Black Lives Matter
When George Floyd was murdered by police, the Black Lives Matter movement was mobilized in the most significant way since its formation in 2013. Given the diversity in the fandom (BTS have a significant number of black and biracial fans) and the strong desire to help others, it's unsurprising that ARMY wanted to help support the movement.
In response to ARMY's request, One In An ARMY immediately began pulling together resources and created a masterthread which was updated as new resources came in. As with any fundraiser, we adhere to our own internal rules for vetting and promoting a fundraiser or organization (see #20 in our FAQ for more information). The good news is that our rules let us promote several organizations that provide both immediate resources and long-term support for the Black Lives Matter movement and black people. On June 1 we published a carrd that allows ARMY to donate to the organizations that meet our guidelines. In the first 4.5 days, the total number of donations made through the split donations feature tallied approximately $50,000 USD.
On Saturday, June 6 Variety reported that earlier in the week BTS and Big Hit Entertainment donated $1,000,000 USD to Black Lives Matter. This sparked ARMY to trend #MatchAMillion (prompted by @naija0329, coined by @MonospIaylist) worldwide on Twitter to encourage ARMY to match BTS' donation. On Sunday, June 7 donations surpassed the $1,000,000 USD mark. Media coverage of the #MatchAMillion campaign can be found on our Media page. We also issued our own press release about the fundraiser.
How To Donate
We compiled the organizations that meet our internal guidelines into a carrd. Even if you only donate to one organization, please click Split Donation as this allows us to see a grand total of how much ARMY have raised.
We recognize that we are likely only tracking a portion of ARMY donations, as many ARMY have donated directly to organizations or have pre-existing monthly donations set up. If you did not select Split Donation on our carrd but would like to have your donation counted towards the ARMY total, please fill out this form.
We added a goal tracker to our donation page and our website purely to keep ARMY updated on the total amount raised. Whether we hit $1,000,000 or not, ARMY have once again channeled their power for good and are making a real impact in the fight against anti-black racism.
We encourage ARMY to continue educating themselves on the history of anti-black racism in the United States as well as anti-black racism that occurs in your own country. Continue donating, signing petitions, calling/emailing your local politicians, voting in elections at every level of politics, engaging in local activism (as safely as possible), sharing educational tools, and standing up to racism in your own communities and families. We can't end racism overnight. But we can create real change when we all stand together.
Please make sure you click Split or Split Donation - even if you only want to donate to 1 organization. Donating through the split button is the only way to have your donation counted in the live tally.
If you did not select Split Donation on our carrd but would like to have your donation counted towards the ARMY total, please fill out this form.
We encourage ARMY to explore each organization before donating and find organizations that align with their own priorities. All organizations have been vetted according to our internal regulations (see #20 in our FAQ for more information).
A global org in the US, UK, and Canada that builds local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes and creating an inclusive space for Black imagination and innovation. They organize protests, rallies, and “die-ins”. They also provide a platform for emerging Black artists and educate communities on the intersection of art, culture, and politics.
M4BL: The Movement For Black Lives
M4BL seeks to "reach millions so that Black political power is a force able to influence nations and local agendas in the direction of our shared vision for Black Lives". They organize rallies, local outreach, voter registration outreach, and leadership education courses.
The nation’s largest online racial justice organization, focusing on political outreach and policy change. They’re partnered with Back Lives Matter.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
The mission of the NAACP is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate racial-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. They help in a wide range of topics from Racial justice to Prisoner’s Rights to Privacy & Technology among others.
The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. They achieve this through award-winning journalism, partnerships with other news outlets and public forums. In all of their work they strive to educate and enlarge the audience of people who care about the state of criminal justice.
The Advancement Project is a multi-racial civil rights organization. They use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change. They choose their projects activities, whether local (California) or national, with the potential to build power at the grassroots level and to re-frame and accelerate the quest for racial justice.
National Police Accountability Project
A nonprofit to protect the human and civil rights of individuals in their encounter with law enforcement and detention facility personnel. The central mission of NPAP is to promote the accountability of law enforcement officers and their employers for violations of the Constitution and the laws of the United States. NPAP does not provide legal representation to victims of law enforcement misconduct. If you are looking for an attorney, please visit their Attorney Referral Listing and feel free to contact them if you require additional referrals.
Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety. They believe health, safety and resiliency exist without police of any kind. They organize around policies that strengthen community-led safety initiatives and reduce reliance on police departments. They do not believe that increased regulation of or public engagement with the police will lead to safer communities, as community testimony and documented police conduct suggest otherwise.
A Minnesota organization, Black Visions Collective (BLVC) is committed to a long term vision in which ALL Black lives not only matter, but are able to thrive. What they know to be true in order to create this world is that oppressed people, especially Black people, need to build collective power in order to create systems transformation. Through the development of powerful strategic campaigns, they seek to expand the power of Black people across the Twin Cities metro area and Minnesota. This can look like delivering mobilization and action goals as part of a national coalition in which Black lives are centered, but it most often looks like visioning and leading targeted collaborative local campaigns that advance a concrete impact for people’s lives here, while also advancing a shift in public narrative that connects to transformative long-term change.
The National Bailout Collective
The National Bail Out collective is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to support Black folks and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration. They are people who have been impacted by cages — either by being in them themselves or witnessing their families and loved ones be encaged. They are queer, trans, young, elder, and immigrant.
The Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls. Their resources and initiatives are collaborative and they prioritize opportunity, access, validation, and healing.
Founded in May of 1999, the Black AIDS Institute (BAI) is the only premier uniquely and unapologetically Black think and do tank in America powered by two decades of work to end the Black HIV epidemic and led by people who represent the issues they serve. BAI sources capacity building, mobilization, policy, and advocacy efforts from Black leaders and communities across the country and provide high quality direct HIV services and linkage to care to Black people.
Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ individuals on the South and West sides of the city.
A non-profit media organization of artists and journalists. Their work is dedicated to exposing root causes of dynamic social and environmental issues through amplifying stories and exploring sustainable alternatives in today’s globalized world.
Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project
Under the Transgender Law Center, the Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant project help support migrants through community-building, political education, creating access to services. BLMP is providing cash assistance to Black LGBTQ+ migrants and first generation people dealing with the impact of COVID-19.