit (A Guide by L. Glenise Pike)
A workbook to help navigate next steps after answering the call to become antiracist. It is meant to be used as a blueprint for this work that is sustainable and practical.

The New York Times 1619 Project
An ongoing initiative to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the center of our national narrative.

The Racial Imaginary Institute
Founded by poet Claudia Rankine, a cultural laboratory in which the racial imaginaries of our time and place are engaged, read, countered, contextualized, and demystified.

Talking about Race
The National Museum of African American History & Culture’s online resource for talking about race.