Together we are grieving, attempting to find the words, direct our anger, and work in solidarity to make a change. When we say the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, Tony McDade, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, Akai Gurley, Eric Garner, Terence Crutcher, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Rekia Boyd, Antonio Martin, Walter Scott, Jamar Clark, Aiyana Jones, Korryn Gaines, Sandra Bland, Dion Johnson and the many who came and died before them because of racism and injustice, our choice is clear.
The ongoing fight for change and dismantling systematic racism and inequality is one for all of us. Especially LGBTQ organizations, including one•n•ten, who have too long stood idly by as Black community members have experienced discrimination, hostility, and violence. We must do better.
At one•n•ten, we work with LGBTQ+ youth and young adults. Yet, that is not the only identity they hold. It is for this precise reason that we must loudly declare our support for, and stand alongside the people and organizations calling for change and doing the work to tear down these harmful and violent systems.
Since its launch in 2013 Give OUT Day, a national day of giving for the LGBTQ+ community has raised millions of dollars for hundreds of LGBTQ+ organizations, including one•n•ten. This year we are encouraging our supporters to donate to one of the following funds that provide direct support and services to the black community.
· 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 the police report of the fatal shooting of Dion Johnson. The 28-year-old was killed Memorial Day after caught 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 focus on the physical, mental and spiritual health of Black people.
· Black Mother’s 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.