Hello BNT Community,

At BNT, we stand firmly against racism, discrimination and police brutality, and support driving positive and peaceful change through movements like Black Lives Matter, which "fight for Freedom, Liberation and Justice."

BNT has, and always will, support equality, diversity and inclusion.

We are heartbroken, appalled and angry about the senseless killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, as well as the brutal deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky.

In his town hall meeting, former President Barack Obama said he supports peaceful protesters demanding police reforms and he believes only a “tiny” percentage of protesters had acted violently. He also said the “vast majority” of police officers, in his view, were not violent. Watch the meeting, learn about suggested reform and ways you can take action at Obama.org. Read the recap on NYTimes.com.

If you want to better understand the point of view of African Americans and situations they have to deal with, read Lori Lakin Hutcherson's article that explains what White Privilege means.

We encourage everyone to support and engage with groups and communities that support driving positive change.

Let's unite and work together for a better future for all.

We encourage you to support the House Resolution Condemning Police Brutality that condemns all acts of police brutality, racial profiling and excessive use of force, and asks Congress to adopt reforms at all levels of government.

Here is A Letter to Corporate Leaders, from the HBS African American Student Union, explaining how you can take action to help drive positive change.

Here are several groups and resources you may find helpful and want to support:

 

Groups and Causes:

Black Lives Matter Boston

NAACP - National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

ACLU - American Civil Liberties Union

The Legal Aid Society

George Floyd Memorial Fund

Blacks in Technology

Resilient Coders

Gyrl Wonder

Black Girls Code

Black and Brown Founders

Hack.Diversity

LifeHacker: Where to Donate to Help People Fighting for Racial Justice

Equal Justice Initiative

Black Trans Travel Fund

Campaign Zero - We can live in a world where the police don't kill people
by limiting police interventions, improving community interactions, and ensuring accountability.

Color of Change - helps you do something real about injustice. We design campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward. Until justice is real.

National Care Mentoring Movement - a pioneering community-galvanizing movement dedicated to alleviating intergenerational poverty among African Americans.

 

Resources:

NBC Boston: Local Protests

National Resources List

#GeorgeFloyd+ Resource Compilation

Anti-Racism Resource List

How to Foster Inclusivity at Your Company

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

CNN: Guide to How You Can Support Marginalized Communities

Southern Poverty Law Center

Brennan Center for Justice

30 Days of Action for Allies

 

Take care and be safe,

Chris Requena and the BNT team

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