Ways to Support the Black Community and Combat Racism

The recent incidents of racism, murder and police brutality, including the murder of George Floyd, have once again reminded us of the systemic racism that continues to plague America and Arizona. In response to the community’s requests for recommendations, Kim Covington of the Arizona Grantmakers Forum member Arizona Community Foundation has compiled the following list for your convenience and information:

The following funds provide direct support and services to the Black community:

Community Organizers

  • Arizona Coalition for Change – Empowers everyday people to transform their community through building civic power, just and equitable schools and safer neighborhoods. They are committed to advocating for lasting progressive public policies that change the dynamics for our communities.
  • Black Lives Matter Metro Phoenix – Focuses on policy change, health and education. Demanding traffic cam footage, name of Arizona trooper and police report of the fatal shooting of Dion Johnson. The 28-year-old was killed Memorial Day after he was found sleeping in a car on Loop 101 and Tatum in Phoenix. BLM and other grassroots organizations established the Black People’s Justice Fund which pays bail for people in need.
  • Phoenix Local Organizing Committee – Brings African American community together as a collective with a focus on impacting justice, health, food security, arts and culture
  • Mass Liberation Project-Arizona – Launched in 2019 to bolster the growing movement to end mass incarceration and abolish the criminal legal system as we know it
  • Black Phoenix Organizing Collective (BPOC) and the Drinking Gourd Farms – BPOC builds black political power in Phoenix, AZ by organizing young, radical, queer, poor, families, formerly incarcerated, and non-binary black folks, directly impacted by unjust systems. BPOC’s program Drinking Gourd Farms builds a network of Black gardeners and Farmers focuses on the physical, mental and spiritual health of Black people.
  • Black Mothers Forum – Group of dedicated mothers of Black children coming together to dismantle the school to prison pipeline and stop the blood-shed in the Black community

Think Tanks

  • African American Christian Clergy Coalition – Promotes unity and justice in Arizona
  • The Women’s Economic Institute – Working to advance income security, opportunity and economic sustainability for women and girls in Arizona. Launched the Black COVID Task Force in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The community based initiative ensures Black Arizonan’s have the most accurate readily available information.

Direct Services and Historic Black Organizations