This crisis has had devastating impacts on domestic workers, food workers, farmers of color, and Indigenous people around the country, amplifying the pre-existing inequities in our systems. Millions of people are suddenly unemployed while many who still have jobs must choose between economic survival and safeguarding their health and that of their family members. Organizations representing frontline workers, immigrant populations, and other marginalized and often-exploited groups have seen their work kicked into overdrive. They could use our support more than ever, whether that comes as amplifying their messages or sharing your resources.
If you are able, consider donating all or part of your stimulus check to an organization that is working to address immediate needs and build long-term power around the US. Support a group in your community or check out our suggestions below:
Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
The first national, women-led, farmworker women’s organization is working closely with member organizations and farmworker advocacy groups to address the challenges and needs specific to farmworker women around the nation.
First Nations Development Institute’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
The Navajo Nation has the third-highest coronavirus infection rate. Native communities that have been consistently divested from are suffering from a lack of access to resources as basic as clean water.
Food Chain Workers Alliance
People who work all along the food chain have lacked access to paid sick leave, living wages, job security, and other foundations of safe, dignified work. The Food Chain Workers Alliance works with grassroots labor organizations across the US to fight for fair working conditions.
National Domestic Workers Alliance Coronavirus Care Fund
Caregivers across the spectrum, from in-home caretakers to house cleaners—many of whom are immigrants and most of whom are women of color—are without a safety net during this time.
National Black Food & Justice Alliance Mutual Aid Fund
This mutual aid fund will re-grant money to Black farmers and land stewards ramping up food production for communities across the country.
One Fair Wage Emergency Fund
With many workers earning only the federally mandated minimum wage of $2.13 for tipped workers, tipped workers were struggling before COVID-19—and things have only gotten worse. This fund provides cash assistance to those who need it most.
Restaurant Opportunities Center United Disaster Relief Fund
By one estimate, 75 percent of restaurants could go out of business during this crisis. ROC United put together a disaster relief fund to support restaurant workers in danger of losing their jobs.
Soul Fire Farm
Soul Fire Farm has been inspiring BIack, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) farmers around the world by decentering whiteness in agrarianism (check out the Real Food Reads book and podcast episode, Farming While Black). During the crisis, they’ve held regular virtual convenings to assess needs and build solidarity, as well as provide food for members of their community.