Help BLM Organizers in Cambridge
Organized by: Black Lives Matter Cambridge
Dear BLM Cambridge Community,
We are eager to connect with you to share what's been going on and where things are headed with BLM Cambridge!
On August 31st, we carried out a major non-violent direct action at Cambridge City Hall in support of more affordable housing. Two BLM organizers and two White accomplices were arrested. (WBUR article)
BLM has been meeting with local organizations and groups to address four topics (anti-racism, housing, policing, education). We had a housing meeting on Sept. 7th and our anti-racism will continue to meet. The police pod has been doing research on policing in Cambridge. We've made a call for researchers on 10/06 at 7PM to help with researching the housing crisis and making the information more accessible to people and organizers to develop an effective long and short term strategy. If you're interested in getting involved in one of these pods, please e-mail us at: email@example.com
BLM has been on the move! Mari & DiDi tabled and taught a breakout session at Boston University's School of Public Health. DiDi spoke at the Mass Peace Action meeting about strengthening their endorsement of the M4BL Policy Platform . We scheduled a meeting with the Cambridge Black Pastors' Association to discuss better ways to collaborate.
Haiti Relief Efforts: Stephanie and Emmanuella have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring relief to Haiti. Stephanie's mother just received news that her home in Arniquet, as well as the entire village is gone. Folks on the ground are asking for"
- diapers and other baby products
- blankets and other dry bedding
- food, esp. non perishables like pasta
- cleaning supplies, especially bleach and mops
- diabetic needles and testing strips
- emergency first aid kits
We have secured several of these items and are sending drums to Haiti this week. There will also be a dinner fundraiser on October 9, 2016: (Click here for the Facebook event)
Baton Rouge Efforts: We are setting up donation locations for the national call for sending material support to Baton Rouge in the wake of recent flooding there. Our campaign will end on October 31, 2016. If you or your org would like to provide a satellite office, or help us distribute donations and clean homes; please let us know!
On a national level, DiDi is leading a team of 8 other BLM chapters to Baton Rouge to support the recovery effort as well as coordinating with the Democracy Center, SURJ Boston and Boston Feminists for Liberation.
HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THIS ONGOING WORK? Please donate! You can do so via Crowdrise, PayPal (by using the e-mail address BLMCPayPal@gmail.com to send donations), or via personal check made out to Black Lives Matter Cambridge (For information on where to mail the checks, please e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org )
Our goal is to raise $5000 by October 31st.
- Stephanie needs support for buying academic textbooks and lodging while she is studying abroad in London.
- DiDi's baby is due in December and she's struggling to find housing.
- Both Mari & Emmanuella are well into their senior year and are applying to colleges. We are looking to raise enough money to pay at least five (5) application fees for each of them.
- BLM organizers have been paying for many things out of their own pockets (printing, supplies for actions, travel, lodging, food, training) and we hope that we get reimbursed for it later through asking for in kind donations. We need cash for incidentals that come up daily in our organizing.
Thank you for your support as we fight for a Cambridge where Black Lives Matter!
In the struggle,