KEY MOMENTS AND EVENTS

Real Talk on Police Reform

April 7th: Please join us for a conversation with Alvin Bragg, New York's first special prosecutor for police-related civilian deaths, and the organizers and victims’ families who campaigned to create his position. Moderated by Kai Wright of The Nation, we’ll get an inside look at the special prosecutor’s role and what work lies ahead.

March 24th, 2016|

Making Black Lives Matter Initiative Website Launch

The Making Black Lives Matter Initiative site will provide background on Hill-Snowdon’s MBLM Initiative that is focused on supporting Black-led organizing in order to help revitalize and strengthen the institutional and political power of the Black community. The website describes Foundation’s framework for supporting Black communities to develop the power necessary for them to thrive and introduces the Black Social Change Funders Network as a vehicle to help philanthropy better coordinate its efforts to achieve social change in the Black community.

March 1st, 2016|

Spotlight: Justice Committee, North Star Fund Grantee

JC members and leaders are New Yorkers whose lives are impacted by police violence, including families who have lost loved ones to the New York Police Department. Since 2004, Justice Committee has received 14 North Star Fund grants totaling over $150,000, including the 2015 Frederick Douglass Award.

January 27th, 2016|

Reclaim MLK 2016

Over the past year and a half, people from across the country have risen up and are calling for a transformation of our country. Across all of the demands and work coming from different parts of the movement, we seek at least three basic things.

January 16th, 2016|

Mall Of America Protest A “Decoy” Says Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter organizers say their announced protest at the Mall of America was a “planned diversion” and a “decoy.” Their real goal was the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport. Protesters did show up at the nation’s largest shopping mall Wednesday afternoon, but they quickly left and boarded trains for a quick trip to the nearby MSP airport where they blocked traffic and caused delays at both of the airports.

December 23rd, 2015|

LGBTQ Organizations Stand in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

December 3rd, 2015 (Minneapolis) — We recognize that Black people in America, some of whom are LGBTQ, are systematically oppressed and we stand together affirming that Black Lives Matter. As LGBTQ organizations, we acknowledge that while our work is bound up with movements for racial healing and justice, and many members of our organizations and communities have shown up in support of this movement, we historically haven’t done enough to align our missions with work for racial justice. With this letter, we want to publicly state our support in a unified way, and ask our friends and supporters to step forward with us.

December 3rd, 2015|

Watch Now: Funder Briefing on Policing Reform – Building on NYC Successes for a National Reform Movement.

In the past two years, Communities United for Policing Reform (CPR) has played a critical role in leading a campaign to pass landmark police accountability legislation in New York City and partnering with families of New Yorkers killed by police to secure executive action by Governor Cuomo to establish a special prosecutor for police killings throughout New York State. In spite of these victories, there remains much more to accomplish to transform police systems, policies, practices, and culture to be more accountable and transparent to the communities they serve. We invite you to join CPR and funders for a briefing to contextualize the recent victories and to learn how the philanthropic sector can partner with advocates to support this critical work.

November 18th, 2015|

Funders for Justice Meeting in NYC

On Friday, June 12, 2015, more than 70 funders gathered together at The Atlantic Philanthropies to coordinate and mobilize resources in support of organizing in response to ongoing events of police brutality and state sanctioned violence faced by communities of color across the country.

September 24th, 2015|

I Am the Black Woman Who Interrupted the Netroots Presidential Town Hall, and This Is Why

By Tia Oso, Black Alliance for Just Immigration. I did this to focus the attention of the nation's largest gathering of progressive leaders and presidential hopefuls on the death of Sandra Bland and other black women killed while in police custody, because the most important and urgent issue of our day is structural violence and systemic racism that is oppressing and killing black women, men and children.

July 21st, 2015|

As We Mourn Charleston’s Victims, Philanthropy Must Act

By Nakisha M. Lewis, Tynesha McHarris, and Allen Kwabena Frimpong. But the systemic changes needed to end the violence won’t happen unless this movement gets the resources to build an infrastructure that harnesses a strong network of organizers and organizations.

June 29th, 2015|

Black Churches Are Burning Again in America

This week, there were fires in at least six predominantly African American churches. Arson at religious institutions has decreased significantly over the past two decades, but the symbolism remains haunting.

June 25th, 2015|

Relatives of fallen press Cuomo for special prosecutor

Relatives of New Yorkers who died at the hands of law enforcement returned to Albany to push the Legislature to reject anything short of the appointment of a special prosecutor to review such cases — a stance that makes Gov. Andrew Cuomo their ally and an unlikely opponent.

June 14th, 2015|

Stop the War on Baltimore

by Dante Barry, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, in The Nation, May 6, 2015: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake has lifted the citywide curfew, and the National Guard plans to implement a drawdown. Now is the time for Mayor Rawlings Blake to put an end to Baltimore police militarization.

May 6th, 2015|

Baltimore Uprisings

Baltimore is rising up to protest the police killing of Freddie Gray, the long history of over policing and police brutality, and the severe under-resourcing of Black communities in Baltimore.

April 29th, 2015|

Private University Police Patrol Off-Campus (and Off the Record)

Members of the University of Chicago Police Department carry guns, make arrests, and patrol tens of thousands of residents unaffiliated with the university—but they don’t have to disclose any information about stops, arrests, and policies. Two Illinois Representatives are finally trying to change that.

March 17th, 2015|

Embattled Ferguson police chief resigns

The development comes a week after a Department of Justice report heavily criticized the Ferguson police department for bias against African American citizens. The report charged that police disproportionately use excessive force against blacks and that black drivers are stopped and searched far more often than white motorists, even though they're less likely to be carrying contraband.

March 11th, 2015|

Obama Calls for Changes in Policing After Task Force Report

President Obama on Monday called for prompt action to change police practices across the country after the deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island at the hands of white officers exposed frustrations about law enforcement in minority communities.

March 2nd, 2015|

#ReclaimMLK Actions Across the US

In cities across the nation, protestors took the streets with a call to reclaim Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy this holiday weekend. The actions were part of a coordinated effort, dubbed #ReclaimMLK on social media, that sought to build off of them momentum of last year’s rallies against police brutality.

January 20th, 2015|

Black Lives Matter, Today and Always: January 15 Highway Action Solidarity Statement

On January 15, 2015, A non-Black group of Pan-Asians, Latinos, and white people, some of whom are queer and transgender, linked their bodies together across the I- 93 highway in a highly coordinated action in Boston. This act of civic participation was in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and Black people. Here is the solidarity statement.

January 16th, 2015|

Make 2015 the Year of Resistance.

We need a renewed commitment from you to take this to the next level. It's time to make 2015 the year of resistance. Take the pledge at FergusonAction.com.

January 10th, 2015|

Police Reform Organizers Pitch Net Neutrality To FCC

Police reform organizers traveled to Capitol Hill and the Federal Communications Commission on Friday to push for open access to the Internet, which they say is an increasingly vital organizing tool in the wake of the controversial deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

January 9th, 2015|

We will not be silenced.

As those who stand with the victims of police violence, we know all too well the deep sense of loss that a community feels when they lose a loved one...Unfortunately, we continue to see elected officials and police leadership twist this tragedy into an opportunity for them to silence the cries for justice from families who have lost their loved ones to police violence. Our families matter, too.

December 22nd, 2014|

#Asians4BlackLives

Members of newly organized all-Black groups, including The Blackout Collective, #BlackBrunch and #BlackLivesMatter, joined with Asian allies in #Asians4BlackLives group and white allies in the Bay Area Solidarity Action Team to lead an occupation of the Oakland Police Department and demand an end to the war on Black people in Oakland and everywhere.

December 18th, 2014|

#ThisStopsToday 11 Days of Action

We are calling for eleven days of action – one day for each of Garner’s cries – across NYC starting Wednesday, Dec 10th ending on Saturday Dec 20th and invite you to join us.

December 10th, 2014|

Justice Dept. to investigate NYC chokehold death

The Justice Department will conduct a federal investigation into the chokehold death of an unarmed black man after a grand jury in New York City declined to indict the white police officer who applied the move, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday.

December 3rd, 2014|

#FergusonNext

#FergusonNext is a solution-based collaboration between Guardian US Opinion, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Page, Ebony.com, Colorlines, The St. Louis American and The St. Louis Riverfront Times.

December 3rd, 2014|

Statement from Center Social Inclusion

Within the criminal justice system, we must continue to challenge individual and institutional racial bias. Already, organizers and advocates are working to transform this system, organizing to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, demand greater transparency and accountability of police departments, or to decrease “shooter bias” in police officers. We need to support this work.

November 25th, 2014|

Updates on Ferguson, Cleveland, and NYC

Last night it was announced that the grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown...The role of philanthropy as committed partners remains critical, as we all understand the need to build just and vibrant cities, and inclusive democracies.

November 25th, 2014|

Why Ferguson Burns

Ferguson is on fire. Immediately after St. Louis prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced that a grand jury had failed to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, waves of unrest roiled the city.

November 25th, 2014|

14 Questions And Answers About The Ferguson Grand Jury

A Missouri grand jury has been hearing evidence for months as it weighs whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown, which was followed by sometimes violent protests. Some answers to common questions about the grand jury:

November 18th, 2014|

An Open Letter from Ferguson Protesters and Allies

The Ferguson Protester community is home to many voices and experiences. Informed by many voices, this letter serves as a statement of purpose for those who may not yet understand the movement in #Ferguson or why protests still continue, 102 days later.

November 18th, 2014|

Ohio Student Association: Justice for John Crawford

From Ferguson to LA, New York to Beavercreek, the story is becoming clearer and clearer. We need a fundamental shift between our communities and law enforcement... John Crawford was a young black man who picked up a toy gun from a shelf at the Beavercreek, Ohio Wal-Mart. After 911 caller Ronald Ritchie made false accusations about his behavior, Officer Sean Williams responded to the dispatcher and within minutes shot and killed Crawford. He was on the phone with the mother of his children, and the last words she heard him say were "it's not real."

October 18th, 2014|

FergusonOctober – Voices from the Ground

Viewpoints on the weekend of actions, this moment in organizing, what lies ahead, and what the critical resource needs are right now. With accounts by Bukky Gbadegesin, Organization for Black Struggle (OBS); Jeff Ordower, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE); Rashad Robinson, ColorofChange.org; and Sherrilyn Ifill, Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.

October 16th, 2014|

Ferguson October

Marking two months since Mike Brown was killed by police and still no justice. A series of direct actions, protests, and marches, October 10 - 13, 2014. Visit the website for an account of the weekend, solidarity actions, and participating organization.

October 13th, 2014|

After #Ferguson

This new generation of protesters represents a marked break with the older generations of black leaders in the city. They disagreed with the tactics of the civic leaders and clergy members who, for example, urged protesters to obey police curfews widely viewed by the young people as disrespectful of the community's legitimate outrage.

October 8th, 2014|

A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement

Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.

October 7th, 2014|

ColorofChange.org: We have a key opportunity to transform discriminatory and violent policing nationwide

National leaders are paying more attention to racial profiling and police brutality than they have in years, due to the hard work of Black youth and community leaders in Ferguson and across the country. In order to capture the momentum of this moment and secure long-term, systemic reforms that transform policing nationwide, we need the federal government to intervene and set a higher standard of policing. If enough of us demand action, we can change things. Will you join us in calling on the federal government to implement critical reforms to end abusive, militarized, and biased policing targeting Black and brown communities?

October 3rd, 2014|

Ferguson City Council Announces New Programs

Ferguson City Council announced today that they are implementing several changes and new programs in response to community concerns. These new laws and policies are designed to reduce court fine revenue used for general city operations, reform court procedures, and establish a Citizen Review Board to provide citizen oversight and guidance for the police department.

September 8th, 2014|

Following Ferguson

In Ferguson, Mo. protests are in their 13th day. And while a governor-imposed curfew has been lifted and National Guard units have been withdrawn, a “state of emergency” remains in place. Amid a flood of related reading, these articles and resources have stood out to me. I hope their insights will fuel your own discussions about Ferguson and the larger systems at play.

August 22nd, 2014|

Ferguson Solidarity: Ways to Support the Fight

Organization for Black Struggle (OBS) and Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) have identified several critical ways for allies outside of Ferguson to support OBS's organizing efforts: financial resources, legal support, and solidarity actions in localities across the country.

August 19th, 2014|