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Community Resources

As part of Venture Cafe Global Institute’s statement on racial equity, we committed to using our platform to amplify and align with Black voices and to convene groups dedicated to ending racial inequity and improving social justice. To continue the conversation, we have compiled a list of sites that you may find useful. We recognize this list is not exhaustive, but hope it helps connect you with other resources in our community.

If you know of additional resources that would be good additions to the below list, we’re all ears! Please email hello@venturecafephiladelphia.com.

Local PHL Businesses / Organizations

Articles to read

Videos to watch

Podcasts to subscribe to

Books to read

Films and TV series to watch

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) — Hulu with Cinemax or available to rent
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • True Justice (Bryan Stevenson) — HBO 

Organizations to follow on social media

Resources for allies to raise anti-racist children

More anti-racism resources to check out

Black History & More Resources

National organizations & support initiatives

  • Black Lives Matter – Ongoing petitions to sign
  • Black Table Arts –  Gathering Black communities through the arts, towards better black futures.
  • Minnesota Healing Justice Network – We provide a supportive professional community and mutual aid network for wellness and healing justice practitioners who also identify as IBPOC (indigenous, black, or people of color).
  • Pimento Relief Fund – We’re partnering with Pimento to provide black business without insurance relief after white supremacists set them on fire during the protests. 
  • Women for Political Change – Holistically investing in the leadership and political power of young women and trans & non-binary individuals throughout Minnesota.
  • Reclaim the Block – 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. 
  • The Bail Project – The Bail Project National Revolving Bail Fund provides free bail assistance to low-income individuals who are legally presumed innocent, and whom a judge has deemed eligible for release before trial contingent on paying bail. We enable our clients to return home to their families and communities while awaiting their court dates. 
  •  ACLU – The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union — beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.
  • Black Futures LabThe Black Futures Lab transforms Black communities into constituencies that change the way power operates—locally, statewide and nationally. The problems facing our communities are complex—the solutions require experimentation, innovation and political power. We deserve elected officials that represent us, policies that improve our lives, and politics that reflect our lives.
  • Campaign ZeroThe comprehensive platform of research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in America.
  • Center for Policing Equity Over the last 10 years, CPE has partnered with 25+ police departments nationwide and demonstrated the transformative impact of data-driven interventions.
  • Movement For Black LivesThe Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) seeks to reach millions, mobilize hundreds of thousands, and organize tens of thousands, so that Black political power is a force able to influence national and local agendas in the direction of our shared Vision for Black Lives.
  • National Black Justice CoalitionThe National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS. NBJC’s mission is to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ/SGL bias and stigma.
  • NAACP Legal Defense FundThe 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.
  • Obama.orgThe Obama Foundation’s mission is to inspire, empower, and connect people to change their world. That mission begins at home, on the South Side of Chicago, where we are building the Obama Presidential Center. But it extends to all our work.