Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

The rage and frustration on display in communities across the country gives voice to the continuing reality of racial injustice and police brutality perpetrated against people of color, in particular, the Black community. ICCE acknowledges and shares the pain and outrage of George Floyd’s unnecessary killing and the countless senseless murders and we say their names: Tony McDade, Nina Pop, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, and more. As an organization, we recognize, and are continuing to reflect on, what actions we must take to leverage our position, become better allies to those suffering, and continue our work advocating for an equitable and healthy society.

ICCE remains committed to connecting SF State students to leadership opportunities for serving and participating in the current civic and social movements in support of Blacks, Indigenous communities, and other people of color. ICCE stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and condemns ongoing systemic racism and violence directed at Black and brown Americans. ICCE is committed to working with our community partners to determine effective actions toward much needed change.

We have listed a variety of resources below, call to action opportunities, and highlight the work of our some of community partners to provide you with ways to potentially engage. We invite you to join us in dialog and future events. For more information on how to get involved and/or receive access to these or other resources of interest, please reach out to icce@sfsu.edu - we are here for you!

In solidarity, 

ICCE staff


SUPPORT STATEMENT FROM
SF STATE PRESIDENT, DR. LYNN MAHONEY


Community Partners

Many community organizations and partners have worked collaboratively with the Black community to mobilize and create strategies rooted in public action to empower and demand change.  Examples are as follows:

  • Asian Art Museum is hosting a free excerpt reading and author discussion of the original theater piece “The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot,” produced by the Tenderloin Museum. The play was directly inspired by the SF riot as a popular Tenderloin cafeteria, three years before New York’s more famous Stonewall Riot. Register for the free event opportunity

  • Black Organizing Project is a Black member-led community organization working for racial, social, and economic justice through grassroots organizing and community-building in Oakland, CA. 

  • Coalition on Homelessness is an organization that shines light on San Francisco’s housing crisis and injustices faced by most vulnerable unhoused population, who are disproportionately Black men and women. As a response, COH is hosting a campaign with doctors, nurses and other health care workers to declare police violence a public health crisis at UCSF and to commit resources to address this public health crisis. Join the campaign

  • FACES SF–Bayview provides critical assistance to low-income families such as early childhood development, workforce training and development, school-age enrichment programs, and family support services

  • Flourish Agenda is a national nonprofit working with youth of color, schools, youth serving organizations, foundations, and local governments to build and implement strategies that allow young people to flourish. Their mission is to design strategies that unlock the power of healing and engage youth of color and adults in transforming their schools and communities 

  • Family Connections Center identifies community needs and is positioned to address racial bias and provide support, tools and resources to families facing inequity during these challenging times.

  • Friends for Youth provides mentors for youth who need support. Mentors can help mentees improve academics and behavioral and emotional health, Mentorship can positively change the course of a youth's life.

  • Gray Area is a social and civic minded art organization and one of SF State community partners is recommitting themselves to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable and ensuring justice and equality for everyone. They will be providing forums dedicated to programs that lift up Black voices. 

  • The LBTQ Youth Space offers youth virtual spaces to support youth and young adults by hosting conversations on issues and topics about LGBTQ community. Though virtual hang outs are private to honor confidentiality, they are open to all Black Queer youth looking for networks and safe spaces during this time. 

  • The Northern California Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation (Norcal MLK) is a public charitable organization that with programs and events that help connect people to community and service. Their programs focus on justice, health, and education.  


Community Partners Show Solidarity 

There is much more ICCE and SF State can and must do for policy and legislative changes in support of the Black community. A few resources from our community partners are provided below for how to stay informed and suggestions for action. We are confident there will be a lot of new changes and opportunities forthcoming within organizations across the Bay Area and the nation. Examples are as follows:


SF State Resources 

As a higher-education public institution, it is our duty to ensure the wellbeing of our community on and off campus, and to stand up for the safety, justice and health of every person. We stand in solidarity with you and our community to combat racism, disharmony, and hate, both in our communities and across our nation.

SF STATE COMMUNITY RESPONDS 


Additional Resources and Information

VOTE  |  SHOW UP. BE COUNTED. BE HEARD.

  • The first step to enacting change is having people in power that represent what you believe in. If you have not already done so, please become a registered voter, every vote counts. Be sure to voice your say in the upcoming November 3, 2020 general election.

  • 2020 Election Information 

EDUCATE | READ and INFORM

JOIN  |  VOLUNTEER and TAKE ACTION

  • City and county neighborhood groups and councils are hosting town hall meetings. Make your voice be heard and join virtually, ask questions and demand racial justice. Visit SF Board of Supervisors to access list of resources and community meetings happening in your SF district.

  • The National Lawyers Guild, San Francisco Chapter and other organizations, is a great chance to volunteer as a legal observer and help defend advocacy groups against police misconduct. Safeguard proper criminal defense information to be brought to the attention of the public and to be used in court. Legal observers ensure that the police cannot hide in secrecy and know that they are being watched.

  • 7x7 shares with us how we can uplift and amplify black voices for community change. 

  • Academics for Black Survival and Wellness was organized by a group of Black counseling psychologists and their colleagues who practice Black allyship. Guided by a Black feminist frame, they hope to foster accountability and growth for non-Black people and enhance healing and wellness for Black people

  • Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice, with passion and accountability.

  • Many of our community partners have mobilized and offer opportunities, in which you can further engage. Complete list of opportunities and organizations: SF State ULink

SUPPORT

  • Dine and shop at Black-owned restaurants and pop-ups in the Bay Area! Check out this comprehensive and growing Directory put together by San Francisco Chronicle food critic Soleil Ho.

MANAGE

  • During times of crisis, it is important to manage and sustain our own mental and emotional wellness. Join webinars like those of Mental Health Association of SF to develop coping strategies, manage anxiety, and establish support groups.