Refocus

  In the last couple months, the Make It A Better Place team has witnessed the impact that our non-profit organization has created. Through our website and social media campaign, we have generated a following of those passionate about change for the greater good, while keeping focus on the goals we set out for ourselves at the beginning of this adventure. However, we have recently decided to shift our approach towards maximum change. We will now be focusing more on impact throughout social media platforms, while maintaining our website primarily for major issues on a less frequent basis. If you want to continue to learn new ways to eliminate discrimination and provoke change, give us a follow on our Twitter and Instagram accounts @BetterPlaceOrg and @makeitabetterplaceorg. It is at this time that we’d like to thank everyone sticking with us along the way, and hope that you continue to press for change with us. 
-Make It A Better Place team

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11 Things You Can Do to Help With Police Brutality Part 1

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Martin Luther King Jr. was a role model for not only African-Americans, but also each white and non-white person on this planet. He preached that violent crimes should not be counteracted with other crimes. He said that we should commit to nonviolence, and peacefully protest our concerns. Because if do resort to such lowly crimes, how are we any better than the aggressors?
This principle of nonviolence to which he held so strongly during the civil rights movement is even more applicable during this time of unrest. The Dallas shootings that occurred on July 7th are unacceptably wrong. There are many ways to protest the police violence in our country but the killing of innocent police officers is not one of them. By doing this, we are committing crimes that are equal to or worse than the ones occurring during police brutality. We should instead look to work towards having white people respect black people, and black people respecting white people. But, committing to nonviolence does not mean there is nothing you can do. Our next post outlines different ways to help end police brutality in America.

11 Things You Can Do to Help With Police Brutality Part 2

  Through the media and real-life experiences, we have recognized that we have a global problem with racism, and specifically anti-black police brutality. Yet among all of the protests and violence and calls for change, many are left wondering, “what can I do?” We cannot all run non-profit organizations, or lead rallies, or join mass protests. But thanks to the internet and the innovative people of 2016, we have created ways for everyone to help bring change to this epidemic, whether you are black, white, or non-white. Whether you live in New York, London, or India. Whether you have been affected by this ongoing tragedy, or are just demanding of justice, we can and must all do something, as it is our responsibility as human beings.

 

The following are websites which can be visited to help bring change.

 

Take Action:

Self-Care:

For Non-Black and/or White Allies:

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The Harsh Reality

July 6, 2016

 Alton Sterling.

 37 years old.

 Father of five.

 Hands empty.

 Murdered by a cop said to defend the people much like the very one lying on the asphalt in front of him, with bullets in his chest and his very life fading away.download (7)

 

 “This is what trauma feels like. This is what terror feels like. This is what a war zone feels like.”Kirsten West Savali

 

 Yet this is not the first.

 

 In 2015 alone, 102 black Americans were killed by a white police officer. Nearly twice a week a shooting of this kind occurred, and yet no serious actions have been taken. In 2016, it was a record year for these casualties. The President of the United States of America spoke out against this slaughter countless of times, and yet just the other day, two more lives were lost.

 

 These crimes are not just ordinary. They stem from the racial discrimination and hatred that is evident in our country. Recently, videos have surfaced depicting white men in the same situation, but the police officers did not react as violently. This goes to show that our police are racially flawed. They see a black man walking down the street and immediately begin questioning him, while to a white man they would respectfully wave.

 

 It is from these unstable times our non-profit organization begins.  We strive to not only bring change to African American communities, but to all minorities. Through our platform, we ask that you join us in creating change and help us move forward into a coexistent future.