#BLM B-town's 2019 Projects
Contribute to our Go-Fund-Me Bail Out Fund
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Now, more than ever, black and brown activists are being targeted not only by white supremacists, but also by local and federal law enforcement agencies. It is critical that we work to end systems of mass incarceration and support our communities in the face of such intimidation.
To that end, BLM B-town is creating a local bail-out fund. The fund will be used to help individuals who are in need of assistance with bail money due to advocacy & activism work they are doing for racial justice in our local community. This is a needs based fund, and while we will prioritize the cases of Black and Brown folks, each and every case will be examined on its own merits.
Please note: this fund is for individuals only. We do not help organizations.
2019 Primary Candidate Questionnaire & Voter's Guide
In April 2019 all primary candidates received a questionnaire covering issues vitally important to the black community’s health and well-being. Black Lives Matter has evaluated and rated each candidate’s responses for voters. Full responses from all candidates are available below unedited and without commentary attached. These assessments are provided to voters for informational purposes. Black Lives Matter does NOT endorse specific candidates.
Long form "In Depth" Voters guide [Click HERE]
Short form "At the Polls" Voters guide [Click HERE]
Candidate Questionnaire Answers (unedited no commentary) [Click HERE]
More info on Seat at the Table TBA
"Make the Right Call" Campaign
#BLM B-town is helping to help spread awareness about and to address an epidemic of harassment taking the form of unwarranted phone calls to the police concerning black people innocently occupying public spaces. Visit our page to learn about this rapidly growing form of racially motivated harassment and what you can do to prevent it. We will also be creating a call guide that will connect people directly with specific emergency services in crisis situations.
Fundraising for #BLM events & philanthropy
#BLM B-town functions as a not-for-profit; while we are still in the process of acquiring that status officially, we take in NO money for ourselves, and we do fundraise for projects and programs we wish to see take shape. What we do raise goes directly to the work we are doing here in Bloomington and the world. We both partner with local organizations and groups to fundraise, but we also welcome direct contributions from the public. Click this link to find out how to donate to #BLM B-town and learn about where your money goes.
Education Oversight Committee
The statistics of racial bias in school systems are alarming, as are data about the school to prison pipeline. Black girls, in fact, experience the highest rates of classroom removal by the police, for problems as petty as hairstyle to talkativeness. The risks to Black students in our schools is clear. #BLM B-town is creating an oversight committee to sit in on MCCSC school board meetings, weigh in on curriculum, guide our local school systems, and in general work to create safer educational spaces for black and brown students.