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Standing in Solidarity

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Statement from the Bonner Foundation

 

Protests across the country and around the world have brought people together to express their pain and anger with the acts of police brutality, hate crimes and violence, and systemic racism affecting Black people and people of color in the United States. Bonded by our Common Commitments – social justice, diversity, community building, civic engagement, spiritual exploration, and international perspective – the Bonner Community acts on these ideals through our direct and sustained engagement in communities. Inspired by leaders before us, we carry out a shared vision of an anti-racist, inclusive, and just community.

 

The brutal deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others are just a few of the examples of racism and violence against Blacks in the United States and globe, and examples of white supremacy that must be dismantled. These incidents fuel anger, pain, rage, and fear in our own lives, which we courageously work to overcome and defeat everyday. As an organization committed to service, we pledge to do our part to recognize acts of injustice, cultivate an inclusive and anti-racist environment and institutions, and work to support and love one another. We will try hard to be the hope we need in the weeks, months, and years ahead of us. Bonner Love is inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. These words represent the hopes and ideals of countless and diverse organizers, activists, and change makers who inspire our movement. The heroes we celebrate have been shaped, and supported, by countless people whose names have been forgotten.

 

We recognize that social change requires the investment, hope, and participation of people from all walks of life, perspectives, and approaches. Bonner Love represents a Beloved Community in which we, as individuals and as a community are judged by character – not appearance, race, ethnicity, class, income, gender, sexual preference, nationality, or other aspects of our identity. You are valued!

 

As we enter this week, and those beyond, take a moment for yourself and for those around you. Reflect on the people who have touched and have impacted you and your life, and whom you have impacted and touched. Remember, we are the Beloved Community. Celebrate and recognize your place and your contributions in a greater movement. As we deplore and work to fight against the inequity and injustice, let us look out for one another and embrace others in our community. Know that together we can and are bringing about a better, more just world. As you do this, be safe and take time for self-care. You are loved by the Bonner Community. B-Love!

 

May George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade rest in power. We also acknowledge all of the unnamed victims of racism and violence of the past and present. Let us continue in the fight for justice to create change so that black and brown people may live freely. Black Lives Matter. 

 

We hope our community will continue to pursue the important mission and values the Bonner program represents. It is our duty to continue to advocate for social justice in instances of injustice world wide. Below, please find resources for ways to get involved while continuing to socially distance. If you have additional resources to share, please let us know and we will do our best to share with our larger network. These resources offer a range of opportunities to get involved and take action from educating one’s self and people around us to donating, to signing petitions, working for policy change, and organizing for a cause

 

 

 

Robert Hackett, President

and the Bonner Foundation staff and summer interns

 

 

Resources to Take Action Against Police Brutality and Racism

 

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Racial Justice Community Fund

 
The Bonner Foundation is announcing a community fund for students and faculty in the Bonner Network to support racial justice initiatives that address inequities and build bridges in their local communities. We are encouraging students to engage other Bonners on their campus, the 3,000 current students across our national network of 65 colleges and universities, and our 18,000+ Bonner alumni. We are asking faculty to incorporate social action into an existing or new course where students can learn and join or launch a social action campaign during the semester that addresses racial injustice. We are developing and will announce the guidelines for this new fund in the coming weeks. These funds will be in addition to existing funds available at endowed institutions in the network. Additionally, the 2020-2021 funds for Community-Engaged Learning may also connect with racial justice initiatives, such as coursework or new academic programs.

The Bonner Foundation staff and community of campuses will support these efforts with funding and also on-going training, resource development, and networking. Our goals with this funding are not only to launch new projects and courses that seek to address the immediate and long-standing challenges facing our country and communities, but also to build sustainable structures and support on campuses in our network that will continue this work for the long-term.

 

Accessing Bonner Community Funds on Your Campus

 

The majority of the Foundation funds (whether from endowments or other grants) are allocated to students’ financial aid and to funding the operations of campus-wide centers. Additionally, only a third of the institutions in our network have funds from the Foundation, and many support their programs through Work Study and other institutional funds. If your campus is an endowed Bonner Scholar or Leader Program, talk with your Director or Coordinator about how to create a proposal for using your Bonner Community Fund and/or Junior/Senior Leadership Fund for organizing, training, and supporting efforts within your community. Additional information about pools of Bonner funds can be found here.

 

8-Themes Curriculum - Module on Fundraising — Check out this training to learn more about crowd-source fundraising and to find platforms and help with this skill.

 

 

Questions To Facilitate Dialogue on College Campuses

 

  • What are some best practices for approaching the protests once we are back on campus? (Campuses often encounter situations involving race, e.g. Syracuse, what can we learn?)

  •  How have you engaged with your students? (Have you released statements, reached out to Bonners, etc.) What is the pulse of your Bonner program?

  •  What has your institution done as a whole? (Not just centers for community engagement)

  •  Do your institutions have statements of commitment to inclusivity and diversity in their missions? How does your institution uphold those values? 

  • What can the Bonner Foundation do to support you?

 

 

Taking Action 

 

Here are some recommended links and places to take action.

 

Donate to Support Victims and Their Families

 

Visit https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#victims, which includes links to donate to: 

  • George Floyd Memorial Fund
    • Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, has started a GoFundMe to assist his family in their time of grief and need. 

  • George Floyd’s Sister’s Fund

    • Floyd’s sister Bridgett Floyd is raising money to help support George's daughter Gianna.

  • Ahmaud Arbery Fund

  • Regis Korchinski Fund

  • Jamee Johnson Fund

  • Destiny Harrison Funeral Fund

  • Eric Rosalia Fund

  • Belly Mujinga Fund

  • Dion Johnson Fund

  • Aaron James Fund

  • Tony McDade Fund

  • Healing For Darnella

  • Destiny’s Dream Scholarship

  • James Scurlock Fund

  • Support For Leslie Fund

  • Trever Belle Fund

 

Donate to Organizations

 

  • #BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. DONATE HERE

  • The Minnesota Freedom Fund, a grassroots organization currently working with the National Lawyers Guild and the Legal Rights Center, will use donations to bail out arrested protestors and to supply those on the field. DONATE HERE

  • Reclaim the Block, a grassroots organization based in Minneapolis, will use funds to address community needs.DONATE HERE

  • Black Visions Collective, which is based in Minnesota, focuses its work on transformative justice in the state. DONATE HERE

  • North Star Health Collective is a group of street medics, radical health organizers, and community health trainers based in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and will use funds for gear and medical supplies on the field. DONATE HERE

  • Organizers in Louisville, Kentucky–the city that Breonna Taylor lived in–have created a community bail fund for protestors. DONATE HERE

  • Unicorn Riot, a non-profit media organization is dedicated to fair, on-the-ground reporting on civil disobedience, police brutality and white supremacy. Be thoughtful about sharing images of police brutality. These graphics may be personally traumatizing to watch for Black and brown individuals. DONATE HERE

  • The Legal Rights Center, which is based in Minnesota provides criminal defense and restorative justice services to low-income people, in particular people of color. Clients are never charged for firm services. DONATE HERE

  • National Police Accountability Project (NPAP) is a nonprofit organization, created to protect the human and civil rights of individuals in their encounters with law enforcement and detention facility personnel. The central mission of NPAP is to promote the accountability of law enforcement officers and their employers for violations of the Constitution and the laws of the United States. It works toeducate and inform the public about issues relating to police misconduct, provide information resources for non-profit and community groups who work with victims of police abuse, support legislative reform efforts aimed at raising the level of police accountability, and create a forum for legal professionals and community organizations to come together and creatively work to end police misconduct. DONATE HERE

  • CLICK HERE to see a running list of major organizations by state that need support right now. 

 

 

Donate Your Time

 

This video project was created to offer people a way to contribute to #blacklivesmatter without having any actual money or going out to protest themselves. Investing in our future can be difficult for young people, so 100% of the advertisement revenue this video makes through AdSense will be donated to the associations that offer protester bail funds, help pay for family funerals, and advocacy listed in the beginning of the video. You could help by watching the video and sharing it with others. 

 

Sign Petitions

 

  • Color of Change's petition demands that Frey block the involved officers from receiving their pensions and ban them from being able to become police officers again, as well as demands that Freeman charge the officers with murder. You can also text "FLOYD" to 55156 to sign the petition.
  •  This PETITION on change.org website intends to reach the attention of Mayor Jacob Frey and county attorney Mike Freeman to beg to have the officers involved in this disgusting situation fired and for charges to be filed immediately.

  • To sign other petitions, CLICK HERE.

 

Contact Public Officials in Minneapolis and Other Areas

 

  • Contact Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey to demand justice. You can call his office at 612-673-2100.REACH OUT HERE or submit your concern using this FORM.

  • Demand County Attorney Mike Freeman charge the officers with murder by calling him at 612-348-5550

 

Support Social Action Campaigns

 

 

 

 Learn How to Advocate and Organize for Policy Reforms

 

 

Resources for Education (Self, Children, Family, Friends, etc.)

 

Training Materials and Other Resources for Anti-Bias Education

 

 

Resources for parents to raise anti-racist children

 

 

Working Document of Scaffolded Anti-Racism Resources

 

Articles to read

 

 

Videos to watch

 

 

Podcasts to subscribe to

 

 

Books to read

 

 

Films and TV series to watch

 

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix

  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent

  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent

  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix

  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent

  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy

  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu

  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent

  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO

  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix

  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent

  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent

  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax

  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

 

Organizations to follow on social media

 

 

Campus and Institutional Resources (Long Term and Systemic Change)

 

  • An Equity Scorecard: This tool, developed by the Center for Urban Education at the University of California, has been used by institutions across the country. In this process, the institution develops an Evidence Team comprised of faculty members, Diversity Officers, Student Support Services Personnel, Transfer Coordinators, Institutional Researchers, and Administrators. The Equity Scorecard™ is both a process and a data tool. As a process, it combines a theoretical framework with practical strategies to initiate institutional change that will lead to equitable outcomes for students of color. What’s unique about it is the engagement of individuals from different departments and divisions in an evidence team which investigates campus data, practices and policies. Near the conclusion of the process, the team will complete a Scorecard which captures the results of its investigations. This then leads to action plans to change curriculum, policies, and practices. See this article:  The Equity Scorecard: A Collaborative Approach to Assess and Respond to Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Student Outcomes by Frank Harris III and Estela Mara Bensimon. See https://cue.usc.edu/tools/the-equity-scorecard/

 

  • Anti-Racist Continuum: This continuum presents a six level rubric for assessing an organizational or institutional climate, with being a fully inclusive anti-racist multicultural organization in a transformed society as the highest level. It was developed by Crossroads Ministry in Chicago, Illinois, an organization that works actively on these issues. It adapts from the original concept by Bailey Jackson and Rita Hardiman, and further developed by Andrea Avazian and Ronice Branding. James Shields and colleagues at Guilford College introduced this continuum to the Bonner Network, which has been used to train and educate administrators, faculty, and staff and provided as a resource. AntiracistContinuumforOrganizations.pdf

 

  • Worksheet on White Dominant Culture and Something Different: This worksheet encourages individuals to examine characteristics of white dominant culture listed in the worksheet and think about how they apply to their lives or play out in their organization. The worksheet also lists other characteristics that reflect alternative approaches, and asks individuals to reflect on how they could make a shift for more inclusive organizational culture. See Worksheet on White Dominant Culture and Something Different here. 

 

 

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