The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery—and too many others—have stirred in us an anger over gross injustices that have been present for far too long. When people of color are unfairly targeted by police, or don’t feel safe running, entering a store, or participating equally in the public domain, we as a society universally suffer. The Design Trust for Public Space stands in solidarity with Black people and communities of color, our neighbors, colleagues and friends who are hurting, mourning and protesting the injustices done to them through decades of systemic racism. 

As an organization, we recognize the work we have yet to accomplish in making the public realm a place for trust. Our mission requires that everybody have fair and just opportunity to shape their places and their community. While we’re proud of the work that we’ve done to date, it’s also clear that much more is required, in the weeks, months, and years to come. The Design Trust stands as an ally in this journey and is prepared to learn, to confront honest conversations about race, and make sure our own community reflects the values we hold dear.

Where you can donate:

Act Blue Secure Donate bail funds

Bed-Stuy Strong

Black Vision Collective

Brooklyn Bail Fund

Community Justice Exchange

National Bail Out 2020

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund

What you can do:

Call your state legislators to repeal 50-a and hold police accountable

Demand NYC Budget Justice with Communities United for Police Reform

NYC Black Mutual Aid – Sign on to the demand for #resourcesnotpolice letter to the city

Reclaim the Block

Support Black-owned businesses

What you can read:

Campaign Zero - research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in the U.S.

Lets talk-about-anti-blackness – Classroom tools

Unicorn Riot

26 ways to be in struggle beyond the streets

Roxanne Gay, Opinion Piece on NYT