KMs for the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC)

Black Lives Matter.
That’s why we are making the pledge to run/walk/cycle at least 5km a day for the next month (June 9, 2020 - July 9, 2020) to raise funds for the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC).

“The Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) delivers legal aid services to low and no income Black Ontarians. They work to combat anti-Black racism by providing legal representation, engaging in law reform, and giving public legal information through sessions.” For more information you can visit their website at: www.blacklegalactioncentre.ca 

To ensure transparency and accountability, we will be using the app “MapMyRide“ to track our KMs and will post every day on a public Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/711010209728550/ 

We very much appreciate your support whether you choose to donate on a per km basis or as a lump sum. Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) was not on the list of charities provided by GoFundMe, therefore on July 10, 2020 we will take all money raised and donate it directly to the organization.

Choosing only one organization to donate to was incredibly hard, as there are so many organizations working tirelessly to combat systemic racism both in Canada and the US. We decided to focus more locally, as it is crucial that we highlight and fight against the racism and police brutality that pervades the justice system in our own backyard. But I urge you to donate where you can to other organizations/fundraisers. This is not near a complete list, but a few great ones I came across in my research:

- COVID-19 Black Emergency Support Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/black-emergency-support-fund 
- Justice for Regis: https://ca.gofundme.com/f/justice-for-regis 
- Official George Floyd Memorial Fund: https://ca.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd 
- Justice for Breonna Taylor (official)(#BREEWAYY): https://ca.gofundme.com/f/9v4q2-justice-for-breonna-taylor 
- Minnesota Freedom Fund: https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/donate 
- NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc: https://www.naacpldf.org/about-us/ 
- Black Health Alliance: http://blackhealthalliance.ca/ 
- BLM Toronto: https://blacklivesmatter.ca/ 
- Black Women in Motion: https://blackwomeninmotion.org/our-story 
- Black Food Toronto: https://blackfoodtoronto.com/ 
- Split Bail Fund: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd 
- Grassroots Law Project: https://www.grassrootslaw.org/ 

I encourage you not only to donate, but to dedicate time to educating yourself on Black history, anti-Black racism and systemic racism/oppression, as well as signing petitions fighting for justice and systemic change. The website below is an incredible resource that provides all of the above and more to help facilitate your learning:
- Ways You Can Help: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/?fbclid=IwAR03mGQ0Q5-a7xAw1CBwPROXpItdRZi3huPKOivBEILWDncvpCkRUkMlr6g


Quick links to petitions (more can be found in the above resource provided):
- Justice for Breonna Taylor: https://www.change.org/p/andy-beshear-justice-for-breonna-taylor 
- Justice for Ahmaud Arbery: https://www.change.org/p/liberty-county-distric-attorney-justice-for-ahmaud-arbery 
- Justice for George Floyd: https://www.change.org/p/mayor-jacob-frey-justice-for-george-floyd 
- Justice for Regis Korchinski-Paquet: https://www.change.org/p/justice-for-regis-korchinski-paquet 
- Justice for Tony McDade: https://www.change.org/p/justice-for-tony-mcdade 
- Ottawa Universities: anti-racism course as a degree requirement: https://www.change.org/p/mandatory-anti-racism-course?recruiter=1088506863&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&utm_term=psf_combo_share_abi&recruited_by_id=0c05f610-0d7c-4c2e-a4df-47f31ff30c63&utm_content=fht-22648377-en-ca%3Av12 
- Make an anti-racism/anti-oppression course mandatory for graduation from University (CA): https://www.change.org/p/government-of-ontario-make-an-anti-racism-anti-oppression-course-mandatory-for-graduation-from-university-ca?recruiter=1088506863&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&utm_term=psf_combo_share_initial&recruited_by_id=0c05f610-0d7c-4c2e-a4df-47f31ff30c63&utm_content=fht-22590744-en-ca%3Av2

Donations

  • Andréa St. Jules 
    • $50 
    • 2 d
  • Alyssa Adams 
    • $20 
    • 2 d
  • Lauren Day 
    • $20 
    • 6 d
  • Nada Elnaiem 
    • $50 
    • 9 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $15 
    • 10 d
See all

Organizer

Samantha Kennedy 
Organizer
Ottawa, ON
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