The battle to end racial injustice is ongoing and complex. As a community, we must engage on multiple levels, including educating oneself, having difficult conversations with peers, protesting, volunteering, lobbying and donating money. As part of an ongoing effort to combat inequalities within our own community, and in accordance with the GSC’s Black Lives Matter statement, we want to update you on a fundraising effort in collaboration with the UA.
Campus-wide fundraiser, matching program
We are officially announcing our Black Lives Matter Fundraiser. The UA, GSC, BSU, Class Councils, Dormcon, IFC, and Panhel have come together to organize a fundraiser in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We have collectively pledged to donate up to $25,000 to the Equal Justice Initiative, National Urban League, Massachusetts Bail Fund, Okra Project and the Loveland Foundation. These five organizations have worked to support Black communities and fight against systemic racism. The fundraiser will be matching donations as well as donating money for civic engagement efforts. Please submit any receipts, screenshots of letters, or other materials to this google form. On Thursday, June 18 from 6-8 PM ET we will be hosting a Zoom to draft letters to government officials. We are hoping to raise $10,000 by Friday, June 19, also known as Juneteenth—a historic day for our country, honoring the end of chattel slavery. Learn more about the fundraiser here and keep track of the amount of money raised at this link.
Anyone in our community can donate funds this way. We encourage you to start conversations with your lab or office mates about this fundraiser, the events leading up to it, and how to actively combat racism in our community and the world.