During the Uprising of 2020, we had a number of friends reach out asking for ways to better support Black Lives in Philadelphia. We are far from experts, but decided to throw some resources together in this doc. We decided to share it publicly, and it has grown a lot since then.

We did not “create” any of the resources within, even if some of it comes from organizations we are a part of. Our goal is to share and uplift the contributions of others already engaged in the work of dismantling white supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism.

This is a living document, so if anyone reading has suggestions, or if you find that any group, action, or information is misrepresented, please do not hesitate to reach out.

We hope you find it useful, and feel free to share!

In solidarity,

Katy Hill-Ott

Leslie Silva

Brian Gallagher

Sian Wong


Table of Contents

Action

Petitions (sign and share!)

Scripts and Other Ways to Contact Elected Officials

Mutual Aid

Volunteer

Resources for Protesting

Organizations (donate, follow, promote, JOIN!)

Black/POC-led Philly groups

Immigrant

Legal

Student/Youth Groups

Other

Black/POC Owned Businesses to Support in Philly

Education

Organizations

Books

Other Texts

Videos

Beyond Philly


Action

Petitions (sign and share!)

End the War Against Black Philadelphians NOW! - From BLM Philly and the Black Philly Radical Collective

(this is THE petition of the Philadelphia Uprising)

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/end-the-war-against-black-philadelphians-now?source=direct_link&&fbclid=IwAR0-Mi3tQuKyd8hQStUg1X2t_tx29iJR5aGnc_r72BXSFbDhYRql5OH7bNQ

Philly Student Union #PoliceFreeSchools:

http://chng.it/8DKtB2P4

Philly Needs a Black Stimulus (Kendra Brooks): 

https://actionnetwork.org/forms/philly-needs-a-black-stimulus/?fbclid=IwAR2HmCGIr3GxEOqiwnUNb_UFxsRxVQOSjdK2TYPfX3tAjCemINzfvuEhAuk

Require that African American History be Mandatory in Pennsylvania Public Schools

https://www.change.org/p/pennsylvania-secretary-of-education-require-that-african-american-history-be-mandatory-in-pennsylvania-public-schools

Philly Essential Workers Need Emergency Paid Sick Leave - Coalition to Respect Every Worker (CREW)

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/philly-essential-workers-need-emergency-paid-sick-leave?source=direct_link&

It’s Time to Rename Jackson School (in South Philly)

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfGzSwuKax7kPvfxQ639SlC6jOLTYRqN42onfwvIMW7ELQumA/viewform

Tell the AFL-CIO: Drop the Cops

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/afl-cio-stop-representing-cops?source=direct_link

Penn: Divest from Philly police, invest in Philly schools:

https://actionnetwork.org/letters/public-schools-not-police?source=direct_link&fbclid=IwAR0XEHUJ1rKtZQvSG2PD4rsw7DYLg5IpKA5cl_Gf3grv5UaMwG4vNblfDNU

Justice for Breonna Taylor:

https://www.change.org/p/andy-beshear-justice-for-breonna-taylor

For Philly Educators - “An Open Letter to Philadelphia City Council: Defund the Police and Invest in the Future of Black Families and Our City”

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KnilGZDObbWapBDBnMI9LgWqsuMs8guiM4UckYw-uCs/edit?usp=sharing


Scripts and Other Ways To Contact Elected Officials

Police Free Schools Toolkit - Philly Student Union

Explains campaign, includes scripts for tweets and emails

https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQdLpTRejKNPlfnl7Ed8Sfv5lkdDuy0u7tZxsdKa1ssNkbsRWTAahCUItq_R8XrcQV4h08D7fGDMiqT/pub

Tell Mayor Kenney and City Council: Show us that #BlackLivesMatter by Shutting Down the Detention Center - Decarcerate PA

Call, email scripts and sample social media posts

https://decarceratepa.info/shutdowndc_script

Advocate for the Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy and Philadelphia Cultural Fund in the FY 2020-2021 Budget

Email your elected officials. Contains a sample email and encourages users to customize for greater impact.

https://philaculture.org/city-arts-funding-grassroots

Defund Police Sample Tweets - Philadelphia Socialist Alternative

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GNLnwuwAC6wr9awusMGz1AgvtHkGQFE0cpvStT0kO4I/edit?usp=sharing 

Tell City Council its Time to End the 10 Year Tax Abatement (from Our City Our Schools)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Y27BbrOAh_cwS5NhhsZMJP1oYcaiPN6BBpjL-4vPHN0/edit

Defund12.org

“Email government officials and council members to reallocate egregious police budgets towards education, social services, and dismantling racial injustice via this crowd-sourced tool.”

https://defund12.org/

Contact Info for Philadelphia Mayor and City Council:

Social Media:

@phillymayor

@Darrell_Clarke

@CMMarkSquilla

@CouncilmemberKJ

@CouncilmemberJG

@Mr4thDistrict

@BobbyHenon

@MariaQSanchez

@cindybassphilly

@CherelleParker9

@ONeill4NEPhilly

@KendraPHL

@TeamDomb

@CouncilmanDerek

@CouncilwomanKGR

@HelenGymAtLarge

@DavidOhPhilly

@CMThomasPHL

Phone Numbers:

District:

Darrell L. Clarke (President of City Council, District 5), 215-686-3442 or 215-686-3443

Mark Squilla (District 1), 215-686-3458 or 215-686-3459

Kenyatta Johnson (District 2), 215-686-3412 or 215-686-3413

Jamie Gauthier (District 3), 215-686-0459 or 215-686-0460

Curtis Jones, Jr. (District 4), 215-686-3416 or 215-686-3417

Bobby Henon (District 6), 215-686-3444 or 215-686-3445

Maria D. Quiñones Sánchez (District 7), 215-686-3448 or 215-686-3449

Cindy Bass (District 8), 215-686-3424 or 215-686-3425

Cherelle Parker (District 9), 215-686-3454 or 215-686-3455

Brian J. O’Neill (District 10), 215-686-3422 or 215-686-3423

At-Large:

Kendra Brooks, 215-686-0461 or 215-686-0462

Allan Domb, 215-686-3414 or 215-686-3415

Derek Green, 215-686-3450 or 215-686-3451

Katherine Gilmore Richardson, 215-686-0454 or 215-686-0455

Helen Gym, 215-686-3420 or 215-686-3421

David Oh, 215-686-3452 or 215-686-3453

Isaiah Thomas, 215-686-3446 or 215-686-3447

Email:

darrell.clarke@phila.gov, Mark.Squilla@Phila.gov, Kenyatta.Johnson@phila.gov, Jamie.Gauthier@phila.gov, curtis.jones@phila.gov, bobby.henon@phila.gov, maria.q.sanchez@phila.gov, Cindy.Bass@phila.gov, Cherelle.Parker@phila.gov, brian.oneill@phila.gov, Kendra.Brooks@phila.gov, allan.domb@phila.gov, Derek.Green@phila.gov, katherine.gilmore.richardson@phila.gov, helen.gym@phila.gov, david.oh@phila.gov, isaiah.thomas@phila.gov

Mutual Aid

Showing Up for Morris Home

“Morris Home, is the first residential recovery program in the country to offer comprehensive services specifically for trans- and gender non-conforming individuals. Morris Home has been a steady home for BIPOC trans- and GNC people and a fearless place of LOVE in Philly.”

https://www.gofundme.com/f/showing-up-for-morris-home

#JawnAid - Help Black folks pay bills in West Philly

  • organized by Shakira King:
  • @Jawn215_ for Venmo
  • $koffiekakeki for CashApp
  • (Put #JawnAid in the note)

The West Philly Bunny Hop

Womanist Working Collective

  • “Our on-going mutual aid fund supports community members in their time of need by providing emergency support (bills, groceries, shelter, supplies, resources, etc.) to prevent them from falling through the cracks. Being short a few hours on one's paycheck can mean the difference in being able to afford rent or food for the month, leading to the inability to catch-up on rent and be faced with eviction. When folx live paycheck-to-paycheck, the ability to meet basic needs become an ongoing struggle for mere survival and we all deserve more.
  • Black women and femmes deserve a Safety Net!Black women and femmes deserve support!
  • We expect this project to eventually be sustained by Reparations, but for now we're seeking your support.”

Mutual Aid Philly

G.R.E.A.T. Mutual Aid Fund

Food Distribution Sites

Volunteer

Caring For Friends

  • At Caring for Friends™, our specialty and what we’re passionate about, can be boiled down to two simple, yet crucial, aspects of life: food and friendship.

Our work through thousands of volunteers here at Caring for Friends, formerly known as Aid for Friends, is driven by our mission to provide food and friendship to seniors, disabled, homeless and families with children in need.

City’s “SERVE” website (biggest demand is volunteers for the food warehouse we have stood up): https://serve.volunteermatch.org/search/?k=featured&l=Philadelphia%2C+PA#k=featured&categories=7&sopps=campaign&v=false&s=1&o=relevance&l=Philadelphia%2C+PA%2C+USA&r=20&sk=&specialGroupsData.groupSize=&na=&partner=

 

Kensington:

Prevention Point Philadelphia:

https://ppponline.org/ways-help/volunteer

 

Northwest Phila:

Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network: http://philashelter.org/index.php/how-to-help/volunteer-with-us/

 Face to Face:

 https://facetofacegermantown.org/

Center City:

Sunday Breakfast:  

https://sundaybreakfast.org/get-involved/

Project HOME:

https://www.projecthome.org/help/volunteer-program

Broad St. Ministry:  

http://www.broadstreetministry.org/covid-19-updates/

Resources for Protesting

Protest Philly

Show up Philly

Resources for protestors:

  • Up Against the Law Legal Collective
  • “Up Against the Law Legal Collective is a Philadelphia based collective of volunteers who support activists by helping them know their rights, providing Legal Observers at protests, ensuring protesters don’t get lost in the legal system during actions, and connecting them with free legal support after actions.”
  • If you or anyone you know is arrested - call or text this hotline
  • 484-758-0388
  • Protesting assistance:
  • Includes:
  • addresses and phone numbers for all Philly police precincts
  • Links for requesting bail assistance
  • “Know your rights”
  • Protect digital security and tips for filming
  • Image Scrubber
  • This is a tool for anonymizing photographs taken at protests. It will remove identifying metadata (Exif data) from photographs, and also allow you to selectively blur parts of the image to cover faces and other identifiable information.
  • https://everestpipkin.github.io/image-scrubber/

Ways to Support Protestors

  • 26 Ways to be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets
  • Police Scanner monitoring during protests- www.broadcastify.com,
  • Re-streaming live feeds and playing the police scanner even when its down on broadcastify
  • BLM Philly info stream on Telegram
  • *Zoom broadcasted medical trainings*
  • Unicorn Riot: live streams of protests nationwide


Organizations (donate, follow, promote, JOIN!)

Black/POC-led Philly groups

Black Lives Matter Philly

Philly for REAL Justice

  • “The Philadelphia Coalition for Racial Economic and Legal Justice (REAL) is an inclusive grassroots organization that is community focused and globally engaged. Our mission is to provide a safe space for community organizations and individuals to come together and combine resources to eliminate the system of white supremacy and police terror across all areas of racial, economic, and legal oppression.

Through community outreach/ engagement, direct action, and political education, we strive to transform the city of Philadelphia to one that is free and accessible to all.

Ultimately, we recognize that a complete overhaul of the current economic and social system is essential if we are to achieve a society that benefits the common good of the people and not that of the ruling local/federal government and class.”

Black and Brown Workers Cooperative

  • “The Black and Brown Workers Cooperative’s mission is to actively challenge, resist and dismantle systems of oppression that adversely impact the Black and Brown worker. Thus, we push for the social and economic liberation of the Black and Brown worker.​

We the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative (BBWC), a direct action social justice entity, have come together to combat injustices that manifest both in and out of the non-profit organizational structure and in the broader community of Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Our mission is to actively challenge, resist and dismantle, those colonialist, white supremacist and oppressive systems that impact our lives as Black and Brown workers.

Most importantly, we seek to create our own spaces where Black and Brown labor and community will define the value of their own work while setting roots in communities that establish black and brown owned enterprise and collectively run spaces. Our philosophy is rooted in decolonization practices and organizing methodologies”

Melanated Educators Collective

Racial Justice Organizing:

  • “The Racial Justice Organizing Committee exists as a space for educators and allies to engage in collective learning and action for racial justice to make our schools, and as a result the city, places that allow for Black and brown students, educators, and families to thrive.”
  • Web: https://sites.google.com/view/racialjusticeorganizing/about
  • FB:

Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action

  • “Black Lives Matter at School is a national coalition organizing for racial justice in education.  We encourage all educators, students, parents, unions, and community organizations to join our annual week of action during the first week of February each year.”
  • The Black Lives Matter at School movement  started as a day of action in Seattle during the fall of 2016, … This action attracted national news, helping it spread to Philadelphia. That city’s Caucus of Working Educators’ Racial Justice Committee expanded the action to last an entire week that year with teaching points around the thirteen principles of Black Lives Matter.”
  • The week also includes events around the 13 principles, and demands:
  • End zero tolerance policies and implement restorative justice
  • Hire more Black teachers
  • Mandate Black history and Ethnic studies in K-12 curriculum
  • Fun counselors not cops
  • Anti-bias and anti-racist training for all personell

Immigrant

Juntos

  • “Juntos is a community-led, Latinx immigrant organization in South Philadelphia fighting for our human rights as workers, parents, youth, and immigrants. We believe that every human being has the right to a quality education and the freedom to live with dignity regardless of immigration status.

Juntos combines leadership development, community organizing, and focused collaborations with other community-based and advocacy organizations to build the power of our community members so they may be active agents of change and work against their own oppression.”

New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia

  • New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia builds community across faith, ethnicity, and class in our work to end injustices against immigrants regardless of immigration status, express radical welcome for all, and ensure that values of dignity, justice, and hospitality are lived out in practice and upheld in policy.

Through grassroots organizing led by affected immigrants, we fight and win immigrant justice campaigns with our members across nationality, faith, class, and immigration status. Our community organizing in Philadelphia builds power in immigrant communities to alter the power imbalance, organizes direct action campaigns, builds the individual and collective capacity of the immigrant community and brings immigrant and ally communities together in solidarity to work for change.”

Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coaliton (PICC)

  • The Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) is a diverse coalition of over 50 member organizations across the state. PICC leads and supports campaigns to advance immigrant rights at the local, state, and federal levels; builds immigrant electoral power through voter registration and education; supports grassroots community-led organizations through training and capacity building; and helps increase access to immigration services through the PA is Ready! Project.”
  • http://paimmigrant.org/

Philadelphia Family Unity Network

  • “The Philadelphia Family Unity Network (PFUN) is a citywide coalition currently working to end ICE holds in Philadelphia. The coalition is comprised of grassroots community organizations, service providers, advocates, faith communities and lawyers. We dedicate our work to ensuring that all people have the right to remain in safety in their chosen communities, regardless of economic status, country of origin, immigration status, marital status, gender identity and history with the criminal legal system.

PFUN members currently includes 1Love Movement, JUNTOS, New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, and Victim/Witness Services of South Philadelphia.”

Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia

  • The Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, the city’s foundation of social, health and education programs for Cambodian refugees and their families, has achieved extraordinary organizational development and growth over the past thirty years. We are the only organization of its kind, specializing in providing innovative and unique bilingual programs and services to meet the combined social, economic, health and educational needs of Cambodians in Philadelphia, many of whom are survivors of the Cambodian genocide or descendants of survivors.”
  • http://www.cagp.org/index.html

Legal

Philadelphia Community Bail Fund

  • The mission of the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund is to end cash bail in Philadelphia. Until that day comes, we post bail for residents of Philadelphia who cannot afford to pay for their freedom. We work to bring to light the inequities of the use of cash bail in Philadelphia and advocate for the abolition of bail and pretrial detention in our city.

We know that Philadelphia jails are filled with people who spend weeks, months, or even years incarcerated while waiting for court, simply because they do not have the money to pay for their own freedom. Pretrial detention leads to higher rates of conviction, the pressure to accept guilty pleas, longer sentences, and traumatic disruption of lives including loss of jobs, housing, mental health supports, and devastated families. By paying bail, our fund supports individuals in remaining at home with their families and communities while fighting their cases.

The Philadelphia Community Bail Fund is run by a collective of volunteer grassroots organizers and active members of the community. We are committed to organizing with and for the people most directly impacted by the racist system of mass incarceration, criminalization and policing. We use a non-judgmental approach and do not make decisions solely based on a person’s charges. We respect an individual’s constitutional right to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. We invite those we've bailed out to lead and organize with us as they are able.”

Philadelphia Bail Fund:

  • The Philadelphia Bail Fund pays bail at the earliest possible moment for people who are indigent and cannot afford bail — ideally before they are transferred from their holding cell to jail. The Philadelphia Bail Fund also subjects the impact of its work to evaluation and uses the results to educate policymakers and lobby for reform.”
  • FB: https://www.facebook.com/phillybailfund
  • Web: https://www.phillybailfund.org/

Abolitionist Law Center

  • “The Abolitionist Law Center is a public interest law firm inspired by the struggle of political and politicized prisoners, and organized for the purpose of abolishing class and race based mass incarceration in the United States.  Abolitionist Law Center litigates on behalf of people whose human rights have been violated in prison, educates the general public about the evils of mass incarceration, and works to develop a mass movement against the American punishment system by building alliances and nurturing solidarity across social divisions.

The Abolitionist Law Center is based on years of practical experience fighting for prisoners’ rights, particularly through the work of the Human Rights Coalition.  Founded in 2000 by Pennsylvania state prisoners (including ALC Director of Community Organizing Robert Saleem Holbrook who was in SCI Huntingdon at the time) the Human Rights Coalition has been a leader in exposing torture and other human rights violations inside Pennsylvania’s prison system. Bret Grote, the Legal Director and co-founder of the Abolitionist Law Center, has worked as a volunteer with the Human Rights Coalition since 2007. The Abolitionist Law Center continues to work closely with the Human Rights Coalition and other allies in pursuing our shared vision of prison abolition and social justice.

Working with prisoners in defense of human rights has led us to the realization that the prison system – and, in particular, its reliance on solitary confinement – is part of a larger system that operates according to a logic of violence and intimidation.  Solitary confinement is used to terrorize the prisoner population.  The prison population and policies of race and class based mass imprisonment are used to terrorize poor communities in general, and communities of color in particular.  And the socio-economic conditions in those communities are used to keep relatively privileged communities in line and focused on carrying out the agenda of a powerful few.

The Abolitionist Law Center seeks to challenge this status quo by building creative, principled, visionary, and lasting alliances with people and organizations inside and outside of prison who are determined to confront and defeat these interconnected systems of oppression, and replace them with healthy, sustainable, and liberating alternatives.”

Amistad Law Project:

  • “Founded in October 2014, Amistad Law Project advocates for the recognition of the human rights of all people and believes in the intersection of movements against systemic oppression.

ALP consists of attorneys, activists, and organizers. We are prison abolitionists who view the prison industrial complex as directly related to the massive divestment from our communities the things that make them safe and strong. We believe that good public education, affordable health care, healthy and affordable food, safe and affordable housing, and the ability to care for our families, no matter what they look like, are human rights.”

Pennsylvania Prison Society

  • “Since 1787, the Pennsylvania Prison Society has worked to ensure humane prison and jail conditions and advocate for sensible criminal justice policies. In the age of mass incarceration, this mission is more relevant than ever.

The Society is the oldest organization in the country dedicated to sensible and humane criminal justice. Today the Society advocates for systemic policy change, responds to the concerns of inmates and their families, provides subsidized bus service for Philadelphia families visiting loved ones incarcerated in different parts of the state, and provides assistance to individuals returning home from incarceration.

The cornerstone of the Society's work is a network of volunteers, known as Official Visitors, who visit prisoners throughout Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania law authorizes the Prison Society to designate volunteers to visit any prison or jail in the Commonwealth. Prison Society volunteers (i.e. Official Visitors) have authority to privately interview any inmate in any prison or jail for any reason.

Official Visitors visit with inmates throughout the Commonwealth – often becoming the inmate’s only contact with someone outside of their facility. The Society receives approximately 200 requests a month for volunteer visits. Requests come from family members, friends, and the inmates themselves. Approximately half of the requests are for assistance with medical care. In addition to visiting inmates, our volunteers support inmates being released who are re-establishing themselves in the community, provide social programming in prisons and jails, and inspect facilities.

The Society is the sole organization in the Commonwealth with this authority.  It is also the only non-profit organization in the United States with this degree of access to jails and prisons.

Up Against the Law Legal Collective

  • “Up Against the Law Legal Collective is a Philadelphia based collective of volunteers who support activists by helping them know their rights, providing Legal Observers at protests, ensuring protesters don’t get lost in the legal system during actions, and connecting them with free legal support after actions.”
  • https://upagainstthelaw.org/

Community Legal Services

  • “Our mission is to fight poverty, challenge systems that perpetuate injustice, and change lives through cutting-edge advocacy and exceptional legal representation.”
  • CLS’s Legal Units:
  • Employment Unit
  • Energy Unit
  • Family Advocacy Unit
  • Health and Independence Unit
  • Homeownership and Consumer Rights Unit
  • Housing Unit
  • Language Access Project
  • Medical-Legal Partnership
  • SSI Unit
  • Youth Justice Project

Education Law Center

  • “The Education Law Center’s mission is to ensure access to a quality public education for all children in Pennsylvania. We pursue this mission by focusing on the most underserved students: children living in poverty, children of color, children with disabilities, children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, children experiencing homelessness,  English learners, LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming students – and many who are at the intersection of these identities.”
  • https://www.elc-pa.org/

Student/Youth Groups

Philadelphia Student Union

  • The Philadelphia Student Union exists to build the power of young people to demand a high quality education in the Philadelphia public school system. We are a youth led organization and we make positive changes in the short term by learning how to organize to build power. We also work toward becoming life-long learners and leaders who can bring diverse groups of people together to address the problems that our communities face.


Youth Organizing and Leadership Development

We prioritize invoicing students in education justice organizing and leadership development in the following three spaces:

  1. Youth-led chapters inside schools, where members develop specific campaigns to address problems in their schools which impact them directly such as overpolicing in schools, establishing restorative justice programs and addressing problems with the school building. Chapters meet weekly and discuss how they can identify issues within the school in which they can involve the broader student body and supporters in addressing. They also facilitate discussions on current events and broader social justice topics to encourage ongoing connections between what is happening within the school and what is happening in communities across Philadelphia as well as the rest of the country.
  2. Citywide meetings where members from across the city participate in training on how to become facilitators and organizers on issues that impact students throughout Philadelphia. Citywide meetings provide opportunities for members, from each chapter and those who are not part of one, to learn about issues impacting their peers and how they are being addressed. Monthly skills trainings for ( I.e facilitation, public speaking, conducting outreach ) and political education are prioritized for this space. The meetings normally happen at our office on Thursdays from 4pm-630pm.
  3. Arts and Cultural Programming where members learn about the history of how arts has been used by social justice movements ,both in the US and throughout the world, to tell stories of injustice and as a means to challenge those in power to address these problems. Members learn how to use a variety of artistic mediums including poster and banner making, poetry, music, photography and film as part of organizing and activism.”

Youth, Arts, and Self-Empowering Project

  • “The Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project (YASP) is building a youth-led movement to end the practice of  trying and incarcerating young people as adults.  Through its work in the Philadelphia jails, YASP provides space for incarcerated young people to express themselves creatively and to develop as leaders both within and beyond the prison walls.  Young people who have been through the adult court system are at the forefront of YASP, leading the movement to keep young people out of adult prisons and to create new possibilities for youth around the city.”
  • FB: https://www.facebook.com/Yasproject
  • Web: http://www.yasproject.com/

Youth United for Change

  • “Youth United for Change (YUC) is a democratic organization primarily made up of working class youth of color, which builds the “people power" necessary to hold school officials and government accountable to guarantee the educational rights of Philadelphia public school students. At YUC, low-income young people organize campaigns geared towards ensuring high quality public education for all young Philadelphians. YUC wins positive educational policy changes through school-and community-based organizing. A diverse group of young people comes together to identify common concerns, and act collectively as key stakeholders to create strategies to influence policy-making, with the goal of carrying out comprehensive educational reforms in the Philadelphia public school system. Our approach to youth-led advocacy amplifies the voice and impact of young people and the communities that support them towards creating systemic change; and creates the conditions for young people to simultaneously develop as critically strategic leaders.

The majority of YUC’s youth leaders not only attend public schools in dire need of additional resources, staff and repairs, they also come from diverse sections of Philadelphia that historically have been marginalized economically and politically. From YUC’s perspective, improving the quality of public education, and ensuring economic justice and an end to poverty go hand in hand. The organization’s goal is to develop young leaders who are empowered and equipped to insist through organized political action that access to quality public education is a basic right, regardless of their background or family income level. In particular, YUC is focused on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline and ending policies that criminalize students predominantly from communities of color; on ensuring full and fair education funding; on ensuring environmental justice and healthy conditions for all schools; and on advocating for a Community Schools model of robust neighborhood schools that are hubs for community engagement, and provide wraparound services for students and their families.”

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Galaei 

  • “Galaei is a queer Latin@ social justice organization. Queer acknowledges and represents the mosaic of sexual and gender identities within our communities. Latin@ represents the multiracial, multicultural experience of Latinidad. Galaei embodies the common history of resistance and resilience of Latin@ and queer people. We are unwavering in our commitment to the advancement de nuestra familia through leadership and economic development, sexual empowerment, and grassroots organizing.”
  • FB: https://www.facebook.com/galaei
  • Web: https://www.galaei.org/

Asian Americans United

  • “Asian Americans United was founded in 1985 by a small group of volunteers seeking to create an organized response to rising issues of anti-Asian violence, substandard housing and the need for educational services for non-English speaking Asians in the city.  Since that time, Asian American’s United’s mission has been to grow leadership in Asian American communities to build our neighborhoods and unite against oppression

For more than three decades, AAU has worked in Philadelphia’s Asian American communities and in broader multiracial coalitions around quality education, youth leadership, anti-Asian violence, immigrant rights, neighborhood development, and folk arts and cultural maintenance

Among AAU’s accomplishments are: initiating and monitoring the settlement of a lawsuit with the School District of Philadelphia to improve services to immigrant students; developing the ​leadership of hundreds of youth; creating the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival; founding Chinatown Vote; and founding the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School.

AAU is the recipient of numerous awards for services to youth, folk arts programs, organizational excellence and intergenerational leadership”

University Community Collaborative

  • “Mission Statement - The Collaborative prepares and supports youth and young adults to become confident, effective leaders and creates cultures that value and integrate the contributions of youth, thereby building stronger communities.
  • Vision - Our long term vision is to shift the approach to working with older youth from one that focuses on short term interventions to one that embraces a long term view, providing youth with opportunities to grow into leadership positions and supporting them once they are there.  Our training of young leaders, our continuum model, our capacity building assistance to other organizations and subsequent seeding of leadership initiatives within those organizations, and the work of our former participants who are now in the nonprofit, public and educational sectors are all steps towards achieving this long term vision.

  • Activities - Our activities are concentrated in three areas:

  • Building collective knowledge through research
  • 3 Main Programs:
  • POPPYN is an award winning youth produced TV news program focusing on issues that impact youth while highlighting the positive contributions of youth to their communities.
  • POWER Internship recognizes the relationship between educational and workplace skills, integrating nonprofit work experience with the development of foundational academic and technical skills through collaborative research, critical thinking, communication, public speaking and media production projects.
  • Temple Youth VOICES seeks to build the individual and collective power of youth by integrating leadership development, community outreach and project based learning in a supportive, team environment.

Girls Rock Philly

  • “Girls Rock Philly is a youth-centered music organization dedicated to building an intergenerational community of girls, women, and trans and gender non-conforming people. Through the practice of fearless expression, artistic experimentation, and collaboration, we build the confidence and leadership skills needed to transform ourselves and our communities. Our staff, volunteers, and participants foster a joyful culture of creativity, critical thinking, and collective care in order to build a more safe and equitable world.”
  • https://www.girlsrockphilly.org/

Other

215 People’s Alliance

  • “215 People’s Alliance is a multi-racial collaborative dedicated to fighting for equity and justice in Philadelphia – at the ballot box, and in the streets. We are parents and neighbors, teachers and students, union members and block captains, cab drivers and cashiers working to unite a broad sector of Philadelphians to make meaningful change.”
  •  http://215pa.com/

Party For Socialism and Liberation

  • The Party for Socialism and Liberation believes that the only solution to the deepening crisis of capitalism is the socialist transformation of society. Driven by an insatiable appetite for ever greater profits regardless of social cost, capitalism is on a collision course with the people of the world and the planet itself. Imperialist war; deepening unemployment and poverty; deteriorating health care, housing and education; racism; discrimination and violence based on gender and sexual orientation; environmental destruction—all are inevitable products of the capitalist system itself.”
  • https://www.pslweb.org/?fbclid=IwAR34yDhgDoJWboIHenkIU1KTzp_IOo8VkErPLUp4R_rcC2_8TzID9ZTVXIE
  • FB: https://www.facebook.com/pslphilly/

Philadelphia Socialist Alternative

  • “Socialist Alternative is a national organization (with a Philadelphia chapter) fighting in our workplaces, communities, and campuses against the exploitation and injustices people face every day. We are community activists fighting against budget cuts in public services; we are activists campaigning for a $15 an hour minimum wage and fighting, democratic unions; we are people of all colors speaking out against racism and attacks on immigrants, students organizing against tuition hikes and war, women and men fighting sexism and homophobia.”
  • https://www.socialistalternativephl.org/
  • FB: https://www.facebook.com/PhillySocialistAlternative

Philadelphia Tenants Union

  • “The Philadelphia Tenants Union was founded in 2016 and is a tenant-led organization dedicated to winning safe, decent, and affordable housing for every renter in Philly. Philadelphia is currently experiencing a housing crisis, where a fifth of the city's affordable housing has been lost between 2000-2014, eviction rates are as high as 15% in certain sections of the city, and landlords hold more power than ever in the courts and in the lobbying room. The PTU is committed to fighting against this through grassroots direct action and campaigning for laws such as Just Cause that would protect vulnerable tenants from unfair evictions. We believe that unless tenants across the city band together to fight for their rights, landlords will only keep getting stronger, housing prices will continue to rise, and people will continue to be displaced from their neighborhoods.”
  • http://phillytenantsunion.org/
  • FB: https://www.facebook.com/phillytenantsunion

Human Rights Coalition Philadelphia - Pennsylvania

  • “The Human Rights Coalition (HRC) is a grassroots non-profit group of predominately prisoners’ families, prisoners, ex-offenders and supporters. It was formed to aid and support prisoners’ families in coping with the stress and hardships created by having a loved one incarcerated, as well as to challenge the punitive, retributive nature of the penal system and to work to transform that to a model of rehabilitation and successful reintegration to society.

We are a community-based organization without paid staff. We are committed and dedicated, but we are not lawyers nor do we have the resources that would allow us to employ lawyers.

Our members and allies—both inside and outside the prison walls—share a common conviction in our hearts to fight injustice, and have no ulterior motivation of personal profit to do so.”

New Voices Philly

  • “New Voices is a grassroots Human Rights organization based in Pittsburgh that is cultivating the leadership and unleashing the power and potential of Black women, femmes and girls. We utilize the Reproductive Justice framework as an innovative strategy to specifically engage Black women, femmes and girls in community organizing for lasting social change. New Voices is a groundbreaking organization, using a Human Rights and Reproductive Justice framework to organize and build a local movement with Black women, femmes and girls and allies in Pennsylvania and Ohio. New Voices is deeply committed to elevating the powerful voices of Black women, femmes and girls on Human Rights, reproductive oppression and the totality of our lived experience.”
  • http://www.newvoicespittsburgh.org/philly/

Reclaim Philadelphia

  • “Reclaim Philadelphia was founded in May 2016 by former staff and volunteers with the Bernie Sanders campaign in Philadelphia. We launched our first campaign, protesting corporate power and lobbyists within the DNC host committee in June of 2016.

Reclaim started with a group of 35 members and one campaign and has grown into an organization with multiple issue based and electoral campaigns and task forces that are fueled by the engagement of over 300 dues paying members and hundreds of volunteers.”

Philly DSA

  • “Philly DSA is a local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, the largest and fastest growing socialist organization in the United States. We are a member-funded, member-run, and democratic organization that fights for a political agenda that puts working people at the center.”
  • https://www.phillydsa.org/
  • FB: https://www.facebook.com/PhillyDSA

Stadium Stompers

  • “Stadium Stompers is a movement of Community Members, students, and  faculty coming together to stop Temple University's stadium and build  power in North Philly. Since November 2015, we've been committed to  organizing together as members of North Central Philadelphia.”
  • https://www.stadiumstompers.org/

Our City Our Schools

Philly We Rise

  • “Philly We Rise is a call to action. In these challenging times we all need to do our part to defend and expand the rights of our communities. Share this page and take action on your block, in your neighborhood, in your community, for the country we all deserve. Philly We Rise is independent of any political party or affiliation.

We encourage others to take the lessons and ideas from this platform and share, reuse, and remix.

Philly We Rise is curated and maintained by Movement Alliance Project and 215 People’s Alliance.”

Black/POC Owned Businesses to Support in Philly

140 Black-owned restaurants in Philly

Black Businesses and Organizations in Philly

https://lookaside.fbsbx.com/file/Black%20Businesses%20and%20Organizations.pdf?token=AWxXC9QZrMk5QOI2wVAU5SeUX-3XwFHjFFj72Z8-MJjSdzh7p_m42UOwQe6Ilj0zGGtJWwa9MjHtTEsZDMSYnuVIYO7ilrXuIaOUZ0HqE8mN1NdaFfHpjHIEgNbU27QKAlHfRnZFCw6UEKK24uBnzbHvypIJW-bcm1zl93Wqbe17fsuUjdcnypGk4tmrg1SWhNxiyQV6QavMTUjwul_s2U0o

Other Restaurants:

Bookstores:

  • Uncle Bobbies Coffee and Books
  • Harriet’s Bookshop
  • Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse

Mill Creek Farm

Founded in 2005, Mill Creek Farm is an educational urban farm that is led by people of color. We cultivate and distribute fresh produce, hosts farm-based learning programs for people of all ages, and demonstrates ecological technologies to provide for basic needs.

Located 49th and Brown Street in West Philadelphia. We are dedicated to improving local access to fresh, chemical-free produce at sustainably low cost for the immediate Mill Creek community and surrounding neighborhoods. We are dedicated to building a healthy community and environment, and promoting a just and sustainable food system.”

https://www.millcreekurbanfarm.org/home


Education

Organizations

How Educators Can Respond to the Nationwide Uprising- A Resource Guide:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1r1g3dHyqZIbdd2uLuQszeNX07qWeiH5o9MdEshx4rcg/edit

Building Anti-Racist White Educators (BARWE)

  • “a decentralized inquiry series to support teachers to better explore their own biases and improve their own teaching practices.

This Reading and Inquiry Series provides a monthly set of tools for learning, introspection and having conversations about issues of racism in our schools, classrooms and communities. We hope that through regular reflection and conversation, you can get better at recognizing and resisting your biases and the impact they have on your students and colleagues of color.”

Philly Hub for Liberatory Academics:

  • “As educators and parents in Philadelphia, we believe it’s a necessity that education should cultivate critical thinkers to engage in the process of participating in the world for the purpose of transforming it. Education is a two way street. The relationship between students and teachers needs to be collaborative and humane. It’s not enough to post a reading or video on google classroom. Education is not a passive act; it is a social interaction built on meaningful relationships between students, teachers and parents.

Education is not a commodity. Schooling and learning are two different things and shouldn’t be conflated as the same. Too often schooling is about teaching students to passively accept our deeply flawed and inequitable society, rather than transform it. Too often schooling is about introducing students of color to the school-to-prison pipeline, rather than encouraging them to tear down the walls of mass incarceration. In contrast, true learning is about providing students with a culturally and politically responsive curriculum.

Our curated resources are:

  • Gender and queer (LGBTQI) inclusive and highlight the contributions these communities have contributed to society.
  • Embedded with spaces for reflection
  • Committed to multimodal forms of learning
  • Committed to access for students with Special Needs
  • Committed to social justice and anti-racism
  • Centered on the critical evaluation and analysis of text and media
  • Stimulated by student inquiry and radical imagination
  • Authentic and purposeful in application”

Books

  • "A People's History of the United States" Howard Zinn
  • "Orientalism" Edward Said
  • "How To Be An Antiracist" Ibram X. Kendi
  • "Stamped From the Beginning" Ibram X Kendi
  • Listen to it for free here:
  • "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism" Robin DiAngelo
  • "Between the World and Me" Ta-Nehisi Coats
  • "So You Want To Talk About Race" Ijeoma Oluo
  • "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race" Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • “Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements” Charlene Carruthers
  • “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander
  • “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson
  • “Why I No Longer Talk to White People About Race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” by Richard Rothstein
  • “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson
  • “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond
  • “Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership”  by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Other Texts

Black Revolutionary Texts:

A google drive containing 30 folders with texts from Langston Hughes, Malcolm X, Angela Davis, about Black Panther Party, class struggle in Africa, and MUCH MORE

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/18y0_2wm85L113fVWYdgljq9uuIlmlbl3?usp=sharing

“Power Anywhere Where There’s People” a speech by Fred Hampton

https://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/fhamptonspeech.html

“From Protest to Politics: The Future of the Civil Rights Movement” by Bayard Rustin

https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/bayard-rustin-2/from-protest-to-politics-the-future-of-the-civil-rights-movement/

Zinn - Teach the History of Policing

https://www.zinnedproject.org/news/teach-history-of-policing/

Talking About Race With Children:

https://www.embracerace.org/resources/26-childrens-books-to-support-conversations-on-race-racism-resistance?fbclid=IwAR3P0bV7u9o22Ty27pwAZmrPsfFy6zKc36MGJOXp-U1v2G35kffg34FgLyU

100 Race-Conscious Things to Say to your Child to Advance Racial Justicehttp://www.raceconscious.org/2016/06/100-race-conscious-things-to-say-to-your-child-to-advance-racial-justice/

Philly Power Research - Who Runs Philly Part 12: The FOP Conundrum

https://www.phillypowerresearch.org/news/2019/5/4/who-runs-philly-part-12-the-fop-conundrum

Alliance for Educational Justice - We came to learn: A call for police-free schools

https://wecametolearn.com/

Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2020 (from Prison Policy Initiative)

https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2020.html

An Anti-Racist Graphic Novel Reading List

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/comics/article/83555-antiracist-graphic-novel-reading-list.html

Videos and Podcasts

The Difference Between Racist and Antiracist (video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OXMgA0Fwsk

“Are you a racist? ‘No’ isn’t a good enough answer”

(2 min video highlighting the difference between being “non” and “anti” racist)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm5DWa2bpbs

NPR’s Throughline: American Police

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/03/869046127/american-police

“Let the Fire Burn” - documentary about MOVE bombing

https://kinonow.com/let-the-fire-burn

Why James Baldwin’s Writing Stays Powerful: An Artfully Animated Introduction to the Author of Notes of a Native Son

http://www.openculture.com/2020/06/why-james-baldwins-writing-stays-powerful.html

Other Collections:

Black Lives Matter: Resources to Support the Conversation (from The TeachingBooks Blog)

https://forum.teachingbooks.net/2020/06/black-lives-matter-resources-to-support-the-conversation/


Beyond Philly

Movement for Black Lives

  • “The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) formed in December of 2014, was created as a space for Black organizations across the country to debate and discuss the current political conditions, develop shared assessments of what political interventions were necessary in order to achieve key policy, cultural and political wins, convene organizational leadership in order to debate and co-create a shared movement wide strategy. Under the fundamental idea that we can achieve more together than we can separately.”
  • https://m4bl.org/

BLM Resources Master Doc:

Reproductive Justice for Black Lives

  • Reproductive Justice (RJ) for Black Lives is an effort to provide the reproductive health, rights, and justice communities and advocates with information about how they can be better allies in the fight for Black liberation. We are in the midst of a global uprising in defense of Black lives. Communities everywhere are demanding a world where Black people can live free from police violence and thrive. It’s time for reproductive health, rights, and justice activists to get in formation. There can be no Reproductive Justice when Black womxn are criminalized, when Black trans and non-binary people are marginalized, and when Black parents cannot raise their children in peace and free from fear. #RJ4BlackLives seeks to connect, educate, and mobilize reproductive health, rights, and justice advocates in support of Black liberation.”
  • https://rj4blacklives.org/

Black Alliance for Peace

  • The Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) seeks to recapture and redevelop the historic anti-war, anti-imperialist, and pro-peace positions of the radical black movement. Through educational activities, organizing and movement support, organizations and individuals in the Alliance will work to oppose both militarized domestic state repression, and the policies of de-stabilization, subversion and the permanent war agenda of the U.S. state globally.”
  • https://blackallianceforpeace.com/#home-below-fold

Campaign Zero

  • “We can live in a world where the police don't kill people by limiting police interventions, improving community interactions, and ensuring accountability.

Funds donated to Campaign Zero support the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide.”

Black owned bookstores:

  • Over 100 from across the country
  • 10 Black-owned Online Bookstores to Support from Home

Black-owned Tea Brands You Can Order From Home - Shoppe Black

https://shoppeblack.us/2020/05/black-owned-tea-brands-you-can-purchase-online/

How to Support African American Farmers

https://fantasticfungi.com/the-mush-room/organizations-that-support-african-american-farmers/

Cooking For the Culture

“Cooking for the Culture is a collaborative dinner series featuring line ups of some of country's emerging African-American chefs. This dinner series will explore ways to enhance opportunities for African-American chefs and bring people together to talk about creating more equal opportunity in the food industry. Not only does the series celebrate Black chefs, but also the next generation of future African American chefs as well. This one of a kind social and cultural experience takes place at various locations around the country and provides food lovers an opportunity to experience dishes created by talented African-American chefs.”

https://cookingfortheculture.net/pages/about-us

Victorimo - Do More

Collection of national petitions and other resources

https://www.victorimo.com/do-more

Some other places to donate to specific to Minneaoplis - original purpose of the creation of this doc, compiled before the rebellion spread nationwide

Minneaoplis:

  • Minnesota Freedom Fund: Widely respected Bail Fund operation.

https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/donate

  • Support George Floyd's Family: This GoFundMe has been verified by multiple sources, including groups on this same list, as going direct to the family. Whenever a GoFundMe is connected with a high profile event there are often duplicates. Some from people well intentioned but unconnected to the immediate situation. Sadly there can even be ones set up intentionally as scams.

https://gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd

  • CTUL: Labor organizers focusing on BIPOC and immigrant workers. Their office is half a block from the site of George Floyd’s murder and they have been a core site of suppies and relief efforts to our neighbors in the streets.

https://ctul.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=1

  • North Star Health Collective: They do a number of things and in this moment they are providing rock solid street medics.

https://www.northstarhealthcollective.org/

  • Reclaim the Block: Another excellent police abolition group with a particular focus on shifting municipal budgets away from the carceral state and towards truly needed social services.

https://reclaimtheblock.org/home

  • Black Visions Collective: An organization dedicated to Black liberation and to collective liberation.

https://secure.everyaction.com/4omQDAR0oUiUagTu0EG-Ig2

  • Twin Cities DSA, Food Justice For Frontlines: Originally an effort to get fresh food to healthcare workers during the Covid crisis, this has been expanded to help feed the ongoing street resistance that has started in Minneapolis and is spreading throughout the metro area.

tcdsa.org/meals 

  • Black Disability Collective
  • www.untilfreedom.com