Brooklyn Community Bail Fund

“Brooklyn Community Bail Fund is committed to challenging the racism, inequality, and injustice of a criminal legal system and immigration and deportation regime that disproportionately target and harm low-income communities of color.” (from website)

Equality for Flatbush

“The Equality for Flatbush Project (E4F) is a people of color-led, multi-national grassroots organization which does anti-police repression, affordable housing, and anti-gentrification organizing in the Flatbush and Eash Flatbush communities or Brooklyn, NY. Currently, E4F has 17 active campaigns.”

Louisville Community Bail Fund 

“To build transformative communities, we must perform transformative acts of liberation. Cash bail is one of the aspects of the criminal justice system that keeps communities wrapped up in systemic slavery and in debt. The need to end cash bail is not new. Thanks to the Ferguson Uprising and the Kalief Browder story, we know that the bail system creates financial barriers for those who find themselves against the criminal justice system. One of the largest barriers is not being able to afford bail.” (from website)

Parole Preparation Project

“We provide critical advocacy and direct support to currently and formerly incarcerated people serving life sentences and seek to transform the parole release process in New York State.” (from website)

Assata’s Daughters

“Assata’s Daughters (“AD”) is a Black woman-led, young person-directed organization rooted in the Black Radical Tradition. ADorganizes young Black people in Chicago by providing them with political education, leadership development, mentorship, and revolutionary services. Through our programs we aim to Deepen, Escalate, and Sustain the Movement for Black Liberation.” (from website)

The Okra Project

“Based on individual donations, The Okra Project pays Black Trans chefs to go into the homes of Black Trans people to cook them a healthy and home-cooked meal at absolutely no cost to our Black TGNC siblings. For those Black Trans folks currently experiencing homeless or whose homes cannot support our chef’s cooking, The Okra Project has partnered with institutions like Osborne Association and other community spaces to deliver foods.” (from website)

Black Visions Collective               

“ Black Visions Collective (BLVC) believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in right relationship within our ecosystems. “ (from website) 

Reclaim the Block

“Reclaim the Block is calling on our city to invest in violence prevention, housing, resources for youth, emergency mental health response teams, and solutions to the opioid crisis - not more police. We have no option but to start now.” (from website)

North Star Health Collective

“The North Star Health Collective was created in response to the Republican National Convention (RNC) in St. Paul September 1-4, 2008. We coordinated and provided health care services, resources, and training to ensure the safety of our community over the weeks before, during, and after the RNC. Thousands of community members and families attended protests against the RNC.” (from website) 

Black AIDS Institute 

“Founded in May of 1999, the Black AIDS Institute (BAI) is the only premier uniquely and unapologetically Black think and do tank in America powered by two decades of work to end the Black HIV epidemic and led by people who represent the issues we serve. BAI sources our capacity building, mobilization, policy, and advocacy efforts from Black leaders and communities across the country and provide high quality direct HIV services and linkage to care to Black people.“ (from website) 

DONATE: https://blackaids.org/donate/
*Check out their Resources pages!!! 


Black Alliance for Just Immigration 

“BAJI educates and engages African American and black immigrant communities to organize and advocate for racial, social and economic justice. Local BAJI Organizing Committees in New York, Georgia, California and Arizona build coalitions and initiate campaigns among communities to push for racial justice. At the local and regional level, BAJI provides training and technical assistance to partner organizations to develop leadership skills, works with faith communities to harness their prophetic voice, and initiates vibrant dialogues with African Americans and black immigrants to discover more about race, our diverse identities, racism, migration and globalization.” (from website)

Families for Freedom

“Founded in September 2002, Families for Freedom is a New York-based multi-ethnic human rights organization by and for families facing and fighting deportation. We are immigrant prisoners (detainees), former immigrant prisoners, their loved ones, or individuals at risk of deportation. We come from dozens of countries, across continents. FFF seeks to repeal the laws that are tearing apart our homes and neighborhoods; and to build the power of immigrant communities as communities of color, to provide a guiding voice in the growing movement for immigrant rights as human rights.
FFF has evolved into an organizing center against deportation. We are source of support, education, and campaigns for directly affected families and communities -- locally and nationally.” (from website)

African Communities Together

“African Communities Together is an organization of African immigrants fighting for civil rights, opportunity, and a better life for our families here in the U.S. and worldwide. ACT empowers African immigrants to integrate socially, get ahead economically, and engage civically. We connect African immigrants to critical services, help Africans develop as leaders, and organize our communities on the issues that matter.” (from website)

Haitian Immigrant Bail Assistance Project

“Right now, countless detained Haitian immigrants have no friends, family members, or a community to call upon. Quite often, no one knows that they are placed in these detention facilities.  They are just lost in a system that abused and deprived them of [human] rights. They need you to be their voices...
Be the voice of those who can’t by contributing to this bail/bond payment for Haitian Immigrants.” (from website)

The New York Immigrant Freedom Fund 

“The New York Immigrant Freedom Fund – a program of the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund – pays immigration bonds for community members who are unable to afford it. By paying bond, we are reuniting New Yorkers with their families and radically improving their chances of winning their immigration cases. Working in close partnership with community-based organizations, we are committed to building power in immigrant communities as we fight to end immigration detention.” (from website)

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project

“The Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP) assists folks coming out of immigration detention in securing structural, health/wellness, educational, legal, and emotional support and services. We work to organize around the structural barriers and state violence that LGBTQIA TS & GNC detainee/undocumented folks face related to their immigration status, race, sexuality, and gender expression/ identity.” (from website)
DONATE: https://www.givegab.com/campaigns/help-qdep/
Hotline: 347.645.9339


Notes on Sending Books/Letter to Prisons: 

Name of Recipient,
# (“Inmate Number”) 
Prison Facility Name 
Prison Facility Address (City, State, Zip) 

- you may not send nudes 
- 5 photos max 
- can be of yourself but not of the person currently incarcerated 
- must include full return address 

* You can look up “Inmate Number” with the first and last name of a person on the Facility Website “Inmate Lookup” 

If sending books: 
- they must be new 
- 3 books maximum per package
- no nudity 
*** Some prisons only accept books from publishers - reach out to the publisher and ask them to mail max of 3 softcover books to “xyz” address. 

Black and Pink

“Black and Pink is a volunteer organization that lists LGBTQ on a pen-pal website, distributes a monthly newsletter of primarily queer/trans prisoner writing, and advocates for specific prisoner needs when possible while also working to abolish the Prison Industrial Complex as a whole.” (from website)
PENPAL + NEWSLETTER: https://www.blackandpink.org/penpal-newsletter/

NYC Books Through Bars

“Books Through Bars volunteers meet at our space in Brooklyn to match requests people in prison have sent us in the mail to the books on our shelves... We mail book packages to individuals rather than prison libraries. Our book collection is donated by members of the community. Because we manage to get by in donated space, with donated books, donated packing materials, and volunteer labor, our only expense is postage. To meet this much needed expense, we hold fundraisers and look for other opportunities for receiving funds.” (from website) 
Volunteer: https://booksthroughbarsnyc.org/volunteer/
Donate Books: https://booksthroughbarsnyc.org/donate/
Donate Money: https://booksthroughbarsnyc.org/donate/

Women’s Prison Book Project

“Since 1994, the Women’s Prison Book Project (WPBP) has provided women and transgender persons in prison with free reading materials covering a wide range of topics from law and education (dictionaries, GED, etc.) to fiction, politics, history, and women’s health. We are an all-volunteer, grassroots organization. We seek to build connections with those behind the walls, and to educate those of us on the outside about the realities of prison and the justice system.” (from website)
Volunteer: https://wpbp.org/volunteer/
Donate: https://wpbp.org/donate/
Book Donations: https://wpbp.org/book-donations/

Tranzmission Prison Project

“Tranzmission Prison Project is a queer- and trans-powered prison abolition organization that provides free literature and resources for incarcerated members of the LGBTQ community. We are based in Asheville, North Carolina.” (from website) 

LGBT Books to Prisoners
“We are a donation-funded, volunteer-run organization based in Madison, WI that sends books and other educational materials, free of charge, to incarcerated LGBTQ people across the United States. We have been doing this for over 10 years and have sent books to over 9,000 people in that time.” (from website) 
VOLUNTEER: https://lgbtbookstoprisoners.org/calendar/
FINANCIAL & BOOK DONATIONS: https://lgbtbookstoprisoners.org/donate/



Food Not Bombs--NYC is now working out of a kitchen provided by the Catholic Worker: 36 East First Street, between First and Second Avenues.
Every Sunday they start cooking around 1:00pm and are in Tompkins Square Park to serve around 3:30pm.
“Food Not Bombs chapters around the world collect fresh food every week that would otherwise go to waste, because it's no longer pretty enough to be sold… Food Not Bombs operates on the anarchist belief that we must work to build alternative institutions now, at the grassroots level, to help create the just society we would like to live in. This is why Food Not Bombs is collectively run, non-hierarchical, and anti-authoritarian.” (from website)

Sixth Street Community Center 

“Located in a lovingly restored former synagogue in the heart of the Lower East Side, also known as Loisaida. the Sixth Street Community Center has been working to empower the community through grassroots organizing since 1978. We offer a variety of programs and events including free arts, writing and gardening after school and summer programs for local youth”
DONATE Or Volunteer:
Come sign up for CSA Site Management volunteer spots! Meet your neighbors, learn about CSAs and how they bring local, fresh, organic, healthy fruits and veggies to your neighbors at affordable prices! Composting Project: Turn kitchen scraps into gold! Learn about how to reduce waste, improve your ecosystem, meet your neighbors, and get your hands dirty while learning a new skill!

LES Harm Reduction Center

“Born in the midst of the AIDS crisis, the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center is a culturally diverse, community based, non-profit organization. Its mission: reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, HCV and other drug-related harm among injection drug users. Its professionals and volunteers deliver substance use-management services with anonymity and compassion, while also training others in the practice compassionate intervention.” (from website)
DONATE: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/the-alliance-for-positive-change

To become a volunteer, contact:
Melissa Sandel
(212) 645-0875 x103
For Overdose Prevention Training, contact:
Reilly Glasgow
(212) 645-0875 x146


“ABC No Rio is a collectively-run center for art and activism. We are known internationally as a venue for oppositional culture. ABC No Rio was founded in 1980 by artists committed to political and social engagement and we retain these values to the present... We seek to facilitate cross-pollination between artists and activists. ABC No Rio is a place where people share resources and ideas to impact society, culture, and community. We believe that art and activism should be for everyone, not just the professionals, experts, and cognoscenti. Our dream is a cadres of actively aware artists and artfully aware activists.” (from website) DONATE: http://www.abcnorio.org/support/20_ways.html

Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space

“As a living history of urban activism, the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS) chronicles the East Village community’s history of grassroots action. It celebrates the local activists who transformed abandoned spaces and vacant lots into vibrant community spaces and gardens. Many of these innovative, sustainable concepts and designs have since spread out to the rest of the city and beyond.” (from website)
DONATE: https://www.morusnyc.org/support-us/donate/ Volunteer: https://www.morusnyc.org/support-us/volunteer/

The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center

“While The Clemente’s mission is focused on the cultivation, presentation, and preservation of Puerto Rican and Latino culture, it is equally determined to operate in a multi-cultural and inclusive manner, housing and promoting artists and performance events that fully reflect the cultural diversity of the Lower East Side and the city as a whole.” (from website)
DONATE: http://www.theclementecenter.org/support-the-clemente/
GET INVOLVED: http://www.theclementecenter.org/get-involved/


“The mission of Interference Archive is to explore the relationship between cultural production and social movements. This work manifests in an open stacks archival collection, publications, a study center, and public programs including exhibitions, workshops, talks, and screenings, all of which encourage critical and creative engagement with the rich history of social movements.” (from website)

DONATE: https://interferencearchive.org/become-a-member/
GET INVOLVED: VOLUNTEER – it is entirely volunteer run and led

Playground  Coffee Shop 

“Playground Coffee Shop, a community space, and coffee shop focused on social concious awareness in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. In our neighborhood, we provide a space for local activist to organize around poignant issues. In aiding the community we exist in, we not only want to alter the thinking of community but of the entire culture.” (from website)  

Playground Youth 
“Playground Youth supports the Bed-Stuy community by ensuring a safe space to exchange art, cultural knowledge, and strategies. We tackle community health needs through accessible programs, workshops, and events.”  (from website) 

DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/playgroundyouthbk


Surveillance Technology Oversight Project  -

“S.T.O.P. fights to end discriminatory surveillance. Our team challenges both individual misconduct and broader systemic failures. We craft policies that balance new technologies and age-old rights. And we educate impacted communities on how they can protect their rights.” (from website)



VIGIL - sunday 6.7.20