Dear CRC Community,

This week, with support from our friends, family, and Slought, we launched a Mutual Aid Fundraiser in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives. We are matching up to $7,000 in donations to seven organizations listed and described in the latter part of this message. The fundraiser goes until June 24th, 2020.

In choosing the organizations below, we focused on Black-led groups who offer mental health care services or other direct aid to local Black communities in unceded territories of Chochenyo Ohlone and Lenni Lenape–now known respectively as Oakland, where CRC began in 2016, and Philadelphia, where we are currently based.

Mobilizing now to abolish policing and prisons demands a revolution in how the United States supports Black mental health care. People with mental illness diagnoses are 16 times more likely to be killed by police than the rest of the population, and Black people in the U.S. are three times more likely to be killed by police than white people. The drug war has installed warriorized police in Black communities living under constant surveillance. Psychiatry for its part still has yet to register “racial trauma” as a category in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual used to treat Black suffering. Across all medical services in the United States, medical professionals are not trained to listen to or valorize Black voices, from natal to hospice.

Community-based listening is how we practice health justice work. In listening to our networks over the past weeks, in particular Black youth in our Creative Resilient Youth program and community organizers calling for reparations, we organized this fundraiser to redistribute wealth from our extended communities to center and support Black-led organizations.

We will continue to match donations until we reach $7,000.

To participate, simply:
  1. Make a donation to an organization we’ve listed below
  2. Share your donation receipt at
  3. See your donation matched in this public GoogleSpreadsheet
Black Trans Fund
Donate via Groundswell
BTF pays Black trans social justice leaders to sustain their organizing work. Donations will support self-determination and abundance within Black trans movements.

Deep Space Mind (DSM) 215
Donate via Cashapp: $thatrararab (note: DSM215)
This Philly-based collective of healers with lived experience of mental health challenges is dedicated to redefining wellness, justice, and joy in the city of Philadelphia. Donations will support community-driven wellness workshops and gatherings.

People's Breakfast Oakland
Donate via Venmo
PBO is a grassroots Black socialist political organization serving the houseless community in Oakland, CA. Donations will help to provide essential resources (food, clothing, and hygiene packs) to over 5000 Oakland residents.

Philly for REAL Justice
Donate via Paypal
The Philadelphia Coalition for Racial, Economic, and Legal (REAL) Justice mobilizes to eliminate systems of white supremacy and police terror in Philadelphia. Donations will support community outreach, direct action, and education initiatives.
The Okra Project: Nina Pop or Tony McDade Mental Health Recovery Funds
Donate via Paypal (specify Nina and/or Tony)
The Nina Pop and Tony McDade Mental Health Recovery Funds go toward providing accessible mental health support to Black trans folks in crisis. Donations will go toward one-time therapy sessions with licensed Black therapists. .

The Village Oakland
Donate via Paypal
The Village provides direct aid and policy advocacy to curbside residents in Oakland. Donations will support efforts to decriminalize homelessness, as well as distribution of essential supplies to houseless and unsheltered folks, particularly those who are struggling most amid COVID-19.

Youth Art and Self-Empowerment Project
Donate via Paypal
YASP is a Philly-based youth-led movement to end the practice of criminalizing youth as adults. Donations will help keep Philly teens out of adult prisons and provide a space for incarcerated youth to build leadership through creative and expressive arts.
Thanks for reading! Please share our recent posts on Instagram and Facebook to let people know. Together we are in a unique position to share resources and create change. If you are in a position to do so, please donate!

Creative Resilience Collective
The Mood: Vol 4 is a collective offering of tunes in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives. May these songs carry you through all forms of protest on and off the streets.

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