Tuesday, February 17, 2015

We Are The Leadership We've Been Waiting For

As a person who gets more news from social media than cable TV news, I realize that I have access to info that a lot of people don't. In the wake of the publicizing of police brutality and the corresponding racial unrest and uprising that it's caused, people are looking for leaders everywhere. They're looking for coordinated efforts.

Well, if you want to be involved in a movement, look no further.

  1. C.A.R.E.S.http://centerthatcares.org/about-us/* - Children/Adult Recreational and Education Services - an afterschool program in Pittsburgh's Hill District that focuses on exposing students to places and opportunities outside of their comfort zone to keep them away from gun violence and better their futures.
  2. Millennial Activists United - MAU is a grassroots organization that demand accountability for victims of social injustice in Ferguson, across America and the world.
  3. Black Youth Project 100 - BYP 100 is an org of Black 18-35 year olds, that has built a collective focused on transformative leadership development, non-violent direct action organizing, advocacy and education
  4. Dream Defenders - This is a group of young folks, mostly students in Florida who were very active following the death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman. Their website isn't as up-to-date now, but they're heavy on Twitter. I definitely support their efforts. 
  5. The Trayvon Martin Foundation - This foundation was established to share awareness of how violent crimes affects families, not just the victims.
  6. National Action Network - Say what you want about Al Sharpton, but when a black person is killed, wrongfully or otherwise, have you hopped on a plane and hugged his or her mother. Rev. Sharpton does. I imagine if Dr. King was still alive people would treat him the same way they treat Al and it's pretty disgusting. I respect the work he does and I hope he can come to some respect and understanding with the younger generations doing work too.
  7. NAACP - This can be a polarizing organization, because even the name says it's for COLORED people. Its very name makes people uncomfortable. Let's not let new activism make us forget all that this organization has done and continue to support their efforts and usher them into the future.
  8. ACLU - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.
  9. Rainbow P.U.S.H. Coalition - Yep, Rev. Jackson and 'nem still do a breakfast and press conference EVERY Saturday in Chicago. While everyone's looking around for the next big thing, they are in the community working on a lot of little things and they haven't stopped because being black has become unpopular.
  10. CeaseFire Illinois - CeaseFire Illinois is the Illinois arm of Cure Violence. I heard that this organization was losing funding and it breaks my heart. They work with criminals. Yes, the people who are doing the killing and shooting (because they are people too) to STOP doing killing and shooting. Prison is not reformative and once someone's in prison, someone else is already dead.
*Full disclosure, I'm on the board of this organization and I think you should donate to it right now.

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