Take Action for the Movement for Black Lives

June 2, 2020

Action steps we commit to taking in the moment, and in the future:

  • Day of Action: our GC team will be taking a Day of Action on Thursday, June 4th in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives. We will be stepping away from the status quo in recognition that every person in our organization is on their own personal journey and we want to create space for each of us to take action in whatever ways needed,
  • We will continue to amplify the voices of young people by dedicating our social media platforms to those who are mobilizing, taking action, and inspiring us to do better every day, and by highlighting youth response to these events at our National Community Summit next week. We invite you to listen to them, too.
  • We are in the process of finalizing a new strategic plan with three mutually reinforcing strategies meant to elevate youth voices in addressing systemic oppression, power, and privilege. 
  • We commit to continuing our work of diversifying our entire organization, and specifically, our leadership. The lived experience of leaders, and their ability to develop solutions based on it, matters.

Resources:

Here are some resources we have found helpful as we work to better educate and empower ourselves to act in meaningful ways. Please feel free to use these resources, and share broadly. If you have suggestions to add to this list, please let us know here.

Engage young people in the discussion about the events surrounding them

  • Race & Ethnicity: Teaching Tolerance provides resources, activities, and guidance around discussing various topics with young people. 
  • How to talk to your children about protests and racism: This article provides suggestions for language and content based on age range. 
  • Police Brutality: This is a curated list of articles and resources that provide support for caregivers who want to engage young people in a discussion about this topic. 
  • EmbraceRace: Fights systemic racism by supporting parents to raise children who are brave, informed and thoughtful about race.

Educate yourself about racism, police brutality, and white privilege in America

Support community-driven efforts to reimagine policing

Push philanthropy forward

Get help for yourself or others

If you or someone you know needs to speak to a professional about the impact of this trauma, know that there are resources. Call the National Alliance on Mental Illness helpline at 800-950-NAMI or in a crisis text “NAMI” to 741741. For teens, text Text “HOME” to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor.

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