BYP100 2015 FUN AND FRIEND-RAISER
Organized by: BYP100 National
BYP100 Members and Friends! We are gearing up for our annual fundraiser, being held on October 17th, to raise funds to continue transformative organizing that will impact the lives of the Black Chicago community. We are inviting past donors and potential sponsors to come learn more about the local and national work that BYP100 is doing, and inviting them to support us so that we can continue to do this necessary work. But first, we'd like to invite YOU to support us! The night of the event, we will ask donors in attendace to match what we have raised internally as an organization. The more we raise ourselves, the more donors will give!
Monetary support has helped and will continue to aid our general operating efforts such as:
o Building and sustaining national infrastructure, as well as a local infrastructure across the country
o Providing resources and access to projects and programs for members who have no local chapter
o Providing resources for national convenings and for national materials
As well as the following major organizing campaign efforts that have touched the lives of the Chicago community and abroad:
o Get Out the Vote (GOTV): BYP100 Chicago Chapter encouraged young Black voters to register and participate in the State of Illinois and Chicago Municipal Elections. BYP100 Chicago made contact with over 3,000 young Black voters in Chicago.
o Grass Gap Campaign: BYP100 Chicago organized a direct action and a policy recommendation to decriminalize marijuana in Chicago. BYP100 Chicago members demanded that marijuana possession be a civil instead of a criminal offense. Currently, the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago are refining policy to make small marijuana possession a civil offense.
o Black Work Matters: BYP100 Chicago joined the Fight for 15 coalition to demand that Black fast food workers earn a living wage of at least $15 an hour and the right to unionize. Click here to watch our short video Black Work Matters: The Fight for 15.
o Say Her Name Campaign: BYP100 led a National Day of Action for Black Women & Girls to demand an end to State violence against Black Women and Girls this past May. Over 20 cities participated in direct actions to uplift and demand justice for Black women and girls who were killed by the police.
o BYP100 Chicago is currently organizing to demand that Chicago Police Department (CPD) Officer Dante Servin is fired without pension for killing Rekia Boyd, an unarmed Black woman. BYP100 Chicago organized actions to put pressure on the Independent Police Review Authority to fire Servin from CPD.
"We do this 'til we free us!"