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WATCH THE WEBINAR RECORDING: Crowdfunding for Racial Justice

Learn from ioby project leaders who are addressing their neighborhood’s need for racial justice and have created community solutions around racial equity. They’ll share how crowdfunding supported their grassroots projects and how they got started, built support, and overcame challenges. Indigo Bishop, one of ioby’s Action Strategists, will also share more about how we work to support social justice changemaking.

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Videos   |    What is Racial Justice Work?   |   Where to start?    |    Racial Justice Guide (Printable)  |   Meet Our Contributors  |  Countless Other Models  |  Additional Resources 


The playlist above includes four videos:

Meet the Cleveland Racial Justice Organizers

How to Get Started in Racial Justice Work

How to Collaborate with Neighbors to Fight Racism

How to Handle Burnout When Fighting Racism


What is Racial Justice Work


Racial justice work can take many different forms. There is no one strategy for addressing the historical and systemic injustices that communities of color face every day. This work can look like building or creating something, increasing access to resources or education, creating a space for dialogue among people with different lived experiences, pushing back against unjust policies or practices, or many other examples. What many of these projects have in common, though, is that they begin with collaboration, conversation, and simply listening.


Where do I start


ioby believes that the most effective, meaningful, long-lasting change is led by people in their own communities. Neighbors know the challenges, opportunities, and assets that their communities contain, and are best positioned to become leaders in solutions.

So look around: how does racial injustice impact your own community? What are the resources within your community that you can build on? What are the small things you can do to start conversations, ask questions, listen deeply, and change established patterns?

The resources in the Racial Justice Toolkit were created by six racial justice leaders from Cleveland, in conversation with ioby. We hope they will be helpful to your own work.


A Racial Justice Guide


Six Clevelanders with four very different racial justice projects share their experiences, challenges, and tactics with us in this printable PDF guide. These projects are not intended to be blueprints: the approach you take will need to be informed by your own community’s unique needs and assets. Rather, we hope their stories can provide a helpful starting point, a key insight, or simply an inspiration as you begin your own journey organizing for racial justice.

Download the Racial Justice Guide


Meet the Contributors

Learn a little more about each of the six organizers we spoke with, as they share how they first became involved in racial justice work, why they chose the project they did, and their tactical advice for organizing something similar.

Indigo Bishop

ioby's Cleveland Action Strategist

Meet Indigo

Michele Crawford

Project: Design as Protest Day of Action

Neighborhood: Cleveland’s East Side

Raised on ioby: $324 for design supplies like pens, masking tape, post-its, and sketch paper as well as refreshments.

Meet Michele

M. Carmen Lane

Project: ATNSC: Center for Healing & Creative Leadership

Neighborhood: Buckeye

Raised on ioby: $10,880 for renovation costs to transform a vacant duplex in Buckeye into a community space

Meet Carmen

Leah Lewis

Project: The X’s and O’s of Race/ism, a Docu-series

Neighborhood: Citywide and beyond

Raised on ioby: $3,319 for research and production of a documentary trailer

Meet Leah


Kaela Geschke and Gwendolyn Garth

Project: A Bridge That Bridges

Neighborhood: Campus District/Central Neighborhood

Raised on ioby: $2,115 for artist and facilitator fees, art supplies, food, and promotional materials

Meet Kaela and Gwen


Countless other models


In terms of models for racial justice projects, these four Cleveland projects just begin to scratch the surface of what’s possible. And while many of the lessons from these leaders will translate across project type, your community has its own unique challenges, strengths and assets. Here is a list of other racial justice projects funded on ioby.

One note: Your project may be a racial justice project even if it doesn’t immediately seem so. While some of these project leaders are explicit about addressing racial injustice, many others take a seemingly unrelated approach, like installing solar streetlights in a historically disinvested neighborhood. As most racial justice organizers will quickly tell you, it is impossible to separate racial injustice from economic injustice, from health injustice, from education injustice, and so on. Interrelated problems call for interdisciplinary approaches!


#BankBlack, National
A national campaign to educate and encourage people from all backgrounds to invest in Black-owned financial institutions and the communities they serve. 


Barrier Free - A Socially Engaged Art Installation, Memphis, TN

An interactive and moveable art installation about the impact of barriers, including those around nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation and identity, gender, and socioeconomic status. 


Black Hills Unity Concerts, Black Hills, SD
A free, three-day music and arts festival celebrating the strong legacy of the Lakota and Dakota people, and all indigenous communities, and advocating for the preservation of sacred land. 


C-3 Cooperative Gardens, Memphis, TN
An initiative to provide leasable land for $1/year, tools, supplies, and support for people living in blighted Memphis neighborhoods to become self-sufficient growers, using permaculture.


Changing the Norm, Ypsilanti, MI
Established a nonprofit farm to offer training, skills and employment for both men and women returning home from incarceration, which disproportionately affects people of color.  


Flip the Table Youth Food Council, New York, NY

A youth-led coalition working to support, empower, and amplify the passionate young voices of the food justice movement through an environmental and social justice lens. 


Friends of Chelsea Greenline Advocacy Group, Memphis, TN
In anticipation of the new Chelsea Greenline bike and pedestrian path, a new community group to ensure that all future redevelopment is productive and inclusive for North Memphis residents. 


Georgia's First Urban AgriHOOD, Macon, GA
An initiative to convert vacant, and abandoned homes and unused land into a vibrant community centerpiece where food alternatives, neighborhood pride, and commerce is desperately needed. 


Hollaback! Detroit: Taking It to the Streets, Detroit, MI
A street art and education campaign to end catcalling and street harassment in Downtown and Midtown Detroit, which predominantly affects women of color. 


Music on the Inside for Young People at Rikers Island, Queens, NY
A music education program, in partnership with artistic advisor Wynton Marsalis, to bring songwriting and performance experience and skills to incarcerated youth at Rikers Island.


Parker Village Shines, Highland Park, MI
Cooperatively-owned, state-of-the-art smart solar streetlights with wifi, signage, and security in the disinvested community of Highland Park, to build a legacy of innovation and leadership. 


Save the Imani Willow, Brooklyn, NY
An initiative to buy back a vacant lot in the middle of the 50-year-old Imani Garden, located in the middle of Weeksville, the oldest independent African-American community in New York City. 


Saving our Sons and Daughters, Pittsburgh, PA
A one-day youth sports event bringing together children from across neighborhoods and school district to help build relationships of understanding and prevent youth violence. 


Shooting Without Bullets, Cleveland, OH
A youth advocacy and fine arts education program that focuses on identity development in Black teens in Cleveland through expressive arts healing, photography, and open dialogue. 


#TakeEmDown901, Memphis TN
A community-led initiative to put pressure on the City of Memphis to remove two confederate statues in Memphis parks and plan for their replacement with art installations.


The Muslim ARC House, Detroit, MI
The Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative is creating a physical space for racial justice education and training through workshops, community dialogues, retreats and collaborative work. 


Youth Leaders Board, New York, NY and Miami, FL
The founding of the youth-led SOUL Sisters Leadership Collective core group, in anticipation of the launch of a broader girls leadership program promoting healing, justice & the arts.


Additional Resources

Interested in other resources for organizing around racial justice, inclusion, and healing in your community?


400 Years of Inequality

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress' Year of Awareness

Center for Diversity and the Environment

Coming to the Table

Democracy Collaborative

Dispatches from Cleveland

MBK Alliance's List of Racial Justice Organizations [PDF]

National Civil Rights Museum's MLK50 Commemoration

Race Forward

Racial Equity Alliance

Racial Equity Institute

Racial Equity Tools

Showing Up for Racial Justice

The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond


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