We show up for racial justice in partnership
In everything we do, we follow the lead of people of color demanding racial justice. We continually to work to build relationships with organizations, individuals, and campaigns locally and nationally. See below for more information on partners we are working in solidarity with and campaigns we are supporting.
Showing up for racial justice (surj)
AWARE-LA/WP4BL are the Los Angeles affiliate of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change.
Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles
We work in solidarity with Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles, including responding to calls for action, fundraising, and raising up local demands.
Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life and to (re)build the Black liberation movement.
The movement for Black lives
We endorse The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) policy platform and actively work to meet its demands.
The M4BL platform is a common vision and agenda for black power, freedom, and justice that was developed by a collective of more than 50 organizations representing thousands of Black people from across the country. To read about the vision for Black lives, click here.
Students not suspects
We support the #StudentsNotSuspects campaign to end random searches in L.A. schools.
Currently, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has a policy that requires staff at all of its schools serving grades 6-12 to conduct random metal detector searches of students and their belongings every single day. This policy is ineffective, intrusive, and excessive, and has oftentimes been applied in a discriminatory fashion, with the district searching students more frequently in schools that serve more low-income students and students of color. Click here to sign the ACLU's petition to end random searches in L.A. schools.
Justice Warriors 4 Black Lives
We support Justice Warriors 4 Black Lives (“JW4BL”), which is a collaborative network of attorneys, legal workers, non-legal workers working with community to provide workshops, training, policy development, and legal services in support of current Black Liberation Movements.
We are members of the JusticeLA Coalition, a coalition that was formed to reclaim, reimagine and reinvest what L.A. County could do with the $3.5 billion allocated by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to building two new jails.
Head to the JusticeLA website to see how you can support the call for a stop to jail expansion and a reinvestment in people and communities in L.A.
L.A. No more jails coalition
We support the #NoMoreJails campaign to stop additional jail construction in L.A. County, reduce the number of people locked up in jails, and redirect funding to community solutions.
We support the AltoTrump campaign, which helps communities build bottom-up strategies of defense against the Trump administration's policies by organizing, creating alliances, and planning collectively.
AltoTrump is a campaign powered by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). In the words of the campaign: "Fear and hatred won the election, but fear and hatred can be defeated if we stand together."