George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Tony McDade

Say their names and add these to the tragic list of Black people murdered by police and white supremacists. These state-sanctioned murders continue the unabated legacy of violence against Black people in the United States. This violence, simultaneously occurring while COVID-19 is decimating Black and Brown communities due to the negligence of elected officials, has pushed community members to their limits. Young people, organizers, neighbors, activists, and others rose up and voiced their rage over the last few days in Chicago.

In response, the police erupted in violence with the full support of Chicago’s mayor. The juxtaposition of medical professionals desperately begging for personal protective equipment during a pandemic while militarized police were fully equipped in armor to battle protestors over the weekend is staggering.

Crossroads Fund stands in solidarity with protestors’ demands for the dismantling of white supremacy, the immediate divestment from carceral racial capitalism, and investment in the things that actually keep people safe: reparations, food, housing for all, healthcare, police-free schools, transformative justice practices, accessibility and more. We will continue to support movements for racial, social, and economic justice by listening to the demands of protesters and funding the grassroots organizations who are imagining a more just future that is yet to come.

Meanwhile, we invite you to support local grassroots organizing. Please find our list of grantees here or contact us if you have questions.

And/Or consider making a gift to Crossroads Fund’s work of supporting local movements even when the limelight has dimmed.