Show your support: The quest for equality continues on Independence Day


This national holiday provides a opportunity to support Black and Indigenous people of color and LGBTQ people while amplifying their voices throughout the community. Follow local and global grassroots organizations, donate to their causes and start to effect change for a more equal and just future, beginning here.

The Forced Trajectory Project documents the domino effect police violence has on communities, starting here in Las Vegas, and sheds a spotlight on families who have lost loved ones. FTP’s investigative mission is funded solely by donations, grants and the organization’s own personal contributions. Follow on Instagram at @forcedtrajectory.

New Era Las Vegas, led by minister and organizer Stretch Sanders, empowers and encourages Black people to “love, serve and build” within the local community. The Vegas chapter has fed over 200 local families since starting the COVID-19 Response Task Force, and continues to host its weekly Hood to Hood event, bringing food and toiletries to the Black community, organizing cleanup and more. Follow on Instagram @neweralasvegas.

Founded by the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, the Vegas Freedom Fund (bit.ly/3exvvwq) was launched in 2018 to fight mass incarceration in Clark County. Money raised is used to post bail for people, including protesters, who cannot afford to on their own. Also founded by PLAN, the Mass Liberation Project Nevada is a grassroots activist project focused on ending mass incarceration in the state and beyond, and is looking for volunteers to help document the movement. Follow on Instagram @planevada and @massliberaton.

Gender Justice Nevada is a 501(c)3 created by sex- and gender-diverse persons for other sex- and gender-diverse people. GJN is dedicated to providing outreach education and advocacy, assists with document changes to support people changing their legal name and offers support groups. GJN also provides training for local agencies looking to incorporate a more inclusive environment. Follow on Instagram @genderjusticenevada.

Following Black and Indigenous people of color, trans and queer leaders like Ianne Fields Stewart(@thefreeactorvist) and Raquel Willis

(@raquel_willis). Stewart is the founder of the Okra Project collective, which provides resources and meals to Black trans people worldwide, and Willis is an activist, writer and director of communications for the Ms. Foundation for Women.

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