A Call to End State-Sanctioned Violence

An uprising for racial justice is sweeping the country. News and videos of state-sanctioned violence have flooded our televisions and social media, raising our awareness of the countless Black men, women, and children whose lives have been violently stolen. We know some of their names: Tony McDade. George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Atatiana Jefferson. Eric Garner. Tamir…

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Running with Maud and direct action against sanctioned violence

FBB is changing the distance of our staff’s Week Of Action charity 5k to 2.23 miles in solidarity with the #RunWithMaud campaign. (2.23 miles recognizes February 23rd, the day of Ahmaud Aubrey's racially-motivated murder.) The beneficiary of our virtual 5k remains organizations supporting people experiencing food insecurity, but the Ahmaud Aubrey story has become impossible…

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Give to Pure Justice

Black people in the United States have endured centuries of systemic racism and oppression, fueled by state-sanctioned violence. Foundation Beyond Belief is raising funds for Pure Justice, a nonprofit in Houston, TX, that empowers communities to overhaul the criminal justice system with advocacy training, legal relief, and more. They are currently engaged in direct service supporting those arrested for…

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Humanist Action for Black Lives

For 400 years, violence and oppression have been the law of the land in the United States. For those who aren’t born white, the term “united” is a cruel irony. We are now, and have always been, a nation bitterly divided. These divisions are not equal, nor are they just. Existing while Black puts one…

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Rising for Racial Justice

Get involved in ending sanctioned racial violence in America Contents Introduction Organizations What happened in Minneapolis with George Floyd is not an outlier incident. People of Color have endured hundreds of years of systemic racism and oppression. Law enforcement has its roots in slave patrols and holds an interest in protecting the status quo for…

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The Forked Road Ahead: African Americans for Humanism Conference

Sikivu HutchinsonBy Sikivu Hutchinson
Editor of blackfemlens.org

The L.A. Times news item was buried at the bottom of the page in the bloodlessly tiny print reserved for marginalia. A 7-year-old black girl named Aiyanna Jones had been murdered in her sleep by the Detroit police after a military-style raid on her home. In the wake of the shooting, neighbors and loved ones placed stuffed animals in front of the house in memoriam. Rows of stuffed animals stared out from Associated Press photographs of the crime scene in dark-eyed innocence. In black communities across the nation, Aiyanna’s death elicited a firestorm of outrage from activists critical of police misconduct and excessive force. Recalling New York, Los Angeles, Oakland, and scores of other cities where black lives have been cut down by trigger-happy police officers, many condemned the murder as yet another instance of law enforcement’s criminal devaluation of black lives and “inner city” communities.

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