Black Lives Matter: Support for Ferguson
January 6, 2015
In the days and weeks following the grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer that shot and killed Michael Brown, there has been an outpouring of emotion from the community of Ferguson, Missouri and many other cities around the country.
Feelings range from sadness for the loss of a young life to outrage about the events that led up to Michael Brown’s death. Whether it is the feeling that our criminal justice system is unfair to different groups or the state of racial disparities in education and income - there are many issues we feel catalyze what happened in Ferguson.
Beyond the feelings, recent public interest has awakened a consciousness about the state of struggling communities around the country. The hunt for statistics on police brutality has been illuminated by a series of events similar to Ferguson that has led to a loss of life at the hands of law enforcement. The institutions that protect citizens are demonstrating that they are easily prone to doing the opposite.
Protests and social media have become the outlets for many to voice their frustration and coordinate solidarity. As a result, what happened in Ferguson has crested to become a national issue. At Namaste Foundation, we would like to help build the capacities to support discussions, healing and institutional change that will have to happen to move forward. A holistic problem needs holistic solutions and that is why we're giving Seed Gifts to six organizations that we feel are working on collective issues to grow a better tomorrow.
Here are the groups we're supporting:
- Ferguson Youth Initiative - Serving the youth of Ferguson by encouraging and engaging them as active members of the community.
- Ferguson Public Library - The local library that provided educational programs to children when schools were closed, and due to budget cuts cannot hire more staff.
- Zinn Education Project - Introducing students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of United States history.
- Advancement Project - Developing and inspiring community-based solutions for equality and justice.
- Restorative Justice Community Action - Improving community livability through restorative justice practices.
- Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area - Working to advance the legal rights of communities of color, low-income persons, immigrants, and refugees through free legal assistance and representation.