The Movement for Black Lives mounted a significant SixNineteen Juneteenth weekend of actions in a matter of weeks. Virtually, over 185,000 people viewed M4BL-TV to celebrate, mourn, and learn. Over 650 in person and online actions took place in cities and communities across the nation, and globally. For context on the strategy behind this weekend of action we recommend the first episode of the People’s Action Podcast The Next Move: Making Meaning with Maurice Mitchell.
We are deeply moved by Black Leadership and now we are getting closer to a world where defunding police and building new visions of community safety, infrastructure, and recovery are not just possible, but are inevitable. This month alone, we’ve seen:
· A veto-proof majority in the Minneapolis City Council pledged to take steps to eliminate the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a community alternative.
· The mayor of Los Angeles announced that the city’s police budget would be cut by $100-150 million to reinvest it in programs to create better conditions for Black residents,
· The public perception of policing and racism has shifted dramatically, with 54 percent of Americans supporting the uprisings.
· And dozens more victories listed here.
We asked you to meet the courage of M4BL’s Juneteenth action by moving resources with integrity and speed. We asked you all to resource our movements working to Defend Black Lives by breaking the rules: give more than 5% from your endowments, trust Black leadership, and remove habitual philanthropic red tape. We responded to M4BL’s call to philanthropy and stated that $50M is the floor, and it is more than possible if we are prepared to fund the Movement for Black Lives like we want them to win. Your commitments so far is the proof point – you were listening! We are grateful for the ways you have shown your solidarity so far.
Our first goal was to raise half of it by the end of June – $25M. We need your support and solidarity over these next seven days and beyond.
In 14 days we have raised $18M in commitments, pledges and cash on hand. We have $7M to raise in 7 days and a week to make our first goal. Solidaire Network and Resource Generation have both pledged to organize their members, and we’ve had contributions come in from the $10,000 to $5M range. Some of you have even pledged for 10 years, demonstrating your commitment not just to the moment but to the long term movement that’s needed to win.
As a reminder, here are the four ways we need you to show up for Black lives:
- FIRST: COMMIT. If you haven’t done so yet, complete this survey with your own pledge today.
- SECOND: ORGANIZE. We need you to organize your institutions, boards, friends, family, funder affinity groups — the communities you can and have organized to move resources.
- THIRD: GIVE. We ask that you make a generous one-time donation and a sustainable recurring donation to M4BL and its ecosystem here.
- FOURTH: FOLLOW THROUGH. Get ready to share with us what you are prepared to do, and what philanthropic “rules” you are prepared to break to Defend Black Lives today.
Funders for Justice and our donor-organizing partners for the Movement for Black Lives