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Dear Friend, 

In the face of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile many are asking what they can do to stand with Black and Brown people in the face of such brutal violence. Please understand that silence is a response that says that Black and Brown lives do not matter. 

We cannot accept this and ask each and every person related to Pact to take action to stand up and speak out against the violence, take actions for all of sakes, most especially our children.

Below are a few ideas and projects you can get involved in.


In solidarity,

Beth Hall

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Actions Pact Families Can Take to Help End

Police Killings of Black People and People of Color

  1. Sign the petition demanding accountability for Philando Castile and Alton Sterling's murders. The Color of Change--an excellent organization that specialized in net-roots activism that elevates the voices of Black people and their allies--has initiated a petition demanding accountability for Philando Castile and Alton Sterling's murders. Background information and how to sign and share the petition is at: http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/justice-alton-and-philando/?t=2&akid=5955.1641751.0Bz6WY
  2.  Sign the MoveOn.org petition calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to track, document and publish data on police killings nationally: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/the-us-need-to-track
  3.  Write to your local police department and ask them to mandate anti-bias training with all of their personnel. A sample from this week's MinnPost is linked below:  https://www.minnpost.com/community-voices/2016/07/wake-philando-castiles-death-minnesotans-must-address-implicit-racism-now-n
  4.  Support the Black Youth Project's Agenda to Build Black Futures-a set of economic goals and structural changes, and a call to action, to improve the lives of Black people. You can help publicize this agenda developed by young Black people and donate to support their work. http://agendatobuildblackfutures.org/
  5.  Learn more about what you can do to promote justice in policing. Here's a helpful resource.Building Momentum from the Ground Up: A Toolkit for Promoting Justice in Policing http://www.policylink.org/sites/default/files/JusticeInPolicing-9.pdf 
  6. Connect to racial justice organizing by white people. Join Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and connect to a local SURJ affiliate in your area to learn about ways you can be an ally and activist for racial justice. http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/about
  7.  Keep talking with your children about race issues and racial justice. Some resources are Embrace Race: Raising Kids in a World Where Race Matters at http://www.embracerace.org/  and Raising Race Conscious Children: Resources for Talking about Race at http://www.raceconscious.org/ 

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White Outrage 

BlackLivesMatter Video Project

Dear Fellow White People,                                                                     


We are white people who are outraged by the senseless murders of black and brown people here in the United States. There have been 532 deaths of brown and black people already in 2016.  Where are the white people?  Where is the white response to the horrors of police brutality against people of color?  While some is getting done, it is not enough.  


We want to add to the response and demonstrate our support for the Black Lives Matter Movement.  This is some small way ask white people to step up and state your outrage.  


We are putting together videos of white people holding up a sign made by them with a statement. Please see the sample of what we are describing.  Here are the instructions.


1.     Have your phone or camera in a horizontal position and with HD.    

2.     Please make a sign on white letter size paper stating what you want to say.  Write clearly - short messages or max 1-2 sentences.  

3.     Put #Blacklivesmatter on the bottom.

4.     On a half a sheet of white paper please write your city and state.

5.     Hold your sign at your chest and the paper with your city and state below it. 

6.     Start recording:   "I am a white ______________ (person, man, mom, dad, grandparent etc.) and I am outraged. "  Then say the message you have written on your sheet of paper and then stop recording.  

7.     This should only be a few seconds, max 10sec.

8.     Send your recording to whiteoutrage@gmail.com

9.     In the email title: city, state you are from.

10. Send it to us as soon as possible, we will be putting the first videos out on Sunday July 10th.


We are asking you to send this out to the white people you know so we can have a significant number of white people visually and verbally taking a stand against radicalized police brutality from all states. 


Our hope is to create videos by state. When we send them back to you, you can send them to your representatives and senators, as well as to your police stations.  

Here is an example. Other people have included statements such as: end police brutality; demilitarizing the police; it's no officer's job to be judge, jury and executioner; stop profiling, assaulting and murdering black men, women and children; our black children deserve safe; tears and outrage are not enough, take action to end state-sanctioned murder; stop killing innocent black drivers; if all lives mattered, we wouldn't need black lives matter etc...  


Here is a video sample.

WhiteOutrage _BlackLivesMatter

WhiteOutrage _BlackLivesMatter

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The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s (CCAI) Angels in Adoption™ Program honors individuals, couples, and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions on behalf of children in need of families. These heroes hail from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and represent the wide spectrum of individuals involved in the adoption and foster care process. Since the program’s inception in 1999, almost 2,000 Angels have received this honor. CCAI also awards a select number of National Angels in Adoption™. As the name implies, these are individuals whose contributions in the fields of adoption or foster care have had a national impact. Past recipients of this award include Korie and Willie Robertson, Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley, Ne-Yo, PEOPLE Magazine, Nia Vardalos, Scott Fujita, Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, First Lady Laura Bush, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Kristin Chenoweth, Rhea Perlman, Deborra-lee Furness, Bruce Willis, Al Roker, Muhammad Ali, Patti LaBelle, Jane Seymour, Henry Winkler, and CBS Studios. In addition to giving Members of Congress a firsthand look at the foster care and adoption related work taking place throughout the country, the Angels in Adoption™ program seeks to draw media attention to raise public awareness about the positive difference adoption makes in the life of a child. Last year’s event alone resulted in 140 human interest stories being published in newspapers throughout the nation. These stories serve as inspiration for others to step forward to consider fostering or adopting. The Angels in Adoption™ travel to Washington D.C. to participate in three days of events all designed to train them in using their personal experience to affect change on behalf of children in need of homes and to celebrate their hard work and dedication to the issue.

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