Organizations that Support Black Communities in Boston

By Agalby Morel
My brother’s Keeper617 is a group of men dedicated to restoring the peace and unity that once existed in their community. Their mission is to mentor kids and expose them to a world outside the neighborhood. The goal is to show the youth that they can make choices that will increase academic growth and professional opportunities. By pursuing these opportunities, they will grow to become an asset to the community and leaders of the next generation.
Currently, they post bail of up to $1,000 in Middlesex, Essex, Suffolk, Worcester & Hampden Counties in Massachusetts.
A grassroots organization committed to social, racial, and economic justice, among many progressive ideals.
If you can’t donate, that’s fine too, because they have volunteer opportunities from marketing to activism to serve on elections and endorsements committee. They have volunteer opportunities for whatever your interests may be.
A non-profit organization that was created as a means to educate, empower and uplift BIPOC youth and creatives at the intersection of art, culture, and activism. Through bespoke programs, events, and varied platforms, we connect our underserved communities with mentors they can relate to, curate unique experiences and programs, provide resources and invoke activism through a cultural and artistic lens.
Stable Ground addresses the complicated relationship among chronic housing insecurity, its psychologically traumatic impact, and municipal housing policy through participatory community-based art and cultural programs.
This project centers on a residency program that embeds artists, legal designers, and trauma experts into community settings that contribute to local visual/performing arts exhibits and art-making events
Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Fest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that breaks down racial and social barriers to arts, music, and culture across Greater Boston. We celebrate and support both artists and audiences, with an emphasis on Black and Brown voices, perspectives, and artistry.
Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls. Our resources and initiatives are collaborative and they prioritize opportunity, access, validation, and healing. We are becoming the ones we’ve been waiting for.
Lipstick is a nonprofit that deploys ****peer-to-­peer education, social service intervention, public awareness campaigns and community organizing to empower women and girls to say “No!” to men who make them smuggle and store guns for them. LIPSTICK is women helping women keep guns out of the wrong hands by disrupting gun trafficking pipelines today and every day.
Prison Book Program is a grassroots organization that exists for one purpose—to send free books to prisoners and they’ve been doing it since 1972.
Books are crucial to the political, spiritual, and educational development of all people. Most prisons do not allow family and friends to send books into prisons. They must come from a bookstore, publisher, online retailer or a program like Prison Book Program. They serve over 10,000 prisoners each year.
    They have multiple volunteer opportunities as well!
    The ACLU of Massachusetts—a private, nonpartisan organization with more than 82,000 supporters across the Commonwealth and over 100,000 online activists—is a state affiliate of the national ACLU. We defend the principles enshrined in the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights, as well as the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
    One of their many initiatives is a data analysis tool for tracking incidents involving the Boston Police Department (BPD).

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