ArtsBoston’s mission is to create powerful relationships between arts organizations, the public, and every sector of civic life to build an arts sector that represents the true character and diversity of our city. A part of that mission is a commitment to create racial and gender equity and dismantle systematic oppression. We seek to build an arts and culture sector that is inclusive and as diverse as the city it serves. But to do that, we must also work to make changes outside of the arts.
We ask you to join us in taking action for racial justice through these steps:
National Police Accountability Project
NPAP promotes accountability in law enforcement nationwide to protect the human and civil rights of individuals in their encounters with police.
Massachusetts Bail Fund
The Massachusetts Bail Fund posts bail of up to $2000 in Essex & Suffolk Counties in Massachusetts so that low-income people can stay free while they work towards resolving their case, allowing individuals, families, and communities to remain productive, together, and stable.
NAACP Legal Defense Fun
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.
The Theatre Offensive’s COVID-19 QTPOC Artists & Youth Relief Fund
This local fund from TTO is directly addressing the disproportionate impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has on Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC), by providing temporary relief to Boston-area QTPOC performing artists and youth, who are facing lost income and financial security.
10 Habits of Someone Who Doesn’t Know They’re Anti-Black | By Cicely Blain on Strategem
10 Books About Race To Read Instead of Asking A Person of Color to Explain This To You by Sadie Trombetta on Bustle
75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice by Corinne Shutack on Medium
Boston Prides Itself On Its Progressive Image. Let Me Tell You What I Know by Arielle Gray on WBUR
What comes after the protests? Massachusetts lawmakers of color have 10 proposed police reforms. by Nik DeCosta-Klipa on Boston.com
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Violence in Boston
Founded by activist and organizer Monica Canon-Grant, VIB is a one-stop-shop for providing services for Bostonians impacted by violence. Their programs prevent and reduce the impact of all types of violence by addressing the needs of our community.
Black Lives Matter, Boston Chapter
BLM Boston’s goal is to “use data-driven models to provide solutions that make a long-lasting difference.” Their mission is to organize and build Black power in Boston and across the country by galvanizing local communities to end state-sanctioned violence against Black people.
Material Aid and Advocacy Program
MAAP helps provide resources, material aid, and advocacy opportunities for community members experiencing homelessness, poverty, and inequality. Check out their wish list for essential items today!
I Am Not Your Negro | Presented by Coolidge Corner Virtual Screening Room
After June 5, stream Raoul Peck’s film, which is a direct conversation with the work of James Baldwin and a journey into Black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter.
“We All We Got” Panel | Violence in Boston
In this panel, survivors of police brutality invite leaders, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, and Suffolk County D.A. Rachel Rollins, as they discuss and advocate for legislative and changes in law enforcement.
13th | A Film by Ava DuVernay
This examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country’s history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America.
NPR’s Code Switch
From a wide variety of journalists and perspectives, this series gives essential context for how race, and specifically anti-Blackness, impacts every part of society.
Episode: “A Decade of Watching Black People Die”
From The New York Times, this Pulitzer-winning audio series examines the legacy of America’s history with slavery, from trends in economics and democracy to injustices within our nation’s health care system.
Episode: “The Birth of American Music”
This new podcast from Ringer dissects the most critical topics in Black culture, politics, and sports.
Episode: “The Importance of the Nationwide Protests Over George Floyd’s Death”