Oct 22-24 in Chicago: Confronting the International Association of Chiefs of Police

Disruption can oftentimes be a very stressful thing. Disruption can cause nervousness and anxiety in the person doing the disruption, and tension and anger in the person being disrupted. Disruption can also be a source of movement and progress. It’s safe to assume that the disruption of Democratic Presidential candidates by Black Lives Matter leaders has spurred those candidates to quickly develop policy platforms that address racial justice. Being disruptive may not always be polite and respectable, but it can make a statement and more importantly move your agenda.

It is with this in mind that the Workers Center For Racial Justice and our strategic partners at Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL) and the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) are planning to disrupt the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in October. On October 22-24 we are holding a counter conference to the IACP annual conference, culminating in a massive 10,000-person protest against the organization and their allies.

The IACP is a 100-year old organization that has spent years nurturing racially biased attitudes, policies and practices to grow within their organizations. They have turned a blind-eye as their officers routinely violate the civil, constitutional and human rights of Black people and other people of color. Along with encouraging a culture of violence and demonization towards Black communities and other communities of color to take hold within their departments, the IACP also actively advocates for laws that continue to criminalize our communities. The IACP continues to oppose ending the senseless War on Black people, also known as the War on Drugs, by opposing any and all efforts to legalize or decriminalize drugs by local, state and the federal governments. They oppose all needle exchange policies, which have a proven track record of helping to reduce the spread HIV/AIDS. However, they have no shame in actively advocating for the continued distribution of military equipment by the Department of Defense to local police departments throughout the country.

As the leaders of police departments from across the world, the IACP has the power to both change the cultures within their departments, as well as influence local, state and federal policies that continue to criminalize our communities. On October 24th, the WCRJ, BYP 100, SOUL and organizations from throughout the country will demand the IACP begin using their power for good instead of evil. Join us on October 24th as we say to the IACP ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

 

If you would like more information and are interested in providing grant or donation resources to support the mobilization, please contact:

DeAngelo Bester
Executive Director
Workers Center for Racial Justice
Chicago, IL

deangelo@center4racialjustice.org
www.center4racialjustice.org

 

February 28, 2020

NFG Newsletter - February 2020

February is Black History Month and, in this newsletter, NFG honors Black resistance. Given the persistence of structural racism and the legacies of segregation, NFG has mobilized philanthropy to support POC-led organizing for equitable development since our start 40 years ago. Through our member-led and local advisor-led programming, we are lifting up how Black communities are reclaiming land ownership and addressing the racial wealth gap through grassroots power building.

At the beginning of the month, NFG’s Amplify Fund staff and steering committee spent a day with local organizers, non-profit leaders, and organizations in Charleston and Edisto Island, South Carolina — one of Amplify’s eight sites. Both national and local grantmakers learned alongside some of Amplify’s grantees, including the Center for Heirs’ Property PreservationLow Country Alliance for Model CommunitiesCarolina Youth Action Project, and South Carolina Association for Community and Economic Development, which are bringing together Black, Latinx communities and youth in the region to fight for community power, land rights, and environmental justice in the face of corporate power, criminalization of communities of color due to gentrification, and land theft.

This week, NFG’s Democratizing Development Program (DDP) hosted a two-day Health, Housing, Race, Equity and Power Funders Convening in Oakland, California. Over 100 participants grappled with how anti-Blackness and xenophobia fuel the complex housing & health crisis and community trauma, and heard examples of concrete organizing wins led by Black women from Moms 4 Housing and Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment. Organizers from around the country urged grantmakers to significantly invest in long-term general operating support, community ownership models, POC leadership, and 501(c)4 funding for Black, Indigenous, and POC communities engaging in policy and systems change around housing affordability and justice. 

From Amplify’s funder collaborative to the DDP convening’s planning committee, funders organizing other funders has been a key part of our work. Funder members: how are you stepping up as an organizer and moving more resources for power building in Black, Indigenous, and POC communities? We invite you to connect with NFG staffprograms, and upcoming events — including our National Convening — and be part of our community where we bring funders together to learn, connect, and mobilize resources with an intersectional and place-based focus. 

Onwards,
The NFG team

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January 23, 2020

NFG Newsletter - January 2020

Animated fireworks with the text "40 Years Strong"

This year marks NFG's 40th anniversary. During our early years, NFG was one of the few spaces in philanthropy specifically focused on people of color-led, grassroots organizing, and power building as the key to effective social change strategies. Today, NFG continues to be many funders' political home at a time when moving resources to struggles for justice is critically important: communities of color are bearing the brunt of the housing crisis, growing wealth and income inequality, and climate change; white nationalist backlash is rising; and our democracy is profoundly threatened. NFG is a space to draw support, deepen relationships, and find co-conspirators as we propel philanthropy to shift power and money towards justice and equity.

In 2020, the NFG network is continuing to explore structural racism in health and housing, racial capitalism, migrant worker justice in rural areas, reimagining community safety and justice, and more. We will also return ‘home’ to NFG’s founding city — Washington, D.C. — for our 2020 National Convening.

As we celebrate 40 years, our dynamic community of grantmakers and grassroots leaders is what makes us strong. This newsletter spotlights The Libra Foundation, an NFG member that shares our commitment to organizing funders in moving more resources to frontline communities and movements.

Keep reading below for more opportunities to engage with NFG. Whether you are new to NFG or a long-time member, we look forward to collaborating with you to accelerate racial, gender, economic, and climate justice.
 
Onwards,
The NFG team

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