Support Black Communities

We're collecting links shared within our community and from our partners to actions and tools for white and non-Black people to support individuals, organizing groups and others leading movements and directly impacted by state violence and racism in Toronto and the U.S.

Last updated: September 27, 2020

CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals

Toronto

Donate to this Toronto based charity dedicated to addressing the economic and social barriers that affect Black youth ages 14 and over who are not in employment, education, or training (NEET).

The People's Pantry - COVID-19 Emergency Meal Fund

Toronto

The People’s Pantry is a Toronto-based grassroots initiative dedicated to safely providing and delivering free cooked meals and groceries to those who have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 crisis. You can also sign up to volunteer.

Black Creators Fund

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Banded Purple

Toronto

An initiative that will raise funds to enable a collection of Black artists to create and display their work at various galleries throughout the city.

Black Youth Helpline

Canada

Black Youth Helpline serves all youth and specifically responds to the need for a Black youth specific service, positioned and resourced to promote access to professional, culturally appropriate support for youth, families and schools.

The Black Health Alliance

Canada

The Black Health Alliance is a community-led registered charity working to improve the health and well-being of Black communities in Canada.

Homeless Black Trans Women Fund

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Jesse Pratt López

This is fund for the community of Black Trans women that live in Atlanta and are sex workers and/or homeless.

Support Black Women Film!

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BWF

Toronto

Donate to Black Women Film! to support their leadership, film camp, and mentorship programs. DMG has partnered with BWF for 3 years and wholeheartedly support this transformative organization.

NABL Black & Indigenous 2SLGBTQ Fund

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Not Another Black Life

Toronto

Donate to this June initiative by NABL to put funds directly in the pockets of Trans (priority) and Queer Black and/or Indigenous folk. 

Reynolds Scholarship

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Korina Reynolds

Toronto

Donate to this annual fund supporting Black high school students facing systemic barriers in the higher education system.

Donate to SURJ Toronto

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SURJ Toronto

Donate to Showing Up for Racial Justice Toronto, and check out their anti-racism educational resources.

Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality - Itch

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Itch.io

Get access to almost 800 games – including many from Toronto devs – with a minimum $5 donation to Itch to be distributed to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Community Bail Fund.

Uplift Kitchen

Toronto

Free meal deliveries by and for Black people in Toronto. Donate by sending an e-transfer to upliftkitchento@gmail.com. Use password upliftkitchento

Bail Fund Network

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Created by @abhiprofen with support of National Bail Fund Network

Comprehensive, open-source list of U.S. and Canada bail funds you can donate to.

FoodShare × #NotAnotherBlackLife

Toronto

Donate to FoodShare Toronto, which has teamed up with #NotAnotherBlackLife to provide food to Black families self-isolating after attending the march on May 30.

Black Women in Motion

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Toronto

Donate to BWIM, a Toronto-based, survivor-led organization that empowers and supports the advancement of black survivors of sexual violence.

TAIBU Community Health Centre

Toronto

Donate to TAIBU Community Health Centre (CHC), a multidisciplinary, non-for-profit, community led organization established to serve the Black Community across the Greater Toronto Area.

Caribbean African Canadian Social Services

Toronto

Donate to CAFCAN, a not-for-profit agency whose primary focus is on building and strengthening the service framework for African Canadians through the use of psycho-social Interventional approaches.

Nia Centre for the Arts

Toronto

Donate to this Toronto-based not-for-profit organization that supports, showcases and promotes an appreciation of arts from across the African Diaspora.

Black Legal Action Centre

Ontario

Donate to the Black Legal Action Centre, which provides free legal assistance to low- and no-income Black Ontarians.

Split your donation across 38 community bail funds

Split a donation to a number of U.S. bail funds, or allocate specific amounts to individual groups.

A Fund for Black-led Mental Health Supports

Toronto

A fund supporting Black therapists, so they can support others in their community with low/no cost mental health care.

Justice For Regis

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Renee Beals / family of Regis Korchinski-Paquet

Toronto

A fundraiser for the family of Regis Korchinski Paquet, organized by her sister Renee Beals.

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CLOSED - Toronto Protestor Bail Fund

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Strapped

Toronto

A fundraiser to release and support protestors who end up incarcerated. This bail fund includes any legal fees that may be incurred.

Petitions

Petition for Justice for Regis Korchinski-Paquet

Toronto

A petition directed at Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders, Mayor John Tory, and MPP Bhutila Karpoche to commit to a transparent investigation into the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet.

Resource Lists

Anti-racist resources

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Ash Forrest

Articles, books, readings and other media for white and non-Black people to educate themselves about anti-racism.

Directories

#DrawingWhileBlack Database

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Abelle Hayford

A database of artists from #DrawingWhileBlack on twitter! Filter for specific areas of work including but not limited to : Book Illustration, Character Design,Storyboards, Product Design, etc!

Cartoonists of Colour Database

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MariNaomi - https://marinaomi.com/

The Cartoonists of Color, Queer Cartoonists, and Disabled Cartoonists databases were created as a way to spotlight marginalized comics creators.

GTA Black-Owned Businesses and Restaurants

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j.a.l.i.l & desperateidiot on Instagram

Toronto

Support Black-owned restaurants in Toronto. Community-curated list of businesses open during COVID-19 for delivery or pickup.

Black Game Devs

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Catt Small

Hire and support Black game developers.

Game Devs of Color

Access resources, apply to speak or participate, or sponsor this inclusive expo and conference taking place in September. GDOC has a Twitter thread connecting mentors and devs of color here.

Toronto Black Owned Business & Black Entrepreneurs Directory

Toronto

The largest Black-owned business & black entrepreneurs directory in Toronto.

Action

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SURJ Toronto – A Call to Action for White Folks

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SURJ Toronto

Toronto

JUNE 11 – Which side are you on? Make a choice and let’s get to work. No time to be on the sidelines. White folks: join this call and we will put you to work in accountable action for racial justice.

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Hold Councillor Bailao to Account!

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SURJ Toronto

“Last month, Davenport Councillor Ana Bailão and 15 other Toronto city council members voted against a motion by Councillor Josh Matlow to cut the Toronto Police Service budget by 10 per cent, or $122 million, and reallocate the funds to community services. 

This was after her constituents, including SURJ members, begged her to support the motion and help protect racialized communities in her ward and across the city. “

Parents of Black Children Action

You can help push for change by calling and emailing them with a list of demands by Parents of Black Children.

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#DefundThePolice Phone Zap - June 24 + 26

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SURJ Toronto

Toronto

Join Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Toronto in calling and emailing our city councillors to put pressure on our elected officials to let them know how important it is to not only pass this motion, but to DEMAND MORE! By taking the lead from Black Lives Matter’s demands, we need to pressure our city councillors to: cut the budget by 50%, de-arm the police and remove all weaponry from police officers, get cops out of all our schools, and more. See the full list demands here: https://blacklivesmatter.ca/defund-the-police/

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Defund And Abolish: Direct Digital Action

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Tea Base

Toronto

JUNE 14 – Tea Base & FOCT are organizing a digital direct action with @torontoprisonersrightsproject around prisoners’ rights, prison abolition, and defunding the police. Join this call to participate—and learn about how the fight for prisoner justice is deeply connected to racial justice.

Provincial March for Black Students – August 3

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PoBC

Raise your voice at the Provincial March for Black Students at Queen’s Park on Aug. 3. Destreaming Grade 9 and ending suspensions for Grade 3 only scratch the surface of anti-Black racism in Ontario’s schools. Enough is enough. Black students deserve better from our lawmakers, our school boards and all of us.

2020 Toronto Police Budget - Call For Action/Defunding Template

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Sara Wylie via matthewprogress

Toronto

A template letter to help you demand action from your MPP and/or the Mayor on Toronto police services budget.

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#JusticeForRegis Phone Zap #3 (June 5)

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SURJ Toronto

Toronto

Join SURJ Toronto‘s Phone Zap to demand #JusticeForRegis. There will be a short training and then phoning! Facebook event

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#JusticeForRegis Phone Zap #2 (June 3)

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SURJ Toronto

Toronto

Join SURJ Toronto‘s Phone Zap to demand #JusticeForRegis as well as many other Black and Indigenous lives to police. There will be a short training and then phoning! Facebook event

Sharable images to push for justice for Regis Korchinski-Paquet

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Aklil Noza

Toronto

Contact information for City councillor, MP and a sample letter.

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#JusticeForRegis Phone Zap #1 (June 1)

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SURJ Toronto

Toronto

Join SURJ Toronto‘s Phone Zap to demand #JusticeForRegis as well as many other Black and Indigenous lives to police. There will be a short training and then phoning!

Tools

Digital Resources for a Movement Against Police Violence

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Rhizome (h/t squeakybuffalo)

Great resource of tools for obscuring personally identifiable information in photos and videos of protest, archiving tools and more.

Signal – New Face Blurring Feature

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Signal

The latest version of Signal for Android and iOS introduces a new blur feature in the image editor that can help protect the privacy of the people in the photos you share.

Resources for Documenting Protest

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Witness.org

A library of resources for photographers, videographers and activists engaged in visual advocacy.

CameraV: Capture and share verifiable photos and video proof on a smartphone or tablet, while keeping it entirely secure and private.

ObscuraCam: Share photos and videos while protecting the privacy of you and those you care about. Blur and disguise faces in your photos and videos. Information that could identify you as the cameraperson is removed from the files for added security.

Resources for Photographers and Beyond on Anti-Racism

If you are a white photographer, filmmaker or creator documenting protests and activists, use these resources collected by Authority Collective as a starting point for educating yourself ethical documentation of protest, holding police accountable, and supporting Black photographers.

Image Scrubber

Anonymize photos taken at protests