Jun. 3, 2020 2:30 pm

These 8 Philly orgs that support Black communities have made public pledges, organized cleanups and called for action

We look at the efforts of Coded for Kids, North Broad Renaissance, The Enterprise Center, PABJ, West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative, and more.

The Enterprise Center's post-protest 52nd Street cleanup on June 1, 2020.

(Photo via https://www.facebook.com/TECCDC/)

This article was originally published at our sister site, Technically Philly. Read the original here.
George Floyd’s violent death in Minneapolis Police Department custody on May 25 sent shockwaves that have resulted in social unrest nationwide.

Philadelphia citizens have marched and staged peaceful protests in protest of police brutality and racial inequality. A torrid weekend of riots have also left many businesses and communities in shambles.

Here’s how eight local organizations that support Black communities are responding to the moment.

Coded by Kids

The nonprofit Coded By Kids was founded in 2014 by former Marine Sylvester Mobley to help give kids access to careers in tech. In a guest post Monday, Mobley recently shared that it’s time for community members and organizations alike to have a hard discussion: “We are going to have an honest conversation about the results of unaddressed racial inequity and oppression.”

North Broad Renaissance

North Broad Renaissance is a community organization committed to the beautification and economic development of North Broad Street. Sunday afternoon, it affirmed its mission to “stand on the side of justice, equity, and growth for the sake of the community we serve and the change we need to create” in a statement via social media — then organized a post-protest cleanup for Monday morning.

The Enterprise Center

West Philadelphia business incubator The Enterprise Center provides local small businesses with resources and operates the Minority Business Development Agency’s Business Center of Pennsylvania. After recent looting ravaged some local businesses, the center organized cleanups to help the community.

Bread & Roses Community Fund

In a Monday Generocity story, Bread & Roses Community Fund’s executive director, Casey Cook, emphasized that recent protests are the result of “a long history of white supremacy inflicted on the Black community.” Cook said that foundations must donate to Black and brown people and community organizations run by Black and brown people (which they can do via Bread & Roses’ Racial & Economic Justice Fund and other funds).

Movement Alliance Project

The Movement Alliance Project — formerly known as Media Mobilizing Project — and initiatives like its Philly Tech Justice work to connect communities of color and empower working families both in Philadelphia and nationally. Last Sunday, MAP shared a Philadelphia Inquirer editorial reminding people that an embattled Philadelphia Police Department has requested a $14 million budget increase. Policy Director Hannah Sassaman told Generocity that MAP is working “to follow that rage and to amplify the demands of our people” in response to that proposed increase.

African American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware

The African American Chamber of Commerce supports the economic growth of Black-owned businesses throughout the Delaware Valley. In a recent statement, President and CEO Donovan S. West discussed the various traumas facing Black people and provided a list of things Black people can do during this difficult time, as well as things non-Black people can do to support them.

Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists

PABJ was founded in 1974 and is the nation’s oldest professional organization supporting journalists of color. In response to recent protests following the killing of George Floyd, the group’s executive board released a statement Tuesday supporting Black journalists and admonishing police brutality.

West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative

The West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative (aka “The Collaborative”) is a business stakeholders network that functions as an entrepreneurship engine to help local small businesses grow and thrive. On Sunday, the group’s president noted that unlike corporate businesses that had been damaged in Center City, damaged small businesses on 52nd Street would need much more assistance.



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