Washington D.C. Social Justice Organizations To Visit & Support

D.C. is in turmoil, especially during these last couple of years and even more so in recent weeks with the Capitol riots, a heavily policed inauguration, and the raging pandemic.

The new U.S. administration gives a glimpse of hope for a new beginning, however, social justice issues have faced marginalized communities in D.C. for hundreds of years with both Democratic and Republican leadership. Now is the time to step up and support the local communities where you visit, whether that is through monetary donations or giving up some of your time. The nation’s capital is in urgent need of everyone’s support and solidarity right now.

This Is Zero Hour

Zero Hour
FACEBOOK Zero Hour

This Is Zero Hour is a local youth-led environmental justice group that organizes various actions. Some of their past events are the youth climate summit, the youth climate march, and youth lobby day. Right now they are working on an educational campaign about the Green New Deal and educating young Americans on the intersectionality between climate change, racism, classism, and colonialism. If you want to participate in current actions or donate money, visit their website here.

Ayuda

Ayuda
FACEBOOK Ayuda

This organization serves the large low income immigrant population in the D.C. area. Ayuda provides free legal service, therapy, interpreters, and much more. Since its opening in 1973, the non-profit has helped over 100,000 low income immigrants. With the rampant xenophobia and inequality throughout the justice system, Ayuda is essential in helping those most in need. You can volunteer pro-bono if you are a lawyer or donate on their website.

Free Minds Book Club

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop
FACEBOOK Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop

Free Minds Book Club works with incarcerated people that were tried as adults when they were minors. According to its website, approximately 60 D.C. youth are tried as adults each year and over 95% of them are Black. Their overall mission is to connect the literary arts with those that are inside D.C. jail or have just left through workshops, readings, and book clubs. There are several remote volunteer opportunities such as: writing letters, typing poems, and creating lockdown worksheets. If you are interested in donating or volunteering, you can purchase a poetry book.

Black Lives Matter DC

Black Lives Matter DC
FACEBOOK Black Lives Matter DC

The Black Lives Matter global network continues to thrive and expand. The D.C. chapter specifically leads direct actions, mutual aid, and informs the public on current events. At Black Lives Matter plaza there is a large space that is occupied by and for Black people in the area. The plaza is made up of local vendors, artists, and activists. The chapter’s social media platforms are also very informative and is a great place to stay up to date on local D.C. politics and actions. If you want to donate money or learn more about the organization’s demands, visit its website here.

Freedom Fighters DC

Freedom Fighters DC
FACEBOOK Freedom Fighters DC

Since the summer of 2020, Freedom Fighters DC has fought tirelessly for social justice in the DMV area. Its efforts span from mutual aid to protests, and direct actions in order to accomplish its end goal of abolition. If you are curious about Freedom Fighters DC’s mission and work, it has a very active Instagram account. This is the best way to stay informed on upcoming marches and events. In general, when you visit D.C., I would highly recommend attending a protest for a significant cause.

They/Them Collective

 theythemcollective
#HotDin. INSTAGRAM @theythemcollective

They/Them Collective is another powerful organization led by queer and BIPOC folks. Its anarchic belief is core to a weekly mutual aid, including: Hot Din that gives meals to homeless communities in the D.C. area. They/Them Collective also organizes numerous protests that demand justice and call for abolition. If you would like to support its hot din effort, you can donate money here. Otherwise, be sure to follow on Instagram.

Capital Area Food Bank

Capital Area Food Bank
FACEBOOK Capital Area Food Bank

The pandemic greatly heightened the vast food insecurity issue facing the United States. That’s why food banks like the Capital Area Food Bank are key to closing the hunger gap. Each year this food bank distributes over 45 million meals and works on several initiatives about nutrition and food access. If you are looking to volunteer some of your time or donate any money, please visit its website here.

So Others May Eat (SOME)

SOME (So Others Might Eat)
FACEBOOK SOME (So Others Might Eat)

SOME addresses the increasing homelessness, poverty, and hunger in the D.C. area.  These issues are growing dramatically with the COVID-19 pandemic. SOME offers services such as: affordable housing, job training, addiction counseling, a food pantry, and much more. All basic needs are provided by the organization, no questions asked. To donate or volunteer please visit the website.

Whitman Walker Health

Whitman-Walker Health
FACEBOOK Whitman-Walker Health

The Whitman Walker Health organization has served the LGBTQ+ community in Washington D.C. since 1973, at the start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This clinic is unique for its accessible and inclusive gender affirming services and health services of all kinds from therapy to legal services in order to truly serve all humans no matter their gender or sexual orientation. It is truly a welcoming and judgment-free space. If you are interested in donating or learning more about its mission, please visit Whitman Walker Health’s website where you can also learn more about services and become a patient yourself.

Miriam’s Kitchen

Miriam's Kitchen
FACEBOOK Miriam’s Kitchen

Miriam’s Kitchen is another organization that works towards ending chronic homelessness in D.C.. Due to gentrification and the pandemic, homelessness rates have skyrocketed which is why places like Miriam’s Kitchen are vital to helping those most in need. Their programs include: lobbying, housing placement, free meals, and more. If you would like to donate your time or money to this incredible cause, please visit its website here.

Many Languages One Voice

Many Languages One Voice
FACEBOOK Many Languages One Voice

The D.C. area has a very large immigrant population, therefore, empowering organizations like Many Languages One Voice is so important for those who need help navigating the US and the predominantly English spaces. This organization advocates for immigrants’ rights through different means: language access and interpretation, know your rights training, and direct cash assistance. If you are passionate about language diversity, access, and inclusion as well as immigrant rights, please consider donating your time or money on the website.

Vivian Bauer

Editor

Vivian is passionate about everything related to music, art, and language. When traveling, she loves to walk for miles, try all kinds of food, and visit every museum. She has lived in Singapore, Belgium, and Brazil while hoping to one day travel to Mongolia and East Timor.

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