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The People are rising up...

Inequities, injustice, greed, and corruption have pushed this planet and its people to a tipping point. The murder of George Floyd during a global pandemic was a catalyst for people around the world to rise up in unity against racial injustice.

The threats of climate chaos, socio-economic instability, and increasing disparities by every metric in a racialized hierarchy, require widespread change. However, entrenched imbalances of power along racial and ancestral lines threaten hope and impede progress. Racial equity is key to a just, stable, peaceful future on this planet. It will not be gifted; it must be resisted, insisted, and remodeled into being, with the pressure of a massive movement that is organized and sustained.

Our Mission

BREATHE catalyzes and sustains networks to amplify and support work for racial, environmental, and climate justice. 

Our Vision

We nourish bold, intersectional, resourced movements that support vibrant communities and healthy ecosystems — toward a just, equitable, thriving world for all.

Intersecting Issues of Environmental Justice

The United States is a nation built on stolen lands with the labor of stolen people but it has boundless potential for liberty, justice, equality, and resilience.

Still, across this country there are many factors which make people more vulnerable to environmental issues and economic instability:

racist discrimination
increasing economic disparity
police brutality
mass incarceration
voter suppression
exploitation of the labor force
polluted land, water, air, and food
limited access to healthy food and housing
inadequate, underfunded health and education systems

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Our Goals

Based in the movement for environmental justice,
we hope to support deep, lasting change.

BREATHE aims to shift the public discourse,
shining light on the impacts of generations of systemic racism,
amplifying the voices of those most impacted by environmental issues and economic instability,
as destructive effects of the climate crisis become more acute and frequent.

The donations, attention, and action of an inspired audience will be directed to frontline organizations  marginalized communities with the vision, experience, and plans to build a better world.

Specifically, BREATHE will:

ACTIVATE THE PEOPLE

to help heal the impacts of
generations of racial injustice and
catalyze solutions of systemic change.

EDUCATE + INSPIRE

by shining a light on the connections between
racial injustice and environmental crises,
using empowering stories of solidarity.

EMPOWER ACTIVISM

by amplifying the voices of those
who have been working on solutions
and generating mass strategic support.

SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT

of projects that are actively engaged in justice, equity, healing, and resilience
for vulnerable communities.

We prioritize organizations that are led by African Americans,
Native Americans, and other people of color,
and which encourage youth leadership.

Our Team

We are artists, community organizers, lawyers, teachers, designers, scholars, musicians, service workers, event producers, entrepreneurs, and we are all ACTIVISTS.

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Support Our Work

Breathe is producing a series of showcase videos on specific communities that could use public support for their work for racial, environmental, and climate justice. We feature local grassroots organizations and projects, musicians, and artists. Compelling interviews and poignant art tell stories of hope and solidarity to motivate action!

Episodes will be augmented with content on the Breathe website for deeper exploration and engagement to support that community's current work. Targeted marketing and action campaigns will coordinate the release of each video with the needs of each community. With these showcases, Breathe will introduce the vital work of local groups to a national audience, and inspire people to level up their own activism.

We cannot ignore the interconnected nature of dire issues. By raising spirits with inspiration and solidarity we can organize greater numbers. The more we see each other pitching in, the easier it is to direct our energy and resources toward change. Everyone can find their own way to plug in to the movement for a just, equitable, thriving world. Breathe is here to help make those connections.

We invite you to help launch this innovative project with a donation. We have enough to produce and market the first two high quality episodes by working with professionals who are dedicated to the cause. In pre-production now are segments on Bayview Hunters Point in San Francisco, CA, and White Mesa, Utah, with more locations across the country in development. Any amount is much appreciated – every $40 buys another half hour of post-production work.

We are confident of Breathe’s ability to help build the movement for significant, systemic, lasting change. If you'd like to contribute your time and skills as part of the team, please click the Get Involved button below, or email admin@breatheforjustice.org.

Thank you so much for your attention and support! We are deeply appreciative and inspired by everyone striving for a more just, equitable, and thriving world for all.

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Breathe is a fiscally sponsored project of Movement Strategy Center, a California nonprofit corporation exempt from federal tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service #20-1037643.
To donate with a check, please mail to Movement Strategy Center, 436 14th St, 5th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612, and reference Breathe.

Get Involved with Breathe

You're invited to help enact Breathe's vision.
If you feel inspired to perform or speak, offer your skills, connections, advice, donations, or to share this with people who would want to get involved, we wholeheartedly welcome you! Click below to tell us about yourself and how you'd like to join the team.

Specific types of assistance Breathe needs now:

We invite you to join in any way that is aligned for you.
Perform or speak.
Offer your skills, connections, advice, donations.
Share this with people who would want to get involved.

Take the opportunity to shape this project with your experience and insight!

It is from our collective wisdom and the pooling of our brilliance, creativity, experience, and resources that we make our dreams into reality.
We share this in the spirit of Ubuntu, the Nguni Bantu term meaning
“I am because we are,"
reflecting the belief that a universal bond of sharing connects all humanity.

Specifically, we seek contributors to assist with:

Get Involved!
header graffiti image: artwork by Blaze Wiradharma for #PainttheCityBlack in Toronto, photo by Resa McConaghy