Mission

BLM Philly is a Black-centered organization that collaborates with partners to build a politically and economically empowered, healthy, and whole Black community with the ultimate goal of building Black power and liberation for all Black people.
 
Our Mission is to co-create intersectional and transformative movement within Black-centered organizations and institutions already on the ground and open up accessible lines of inquiry for black communities to name and claim their needs and provide resources and support in that process.

We are committed to collectively, lovingly and courageously working vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension all people. As we forge our path, we intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting.


 

It is our duty to fight for our freedom.
It is our duty to win.
We must love each other and support each other.
We have nothing to lose but our chains.


~Assata Shakur


Projects


BLM - Philly is involved in numerous projects -- either in collaboration with other organizations or internally run -- that focus on the black community. Of these projects, the following will occur throughout the year or on a yearly basis.


Philadelphia Community Bail Fund


In May 2017, BLM Philly joined other Philadelphia organizations including the #No215Jails Coalition, Media Mobilizing Project, Sankofa Community Empowerment, Frontline Dads, and Philadelphia Student Union, to raise money to bail out Black women and caregivers in time for Mother’s Day as part of the national Black Mamas Bail Out.

The national effort was started by Southerners on New Ground (SONG) with the aim of liberating Black women in the South and ending money bail. The Philly Mama’s Day Bail Out raised nearly $60,000 in one week, enabling us to bail out 13 women on Mother’s Day.

We are still bailing out women today. The Mama’s Day Bail Out morphed into the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund, a community led and invested fund open to all people imprisoned in Philadelphia simply because they are too poor to post bail. Learn more about the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund at PhillyBailout.com.



Aiyana’s Dreams and Day of Action

Aiyana’s Dreams is an annual campaign in May hosted by BLM Philly that honors, recognizes and remembers Aiyana Stanley-Jones who was killed by the Detroit Police Department Special Response Team on May 16, 2010 while she slept on her grandmother’s couch.

Aiyana’s Dreams includes a social media campaign and lesson plan for educators. The effort culminates in a day of action. The campaign has been implemented since the chapter’s founding in 2015. Learn more about Aiyana’s Dreams at aiyanasdreams.com.
 


Black Healing Matters

 

Though Black Lives Matter as an organization was formed in response to Black deaths at the hands of the state, we as a chapter are committed to preserving Black lives and providing spaces for healing so that our community can thrive.

Periodically, we host healing circles for members of the community to process trauma, receive direct services from healers (counselors, massage therapists, yoga teachers, etc.) and experience black joy in community with one another.