One thing we have learned from COVID19 is that bad things don’t happen in isolation. As the pandemic drags along, more than a million acres have already burned in California’s wildfire season. In the midst of a much needed national reckoning on racism, another Black man, Jacob Blake, was shot by police in Kenosha, WI.
Similar to how bad things don’t happen separately, solutions to crisis also don’t arise alone. We believe that many of the solutions needed to ease the broader impacts of COVID-19 will also ease the transition to climate justice. That the urgency of climate change is the urgency for racial justice. This is why our mission is to accelerate clean energy solutions to the climate crisis: this vision includes a Pacific Northwest that is more just, sustainable and equitable. A Pacific Northwest that has racial, economic and climate justice as it’s foundation.
We want to share with you three organizations to donate to this week. While we know that real solutions involve policy changes, people power, cultural shifts, and policy changes, these groups deserve our immediate support and attention.
3 ways you can support a just response today:
“The Milwaukee Freedom Fund was started by Black and Brown Milwaukee organizers who wanted to see residents supported as they asserted their rights to protest for justice. We raised money and are gathering a list of resources for bail, court-related costs, rides, food, water, and other needs. We were and are dedicated to supporting the struggle for liberation.”
The MFF is currently serving as the jail support and bail fund for the protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin after the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
“Two of the three largest fires in California history are burning simultaneously. The sheer magnitude of what has already burned is sobering: about 1.3 million acres this month alone, with four more months of potential fire season to go. The California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund supports both immediate disaster relief and long-term recovery efforts for those affected by California wildfires.”
Front and Centered is a coalition of over 60 grassroots organizations, many of whom are on the frontlines of the pandemic. Supporting the Frontline Response Fund is providing support to hundreds of people dealing with lay-offs, school closures, medical issues and other factors related to coronavirus in communities throughout Washington State.