Uprisings and Funding Needs
The past several days have brought more police killing of black people, more unjust court rulings, and more cities and communities rising up in collective power to demand justice. Say their names:
- Keith Lamont Scott, Charlotte, NC
- Terence Crutcher, Tulsa, OK
- Terrence Sterling, Washington, DC
- Tyre King, Columbus, OH, 13 years old
- Korryn Gaines, Randallstown, MD - no charges against officers who shot and killed her
- Terill Thomas caused by "profound dehydration" in a Milwaukee jail after jailers turned water off in his cell
NFG’s Funders for Justice program is a virtual organizing space for funders, affinity groups, and donor networks to connect with each other and with movements for police accountability and racial justice across the country. In response to flashpoints and uprisings, we often compile funding needs, readings, and other information. If you would like to be part of the Funders for Justice mailing list for these updates and invitations to briefing calls and events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current funding opportunities we are aware of related to Charlotte:
1) Donate to support the #CharlotteUprising by giving to the Charlotte Queer & Trans People of Color Collective (a member of the Southern Vision Alliance, their fiscal sponsor) They've been on the ground taking action for Black Lives, against HB2, for Standing Rock, among other pressing frontline issues. These funds will support: banners and signs an altar at the site of the murder water & food camping supplies medical supplies cameras portable cellphone chargers, etc.
2) Donate to support the Durham Solidarity Center's Freedom Fighter Bond Fund, whose mission is to oppose state repression and support those who act in good conscience to advance the cause of justice and equity, by helping to cover the costs of bail, bond, and other court related costs as funds are available.
3) There are several other individuals and groups collecting donations and supplies for Charlotte, including Cherrell Brown from Greensboro, and the BYP100 chapter in Durham. All support is welcome. To get connected, write to email@example.com.
4) Supporting local protestors is critical, and you can also donate to support the national infrastructure and leadership that travels across the US to support protestors: Movement for Black Lives Fund.
From Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, II: Charolette is Drowning in Systemic Injustice. The unrest in Charlotte is not about black people hating police. It's about black, white and brown people rising up against systems of injustice that shield officers who kill but leave millions defenseless.
Check out this syllabus from NYU Professor Frank Leon Roberts: We Gon’ Be Alright - The Black Lives Matter Movement. This syllabus includes a number of important readings on the policing and criminalization of Black bodies; the debate between abolition, reform, and something in between the two; and on the protest and social change strategies of protestors over the past three years.
Additional Funding Need
A team of current movement folks came together and developed Black and Engaged – a series of four trainings for Black folks around the country. The first training happens this weekend in Philly, but they still need support in order to accommodate as many organizers as possible. Check out the website and Facebook page. For more information and a concept paper from the organizers, write to Nakisha Lewis, Ms. Foundation: NLewis@Ms.Foundation.org.
Given the ongoing uprisings and rapid politicization of Black folks, skills building for civic leadership and political power at multiple levels is critical tool for the movement for racial justice and police accountability, and an end to criminalization and state violence.
If you would like more information about any of these funding needs, or are interested in additional funding needs, please write to Funders for Justice staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.