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.

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Get Informed

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.

 

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights—New Era of Public Safety: A Guide to Fair, Safe, and Effective Community Policing

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.

Equal Justice Initiative—Tragic Death of George Floyd Reveals Continuing Problem of Police Violence

A reflection on the current state of police reform with recommendations for progress.

Center for Policing Equity—The Science of Justice: Race, Justice, and Police Use of Force

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. 

The Opportunity Agenda—Promoting Accountability

Learn how police accountability works, and the four mechanisms—community-based, political, civil, and criminal—for holding law enforcement accountable.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture—Talking About Race

An online portal to help families, individuals, and communities talk about racism and commit to being antiracist.

Take Action

Take steps and lend support to encourage reform.

Mayors: Commit to taking action to address police use of force policies in your city.

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.

Color of Change—Sign a Petition to End Violent Policing Against Black People

Sign this petition calling for the end of police violence against Black people.

Official Breonna Taylor Memorial Fund—Go Fund Me

Support Breonna Taylor’s family through this fund organized by her aunt, Bianca Austin.

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund—Go Fund Me

Support George Floyd’s family through this fund designed to cover expenses as well as care for his children and their education.

Nationwide Bail Fund

Help support bail for protestors in your community. For those here in Chicago, you can support the Chicago Community Bond Fund.

TAKE CARE

FIND THE MENTAL HEALTH CARE AND TRAUMA SUPPORT YOU NEED.

American Psychological Association (APA)—Unmute your feelings

A list of ways to process your emotions and protect your mental health.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)—Resources for African Americans

Find a therapist for yourself or for your loved ones, explore toolkits, and more.

Brave Space Alliance—Support groups

Chicago-based Brave Space Alliance fills a gap in the organizing of and services to trans and gender-nonconforming people.

The Loveland Foundation—Loveland Therapy Fund

The Loveland Therapy Fund provides funding for Black women and girls to receive therapy support.

GET ENGAGED

CONNECT WITH THESE ORGANIZATIONS ON THE FRONT LINES OF SOCIAL JUSTICE.

Stand Together

See how neighbors are joining forces to advocate, mobilize, care, and heal.

At Kids March Against Racism On South Side, Young Protesters Share Messages Of Hope

“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 +

President Obama joined Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, President of Color of Change Rashad Robinson, Minneapolis City Council Representative Phillipe Cunningham, and MBK Columbus Youth Leader Playon Patrick, in a conversation moderated by Campaign Zero co-founder Brittany Packnett Cunningham. Together, they discussed the tragic events of recent weeks, the history of police violence in America, and specific actions needed to transform a system that has led to the loss of too many lives.

Over-Policing In Schools Is an Issue Black Students Have Been Fighting for Years

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 +

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I want to share parts of the conversations I’ve had with friends over the past couple days about the footage of George Floyd dying face down on the street under the knee of a police officer in Minnesota.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ The first is an email from a middle-aged African American businessman.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ “Dude I gotta tell you the George Floyd incident in Minnesota hurt. I cried when I saw that video. It broke me down. The ‘knee on the neck’ is a metaphor for how the system so cavalierly holds black folks down, ignoring the cries for help. People don’t care. Truly tragic.”⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ Another friend of mine used the powerful song that went viral from 12-year-old Keedron Bryant to describe the frustrations he was feeling.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ The circumstances of my friend and Keedron may be different, but their anguish is the same. It’s shared by me and millions of others.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ It’s natural to wish for life “to just get back to normal” as a pandemic and economic crisis upend everything around us. But we have to remember that for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly “normal” – whether it’s while dealing with the health care system, or interacting with the criminal justice system, or jogging down the street, or just watching birds in a park.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ This shouldn’t be “normal” in 2020 America. It can’t be “normal.” If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ It will fall mainly on the officials of Minnesota to ensure that the circumstances surrounding George Floyd’s death are investigated thoroughly and that justice is ultimately done. But it falls on all of us, regardless of our race or station – including the majority of men and women in law enforcement who take pride in doing their tough job the right way, every day – to work together to create a “new normal” in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts.

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17-year-old Mission District teen leads protest of thousands in San Francisco

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 +

Looting isn’t the answer, but organizing is

“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 +

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