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Community Resource Guide

Take action. Listen. Help. Volunteer. Donate. Educate.

How We Can All Get Involved

The tragic events that have happened over the last month in this country, namely the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, have left us both profoundly saddened and deeply troubled. Words alone are not enough to express the way we are feeling over the unjust acts we have witnessed. There is no place in this world for the racial discrimination and cultural intolerance that continues to take place.

We stand, as full partners with our community and beyond, to aid in the effort to eliminate systemic failures that have led to the inequalities and injustices long experienced by people of color. It is our responsibility as an organization to listen, learn and use our power, platforms and resources to help build the equitable society we want to see—one built on fairness, justice, tolerance, respect and understanding.

Now is the time for us all to take action—even when it is difficult or uncomfortable to do so. Below you’ll find a helpful Resource Guide with educational materials and ways to help your community. This is just the start. We have got a long way to go, but change is only going to happen when it comes from all of us.

Thank you for your continued support and faith during these difficult times.

We will do this, together. One Team. One Territory. One Twins Family.

- The Minnesota Twins

Volunteer

Gifts for Seniors is looking for remote help creating greeting cards with uplifting messages for isolated seniors in the neighborhoods affected.

HandsOn Twin Cities: highlighting volunteer opportunities and rebuilding communities

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Southside: high need for bilingual volunteers, especially those who speak Spanish and Somali.

The Salvation Army volunteers are needed to assist in packing boxes with food, helping unload food deliveries and stocking the pantry. Shifts occur Monday-Friday from 9-11 am and 1-3 pm (some vary slightly) in locations around the metro.

Sanctuary Covenant ChurchPeace and Prayer BBQs. Volunteers needed July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31 from 10:00am-2:00pm.

Second Harvest Heartland seeks healthy volunteers to sort, package, and label items for food boxes.

SEWA AIFW (Asian Indian Family Wellness) is looking for volunteers to help with food packing and delivery.

The Sheridan Story: increasing food distribution in the neighborhoods around the metro area

Support the Cities: assessing where clean-up efforts will be most needed and will share that information on its Facebook page.

Volunteer Lawyers Network is asking for non-lawyers to help facilitate justice. As a clinic assistant you will help run a legal advice clinic at the Hennepin County courthouse by interviewing clients, gathering pertinent information and forms to prepare their case for the meeting with a lawyer, and providing follow-up assistance as directed by the lawyer. Fast-paced clinic helps clients with a wide range of legal issues.

YMCA Minneapolis will be using their Midtown location (2121 E Lake Street) to provide food, hygiene, and other basic supplies two days per week for the next several months, in partnership with Second Harvest Heartland, The Sheridan Story and Youthprise. Volunteer shifts will be posted in the link shared.

There are many opportunities to volunteer, and they change daily. Additional resources include the Star Tribune, which posts updated lists frequently, and the Twin Cities Mutual Aid map, which lists pop-up volunteer opportunities and others. We are not regularly vetting these two ever-changing sources. We recommend you call ahead to learn more.

Virtual Volunteering Options

Volunteer with Harvard University’s Project Implicit, an organization dedicated to educating the public about hidden biases and providing a ‘virtual laboratory’ for collecting data on the internet. Take an Implicit Association Test (IAT) and support their research

Catchafire strengthens the social good sector by matching professionals who want to donate their time with nonprofits who need their skills.

Create your own! Think about a unique skill you have (accounting, data analysis, maintenance, etc.) and consider how you might be able to leverage that unique skill set to assist a social justice-minded organization to further its work.

Social Justice/Equity Organizations

Minnesota Compass: Racial Equity Resource Directory

Headwaters Foundation for Justice Resources List

Black Economic Alliance: We are a non-partisan alliance of business leaders and supporters focused on driving economic progress for the Black community through public policy, advocacy, and political engagement.

Black Futures Lab: The Black Futures Lab transforms Black communities into constituencies that change the way power operates—locally, statewide and nationally.

Black Lives Matter: Our intention from the very beginning was to connect Black people from all over the world who have a shared desire for justice to act together in their communities.

Color Of Change: Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund: Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.

Northside Achievement Zone: Our mission is to end generational poverty and build a culture of achievement in North Minneapolis where all low-income children of color graduate from high school college- and career-ready. We accomplish this through collaboration with parents, community organizations, and schools.

Pillsbury United Communities: Pillsbury United Communities co-creates enduring change toward a just society. Built with and for the people we serve, our united system of programs, neighborhood centers, and social enterprises empowers individuals and families across the region to own their future on their own terms.

Racial Equity Minnesota Network: A network of community-based leaders, Racial Equity Minnesota offers comprehensive, one-stop shopping for high-quality services, useful resources and tools, and ongoing support to address racial equity in the workplace and in educational and community settings.

Southern Poverty Law Center: Dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality. SPLC’s Hate Map is widely used. In addition to monitoring and tracking the activities of domestic hate groups and other extremists, SPLC publishes investigative reports, trains law enforcement officers and shares key intelligence, and offers expert analysis to the media and public.

Urban League Twin Cities: We envision a future in which African descendants can be fully engaged, empowered and invested in the success and well-being of the Twin Cities metro area. The Urban League understands that the cultural heritage and assets of people of African descent are a rich resource of creativity, power and beauty. We believe that a strong and systemic change is needed to transform our communities.

Urban Ventures works alongside 70 local partners to address opportunity gaps in academics, nutrition, physical activity, parenting resources, and more—all with the overarching goal to prepare and send every youth in our neighborhood to college or postsecondary education.

Learn

Films and Shows:

Netflix

  • 13th
    Ava Duvernay
    *Free to stream on YouTube
  • American Son
    Kenny Leon
  • Dear White People
    Justin Simien
  • See You Yesterday
    Stefon Bristol
  • Time: The Kalief Browder Story
  • When They See Us
    Ava Duvernay

Hulu

  • If Beale Street Could Talk
    Barry Jenkins
  • The Hate U Give
    George Tillman Jr
    *With Cinemax, also currently free to rent

Amazon

  • 4 Little Girls

Available to Rent

  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975
  • Clemency
    Chinonye Chukwu
  • Fruitvale Station
    Ryan Coogler
    *Free to stream on Tubi
  • I Am Not Your Negro
    James Baldwin Documentary
    *Or Kanopy Via Your Library
  • Just Mercy
    *Free to rent throughout June
  • The Black Panthers
    Vanguard of the Revolution

Movies for Kids

  • Our Friend Martin: YouTube
  • Remember the Titans: Amazon
  • Ruby Bridges: Disney/Amazon
  • Selma, Lord, Selma: Disney
  • 42: Amazon

Subscribe and Listen

  • 1619 By the New York Times
  • About Race
  • Code Switch By NPR
  • The Diversity Gap
  • Intersectionality Matters! Hosted by Kimberle Crenshaw
  • Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
  • Pod For The Cause
    - From the Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights
  • Pod Save the People By Crooked Media

Books

  • Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Black Feminist Thought – Patricia Hill Collins
  • Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower – Dr. Brittney Cooper
  • Heavy: An American Memoir – Kiese Laymon
  • How To Be An Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In a World Made for Whiteness – Austin Channing Brown
  • Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson
  • Redefining Realness – Janet Mock
  • Sister Outsider – Audre Lorde
  • So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo
  • Talking to Strangers – Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
  • The Fire Next Time – James Baldwin
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander
  • The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century – Grace Lee Boggs
  • The Warmth of Other Suns – Isabel Wilkerson
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
  • This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color – Cherríe Moraga
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – Robin DiAngelo, PhD

Books for Kids

  • Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins – Carole Boston Weatherford
  • Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom – Virginia Hamilton
  • One Crazy Summer – Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice – Mahogany L. Browne
  • Let’s Talk About Race – Julius Lester
  • Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr. – Doreen Rappaport
  • The Undefeated – Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson
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