In the midst of injustice, many ask "what can I do to help?" The answer to this, like every answer, is extremely personal and based on one's intentions and circumstances.
For some, the best way for them to support is through action, for others it is through donating money to organizations taking action. Both are necessary for change to occur so this can be a better city for all black/brown Milwaukeeans, a better state for all Wisconsinites, and a better country for all Americans.
Here are local organizations working for justice. If you have the desire and are in a position to donate money to help create an antiracist future, these are righteous groups to look into:
- ACLU of Wisconsin: https://www.aclu-wi.org/
- African-American Civic Engagement Roundtable: https://wisconsinvoices.org/aart/
- Ayuda Mutua MKE: https://www.facebook.com/ayudamutuamke/
- Black Leaders Organizing for Communities: https://populardemocracy.org/our-partners/black-leaders-organizing-communities
- I Will Not Die Young: http://www.iwillnotdieyoungcampaign.com/home
- Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee: https://incarceratedworkers.org/branches/milwaukee
- Leaders Igniting Transformation: https://www.litmke.org/
- Love on Black Women: https://loveonblackwomen.com/
- Metcalfe Park Community Bridges: kindest.com/donate/metcalfe-park-community-center
- Milwaukee DSA Mutual Aid Working Group: https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/milwaukee-dsa-pandemic-mutual-aid?source=direct_link&referrer=group-milwaukee-dsa
- Milwaukee Freedom Fund: "The Fund is paused for now and the focus is on responsibly administering all the funds raised, sharing all the resources gathered, connecting people with lawyers and sharing the Bail Request link: https://bit.ly/mkebailrequest." Please help by sharing the link widely.
- Movement For Black Lives Policy Platform (national organization): https://m4bl.org/policy-platforms/
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.