As a Black-rooted and POC-centered organization, The Laundromat Project dedicates itself to making art that builds community and creates change so we can manifest a world in which Black life is eternal.
We work from the unshakeable, fundamental belief that Black humanity is a given. No exceptions. We use the awesome power of our collective imaginations and creativity to build a future in which George Floyd, David McAtee, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Ahmaud Arbery, Atatiana Jefferson, Tony McDade, Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Yusef Hawkins, Eleanor Bumpers, Emmett Till, and every single Black person on Earth can live their life to the fullest and in whatever way they desire.
At The LP, every Black life is precious.
Black Nonbinary People.
Black Trans People.
Black Queer People.
Black People with Disabilities.
Black Poor People.
Black Formerly Incarcerated People.
In the world we are making, All Black Lives Matter each and everyday. If you want to help us build this world, here are a few things you can do:
- Push for the repeal of NY State Law 50-a [Update: June 9, 2020: 50-a has been repealed!]
- Support efforts to defund the police and reallocate resources
- Contribute to bail funds
- Join or support a mutual aid network
- Support Black-led organizations in NYC and nationwide, today and in the future
- Equip yourself with knowledge on anti-racism
- Fill out your Census
- Vote! And request your absentee ballot!
- Find a way to support beyond the streets
- Follow us on social media for more actions, inspirations, and meditations.
In times of great struggle, The LP grounds ourselves in the rich legacy of ancestors that paved the way for us. Today, we look to Toni Morrison for guidance: “If you can’t imagine it, you can’t have it.” The world is on fire, and we are here for all those in the streets, at work, and at home, fighting for our right to imagine and create a world in which Black lives truly matter.
Black Life Eternal,
The LP Team
*This list is inspired by the one written by Tarana Burke.
Update 6/24: If you’re looking for additional ways to support Black liberation and an end to police violence, explore the following organizations, funds, and initiatives, recently supported by staff of The LP:
- Disability Justice Mutual Aid Fund: supporting disabled organizers participating in Black liberation protests
- Migizi: Minneapolis-based youth development organization for Native American youth
- The Okra Project: providing free meals for Black Trans people
- Emergency Release Fund: providing bail funds for trans people
- Campaign Zero: promoting policy change to end police violence
- The Bail Project: nationwide bail fund
- Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project: providing cash assistance to Black LGBTQIA+ migrants and first generation people dealing with the impact of COVID-19
- Radical Indigenous Mutual Aid Emergency Fund: supporting Indigenous-centered mutual aid projects
- Communities United for Police Reform: supporting policy change in NYC away from discriminatory policing and toward true community safety
- Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund: therapy fund for Black women and girls
- Anti-Police Terror Project: coalition to eradicate police terror in communities of color
- Law for Black Lives: national community of lawyers and legal workers supporting Black liberation
- Black Trans Travel Fund: mutual aid organization supporting the livelihoods of Black trans women
- Stop Police Terror Project DC: building community-led peacekeeping efforts in opposition to police terror in DC
- Mutual Aid Fund for Sex Workers of Color: supporting sex workers of color
- Movement for Black Lives Fund: supporting a coalition of organizations working for Black liberation and racial justice
- Bed-Stuy Strong: Bed-Stuy-based mutual aid project
- UndocuBlack Network: organization led by Black currently and formerly undocumented people advocating for the rights of Black undocumented people
- Crown Heights Mutual Aid: Crown Heights-based mutual aid project
- G.L.I.T.S.: housing support for Black trans people
- Harriet’s Apothecary: Black-led healers’ collective
- Black Space: collective of Black Urbanists practicing new ways of protecting and creating Black spaces in the built environment
Cover image: Create Change Alum, Shani Peters, Eternal, Everytime, laser cut wood, words. 2016.