Police Accountability and the Criminalization of Communities of Color: Organizing in Ferguson and Beyond

September 15, 2014
3-4:30pm eastern / 2-3:30pm central / 12noon-1:30pm pacific and mountain 
Conference Call  

Moderated by Eric Ward, Ford Foundation

Bukky Gbadegesin, Organization for Black Struggle
Joo-Hyun Kang, Communities united for Police Reform
Lara Granich, Missouri Organizing Collaborative
Terrance Pitts, Open Society Foundations
Adrianne Shropshire, Black Civic Engagement Fund
Michele Prichard, Liberty Hill Foundation

The uprisings in Ferguson of the last three weeks in response to the police killing of Michael Brown have awakened national attention to racially biased policing, most especially of communities of color. This has occurred amidst a growing national consciousness that the criminalization of people of color and low-income communities is a mechanism of the racial and economic injustice that prevents the full civic participation of communities of color in their communities – in education, jobs, housing, and elected representation. Ferguson organizers and their allies have identified several critical ways for allies outside of Ferguson to support their organizing efforts, through financial resources, legal support, and solidarity actions in localities across the country.

In this conference call, local and statewide organizers in Missouri will talk about the “right now” organizing in Ferguson as well as long-term power-building efforts across multiple issues and communities. Then an organizer leading coalition efforts in New York City will talk about major campaigns wins during the past year that will ensure mechanisms for police accountability.

Funder respondents will then offer their perspective and strategies for resourcing this organizing work. Respondents represent police accountability and criminal justice funding, national and state civic engagement organizing infrastructure, and the story of how one community foundation transformed their grantmaking as a result of the Los Angeles uprising in 1992. 

The conversation will be moderated by Eric Ward, of the Ford Foundation, who has organized on the ground against hate violence in local communities and nationally for decades, and most recently was at Atlantic Philanthropies prior to moving to the Ford Foundation.

Together we will identify potential next steps, partnerships, and ways to support. After the call, we will distribute a list of compiled recommendations, as well as a survey to gauge interest in the potential for future conversations.

Co-sponsored by ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities, Arca Foundation, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Funders Committee for Civic Participation, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Neighborhood Funders Group, New York Foundation, Security & Rights Collaborative of the Proteus Fund, Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock, and the Youth Engagement Fund of the Democracy Alliance.

Please RSVP in the form below. Please note that this briefing is for funders only. If you have any questions, please feel free to write to us at nfg@nfg.org

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