Black Lives Matter

We, the Philly Pod of 500 Women Scientists, stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Black Lives Matter is about focus and not exclusion, and we support inclusion in all forms. In this time of reflection and catalyzing action, we have put together some resources. These resources are a way for you to help, not only with financial support, but to help educate yourself. We are at a pivotal moment, we need to lean in and make sweeping Social Justice change across this nation.

Edited By Tanya Dapkey and Naomi Wilson

Our National Org has put together some Black Lives Matter resources on their website with information on how you can Demand Justice by donating to some great orgs, call Reps to demand change, and a reading list to help educate yourself. Remember to support Black owned businesses here in Philly and no matter where you are in the world.

Donations

In Philly you can donate to PhillyBailFund.org, whose mission is to keep families and communities together and vigorously advocate for an end to cash bail in Philadelphia.

Support Reclaim Philadelphia, an organization devoted to fighting to bring racial, gender and economic justice to the city of Philadelphia. They are currently advocating for Philly residents to speak up about the current police budget.

Free Radicals Science Solidarity Drive Free Rads calls on scientists to support #BlackLivesMatter & the abolition of our anti-Black policing system, learn about grassroots orgs, and donate.

Support Black Owned Businesses! Black and Mobile is a delivery service to exclusively deliver for Black-Owned restaurants

Educate Yourself

It is incumbent upon all of us to educate ourselves on the history of Black people in America and how it has led to where we are today. Educating ourselves to stop being racist, to stop hurting BIPOC, and to make REAL change in this world enables us to make a more socially just world.

Stand Up, Speak Up

“Institutionalized racism is a white problem, not a “Black issue” or a “brown problem.” This is white people’s mess. These are not radical issues. These are central, mainstream, urgent human rights issues.”

  • Black Girls Do STEM has a mentor list, share this list with any students or colleagues who would find this useful, or who you think would make excellent mentors.

  • 26 Ways to be in The Struggle Beyond The Streets. This list is designed to celebrate all the ways that our communities can engage in liberation. For a range of reasons, there are and always have been folks who cannot attend rallies and protests but who continue to contribute to ending police and state violence against black people.

Reading list

There are many books, articles, and written works

Book List

Syllabi

Articles

Read more articles written by BIPOC, like Brittney Cooper, it’s important to listen to many voices. The Crunk Feminist Collective is another great resource whose mission is to “create a space of support and camaraderie for hip hop generation feminists of color, queer and straight, in the academy and without, by building a rhetorical community, in which we can discuss our ideas, express our crunk feminist selves, fellowship with one another, debate and challenge one another, and support each other, as we struggle together to articulate our feminist goals, ideas, visions, and dreams in ways that are both personally and professionally beneficial.”

Engage others in conversation

When people say to you “All Lives Matter,” remind them that Black Lives Matter is about focus, not exclusion. Daniel Schatz (from Warrington, PA) wrote a post talking about this, and he makes some excellent points (emphasis added by TD):


“Of course all lives matter….. Sadly, our society has a long history of treating some people as less valuable than others. Study after study has confirmed that in equivalent situations, African Americans and Latinos are treated with deadly force far more often than White people, and authorities held less accountable. Unfortunately, racial bias continues to exist even when it is no longer conscious—this too is confirmed by multiple studies. A lack of accountability in the use of force combined with unconscious bias is too often a deadly combination – and one that could place police officers, as well as the public, in great danger.


To say that Black lives matter is not to say that other lives do not; indeed, it is quite the reverse—it is to recognize that all lives do matter, and to acknowledge that African Americans are often targeted unfairly (witness the number of African Americans accosted daily for no reason other than walking through a White neighborhood—including some, like young Trayvon Martin, who lost their lives) and that our society is not yet so advanced as to have become truly color blind. This means that many people of goodwill face the hard task of recognizing that these societal ills continue to exist, and that White privilege continues to exist, even though we wish it didn’t and would not have asked for it……


I owe it to the ideal that we share, the ideal that all lives matter, to take their experiences seriously and listen to what they are saying. To deny the truth of these experiences because they make me uncomfortable would be to place my comfort above the safety of others, and I cannot do that……. I … am glad that we share the goal of coming to a day when people will not be judged, consciously or unconsciously, on the basis of their race. I believe that day is possible, too, but that it will take a great deal of work to get there. That work begins by listening to one another, and listening especially to the voices of those who have the least power in society. If nothing else is clear from the past few weeks, it is painfully evident that a great many people do not believe that they are treated fairly. Healing begins by listening to those voices and stories.”