Spotlighting Organizations Serving Black Communities this February
February 18, 2021
During Black History Month, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) celebrates Black leaders and organizations working to ensure racial justice and has been highlighting on social media the efforts of organizations working to end domestic violence for Black survivors.
NNEDV is honored to collaborate with and learn from the organizations included below and others. These organizations work to address the substantial and unique barriers faced by Black survivors of domestic violence: from racism and sexism in the workplace, to historical and ongoing housing discrimination, to anti-Black violence from law enforcement and more, Black survivors of domestic violence face substantial and unique barriers. These barriers are often compounded for Black survivors who are disabled, immigrants, or part of the LGBTQ+ community.
Not only do these organizations provide critical help to their communities, they provide leadership and direction to all organizations seeking to improve equitable practices and increase culturally-informed services in their work. We have much to learn and will keep striving to follow these organizations’ leads and the examples they set as we work to create a safer world for survivors.
Ujima: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community
Ujima: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community serves as a national, culturally specific services issue resource center to provide support to and be a voice for the Black Community in response to domestic, sexual, and community violence. Their mission is to mobilize the community to respond to and end domestic, sexual, and community violence in the Black community, through research, public awareness, community engagement, and resource development. Their vision is to create a world where Black women and girls live free from violence. Learn more about their work at UjimaCommunity.org.
Black Women’s Blueprint
Black Women’s Blueprint works to place Black women and girls’ lives, as well as their particular struggles, squarely within the context of the larger racial justice concerns of Black communities. They are committed to building movements where gender matters in broader social justice organizing so that all members of these communities gain social, political, and economic equity. They engage in progressive research, historical documentation, policy advocacy, and organizing steeped in the struggles of Black women within their diverse communities and within dominant culture, and their strategy includes human rights advocacy, transformative justice, critical participatory action research, and the cultural preservation of indigenous knowledge. Learn more about their work at BlackWomensBlueprint.org.
Women of Color Network, Inc.
Women of Color Network, Inc. is a national grassroots initiative dedicated to building the capacity of women of color advocates responding to violence against women of color. Their mission is to eliminate violence against ALL women and their communities by centralizing the voices and promoting the leadership of women of color across the Sovereign Nations, the United States, and the U.S. Territories, and their purpose is to work in and beyond the fields of domestic violence and sexual assault to address a broad range of violence affecting communities of color such as human trafficking, police brutality, and over-incarceration. Learn more about their work at WOCNinc.org.
SisterSong is a Southern-based, national membership organization whose purpose is to build an effective network of individuals and organizations to improve institutional policies and systems that impact the reproductive lives of marginalized communities. They were formed to create a national, multi-ethnic movement for reproductive justice—meaning the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities. Learn more about their work at SisterSong.net and learn more about reproductive justice at SisterSong.net/Reproductive-Justice.