Black Lives Matter: Action Steps to Take

As the future generation of Philadelphians, we need to recognize the absolute, essential, unmistakable need for change. Black and Brown Philadelphians have waited too long for safety, freedom, and justice. We’re angry. We’re tired. We’re aware, and we need to educate others. What Philly does best is community, and together, we can create change. ⁠

Not sure where to start? Take action now with these resources. 

Action Item: Join the Movement

Black Lives Matter: Join the Movement to fight for Freedom, Liberation and Justice by signing up for updates, supporting Black Lives Matter’s work, checking out their resources, and following Black Lives Matter on social media.

The Obama Foundation: Over 1,000 people are killed by police every year in America, and Black people are three times more likely to be killed than White people. We can take steps and make reforms to combat police violence and systemic racism within law enforcement. Find resources from the Obama Foundation here and learn about how you can help create a more just world.

Real Justice PAC: The Real Justice PAC works to elect reform-minded prosecutors at the county and municipal level who are committed to using the powers of their office to fight structural racism and defend our communities from abuse by state power. Elect prosecutors who will fix our broken criminal justice system—join the movement.

Campaign Zero: We can live in a world where the police don’t kill people by limiting police interventions, improving community interactions, and ensuring accountability. Use the tools on the Campaign Zero website to track legislation impacting your community and hold your representatives accountable for taking meaningful action to end police violence. 

Photo Credit: @campaignzero

Action Item: Sign these Petitions 

ColorOfChange Petition for George Floyd: Demand the officers who killed George Floyd are charged with murder. You can also sign by texting “Floyd” to 55156.

Justice for Breonna Taylor on  Charges must be filed immediately in the death of Breonna Taylor. Arrests of the officers involved, specifically John Mattingly, Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove, and any other officer involved in the death and cover-up of the death of Breonna Taylor must be made now.

Grassroots Law Project’s Justice for George Floyd: Though four officers involved in the case have been relieved of duty and Derek Chauvin has been arrested, all Minneapolis officers involved, including Officers Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng, must be held accountable.

The Action PAC Stand With Bre Petition: Call on the Louisville Metro Police Department to terminate the police officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor, and for a special prosecutor to be appointed to bring forward charges against the officers and oversee all parts of this case.

Justice for Floyd Petition on District Attorney Mike Freeman needs to hear from us now to make sure the other three officers involved in the murder of George Floyd are held accountable.

Action Item: Where to Donate

Support the Philly Bail Out Fund: Your donation allows Philadelphia Bail Fund to provide direct bail assistance to people who are indigent and cannot afford bail. The Philadelphia Bail Fund is a revolving fund, so your donation will have a long-term and continuing impact.

Fund the Black Lives Matter Movement: Support the movement and the ongoing fight to end state-sanctioned violence, liberate Black people, and end white supremacy forever.

Donate to the George Floyd Memorial Fund: This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist George Floyd’s family in the days to come as they continue to seek justice for George. 

Support ColorOfChange: It doesn’t cost anything to be a member, but when you donate, you help ColorOfChange take on more winning campaigns, launch more strategic initiatives, and go after the people who are standing in the way of progress—for Black people and all people.

Donate to Black Lives Matter Philly: Support the chapter as they launch a number of initiatives including letter campaigns, Black Joy and Healing circles, vigils, and forums.

Fund Campaign Zero: Funds donated to Campaign Zero support the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide.

Please see additional ways to fund racial justice below.

Graphic by: @ellamosco

Action Item: Get Engaged

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Graphic by: @ohhappydani

Action Item: Steps to Take in Philly

Vote. Donate. Support Black-owned businesses and restaurants. Check out more spots to support here. Volunteer to clean the streets; find out where with the #bringabroomPHL hashtag on Twitter.

We will continue to update this page as more resources become available. Please message us on Instagram if you would like to share your recommendations. Campus Philly stands with the Black community and the Black Lives Matter movement, and we will continue to denounce racism, bigotry, and hatred in all forms.