Resources for Abolition

Last updated on June 23, 2020.

In the past weeks, we’ve been contributing to the movement for racial justice by protesting, contacting legislators, signing petitions, making donations, and supporting ongoing mutual aid initiatives. We’d like to encourage our readers to do the same and share resources that we’ve found helpful in our own efforts.

Of course, resistance takes myriad forms, deploys multiple strategies, and evolves with the situation. Accordingly, we’ll continue to update this page in the days and weeks to come. Please contact us if you’d like for us to share additional resources here or on our social media accounts.

Toolkits and Resources

The artist and educator Chantal Feitosa has published “Black Wellness Guide: Self Care Resources for Healing and Overcoming Racial Trauma,” which directs Black people to organizations that provide mental-health care—and suggests that non-black allies show support by making donations.

Navigate to Ways You Can Help, which offers a number of actions that you can take to bolster local and national campaigns. The website also includes a list of memorial funds that are accepting donations.

Radio Bonita has compiled a list of protest toolkits, resource libraries, and New York-based fundraisers.

Rhizome has published “Digital Resources for a Movement Against Police Violence,” an extensive guide to the use of digital tools to record abuses of power, enable advocacy and fundraising initiatives, and contribute to organizing efforts.

Watch documentation of Covid-19, Decarceration, and Abolition, an event with Ruth Wilson Gilmore and Naomi Murakawa, organized by Haymarket Books.

Read Critical Resistance’s Abolition Organizing Toolkit.

Petitions and Email and Social Media Campaigns

Read—and share—the 8 to Abolition campaign, which seeks to create the conditions for “a world without police, where no one is held in a cage, and all people thrive and be well.” (The campaign’s website includes a thoughtfully assembled list of abolitionist resources).

Defund 12 has compiled a national list of local legislators to contact regarding the reallocation of public funds currently devoted to police departments.

Contact the Louisville Metro Police Department and Louisville legislature to demand justice for Breonna Taylor.

Sign a petition demanding justice for Tony McDade.

Write a letter to help Josh Williams—the only remaining political prisoner from the 2014 Ferguson protests—get released from the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center. Donate directly to Williams via JPay.

And, if you’re a resident of New York, put pressure on local legislators to defund the police and cancel rent.

Act and Donate in New York

In New York, consider contributing money or time to ongoing mutual aid initiatives. Some to consider: Bed-Stuy Strong, which is seeking volunteers and monetary donations; Black Trans Travel Fund, which is seeking monetary donations; Equality for Flatbush, which is seeking monetary donations; GLITS, which is seeking monetary donations; Nourish NYC, which is seeking donations of money and non-perishable food items; the Okra Project, which is seeking monetary donations for the Tony Dade Mental Health Recovery Fund and the Nina Pop Mental Health Recovery Fund; and Survived and Punished Mutual Aid, which is seeking monetary donations.

Act and Donate Elsewhere

Organizers in Minneapolis have compiled this list of resources and bail funds, businesses, and grassroots organizations that are seeking donations.

Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (The Center of Workers United in Struggle) “organizes low-wage workers from across the Twin Cities to develop leadership and educate one another,” in order to “build power and lead the struggle for fair wages, better working conditions, basic respect, and a voice in our workplaces.”

To support protesters in Los Angeles, consider giving to the People’s City Council Freedom Fund.

To do the same for protesters in Atlanta, go to the Atlanta Solidarity Fund.

Finally, consider supporting the work of Black Lives Matter, the Movement for Black Lives, and She Safe, We Safe via donations, circulating information on social media, signing petitions, and volunteering.