What can we do to stop racism and police brutality ?

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Fish S.

November 13, 2017

Hi Michael -- these are super important questions. I think there a lot of ways to go about solving these challenging issues -- but here's an example of one young person who made a real difference on these real issues. Babatunde, a young black man in Baltimore, was 17 when he experienced police violence. He thought a lot about why the violence was happening -- and realized that there was an incredible amount of misunderstanding and fear on both sides. So he developed a curriculum to help police officers understand the experiences of young men of color in Baltimore -- and trained two thirds of the Baltimore police force. Babatunde tells his story here:
https://www.peacefirst.org/babatunde-salaam

So reaching out to people who see the issue differently and working to help them see other perspectives can be one way to solve the problem -- but there are plenty of others, too. Are you thinking about starting a project? How can we help?
Fish S.

November 13, 2017

Hi Michael -- yes, we definitely can. If you start a project -- and you can do this at peacefirst.org/projects -- we can hook you up with:

1. Tools to help you and your team plan a project.
2. A mentor to help support you through the process.
3. Funding (up to $250!) to help you with any of your expenses.

You don't have to know exactly what you want to do yet -- you just need to have an idea of the injustices you want to solve! We can help you dive into the issues and brainstorm what the best solution would be -- and help you think, step by step, about how to put a solution like Babatunde's into action.

What do you think? Any other questions?
Michael R.

November 13, 2017

How will they fund me the $250 ?
Fish S.

November 14, 2017

Hi Michael -- good question. Here's how it works.

First, you create a project -- get together a small team, choose an injustice (which you've already done), and make a project page on our site.

Second, you work (using our tools or on your own) to understand the injustice -- talking to people in your community affected by it, and maybe those causing it -- to create an insight rooted in compassion -- "what's the real problem here, and how can we fix it?" We will help you in that process.

Third, you work (using our tools or on your own) to build a plan -- once you know how to fix it, how will you get it done? That includes setting goals for when and how you'll make your solution happen, who you'll need to work with, what supplies you'll need, and eventually building a budget.

Once you have your plan and budget in place, you can fill out the mini-grant application through a link on your project "dashboard" (accessible once you create a project page). It should only take you about 15 minutes. We try to process grant applications as quickly as possible and will mail a check directly to you.

Does that sound good? Do you have any questions?
Fish S.

November 15, 2017

You're welcome! So -- let us know -- do you want to get something started? There are lots of ways we can help you tackle racism, and we're ready to go if you are.
Michael R.

November 16, 2017

Yes can you help get some thing started ?
Michael R.

November 16, 2017

Here is my project https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/stop-police-brutality