BLACK LIVES MATTER.

Racism & Police brutality have plagued our black brothers & sisters since the inception of our nation, but many Americans are just now waking up to this fact. At Thirst Project we’ve spent the past week listening, learning and leading our team to better understand the black experience in America today.

For us, that meant having tough conversations amongst staff, disagreements on what to do or what to say and ultimately accepting the reality that nothing we have done has been enough. ⠀

With that said, here is what we plan to do with what we’ve learned these past few days…⠀

💧 We will work to diversify our Board of Directors.⠀
💧 We will work to further diversify the Employees, Interns and Vendors we hire.⠀
💧 We will host at least two (2) Summer School (Zoom) sessions where students can discuss how they are handling these issues in their local communities and provide action steps for them to make a difference. ⠀
💧 We will create opportunities for students to use their time, voice & vote to end police brutality & racism. ⠀
💧 We will work to maintain an inclusive workplace where all voices feel heard & respected. ⠀
💧 We will give as much paid time off during the workday this week and in the weeks to follow to any Staffer who wants to Protest. ⠀
💧 We will give as much paid time off during the workday this week and in the weeks to follow to any Staffer who wants to Volunteer to organize at BLM or related organizations leading the fight for racial equality right now. ⠀
💧 We will give as much paid time off during the workday this week and in the weeks to follow to any Staffer who wants to Volunteer to clean up the city after the present riots.⠀
💧 Above all, we will be creating a space on our website where individuals can learn more about where we stand on this issue and ways to take action from anywhere in the world, as well as our progress towards completing the above goals.

If you had any question where we stand on this issue, let us say it extremely loud & clear 🗣 #BLACKLIVESMATTER

RESOURCES

DONATE

  1. The Innocence Project – With multiple branches throughout the nation, The Innocence Project works to exonerate those who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes by providing free legal assistance.
  2. Black Girls Code – On a mission to increase the number of black women working in computer programming, BGC hosts after-school programs and workshops. The organization plans to train one million young black women in the field by the year 2040.
  3. My Brother’s Keeper – An initiative of the Obama administration, this organization aims to unite and amplify the voices of black men through mentorship.

ACT

  1. Register to Vote – True leaders VOTE by example.
  2. Change.org – Taking action will help amplify your VOICE.
  3. Study Hall – Share experiences & learn from other students across the world.

LEARN

  1. Systemic Racism Explained – Take a minute to better understand the issues being discussed across the United States and learn how you can help.

WATCH

  1. The Hate U Give
  2. 13th

STUDY HALL SESSIONS

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3