Our Campaign for Racial Justice has ended. And we just want to thank you for supporting, in these difficult times, our requests for donations. Because of your generosity, we were able to award four significant grants to:
- The Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
- The Poor People’s Campaign, co-chaired by Rev. Dr. William Barber, II, and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, advocates on behalf of the 140 million poor and low-wealth people in our nation — from every race, creed, color, sexuality and place — agitating from coast-to-coast “to challenge the lie of scarcity in the midst of abundance.” You can sign their open letter to lawmakers, which calls for the protection and expansion of the right to vote, consequences for abuses of police power, demilitarization of the police and an end to mass incarceration, universal healthcare for all (especially during the COVID-19 pandemic), and the establishment of a National Truth Commission on the violence of systemic racism.
- Fair Fight is an organization founded by Stacey Abrams (former Georgia congresswoman and gubernatorial candidate) to combat voter suppression of voters of color and young voters. Fair Fight promotes fair elections, encourages voter participation, and educates voters about elections and their voting rights.
- BlackLine, a 24-hour hotline geared towards the Black, Black LGBTQI, Brown, Native and Muslim community. BlackLine provides an anonymous and confidential avenue to report negative, physical, and inappropriate contact with police and vigilantes. BlackLine provides immediate crisis counseling to those who are upset, need to talk with someone immediately, or are in distress.
We are so proud to play a small role in advancing this critical cause, and grateful to have you partner with us. America has a long, long way to go before true racial justice is real. But it seems as if more people than ever are listening and are nodding in agreement. Whether or not our leadership legislates real change, that remains to be seen. But then, November is coming!
Thanks again. Have a wonderful summer!
We continue to miss Jonah and to feel grateful: a) that we had him in our lives; and, b) that he’s inspired us to do good stuff in his name.
Ellen, Billy, Aiden, Katie and Mark
The Jonah Maccabee Foundation