In the past week, protests demanding justice for Black victims of police violence have swept the nation. Protesters are voicing their outrage at decades of state-sanctioned violence against Black people.
Here you’ll find some suggestions on local and national ways to support communities impacted by police violence along with a list of local Black owned businesses in Albuquerque. This list is by no means exhaustive, and the road to reform goes far beyond financial support. However, it is a good place to start.
Find information about the Albuquerque Black Lives Matter organization at their Facebook or Instagram page. We encourage you to send us your feedback and other suggestions ways to help by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Organizations to Support
New Mexico Black Leadership Council
The New Mexico Black Leadership Council (NMBLC) is a nonprofit organization that serves as a hub to create a viable and sustainable social profit sector designed to serve the black community in the state of New Mexico.
New Mexico Birth Equity Collaborative
African American maternal morbidity is one of the most alarming health disparities in the United States. Nationally and locally, African American infants have both the highest infant mortality and prematurity rates. The New Mexico Birth Equity Collaborative is committed to leading and growing an interdisciplinary and inter-ethnic response to address the disparate health outcomes of African American mothers and infants in New Mexico.
Africana Studies at The University of New Mexico
The Africana Studies Program at the University of New Mexico gives students of all races, ethnicities, genders, and backgrounds a full understanding of the global linkages between peoples of Africa and other African descended people in the Southwest, the contiguous United States, and throughout the Black Diaspora in Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
The program has been working to obtain department status at UNM for 50 years. Anyone is welcome to get involved, whether they are UNM students or not. Contact Charles Becknell, Jr, director of Africana studies at 505.277.5644
New Mexico Office of African American Affairs
The state Office of African American Affairs is a “go to” authority in New Mexico on matters relating to methods that improve the quality of life for African Americans.
African American Performing Arts Center
The mission of the African American Performing Arts Center and Exhibit Hall is to preserve, nurture and support the intellectual and cultural history of African Americans in New Mexico and the Southwest. The vision is to promote visual and performing arts that support African American Culture; and to sponsor scholastic and technological programs and projects that advance the research and preservation of the intellectual and cultural history of African Americans.
New Mexico Black History Organizing Committee
The New Mexico Black History Organizing Committee is committed to highlighting and celebrating African American’s contributions to American history. Throughout the year, our committee hosts events and activities that engage people of all ages and backgrounds throughout New Mexico and continues the tradition of Carter Woodson.
University of New Mexico African American Student Services
African American Student Services understands that students often require a holistic approach to academic support. The program strives to provide an environment which is sensitive to the culture and history of African Americans and assist African American students in achieving their educational goals.
Vizionz Sankofa was created in June 2014 to assist African American youth and young adults in becoming stewards of their lives due to socio-economic situations beyond their control. Activities and programs are designed to advocate for the African Refugee and Immigrant population in New Mexico towards community inclusion and integration.
Black Owned Albuquerque Businesses
The Syndicate curates events that celebrate Black joy, Queer folx, and creativity.
Q’s Cakes & Sweets Boutique
Queneesha Meyers is known for putting a unique spin on classic desserts. She has a line of “comfort food cakes” that incorporates classic comfort foods into cake form. Website here.
Hollow Spirits Distillery
Located in downtown Albuquerque and inspired by the diverse culture of New Mexico, the Hollow Spirits family serves up seasonal drinks in the laid back brewery atmosphere.
A taste of the south in our little corner of New Mexico. Biscuit Boy serves buttermilk biscuit sandwiches and other southern breakfast fare.
Bobbi’s Homestyle Catering
Bobbi’s Homestyle Catering’s vision is to create the best homestyle catering experience. In doing so,we aim to exceed the expectations of our customers by providing outstanding quality service.
Rude Boy Cookies
Rude Boy Cookies is locally owned and operated by Mike Silva, Kristin Dowling & Eli Quinn. Along with fresh-baked-all-original-recipe cookies, Rude Boy Cookies features ice cream and New Mexico’s only Milk Bar.
Leela’s Body Cocktails
Ayanna Freeman, founder of Leela’s Body Cocktails, has always been committed to using plant-based, complexion inclusive products and treatments to help clients transform their skin, body and health. Since its inception, Leela’s Body Cocktails has created small-batch all natural skincare line with signature treatments and products.
Taste of the Caribbean
Taste of the Caribbean serves authentic food from the Islands served here in the Land of Enchantment.
The Rain Tunnel Car Spa
The Rain Tunnel Car Spa has been serving Albuquerque New Mexico since 1972. Full service car wash with 4 locations in Albuquerque.
K’Lynn’s Southern & Cajun Fusion
K’Lynn’s serves food you can enjoy food for your soul. The restaurant offers a mix of Southern and Cajun fusion. Catfish, gumbo, jerk chicken, po boys, oxtails and more.
Nexus Brewery is dedicated to being the Albuquerque brewery that people can count on when it comes to providing amazing tasting beer and excellent food. New Mexican soul food with a mix of southern comfort food and excellent beer.
Beets Juice Bar & Cafe
Beets Juice Bar provides customers with healthier alternatives to fast food in todays busy world. As well as educating, empowering and giving back to our community all with a friendly smile. Beets juice bar is the positive option in healthy choices, all of our menu choices are made to order.
Frank’s Famous Chicken & Waffles
Frank’s keeps it simple: delicious soul food dishes highlighted by signature chicken & waffles.
Green Gene Vegan Cafe
Dr. Colin Forde is a cosmetic dentist practicing in Albuquerque. As a vegan for the past 12 years, Dr. Forde’s passion for health and wellness has led him to share his love for tasty and healthy vegan foods. The menu at Green Gene Vegan Cafe is inspired by his travels as around the world as a missionary, which introduced him to a vast amount of culinary dishes from around the world.
Cultivating Coders is an innovative and inclusive coding bootcamp that breaks down and crosses boundaries… literally. Cultivating Coders offers an intensive boot camp-style training course focused on web and mobile application development fundamentals and technical training in a host of web and mobile development technologies that prepare each student to be a junior level web/mobile developers upon graduation.
Mr. Powdrell’s BBQ House
Mr. Pete Powdrell and his partner Catherine brought a tradition of greatness from Louisiana when they decided to settle down in Albuquerque and share the art of smoking meats and great BBQ sauce. Choose your meat to pair with one of the family recipe sauces, and the flavor will take you back to a simpler time, where quality and hospitality were the focus. Website here
National Organizations to Support
Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter was founded in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s murder in 2013 and the organization has been fighting for structural, community-based change ever since, advocating for an end to the violence and injustice inflicted on Black people in the US.
Minnesota Freedom Fund
The Minnesota Freedom Fund pays criminal bail and immigration bonds for those who cannot afford them. Seeking to end discriminatory, coercive, and oppressive jailing.
Campaign Zero is an organization that utilizes research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in the U.S. The organization calls on local, state, and federal lawmakers to take immediate action to adopt data-driven policy solutions to end the violence and hold police accountable.
Unicorn Riot is a nonprofit media collective dedicated to exposing the root causes of social, economic, and environmental issues. 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.
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