In Support of Anti-Racism
(Mostly Minneapolis Local)
Anti-Racist Organizations to Support
- Al Maa’uun – Al Maa’uun is a nonprofit with deep roots in North Minneapolis, serving thousands of households each year with food and critical supplies.
- Black Immigrant Collective – The Black Immigrant Collective amplifies and makes visible the voices of Black immigrants in Minnesota.
- Black Table Arts – Gathering Black communities through the arts, towards better black futures.
- Black Women Speak – Gathering Black Women in Minnesota to share our experiences in order to heal, find joy and move toward liberation on our own terms!
- Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha – CTUL is a worker-led organization where workers organize, educate and empower each other to fight for a voice in their workplaces and in their communities.
- CTUL “Passing the Hat” – CTUL is “humbled by the volume of donations we’ve received in the last two weeks, from Minnesotans and folks across the country. It’s now our turn to pass the hat, and uplift just a few of the abundant projects and organizations doing powerful work for justice in the Twin Cities.”
- Communities United Against Police Brutality – holding the police accountable through political and legislative action, community support, and education
- Division of Indian Work – Division of Indian Work’s mission is to support and strengthen urban American Indian people through culturally-based education, traditional healing approaches, and leadership development. We provide many services to the community but the most relevant one right now is our food shelf.
- Du Nord Riot Recovery Fund – Du Nord Craft Spirits is a Black-owned distillery with a building that was damaged. They’ve “received a tidal wave of love and support from across the nation and many have asked how they can help… Therefore, Du Nord is establishing this fund to support black and brown companies affected by the riots.”
- Femme Empowerment Project – Venmo @femmeempowermentproject. Skill shares and discussions led by and for QTIIBPOC femmes in the twin cities. Creating space for cultural resiliency, healing and ancestral wisdom. Currently organizing supplies and medic trainings.
- Isuroon – Isuroon is a grassroots nonprofit organization working to promote the well-being and empowerment of Somali women in Minnesota and beyond.
- Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia / United Renters For Justice – Organization by and for renters in Minneapolis, working for permanently affordable democratic housing and structural changes to housing in Minneapolis
- Joyce Preschool – emergency fund for families who had to evacuate their homes near Lake Street last week, and who are now coming back to a devastated neighborhood with no grocery stores within walking distance.
- Latino Community on Lake Street – fundraiser for Latinx owned businesses on Lake Street.
- Little Earth Residents Association – Food and safety needs for residents of Little Earth of United Tribes.
- Legal Rights Center – providing criminal defense and restorative justice services to low-income people, in particular people of color
- Migizi Communications – MIGIZI Communications advances a message of success, well-being and justice for the American Indian community. Support them rebuilding after fire.
- Minnesota Healing Justice Network – We provide a supportive professional community and mutual aid network for wellness and healing justice practitioners who also identify as IBPOC (indigenous, black, or people of color).
- Northside business support – Support businesses on Minneapolis’s Northside that have been impacted and damaged
- Pimento Relief Fund – Providing black business without insurance relief after white supremacists set them on fire during the protests.
- Powwow Grounds – send via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org – Native-run cafe, currently providing meals to elders, protectors and community, purchasing medical supplies, fire supplies, cooking supplies.
- PPNA – Renters Support Fund – operated by the Minneapolis Renters’ Coalition, a group of residents, community organizations, and neighborhood organizations committed to supporting renters in our community.
- Southside Harm Reduction– Southside Harm Reduction Services works within a harm reduction framework to promote the human rights to health, safety, autonomy, and agency among people who use substances.
- Spiral Collective – A volunteer full-spectrum reproductive options and support group comprised of doulas, birth-workers, and passionate reproductive justice advocates. based in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, occupied Dakhóta territories.
- Take Action MN – multi-racial people’s organization building power for a government and economy that works for all of us
- TC Care Collective – South-Minneapolis based rad worker-owned childcare co-op working to provide easy access childcare by and for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and queer organizers and families.
- Unicorn Riot – A decentralized media organization that has been live-streaming uprisings
- West Broadway Business and Area Coalition – WBC in partnership with Northside Funders Group will direct all donations to support Northside businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and the recent uprising.
- Women for Political Change – Holistically investing in the leadership and political power of young women and trans & non-binary individuals throughout Minnesota
Verdant Tea condemns racism in all its forms, and stands firmly for racial equity. Black lives matter.
We have a responsibility to work actively in pursuing racial equity and in supporting the critical voices of people of color, not just now, but forever. No society can grow or thrive when entire communities are left behind.
We started Verdant Tea because we were touched by the hospitality of tea culture, of the ideal of people coming together as different but unequivocally equal around a pot of tea. We wanted to extend that ideal beyond the teapot, to the entire industry by raising up the voices of talented passionate growers, not our own brand.
We have over a decade of community building experience in China, but we are realizing that we have a lot of work to do investing not only in the tea growing communities that have welcomed us in China, but also in our community at home in the Twin Cities. Business as usual is not enough. Statements of support are not enough.
You’ll notice that our social media is not full of messaging on the brutal state-sanctioned murders of black men and women by the police. This does not lessen our grief at the injustice of this tragedy, or our resolve to be better allies against racism. We are hesitant to co-opt the critical national conversation on racism with virtue-signaling, or profit in any way from hashtags and conversations that belong to the movement.
As a company, it is difficult to unwind our social presence from our potential for sales, and we are staunchly opposed to benefiting from tragedy through our stance against it.
Instead, we are working behind the scenes, both as a company and as a unified front of individuals, to do more. This moment in history isn’t about us. If you are curious what actions we are taking as a company, you can see them here.
We encourage you to check out the resources below that we have assembled with help from friends and family in Minneapolis, including organizations that need donations and help, resources for protesters, and reading for challenging our understanding of the critical issues around racism and inequality.
Antiracist Activism Resources
- Know where your representatives stand – track legislation against racism in your area:
- Know your Rights as a Protestor:
- Black Lives Matter:
- Uprising Minnesota:
- ACLU Racial Justice:
- Southern Poverty Law Center:
Antiracist Reading / Listening
- Anti-Racism Reading List compiled by Ibram X Kendi, author of “How to Be an Antiracist”
- Dismantling Racism Works Web Book
- Anti-racism resources:
- 1619 porject podcast – Nikole Hannah-Jones
- Jin Crow of the North – PBS documentary series