Throughout the month of June, I donated $1 per each mile I ran to a variety of nonprofits and fundraisers that are working towards racial justice. Now, I am asking YOU to donate to the cause.
It's no longer enough to be not racist. We must actively be anti-racist.
With those words ringing in my ears, I decided to take one small action to support the work already being done by the Black community in the fight for racial justice.
For the entire month of June, I donated $1 per mile I ran to a variety of nonprofit and fundraisers for a total of $133.97. The list of organizations below was curated to reflect pressing racial justice issues and the intersection of race and the outdoor community.
Now I'm asking you to help keep this campaign going. Please donate what you can or match my total monthly donations ($133.97). The total amount raised will be split evenly and donated to each of the organizations below.
I strongly suggest taking a deep dive into the websites below to learn more. The work they do is wide-ranging and covers everything from amplifying Black voices in the outdoor industry to dismantling mass incarceration to providing home-cooked meals to Black trans people. If any of these nonprofits resonate with you, I recommend setting up direct monthly donations through their donation site.
Day 1 - NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Day 2 - Color of Change
Day 3 - UnCommon Law
Day 4 - The Loveland Foundation
Day 6 - Melanin Base Camp
Day 7 - Equal Justice Initiative
Day 9 - Groundswell Fund
Day 10 - Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Day 11 - Fair Fight
Day 12 - The Bail Project
Day 13 - The Marshall Project
Day 14 - The Transgender Law Center
Day 15 - Outdoor Afro
Day 16 - rest day
Day 17 - Girl Trek
Day 18 - The Brennan Center for Justice
Day 19 - rest day
Day 20 - rest day
Day 21 - rest day
Day 22 - The National Brotherhood of Skiers
Day 23 - Elijah McClain's Family GoFundMe
Day 24 - rest day
Day 25 - A Second U Foundation
Day 26 - rest day
Day 27 - rest day
Day 28 - rest day
Day 29 - The Okra Project
Day 30 - Black Girls Run Foundation
Racism exists within each and every one of us. We can't help it, it's how our society has structured power and privilege. It will take an ongoing commitment to dismantle racism in America and begin to see change. #blacklivesmatter may not be trending anymore but that doesn't mean that Black lives matter any less in this moment. Please continue to support Black led organizations, educate yourself on the ways racism presents itself in ourselves and our society, register to vote, work towards allyship with a humble dedication, amplify Black voices, and speak up when it would be easier to stay quiet.
This campaign is intensely personal. I am mixed race, but white passing. My dad is Black, my mom is white. #Runforjustice marks a moment of reckoning with my vast white privilege and a commitment to fight for my family. Silence is violence. Enough.