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How 8 Philly orgs that support Black communities are responding to the moment

These nonprofits and advocacy groups have made public pledges, organized cleanups and called for action after a weekend of protests and riots.

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

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

Thank you so much to the many people who answered the call and joined us to clean 52nd Street today. It was a great show…

Posted by The Enterprise Center CDC on Monday, June 1, 2020

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

A message from our President & CEO Donavan S. West:"As a first responder (in a business sense) to this most heinous…

Posted by African-American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ, and DE on Monday, June 1, 2020

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

OUR STATEMENT, regarding police brutality on journalists and on our Black communities.Ahmaud ArberyTony…

Posted by PABJ on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

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.

Michael Butler is a 2020-2022 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.
Companies: Coded by Kids / African American Chamber of Commerce / Enterprise Center / Media Mobilizing Project
Series: Racial Equity Month 2020

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