Anguish and action
We work to help leaders change their world—and the world needs changing. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the loss of far too many Black lives to list, have left our nation anguished and outraged. While now is a time for grief and anger, it is also a time for resolve. Find resources below to learn what you can do to create a more just and equitable world.
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.
President Obama pushed many of these reforms during his time in office, and started the My Brother’s Keeper initiative in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death to break down barriers and expand opportunity for boys and young men of color. But far more progress remains to be made. We’re inspired by those protesting for accountability and change, even in the face of a pandemic. If you’re looking for additional ways to advocate for change, below you’ll find resources to learn about police violence and antiracism, as well as actions you can take to encourage reform, from organizations who have been working on these issues at the local and national level for years. And be sure to read the statements from President Obama and Mrs. Obama on the killing of George Floyd, and learn more about the work of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.
Learn about police violence and antiracism in America.
If you’re looking for additional ways to drive change, below you’ll find resources to learn about police violence and antiracism, as well as actions you can take to encourage reform. Ending systemic racism in policing will require broad participation, so we are spotlighting a number of organizations calling for a range of reforms, all of which have been working on these complex issues at the local and national level for years.
The recommended reforms in this report, which are intended to create accountability and build better relationships between law enforcement and communities of color, stem from President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. You can read the Task Force’s 2015 report here.
A reflection on the current state of police reform with recommendations for progress.
This detailed report delves into police administrative data to show disparities in the use of force. You can watch the director of the Center, Phillip Atiba Goff, deliver a TED talk on fighting racism and improving policing here.
An online portal to help families, individuals, and communities talk about racism and commit to being antiracist.
Learn about promising innovations and innovative approaches to public safety and policing.
A set of recommendations for communities considering new models of public safety.
The National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform—Shrink the Beast: A Framework for Transforming Police
Learn more about community emergency response networks, an emerging infrastructure of community safety and problem-solving responders, with expertise in crisis response, mental health, and de-escalation techniques.
Obama Foundation Fellow and Executive Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project Shari Davis explains participatory budgeting, a process that brings local residents and governments together to develop concrete solutions.
A six-part series of roundtables, panels, and open forums led by experts who share substantive and innovative recommendations for communities to consider as they reimagine public safety.
The Reimagining Policing Pledge Workshop Series
MBK Alliance, in partnership with the Leadership Conference and Cities United, has hosted multiple workshops for cities participating in the Reimagining Policing Pledge, which launched this past summer. These workshops are developed as a way to support each pledge city’s policy review, community engagement, and ongoing reform process.
From community activists and elected officials to civic organizations and national experts, the workshops create space for people from all sectors to learn about alternative frameworks and options for public safety and how to implement data-driven best practices to drive reform.
Take steps and lend support to encourage reform.
Learn how you can take action around the issue of police use of force in your city.
Sign this petition calling for the end of police violence against Black people.
Support Jacob Blake’s family through this fund organized by his mother, Julia Jackson.
Help support bail for protestors in your community. For those here in Chicago, you can support the Chicago Community Bond Fund.
FIND THE MENTAL HEALTH CARE AND TRAUMA SUPPORT YOU NEED.
A list of ways to process your emotions and protect your mental health.
Find a therapist for yourself or for your loved ones, explore toolkits, and more.
Chicago-based Brave Space Alliance fills a gap in the organizing of and services to trans and gender-nonconforming people.
The Loveland Therapy Fund provides funding for Black women and girls to receive therapy support.
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences—Anti-Racism Resources for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)
A list of Black-led resources for mental health, free emotional well-being resources, and mindfulness and guided meditation resources.
CONNECT WITH THESE ORGANIZATIONS ON THE FRONT LINES OF SOCIAL JUSTICE.
USE YOUR VOICE
We all have a role to play in shaping a more just world. From suggested social media language you can use to advocate for change, to educational guides to keep you up to speed on the latest, the resources below can help you start or continue your journey to take action against injustice.
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