...to provide grants to Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC). These two groups have inspired, mobilized, and supported hundreds of community members to call out and change police violence against people of color.
This November weekend of action is a crucial component of the broader movement for Black liberation to show solidarity across geography, to highlight the ways in which Black people across the country consistently face loss and grief, and to connect Cleveland’s story to those in Chicago, Charleston, Baltimore,Yellow Springs, Beaver Creek, New York City, and other national examples of the ways that anti-Blackness manifests in our country.
As a professional grantmaker, grassroots philanthropist and lifelong activist, it was a privilege to be in this intergenerational space filled with Black families, movement elders, high school activists, young nonprofit leaders, formerly incarcerated people, differently abled participants, fellow funders and old and new friends...Many still hesitate to support the organizers and activists at the heart of the movement. Funders looking to do more should consider three things.
Activists opposed to the permanent appointment of Baltimore's interim police commissioner occupied City Hall on Wednesday night and told police they wouldn't leave until the commissioner and mayor agreed to a list of their demands.
On October 22-24 we are holding a counter conference to the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference, culminating in a massive 10,000-person protest against the organization and their allies.
In support of those people arrested during protests this week, on the one-year anniversary of the police murder of Michael Brown, please consider donating to the legal support fund.