Philomena Wankenge speaks at a Capitol Hill rally in protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Advocates must take action to break down systemic racism and press for policies that result in real change, writes Results and Results Educational Fund Executive Director Joanne Carter, who shares five actions people can take immediately. "As advocates we must confront racism and fight to change the policies that perpetuate it," Carter writes.
Shifting more resources to black-led organizations invested in bettering their communities is important, says CLLCTIVLY founder Jamye Wooten, whose organization offers microgrants through the Baltimore Black-led Solidarity Fund. "I hope that we begin to see a shift, between COVID-19 and the current protests, that resources are shifted in meaningful ways to black communities to build the capacity of our organizations and to be self determined," Wooten says.
Racism is a barrier to equity and liberty in the US and is one issue at the heart of the LGBTQ Movement, wrote leaders from the American Civil Liberties Union, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, GLAAD and over 100 other LGBTQ organizations in an open letter. "Today, we join together again to say #BlackLivesMatter and commit ourselves to the action those words require," they wrote.
Black Americans are expected to earn up to $1 million less than their white counterparts during their lifetime, according to a McKinsey study, and corporate and nonprofit leaders say solving the economic imbalance is essential. Nonprofit Year Up runs a job readiness-program, while Operation HOPE founder and CEO John Hope Bryant is petitioning Congress for incentives to help people of color secure jobs.
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The Greater New Orleans Foundation's annual Give NOLA Day raised over $5 million for New Orleans nonprofits over 24 hours on Tuesday, generating important funding for organizations affected by closures and programming cuts. Dancing Grounds and other beneficiaries have agreed to donate a portion of the funds they raise to black-led organizations.
Difficult workplace conversations, including about race, will be more successful when there's a designated block of time, clear boundaries and facilitation, and post-conversation action to rectify problems and continue the discussion, writes Julie Musilek of Great Place to Work. "While strong feelings are welcome, including tears, there should never be an expectation that anyone in the group has to make another feel better," she writes.
TikTok is responding to accusations that it censors black creators by launching a creator diversity council, assessing moderation strategies, developing a new appeals process and starting a creator portal that includes information for the broader TikTok community. The social platform also apologized for a system error that made posts with #BlackLivesMatter and #GeorgeFloyd appear as though they had zero views and pledged to donate $3 million to nonprofits serving black communities.
Facebook will direct $10 million to racial justice organizations, and is looking for nonprofits both locally and nationally to support, CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has been "investing ~$40 million annually for several years in organizations working to overcome racial injustice," he added.
Another black individual has lost their life at the hands of the police. As nonprofit leaders, it's time to ask ourselves some difficult questions about how we are currently justifying turning a blind eye to these injustices, and how we can make sure that we do our part to remember and remind others of their names, and what their tragic deaths represent? Read more.
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