June 2, 2020 | ,

Black Lives Matter: Action Steps to Take

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We want to hear from you. What resources do you need to support you on campus and in Philadelphia this semester? Get in touch with us now and let us know what you need. Read on below for action steps you can take right now.

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. ⁠

Action Item: Sign these Petitions & Donate

Justice for Jacob Blake: Sign the petition to charge the cops who shot Jacob Blake.

Donate to the Milwaukee Freedom Fund: The Milwaukee Freedom Fund was started by Black and Brown Milwaukee organizers who wanted to see residents supported as they asserted their rights to protest for justice.  

Justice for Breonna Taylor: Sign the petition to charge the cops who murdered Breonna Taylor.

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.

NAACP: Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. Sign up to learn more, and join the NAACP’s Virtual March on Washington August 27-28, 2020. Learn more here.

Action Item: Get Involved with On-Campus Resources

TempleIDEALThe Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL) embodies Temple University’s commitment to sustain and nurture a strong inclusive campus community

DrexelSCDI: The Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion (SCDI) empowers and supports students of all backgrounds to build a sense of community. Check out meeting opportunities here.

CabriniUDI: The Office of University Diversity Initiatives (UDI) exists to create an inclusive campus commUNITY where everyone feels welcomed and valued.

Saint Joseph’s OID: OID promotes an institutional climate in which all members of the community are valued, welcomed, and respected.

PennARC: AARC is a resource center dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of faculty, staff, and students at University of Pennsylvania.

Find your school’s diversity & inclusion program, club, or group today, and find more ways to get involved now.

Action Item: Where to Donate

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.

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.

 

Action Item: Get Engaged

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Action Item: Steps to Take in Philly

Vote. Donate. Support Black-owned businesses and restaurants. Check out more spots to support here.

Plus, donate to The Red Bull Arts Book Share. This donation drive sends a foundational anti-racist or black-authored book to individuals in our community who donate to select organizations and aims to get necessary resources directly into the hands of the organizations doing frontline work on racial equity and justice, to stimulate black-owned businesses in our communities, and to facilitate the ongoing education around race which many people are beginning or deepening.

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.

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