Together We Stand

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Racism is a threat to freedom and has no place in our community. NABU is built on diversity, equality, and inclusion. Together, in solidarity with our Black colleagues, partners, supporters, and the entire Black community, we denounce systemic racism and injustice. We stand with you and with all who fight to put an end to hatred, speak out against racism, and promote understanding to create a world that is safe for everyone.

 
As a Black man, husband, father, son, and brother, I was hoping that the pandemic-induced quarantine would reduce racial bias and violence toward Black people. But when Ahmed Aubrey was murdered for “jogging while Black,” I was quickly reminded that the “kumbaya,” “we’ll get through this together” rhetoric did not apply to Black people. So, though I missed going outdoors, I held to the belief that at least I was safe in my own home. That was until I was made aware that Breonna Taylor, an award-winning EMT who was serving on the frontlines of COVID-19 was murdered in her own home for “sleeping while Black.” Shocked that she was shot to death many times by several officers of the law, I became even more appalled when I learned that this incident would have been swept under the rug, if not for social media. Breonna’s death left me with a sense of fear, anxiety, and helplessness.
I asked myself, “if one’s own home isn’t safe, where is?” 
 
The optimist in me, however, was filled with hope. A hope that at the very least, justice would be served, and that Ahmed’s and Breonna’s killers would be arrested, charged, tried, and found guilty of murder in the first degree. This hope, however, was interrupted by the senseless murder of George Floyd, at the hands of four police officers in Minnesota. Seeing footage of a man’s life snuffed out by those who are called to serve and protect forced me to accept the fact that this virus of racism has been alive for so long and has spread to so many people. And though some show symptoms, there are still many who are asymptomatic, and, unaware of their own infection, easily pass it on to others. While there will eventually be a cure for the coronavirus, Black people will continue to die, waiting for the cure for the disease of racism. With tears in our eyes, my son and I have held deep conversations about what’s happening in the world.  It’s a new type of pain I’ve felt, explaining to him that even though he’s the sweetest, most sincere and caring person I’ve known, the color of his skin deems him as a threat, and more than likely he will experience some form of systemic racism in his lifetime. 
 
We are born Black and will die Black. We just don’t want to die because we are Black. The color of a person’s skin should not warrant a death sentence. 
 
-Christopher P. Thompson, Director of Development, NABU

“As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.”

– Nelson Mandela

Like you and so many others, NABU stands for equality, culture, community, creativity, equity and diversity.  The murder of George Floyd has ignited widespread Black Lives Matter protests across the country and outrage around the world. NABU stands with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the call for the end of systemic racism. We call for justice.  As the demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism continue, we are committed to sharing with you various ways in which you can support social justice, help community organizers in their fight against racial inequality, and offer solidarity to the Black community.

Together, we can make a difference.

RESOURCES TO FURTHER YOUR SUPPORT

 

Black Lives Matter

Founded in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s murder back in 2013, and has been fighting for structural, community-based change ever since, advocating for an end to the violence and injustice inflicted on Black people in the US.

 

George Floyd Memorial Fund

This fund raises money to directly support George’s family with costs related to his death, including funeral and burial expenses, counseling and travel expenses for court proceedings as they continue their fight. The money will also go towards care for his children and their education fund.

 

The Loveland Foundation

A nonprofit that provides financial assistance for Black women and girls seeking mental health support.

 

Campaign Zero

A comprehensive package of urgent policy solutions informed by data, research and human rights principles.

 

NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund

This organization uses litigation, advocacy, and public education to work towards racial justice and equality for all Americans. The organization is fights to protect voting rights, reform the criminal justice system, and improve equal access to education, among other civil rights causes.

 

The ACLU

Funds critical work to protect voting rights, demand that vulnerable people in prisons, jails and immigration detention centers be released, and fight to ensure reproductive health care remains open and accessible to all who need it.

 

NAACP

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

is a US-wide organization whose mission is “is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination.”

 

Fair Fight

An organization founded by Stacey Abrams that aims to end voter suppression and equalize voting rights and access for fairer elections.

 

Reclaim. the Block

Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety.

 

Black Visions Collective

A black LGBTQ+ led charity dedicated to developing Minnesota’s “emerging Black leadership to lead powerful campaigns”

 

Community Bail Funds

Donating through this secure platform is an easy way to support protestors nationwide. The site equally divides your donation between 38 community bail funds or allows you to allocate a desired amount to each fund.”

 

Color of Change

The largest online racial injustice organization. They design campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward.

 

Reclaim the Block

A Minneapolis-based organization that is working to move money out of policing and into community-led safety. They organize around policies and strategies focused on reduced investment in police, diverting those resources to build thriving communities.

 

Communities United Against Police Brutality

(CUAPB) operates a 24-hour hotline in Minneapolis for people to report instances of abuse in their area. If needed, CUAPB will send out a crisis team to investigate the report, offer immediate assistance, and provide legal, medical, and psychological resources into the future.

 

The Equal Justice Initiative

EJI has been fighting racial and economic injustice in the prison system for 30 years and provides assistance to advocates and policymakers to prevent unfair incrimination.

 

The Brennan Center 

An organization that fights for voting rights, election security, campaign finance reform, electoral college reform, and an end to mass incarceration, among other avenues to achieving justice and fair representation.

 

The Committee to Protect Journalists

A network of members of the media who continue pursuing their important reporting at a time when the freedom of the press is under siege.”

 

The Southern Poverty Law Center

The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.