To our members, staff, peers, and fans, both present, past and future, we love you. To Black communities all across the United States, we stand with you.
To those who have been experienced racism, both outright and passive, we defend you. To those who have experienced racism, intolerance, harassment, and profiling, we acknowledge your anger and fear. To those striving for equal respect, opportunity, freedom, and rights, we fight alongside you. To those who have lost their lives to racist brutality and violence, we mourn for you.
We at Paramount work to create a safe space of tolerance, acceptance, support, love, and community for our members. And we acknowledge that years of systemic oppression, blatant disrespect toward, and unequal protections for members of the Black community continue to exist. While we can hope for things to get better, we must also work for things to get better. We can listen, recognize, learn, step outside of our comfort zones, and stand up to wrongs that we see or hear. We can support organizations that work toward better leadership and policies in government. We can support organizations that help on the local, state, and national levels. We can speak out against racism, and we can demand equality and justice for all of our country’s citizens.
If you would like more information on how you can help make a difference, please look into any of the links below. However big or small, contributing to the cause of freedom and equality makes a difference.
BLACK LIVES MATTER.
How to Contact your Elected Officials:
Mapping Police Violence:
Organizations that you can support through volunteering and donations:
The NAACP, https://www.naacp.org
the nation’s largest civil rights organization.
a nonprofit, non partisan legal and advocacy organization.
Black Lives Matter, https://blacklivesmatter.com/
which works to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, https://www.naacpldf.org/about-us/
which supports racial justice through advocacy, litigation, and education.
The Color of Change, https://colorofchange.org
an organization that works to fight injustices and champion solutions.
Black Visions Collective, https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/about
a black, trans, and queer-led social justice organization and legal fund based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
The Minnesota Freedom Fund, https://minnesotafreedomfund.org
which pays criminal and immigration bail and bond for people who cannot afford it.
The Bail Project, Bailproject.org
a nonprofit that aims to mitigate incarceration rates through bail reform.
Human Rights Campaign, https://www.hrc.org
an organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer equality.
Transgender Law Center, https://transgenderlawcenter.org/
which works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.
Booklists on racism, violence and the Black experience: