AT L.A. WORKS BLACK LIVES MATTER
L.A. Works stands with peaceful protesters who are exercising their constitutionally protected First Amendments rights to speak out against injustice and racism. In times of crisis, be it an earthquake, fire, civil disturbance, or pandemic, L.A. Works endeavors to bring the community together for the common good of everyone.
Our commitment to service is 365 days a year. More than ever, Los Angeles needs your help. Be it a small business that is destroyed or unsheltered youth needing food and support, please join us in supporting LA by contributing your time, resources and ideas.
This Juneteenth, we acknowledge and honor the sustained struggle of Black leaders at the front of the fight for justice. Our offices will be closed, but the work continues. Join The Movement for Black Lives in a National Day of Action on June 19th - learn how you can show up in solidarity.
We invite you to check out these upcoming opportunities:
- Volunteer as a Legal Observer at Protests
- Help Defend Protesters on NGL Criminal Defense Team
- Volunteer with the Grassroots Law Project
- Sign up for additional information on clean-ups and special initiatives re: Black Lives Matter as they become available.
- Check out our virtual and in-person volunteer opportunities for supporting the community during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Read the Anti-Recidivism Coalition's statement on George Floyd here. Learn about the importance of local justice work, including ARC’s efforts with #CheckTheSheriff Coalition to ensure transparency and accountability of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.
- Lend your voice to the efforts of The People's Budget, to tell decision-makers that the City of Los Angeles’ 2020-21 budget must divest from traditional forms of policing and state-sanctioned violence, and invest in universal, basic needs - housing, healthcare, mental health, and wellness.
Uplift and support these Black led nonprofits and businesses:
- AME Church – 5th District
- A New Way of Life
- Anti Recidivism Coalition (ARC)
- Black Lives Matter - LA
- Black Women for Wellness
- Community Coalition
- Kingdom Life Church
- LA Bail Fund
- List of LA's Black-owned small businesses
- Los Angeles Black Worker Center
- Los Angeles Community Action Network
- National Lawyers Guild of Los Angeles
- Shared Harvest Fund - LA
- Social Justice Learning Institute
- Special Needs Network
- Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE)
- Think Watts Foundation
Check out these articles:
- President Obama: How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change
- Vu Le: Have nonprofit and philanthropy become the “white moderate” that Dr. King warned us about?
- Sandy Banks: L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later
Also, please continue to follow L.A. Works on social media (TW, IG, FB) as we gather information on how volunteers can best contribute to our community's healing. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy.
And, as always, thank you for your service to Los Angeles.