Thankfully, I was actually able to save all of the money that I need for my hike beforehand and won’t need any any financial support to finish the trail (although if I come through your area I’ll let you feed me). You can best support me by following along here and on my Instagram (@ParksLucifer) and occasionally sending some love my way.
However, if you’re white and you came to this page thinking about throwing a few bucks my way you should put that money into reparations instead.
In short, reparations involve the redistribution of white wealth to people of color, particularly black folks. We should be doing this because our wealth and our privileges were built at the expense of people of color and often literally by people of color. Because we’ve been benefiting from this stolen wealth while continuing to discriminate against and disempower people of color for hundreds of years, much of our wealth actually rightly belongs to them – and we need to give it back.
Obviously it’s impossible to give true reparations without completely changing our entire social and economic system to give much larger and more consistent payouts, and also abolishing capitalism. But we can still help even things out in the meantime by paying as much as we can afford to people of color.
So if you’re white and you were thinking of giving money to me, please pay it in reparations instead and make it a regular practice. You can donate to individuals or organizations that serve people of color, just remember that you’re doing your duty and not just a favor so they don’t owe you a thank you.
Here’s a Facebook group that connects white people to POC in need, which is one of the best ways to provide very direct reparations to individuals. You should also keep an eye out for any POC you know (or that you don’t know) who are asking for support, and throw some cash their way. If you are a person of color who would like some reparations money, send me your information and I’ll feature you on my social media and ask for folks to donate to you.
If you donate to organizations instead, just be conscious of the organization you’re donating to and focus on organizations that specifically serve people of color and look at where your money will go the farthest.
Here are some organizations that might be good to donate to:
Trans Women of Color Collective – an organization that provides economic and affirming opportunities to transgender women of color, who are an especially marginalized group.
The Bail Project – an organization that pays bail for people who cannot afford it and works to end the cash bail system.
Incite! – a network of radical feminists of color organizing to end state violence and violence in their homes and communities.
Fierce! – an LGBTQ youth of color-led organization that builds the leadership, political consciousness, and organizing skills of LGBTQ youth while organizing local grassroots campaigns to fight police harassment and violence and increased access to safe public space for LGBTQ youth in New York City
Sylvia Rivera Law Project – provides legal services to low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender nonconforming.
Black Alliance for Just Immigration – educates and engages African American and black immigrant communities to organize and advocate for racial, social and economic justice.
National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network Mental Health Fund – provides financial support to LGBTQ people of color to help them access therapy.
American Indian College Fund – provides support and scholarships for Native American students to attend college.
Native American Heritage Association – provides food, clothing, heating assistance, and other emergency programs to help Native American families living on reservations in South Dakota and Wyoming.
Families Together Fund by the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services – helps provide case management services to migrant families which could include legal services, bond payments, temporary housing, travel needs, and access to healthcare.
This is by no means an exhaustive list! If you know of another organization that should be featured, let me know and I’ll put them on here.