Black Lives Matter Launches $ 3M COVID Relief Fund for Black Community


Brian van der Brug

As the country waits for Congress to adopt a COVID-19 relief plan, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation and BLM Grassroots announced Thursday that they will give $ 3 million to members of the black community who have been financially crippled by the pandemic.

To date, more than 506,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and more than 28.3 million people have contracted the virus. On top of that, many Americans have lost their jobs and need immediate help. “Congress absolutely needs to step up and provide monthly survival checks for our communities,” said Patrisse Cullors, co-founder and executive director of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. “Because they refused to do so, we are challenged to provide as much mutual aid as possible to help cover rent, groceries, utilities, gasoline and general living expenses. ”

Through the BLM Survival Fund, the organization plans to provide grants of $ 1,000 to black people in financial difficulty due to Covid-19 and to black families who have lost loved ones to law enforcement or during their incarceration.

According to the organization, the BLM Survival Fund is comparable to the Black Panther Party’s free breakfast program for kids, which typically included chocolate milk, eggs, meat, cereal, and fresh oranges before the event. school. The program has enabled the Black Panther Party to protect and care for the black community in a very real way.

“From Richard Allen to Biddy Mason to the Black Panther Party… and many of our own parents and grandparents… the black liberation movement is replete with examples of self-help, community care and other business models. cooperatives, ”said Melina Abdullah, Co-Director. of BLM Grassroots and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles. “The BLM Survival Fund is part of a long legacy of our community stepping in to support those who have been failed by government.”

BLM, which was recently nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, is known for leading nationwide protests against the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many more . Its leaders believe it is important to protest systemic injustice, but they also believe it is important to meet the needs of members of the black community during tumultuous times.

“There is so much more to our organization – and our movement – than just telling the global community that our lives matter,” Cullors said. “We will never give up our fight for racial justice and our struggle for liberation, and our vision must include the pursuit of opportunities that heal, nourish and rejuvenate our lives.”

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