The “W” in WXNA stands for WE. WE stand with our Black community, now and always.
As folks near and far continue to protest the murder of George Floyd and call attention to patterns of systemic racism, we’d like to offer a list of local organizations and coalitions to connect with, donate to, and learn from:
Their mission is to act collectively, boldly and strategically as a unified force for all children.
Black Lives Matter Nashville
#BlackLivesMatter is working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.
Nashville Community Bail Fund
They free people from jail who are presumed innocent and can’t afford to pay their bail.
Facebook: < a href="https://www.facebook.com/NashBailFund">@NashBailFund
Community Oversight Nashville
Community Oversight Now is a grassroots coalition that wrote, petitioned and campaigned Nashvillians FOR Amendment 1 to create Metro Nashville Community Oversight.
Metro Nashville Community Oversight
MNCO is an independent body to review cases of alleged Metro Nashville police misconduct. We exist to listen, be a voice & restore relationships.
The Equity Alliance
The Equity Alliance proactively advocates for African Americans and other communities of color to have a fair and just opportunity at realizing the American dream. They are a Nashville-based grassroots non-profit advocacy group that seeks to equip citizens with tools and strategies to engage in the civic process and empower them to take action on issues affecting their daily lives. They’ve created a list of 6 ways to be involved other than protesting, here.
Nashville People’s Budget project
Nashville needs a budget that reflects the needs and desires of our communities, one that builds “public safety” through public goods, not policing and jails. Read their report to learn how Mayor Cooper proposes to spend more of our money on the institutions that comprise the local criminal legal system – police, jails, and courts – than all of public health, social services, affordable housing, transit, infrastructure, libraries, parks, community centers, and rental and tax relief services combined.
Metropolitan Minority Caucus
The Metro Minority Caucus is made up of African American and Latino council members who advocate on behalf of people of color who call Nashville home. On Monday, June 1st, the Metro Minority Caucus sent a letter to Mayor Cooper asking him to take action in 5 areas:
- Support of the Community Oversight Board and the accountability of MNPD.
- Ensure that a fair share of the federal funds for COVID-19 go directly into the black community.
- Designate funding for the purchase and full implementation of body cameras.
- Ensure that the recommendations from the Equal Business Opportunity legislation are implemented and more economic equity is seen in Metro contracts for black businesses.
- Hire a Chief Diversity Officer
They’re asking Nashvillians to write to Mayor Cooper in support of these actions.
Donate Your Wage For A Day.
On Tuesday, June 2nd the music business stopped. Black Out Tuesday was a day for members of the music community to focus on putting action towards ending racial injustice. Change requires funds to back efforts, so they invite you to join them in donating a day’s wage from Black Out Tuesday to organizations fighting racial injustice and anti-racism.
Use Of Force Project
Learn more about the recommendations of the Use of Force Project. In Nashville, that would include de-escalation, banning chokeholds and strangleholds, introducing a duty to intervene, and strengthened policies on shooting at moving vehicles. Adhering to these policies would save lives without risking public safety.
Founded February 12, 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s foremost, largest, and most widely recognized civil rights organization. More than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, leading grassroots campaigns for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization.
Funds donated to Campaign Zero support the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide.
Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) is a multi-racial, interdenominational, faith-led coalition composed of congregations, community organizations, and labor unions that work to give voice to traditionally marginalized people. NOAH engages ordinary people in the political and economic decisions affecting their lives, acting as a unified voice for the faith and justice community to act on its values in the public arena.
Good Black News
Good Black News was founded on March 18, 2010, via Facebook and is currently expanding to have a larger web presence. GBN is a labor of love, and our Founder/Editor-In-Chief (Lori Lakin Hutcherson) and staff are all unpaid volunteers. They believe in bringing you positive news and stories of interest about Black people all over the world. They truly hope you will help spread the word to build and grow their vision together.
Free Hearts is an organization led by formerly incarcerated women that provides support, education, and advocacy to families impacted by incarceration, with the ultimate goals of reuniting families and keeping families together.
The F.I.N.D. Design
The F.I.N.D. Design, or Families In Need of Direction, is a 501(c)(3) community-based organization serving the Middle Tennessee area. They provide group mentoring services that combine social-emotional development and life training with family engagement and community outreach to give girls aged 11-17 their best chance at success.
Women Of Color Collaborative
Conceptualized in 2015, Women of Color Collaborative is an intentional safe and restorative space for women of color to mitigate the impact of generational and societal trauma. The Collaborative is an incubator, providing culturally relevant and trauma-informed support for professionals across industries. As a community, they provide a reprieve from daily microaggressions and systemic discrimination.
Stand Up Nashville
Stand Up Nashville is a coalition of community organizations and labor unions that represent the working people of Nashville who have seen our city transformed by development, but have not shared in the benefits of that growth. They believe that development and growth are an opportunity to invest and strengthen our local communities.