Eyes Open #12


Welcome to the latest puzzle in my ongoing series, Eyes Open, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and other civil rights protests.

Over the course of the last year, we’ve discussed many important topics, delved into historic moments, and done our best to educate ourselves and our readers on crucial social issues.

For this crossword, though, I wanted to refocus on those groups on the front lines that inspired this puzzle series in the first place. There are a huge number of brave, selfless individuals out there organizing and advocating for people of color, for women’s rights, for non-binary gender representation, and for LGBTQIA+ causes. And these organizations, advocacy groups, and charitable foundations deserve a spotlight.

I will definitely return to this topic in the future to highlight groups for women’s rights and LGBTQIA+ causes, but for today’s crossword, I opted to focus on groups that work to better the lives of people of color. They are generous, bold, endlessly kind defenders of decency, civil liberties, and representation, and the work they do is immensely important.

Although the names or abbreviations of only eight organizations appear in this grid — we have posted links to each below the puzzle grid link — there are many more that merit attention. Please click this link to see a tremendous list of charities and organizations compiled by New York Magazine working on behalf of people of color.

As one year closes and a new year begins, we wanted to offer some well-deserved attention to hard-working groups and individuals who deserve our respect, our esteem, our support, and our heartfelt gratitude.

I hope this puzzle serves to both engage you as a solver and encourage you to learn more about these groups and the causes they serve.

[Click this link to download a PDF of this puzzle.]

Charity links:

If you have suggestions for more topics for me to cover in future puzzles, please let me know. If you’re a person of color and you’d like to share a puzzle of your own, or to collaborate with me on a puzzle, please let me know.

If you’re a member of the LGBTQ community, and you have ideas, please let me know. If you’re a trans person, or a non-binary individual, and you feel underrepresented in puzzles, please let me know.

I would like this to become something bigger, but hopefully, this is at the very least a start.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for standing up, speaking up, and fighting the good fight.

Support LGBTQIA+ people.
Believe women.
Black lives matter.

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