Emergency Fund for Black Lives

Headwaters Foundation for Justice launched the Emergency Fund for Black Lives to provide grants to Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC). These two groups have inspired, mobilized, and supported hundreds of community members to call out and change police violence against people of color. Thank you to everyone who supported this fund, as we successfully reached our goal and raised over $100,000.

On November 15, Jamar Clark, an unarmed 24-year-old black man, was shot and killed by officers from the Minneapolis Police Department. Since that day, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis peacefully occupied the fourth precinct for 18 days, held numerous peaceful protests and community gatherings, survived the shooting of five people by a group of white supremacists, and hosted a Blacksgiving Celebration.

Headwaters recognizes the historic importance of this moment in time and feels compelled to take action and build on the momentum generated by the events of the past few weeks. Grantees, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and NOC, will use the funds to expand their work organizing communities and to increase training and capacity-building for leaders on the ground.

Consider making a gift to the Emergency Fund for Black Lives today. If you have any questions about more ways to give, contact Associate Executive Director Maria De La Cruz.