Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF) Co-Founder and Executive Director Patrisse Cullors issued the following statement about the success of the BLM Survival Fund, which gave away almost $3 million within 12 hours of launching today:
“The need is so great that the BLM Survival Fund met its goal of providing direct support to nearly 3,000 Black people and their families within 12 hours of launching.
“This demand speaks to how severe the economic crisis still is for millions of Black people across the country and how more needs to be done. We call on corporations and foundations to help sustain the BLM Survival Fund so we can support more people affected by the pandemic.
“Until corporations and organizations increase the fund’s capacity, we are unable to accept additional applications for grants at this time. We received 9,000 applications in such a short time because our people are suffering. We need everyone, every corporation, every elected official who said Black Lives Matter during last summer’s uprisings to make Black Lives Matter by putting their money where their mouth is.
“The need will not go down until Congress steps up and provides monthly survival checks for our communities. Delays are only contributing to people’s hardship, and because of Congress’ failure, we are challenged to provide as much mutual aid as possible.”
About BLM Global Network Foundation
#BlacklivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murder. Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is a global foundation supporting Black led movements in the U.S., UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combatting and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.
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