FUNDING NEEDS AND OPPORTUNITIES
The moment protests against individual instances of police misconduct become a broader movement for the fundamental reorganization of our cities to put fully funded human services over militarized policing we will begin to see real change.
Race and racism are at the center of so many of our broken institutions: policing, health care, education, housing, and so many more.
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.
BYP 100 has partnered with The Chicago Community Bond Fund to raise funds. Donate now to support protesters.
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.