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.
Learn how police accountability works, and the four mechanisms—community-based, political, civil, and criminal—for holding law enforcement accountable.
An online portal to help families, individuals, and communities talk about racism and commit to being antiracist.
Take steps and lend support to encourage reform.
The Leadership Conference Education Fund—Take Action in your Local Community
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 Breonna Taylor’s family through this fund organized by her aunt, Bianca Austin.
Support George Floyd’s family through this fund designed to cover expenses as well as care for his children and their education.
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.
CONNECT WITH THESE ORGANIZATIONS ON THE FRONT LINES OF SOCIAL JUSTICE.
See how neighbors are joining forces to advocate, mobilize, care, and heal.
In a candid conversation with Obama Foundation Scholars and Fellows earlier this summer, Mrs. Obama encouraged us all to address racial injustice in our own communities by having hard conversations at our own kitchen tables, in our workplaces, and in our social lives. Explore resources to help you get started +
“We are tired, but when I look upon all of the youth here today, my hope is not lost.” Read more from Block Club Chicago +
The student-led movement for police-free schools is nothing new. For years, Black students in particular have been at the vanguard of efforts to stop over-policing and to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline…Read more from Teen Vogue +
From the steps of Mission High School in San Francisco, 17-year-old Simone Jacques addressed thousands of protesters in a crowd that stretched for blocks along Dolores Avenue and spilled across Dolores Park. Read more from SF Gate +
“If you want to be a real community organizer, ask yourself these 15 words: What’s something simple that I can do that’ll have a positive impact on my block?” Jahmal Cole, Founder and CEO of Chicago-based My Block, My Hood, My City explains how to organize and make our city a more equitable place. Read his piece for the Chicago Tribune +