To the Black trainers in the greater Indianapolis area, we see you, we hear you, and we support you. We stand with you in solidarity, in protest, and in anger at the continued police brutality and systemic bias that disproportionately plagues the Black community, not only in Indianapolis, but across the country. There is no question nor debate that all forms of racism and white supremacy must be opposed and dismantled. The days of being targeted simply for being Black must come to an end.
Our group is built upon a love of Pokémon, a desire to support our community, and a belief of intrinsic equality for every trainer. These things unite us but we must recognize that today’s reality is one of inequality. The struggle for equal rights and safety rages on and it is imperative that we assist it in any way we can. We must stand up, protest, and speak out when we see racial injustice. We must support, listen to, and empower our friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers in the Black community. We must organize, vote, and elect local, state, and national leaders who can help bring about the reforms that are desperately needed. We must be the change we want to see.
Yesterday, The Pokémon Company and Niantic announced millions of dollars in donations for organizations including Black Lives Matter, the NAACP, and Black game creators. We couldn’t be happier to see this and are proud to support companies that take this kind of stand. While we haven’t reached the millions just yet, the PoGo Indy group has a history of stepping up and giving back to the Indy community and we’re asking you to step up again. We have compiled a list of organizations below that could use your support and ask each of you to help however you can. Whether it’s paying bail for a protestor, supporting George Floyd’s family, or buying dinner at a Black-owned Indy restaurant, every dollar goes toward the fight for Black Lives.
We believe that this group is one of inclusion and equality. We believe in the right of every trainer to live a life free of discrimination and injustice. We believe that Black Lives Matter.
– PoGo Indy Leadership Team
Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
Marsha P Johnson Institute
The Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI) protects and defends the human rights of BLACK transgender people. We do this by organizing, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership, and promoting our collective power.
Black Trans Protestors Emergency Fund
Raising funds to support Black trans protestors with resources, medical care, and bail.
George Floyd Memorial Fund
This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George. A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund.
The Bail Project
The Bail Project, Inc. is a non-profit organization designed to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system ‒ one person at a time.
Minnesota Freedom Fund
We intervene in this inequitable reality by paying the bail for low-income individuals. By doing so we allow people to continue to work their job, pay their rent, and raise their kids while their case concludes. We pay bail up to $1,000 for individuals arrested in Hennepin & Ramsey County. We meet those who are arrested upon their release, ensure they have a way home, follow up with them to remind them of court dates, and then collect the bail money when their case is resolved. In this way the fund’s capital operates as a rotating loan pool with each dollar being recycled to support multiple clients.
Reclaim the Block
Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and 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 mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1920 “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States”.
Black-Owned Indy Restaurants
As protests continue in our city and throughout the country in response to police brutality, there are many ways you can take action in support of Black Lives – like supporting black-owned businesses. There are many bars & restaurants around Indianapolis that serve our communities. Here’s a running list, which we’ll continue to update, of these establishments and their location.