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Staff photo / A peaceful protest in North Plainfield took place this past weekend. Activists encouraged protestors to vote, donate and sign petitions to help make change in the #blacklivesmatter movement.

If you’re looking for more ways you and your family can make a difference to fight systemic racism and police brutality, consider supporting organizations working for change. The charities listed below are demanding justice to support the black community—and in addition to protesting, donating is another great way to be an ally and offer support.

Donate to the official George Floyd Memorial Fund, which has been set up to help cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings. In addition, a portion of the funds will go to his Estate for the benefit and care of his children and their education. There’s also a GoFundMe for Breonna Taylor’s family as they fight for justice on her behalf.

Black United Fund
This Plainfield-based organization operates two preschool facilities, an after-school program and summer camp. Donations will help the BUF teach children about decision-making and contribute to their education.

Located in Newark, the NJ branch of the ACLU defends rights for equal treatment, fairness, freedom of speech and other issues. The ACLU-NJ’s work to protect freedom and equality are based on litigation, public education and lobbying.

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
The legal defense fund defends civil and human rights and uses donations to protect voters, advance the cause of racial justice, win landmark legal battles and fight for equality and an inclusive society.

National Black Child Development Institute
Dedicated to the success and well-being of black children, this organization provides programs, publications and advocacy training related to early childhood care and education, health and wellness and more.

Campaign Zero
Using research and data, Campaign Zero fights for policies at local, state and federal levels to end police brutality and hold police accountable for their actions.

Unicorn Riot
Unicorn Riot is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit media organization dedicated to exposing the root causes of social and environmental issues by sharing stories.

Black Lives Matter
This organization’s ongoing fight to end police brutality and  violence and lift the voices of black people is more than just a hashtag.

If you’d like to do more research about how your donation is being used, go to Charity Navigator for more information.

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