All across the United States, Americans are protesting the racism and police violence black and brown communities face. You can support by attending protests, helping organizers, or donating to the cause.

Below you’ll find a list of local Black Lives Matters chapters, bail funds, and activism organizations by state. 

While this list is long, a lot of activism is happening on social media, so check local hashtags on Instagram and Twitter for moment to moment updates.

National

American Civil Liberties Union
Historical organization supporting American civil liberties through advocacy and legal action.

Black Lives Matter
International rights organization campaigning against violence and systemic racism of black people.

Campaign Zero
Organization devoted to ending police violence.

National Police Accountability Project
Organization founded by the National Lawyers Guild to protect people from law enforcement.

Unicorn Riot
Non-profit media organization dedicated to exposing systemic social issues.

Petitions

Justice for George Floyd
Justice for Ahmaud Arbery
Justice for Belly Mujinga

California

Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
Grassroots organization fight for policies to improve communities all across California

Black Lives Matter Los Angeles
Black Lives Matter’s Los Angeles chapter.

People’s City Council Freedom Fund
A bail and legal fund for people protesting for support of people of color in the Los Angeles area.

Silicon Valley Democratic Socialists of America Bail Fund
A bail fund for people protesting in the larger Silicon Valley area.

Colorado

Black Lives Matter 5280
Black Lives Matter’s Denver chapter.

Colorado Freedom Fund
A bail fund for Coloradoans.

Florida

Florida Bail Fund:
Bail fund to help people arrested protesting or violating curfew.

Georgia

Atlanta Solidarity Fund
An organization devoted to providing resources to repressed protesters. 

Black Lives Matter Atlanta
Black Lives Matter’s Atlanta Chapter

Illinois

Black Lives Matter Chicago
Black Lives Matter’s Chicago chapter.

Chicago Community Bond Fund
A bail bond fund for people charged in the Cook County area.

National Lawyer’s Guild Chicago
The National Lawyer’s Guild’s Chicago chapter.

Indiana

Black Lives Matter South Bend
Black Lives Matter’s South Bend chapter.

Women4Change Indiana
An Indiana based non-profit devoted to creating positive change for women.

Kentucky

Louisville Community Bail Fund
A community bail fund to provide bail and post-release support to people arrested in the Louisville area.

Louisiana

New Orleans Safety and Freedom Fund
A community bail fund for people in the New Orleans area.

Maryland

American Civil Liberties Union Maryland
The ACLU’s Maryland chapter.

Baltimore Action Legal Team
A legal organization devoted to promoting wellbeing in the larger Baltimore community. They also offer a bail fund.

Massachusetts

Act-MA
A newsletter and social media page that details protests and other activism-related events in the Massachusetts area.

Black Lives Matter Boston
Black Lives Matter’s Boston chapter.

Massachusetts Bail Fund
A community bail fund that posts up to $2000 for people arrested in the Essex and Suffolk county areas.

Michigan

Black Lives Matter Detroit
Black Lives Matter’s Detroit Chapter.

Black Lives Matter Lansing
Black Lives Matter’s Lansing Chapter.

Detroit Bail Fund
A bail fund for protestors in the Detroit area.

Minnesota

Black Visions Collective
An organization devoted to taking apart systemic oppression.

Circle of Discipline, Inc.
A South Minneapolis-based organization strengthening community relationships through growing mental, physical, and spiritual health.

George Floyd Memorial Fund
An all inclusive fund to support George Floyd’s family.

Minnesota Freedom Fund
A fund to pay bail for people protesting police brutality.

Pillsbury United Communities
A Minneapolis-based organization promoting social and economic equity.

Missouri

Kansas City Community Bail Fund
A community bail fund for people based in Kansas City which is currently diverting all funds to protestors arrested during organizing against police violence.

Nebraska

NE Left Coalition
Omaha-based organization dedicated to promoting equality in communities through political action.

New York

Black Lives Matters New York City
Black Lives Matter’s New York City Chapter.

Brooklyn Bail Fund
A community bail fund for people in the Brooklyn area which disproportionately arrests people of color.

The Liberty Fund
A New York City charitable bail fund.

Ohio

Columbus Freedom Fund
A community funded bail fund for protestors in Columbus.

Oregon

PDX Protest Bail Fund
A Portland-based bail fund for protestors arrested speaking out against police violence.

Pennsylvania

Black Lives Matter Philly
Black Lives Matter’s Philadelphia chapter.

Bukit Bail Fund of Pittsburgh
A bail fund for people incarcerated at Allegheny County Jail.

Philadelphia Bail Fund
A revolving bail fund posting money for people in Philadelphia that can’t afford it.

Tennessee

Black Lives Matter Nashville
Black Lives Matter’s Nashville Chapter.

Nashville Bail Fund
A community bail fund supporting people in the Nashville area.

Texas

400+1 Bail Fund
A bail fund based in Travis County, Texas to help protestors speaking out against police violence.

Luke 4:18 Bail Fund
A bail fund run by Faith in Texas, a nonpartisan, multifaith grassroots organization advocating equality.

Restoring Justice Community Bail Fund
A community organization offering bail, legal services, and pending case trauma care to clients in the Houston area.

San Antonio Protester Freedom Fund
A bail fund devoted to bailing out protestors speaking out against police violence in San Antonio.

Virginia

Richmond Community Bail Fund
A bail fund to help Richmond city community members who can’t afford to pay.

Washington

Northwest Community Bail Fund
A community organization providing cash bail for marginalized people incarcerated while awaiting trial in King and Snohomish counties, Washington.

Washington D.C.

Black Lives Matter D.C.
Black Lives Matter’s Washington D.C. chapter.

Wisconsin

Milwaukee Freedom Fund
A bail fund put together by activist organizers to support protestors arrested speaking out.

 

Last week, American law enforcement officers killed another unarmed black man, George Floyd. For many it was a wake-up call. For others, it was another reminder of the systemic racism black Americans face.

It’s time to listen. So, we asked our followers on social media, what Black Lives Matter means to them. This is what they said.

“Growing up I dealt with being called a monkey, dirty or burnt because of the color of my skin. I was a child who was innocent and didn’t even know what skin color was. Going home crying daily in elementary school. Each day my mother would sit me down and teach me a little about Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Dr. King, and many others. I value life and I am truly grateful for God waking me up to see another day I pray this looting and crazy riots STOP immediately 🙏. I pray for a better FUTURE.”

“It sad that I have constantly talk to my he’s only 13yrs old race. That he will be judged or seen as a threat because of his skin color. Even me at work I disagree with something I voice my opinion even the slightest change in my voice I’m looked at as the angry black woman. It’s tiring at time being Black in this world.”

“It’s just, being  ablack man in America, I’m always looking over my shoulder wondering what could happen, or I’m constantly looking in my mirrors for cops, because those stops can always go bad. At the end of the day we just want to make it to our respective destinations and be with the ones we love just like everyone else.”

“I have two boys 16 and 4. For my black lives matters protecting their future. Teaching them that there is a negativity in the world however there’s a positivity. Educating them because you never know how they can influence the world.”

“I’m a young black man. I live in a predominantly white area. With everything that goes on today, I don’t get to enjoy my walks and my runs around the city like everyone else. Because of what I see on tv I fear that could be me next. I’ve had my fair share of being racially profiled. It sucks that when I got to certain places that I get looked at different because of my skin. I would love love in a world where my mother can sleep at night and enjoy her days and not have to call me every single time a young black man dies because of race. I would love it if I can be heard and listened to and treated like a human and not some vicious animal. I’m a quiet individual. I stay to myself. I normally don’t partake in these things but I’m TIRED. The sad part is I used to feel safe in my home..but not anymore. I dint even get to sleep in a deep sleep anymore because I feer getting got in my sleep all because of a “mistake”.

“I won’t be quiet anymore. Enough is enough. I’m tired of living in fear. Tired of being treated different. I want the same treatment as others. I want the same respect as others. I want the same respect as others. I want tto be able to run and walk around and go the places that others do and not be discriminated against. If I get pulled over I want that same treatment the others get.”

“It means recognizing the suffering of my neighbors, even if it upsets my comforts, and supporting them.”

“It means we count and are to be treated as such.”

“My brothers and friends make it home safely every night.”

“Not being in fear when I see a cop while I’m out because of my skin tone.”

“My sons not being a hashtag.”

“It means black people have worth just like everybody else.”

“It means standing together for what is right.”

“It means mothers of black children shouldn’t have to worry if their kid will be the next one murdered.”

“Being able to raise my son without fear.”

“That I can high and walk around and not have to look over my shoulder in fear.”

“Me and my brothers make it home every day.”

“Justice for the souls wrongly taken away from us. Rest in Power.”

“That both my son and I matter as the Black people. We have the same hopes, dreams as anyone.”

“It means examining my internal racism. It means that all lives will never matter until BLACK LIVES do.”

“If we were all blind, we’d focus more on what a person is about, not what they look like.”

“Equal rights, not only in words but also in deeds.”

“It means safety for my son.”

“Unity, we all are family, every color.”

“To be free from police brutality.”

“CORRECTING INJUSTICE”

“It means having my people fight for our rights, wanting to all feel the same like, genuine humans.”

“We need action and change in our law enforcement to end brutal treatment against African Americans.”

You can read the responses here.

Whether your date for Valentine’s Day is your long-term love, a new sweetheart, or a good friend, the expectations for the evening may not match the reality of your bank account.

For Millennials, the good news is a romantic dinner is more desirable than something spendy like diamond jewelry, according to a recent survey by Varo. In fact, the top three most-desired treats for Valentine’s Day included a romantic dinner, a weekend getaway, and quality time together.

Here are a few date ideas for an intimate, fun, and inexpensive way you could celebrate February 14—for less than $50.

Stay In Together

Last-minute reservations can be hard to come by, and the cost of a meal out and drinks can quickly add up. Decorate your home ahead of time (candles do the trick every time) to create a date-night vibe, and order takeout from a place you know you both enjoy. Or, better yet, cook. Send your date a handful of recipes to choose from, then purchase the ingredients and spend the evening sipping wine while you prepare and savor a delicious meal. Get some inspiration with Food & Wine’s Valentine’s Day ideas.

Give Back to Your Community

If you don’t already know too much about each other, try to uncover a few issues that both you and your valentine are especially passionate about supporting. Reach out to local organizations that are related to the issue and ask if they need volunteers on Wednesday evening or this coming weekend. You can also check out VolunteerMatch to get ideas. Or, create your own project to give back to your community. For example, you could use a $50 budget to buy supplies, build winter weather packs for the homeless, and then hand them out together.

Try Out a New Class or Activity

Instead of staying in, get your endorphins going with a little physical exertion. Depending on where you live, there may be dozens of fun, challenging, or simply playful activities to choose from at local studios. You can get discounted passes on Zenrez or Groupon and spend the evening supporting each other during acro yoga, learning how to do handstands, dancing, or flowing through a yoga class. Or, perhaps a guided meditation or visit to a spa is more your style. 

Host a Potluck With Friends

In Latin America, Valentine’s Day is “El Dia del Amor y la Amistad,” which translates to the day of love and friendship. You could honor this sentiment by hosting a potluck with your friends. Whether coupled or single, they may also appreciate the opportunity to celebrate love and friendship without a pressure-filled date. Ask each guest to bring a part of the meal, and then purchase beer or wine for the group as your contribution. After dinner, keep the night going with group games like charades or watch the Olympics together.

Skip It and Plan a Trip Together

If you and your special person don’t especially care for Valentine’s Day, but still would like to do something romantic, skip the actual day and put the savings toward an upcoming shared expense. (Protip: Save in your Varo Savings Account.) Spend Feb. 14th exploring your options, which can sometimes be just as exciting as the actual travel. Or, if you don’t have a trip planned, start looking for places to visit together. Need some frugal travel inspiration? Check out Scott’s Cheap Flights for international travel deals.

Advertisements may tell you otherwise, but you can find ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day that reflect your feelings without straining your finances. Whether it’s an evening in with your cell phones off or heading out to try something new, in the end, you’re looking for ways to spend time together that are a little unusual or special.

Apply for a Varo Bank Account today.

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