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LATEST UPDATES

USC KASA Matching Donations!
The Korean American Student Association is matching donations up to $5000 for orgs supporting BLM. More details at @usckasa on Instagram.

NEW PODCAST BY USC TRACK & FIELD

RELEASED EVERY FRIDAY AT 12PM PST

Engaging and relevant conversations brought to you by the USC Track and Field team.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Fundraisers at USC

Selling prints for various BLM orgs

Selling poster prints of Solange for Act Blue
Venmo $25 to @Kendall-Work

Selling paintings for BLM & Black Queer orgs

Making digital art for BLM donations

Creating "acid portraits" for BLM donations

Selling photographs for NAACP
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Various creatives selling items including clothing, bracelets, sun catchers, etc. for BLM

Selling originally designed clothing (available in various colors) and stickers for BLM & Yemen Relief

Selling original earrings for various BLM orgs

Selling watercolor paintings for BLM orgs
Pooling with More Good Ahead

Selling apparel, totes, mugs, masks, and buttons for BLM orgs

Selling artwork of Animals in Footwear, all sales go directly to Black Lives Matter

Black Owned Restaurants Near USC

South LA Cafe

Barbara Jean Soul Food

Tracy's Belizean Restaurant

Coffee by Kofi

Vurger Guyz Truck

100% Vegan Burgers

Bo Daddy's BBQ

Nimbus Coffee

Harry Potter Themed Coffee Shop

Relevant USC Courses

AMST 101 - Race & Class in Los Angeles

Analysis of race and the economic, political, gender, and social dimensions of contemporary Los Angeles including topics such as residential segregation, economic inequality, and city politics.

AMST 252 - Black Social Movements in the US

Examines black social movements for freedom, justice, equality, and self determination. Beginning with Reconstruction, movements include labor, civil rights, radical feminism, socialism, reparations, Black Nationalism, prisoners' rights, and Hip Hop.

PHIL 174 - Freedom, Inequality, and Social Justice

Explores the nature of justice, and how apparently conflicting ideals, such as freedom and equality, are to be balanced within a just society.

POSC 100 - Theory & Practice of American Democracy

Theoretical, institutional, and functional aspects of American national, state, and local government and politics; contemporary issues.

HIST 211 - Race in America

Examines the origins of the idea of race and how this idea influenced the development of the United States from the colonial period to the present day.

CLAS 320 - Diversity and the Classical Western Tradition

Political, ethical, and ideological aspects of classical Western Attitudes towards human diversity. Relationship between classical tradition and contemporary discussions of diversity and unity.

CJ 555 - Making A Difference in Criminal Justice

Preparing for the critical role of leadership through policy evaluation and policy change initiatives.

GESM 130 - The Psychology of Racial Bias

Individual and collective human action as it shapes and is shaped by economic organizations, political institutions, and broad social and cultural settings. (Satisfies GE-C, Social Analysis) Open only to Freshmen.

SOCI 155 - Immigrant America

Examination of the immigrant experience in the United States. Comparative analysis of social context of migration, formation of immigrant communities, and social integration of immigrants. (Satisfies GE-C, Social Analysis)

Contact Us

Is there something you would like to see added, questions on information posted, or any ideas/recommendations? Please let us know by filling out the form below.
We would love to highlight your stories, events, experiences, and resources.

If you are a Black activist, entrepreneur, and/or artist on campus — let us know!

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Regarding USC

Petition for the establishment of the Middle Eastern North African Student Assembly at USC

Petition for USC to add the Palestinian flag to the formerly named VKC Building

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MISSION STATEMENT

As non-Black USC students, our sole mission in the development of this platform is to highlight the work and voices of the Black community on campus. The following demands are a reflection of our devotion to the establishment of an inclusive campus culture: one that listens with empathy and responds with efficiency to the needs of our fellow Black Trojans. We thank you for sharing your experiences and truths.
We stand with you.

Black lives continue to be blighted by systemic inequities and violence. These senseless murders and continued discriminative treatment are a result of a nation with a broken foundation, one that perpetuates institutionalized racism. USC has been complacent for far too long.

We call for the following demands in order to take tangible steps to reform our campus culture.

1) Reform of the general education curriculum
We will be developing and proposing a selection of classes to integrate into the required general education curriculum. These classes will focus on Black history and culture, as well as demand that students recognize and combat systemic racism.

2) Reform of our diction when speaking of our neighboring communities
We will be in contact with Black student orgs on campus, the USC Board of Trustees, as well as local community organizations, in order to help foster discussions on cultural humility as a USC community.

3) Cut ties with LAPD & DPS
We have linked petitions & will continue to urge the USC Board of Trustees to cut ties with LAPD & subsequently DPS.

4) Reform of on-campus organizations to be more inclusive & diverse
We demand that all USC-affiliated organizations educate students on their biases and urge for structural change that is inclusive and representative of our diverse student body. These organizations especially include USC’s Greek Life which has been notorious for perpetuating racism on and off campus.

5) Mandatory faculty training on racism and misogyny
We will be in contact with USC administration to discuss the implementation of mandatory training for all faculty on both campuses regarding racist/misogynistic words, actions, and behaviors. This training will detail the effects of these discriminatory acts on students and require every faculty member to be a mandated reporter of these injustices.

This compilation of educational resources & actionable items serve as a starting point in understanding our implicit biases and taking action.

For Non-Black POC Communities

We are continuing to develop this portion of the site as we gain input. We understand we cannot speak on the behalf of all POC communities - we urge you to submit resources to be highlighted through 'Contact Us'. We must recognize and battle the anti-Blackness prevalent within POC communities.

A collection of translated messages for BLM for anyone with language barriers.

STUDENT STORIES

Podcasts

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for south Asian americans

Did you know that 5.4 million South Asians are able to live in the US today because of the 1965 Immigration Act that the African-American led Civil Rights movement inspired? Did you know there existed a place in 1930's New York called Bengali-Harlem where illegal Bengali migrants found refuge in African-American communities?

We must recognize our history and our inherent privilege. Have conversations with your family and friends.

Let Hasan Minhaj Talk to Your Desi Parents

Black & Desi - A Hidden History

On Colorism


Articles

Black Artists at USC

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please use 'Contact Us ' to submit additional artists to feature!

Music


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Don't Stop Making Noise

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Policies & Reforms

Police abolition focuses on defunding the police and subsequently redistributing this funding to local communities. Reform has repeatedly failed and is not the solution. Abolition is necessary to end the systemic racism and extreme violence the policing system perpetuates. Learn more about the policies here.

Call or Email

Through the use of phone calls and emails, you can effectively and efficiently communicate public desire for much needed change. The templates below are extremely helpful to use when contacting government officials; however, they are merely suggestions. The use of email templates often becomes repetitive; over the course of time, these messages become ignored and/or sent to spam. We encourage you all to either modify these templates or write your own.

Some Helpful Tips:

  • Present powerful statistics

  • Use personal anecdotes (when appropriate)

  • Use persuasive rhetoric

  • The email subject should be concise and pertinent to the topic

  • To show the importance of tangible change, include any relevant legislation/action taken by other government officials

  • Always be respectful

  • If you receive a response, always follow up with a reply

Make sure you engage with and hold your officials accountable for their decisions and actions. End your silence; Use your voice now!

Justice for George Floyd

EMAIL:

Mayor Jacob Frey, Minneapolis
Governor Waltz, Minnesota

"Dear [insert title],
I am outraged and disturbed by the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police Department officers. For seven minutes, George Floyd and bystanders cried out and pleaded for his life as your officers choked him to death in broad daylight. This is an act of police violence committed on an innocent, unarmed Black man. No one deserves what happened to George. And it’s up to you to grant justice. I’m calling on you to 1) block their pensions and 2) ban them from becoming police officers ever again. We’re counting on you to secure justice for his family."

Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles

"Dear Mayor Garcetti,
Following the insensitive comments that were made by LAPD Chief Michael Moore regarding the looting throughout the city, the residents of Los Angeles are strongly asking for you to reconsider his appointment.

As a resident, I am calling for you to take action and appoint someone who is anti-racist, someone who understands the meaning of justice. Chief Moore’s commentary that protestors are equally as responsible for the death of George Floyd as the police officers that assisted in his murder is incomprehensible, unbelievable, and simply not true. Chief Moore is unfit to be making public statements--his statements that promote racism and discrimination. He is clearly unfit to lead and unfit for the job.

Mayor Garcetti, your attempts to clarify the chief’s statements on Twitter may have had good intentions, but they are futile. If you truly value the conduct of the city, show that you will reprimand the misconduct by those under you. It is important to show the residents of Los Angeles that you are an ally in our fight against systemic racism. And change starts with people like you, who we have elected to be our representative, condemning racist practices and taking appropriate actions to back up your words!

If you don’t take action in replacing him, we will take actions via our votes and make sure that you are not re-elected. So do the right thing to solidify that we chose a proper leader."

Your LA resident,
[insert name]


CALL:

Mayor Jacob Frey, Minneapolis: ( 612) 673-2100

"Hi, my name is [insert name] and I'm a resident of [insert location]. I am outraged and disturbed by the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police Department officers. I'm calling on you to 1) block their pensions and 2) ban them from becoming police officers ever again."

Governor Waltz, Minnesota: ( 651) 201-3400
"Hi, my name is [insert name] and I'm a resident of [insert location]. I am outraged and disturbed by the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police Department officers. I'm calling on you to supervise Minneapolis Mayor Frey and strongly encourage him to 1) block their pensions and 2) ban them from becoming police officers ever again."

Attorney General Keith Ellison, Minnesota: (800) 657-3787

"Hi, my name is [insert name] and I'm a resident of [insert location]. I am outraged and disturbed by the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police Department officers. Thank you for your part in all four officers being charged murder; we’re counting on you to strongly incentivize Mayor Frey to 1) block their pensions and 2) ban them from becoming police officers ever again."

Attorney Mike Freeman, Hennepin County: ( 612) 348-5550

"Hi, my name is [insert name]and I'm a resident of [insert location]. I am outraged and disturbed by the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police Department officers. Thank you for your part in all four officers being charged murder; we’re counting on you to continue securing justice for his family."

Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles: ( 213) 978-0600

"Hi, my name is [insert name] and I'm from [insert location]. Following the insensitive comments that were made by LAPD Chief Michael Moore regarding the looting throughout the city, the residents of Los Angeles are strongly asking for you to replace him with someone capable of exercising just leadership."

Justice for Breonna Taylor

EMAIL:

Lieutenant Theodore Eidem, Louisville Metro PD
Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville

Dear [insert title],
"My name is [insert name] and I am a resident of [insert location]. I am outraged and horrified that Breonna Taylor was gunned down and shot more than eight times while in her home after officers barged in and illegally took her life. The LMPD officers, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove took Breonna’s life as she was just resting in her home doing nothing wrong. There was no announcement and no need to be in her home in the first place. These officers must immediately be fired for illegally entering her home, their egregious misconduct, and taking Breonna’s young life.
I am calling on you to fire the three officers immediately."


CALL:

Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville: (502) 574-2003

"Hi, my name is [insert name] and I am a resident of [insert location]. I am outraged and horrified that Breonna Taylor was gunned down and shot more than eight times while in her home after officers barged in and illegally took her life. I am calling on you to fire the three officers immediately."

Defund the Police

CALL:

Washington, DC

Mayor Muriel Bowser: (202) 727-2643

Los Angeles, California

Mayor Eric Garcetti: (213) 978-0600
Gov. Gavin Newsom: (916) 445-2841

Miami, Florida

Mayor Francis X. Suarez: (305) 468-5900

Atlanta, Georgia

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms: (404) 330-6054

"Hi, I’m calling to ask that our [city/county/state] defund the police. I think that police should be highly trained social workers with the purpose of de-escalating events rather than law enforcers who focus on catching crime and enforcing the law because police should be a service for the people, not a force to control the people.

Additionally, I think that we could reduce crime by limiting the factors which create it. Through reallocating funds from police departments to education, afterschool programs, housing, social services, healthcare, mental health resources, jobs, employment services, and rehabilitation programs members of our community are less likely to be entangled in our criminal system. Additionally, I think these programs would help people who have committed crimes re-enter our community in successful and productive ways."


EMAIL:

Washington, DC

Mayor Muriel Bowser: [email protected]

Los Angeles, California

Mayor Eric Garcetti: [email protected]
Gov. Gavin Newsom

New York City, New York

Mayor Bill de Blasio
Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Louisville, Kentucky

Mayor Greg Fischer

Gov. Andy Beshear

Miami, Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis

Atlanta, Georgia

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms:
[email protected]

Local Politicians

In order to email the person who is in charge of your own police department’s budget and union contract negotiations. This is either your mayor or your country executive, depending on how you are served. This can also be sent to local city/county council members.

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State Politicians

In order to email your representatives in the State Congress.

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A website that you can find and contact your federal, state, county, and local elected representatives.

Click here to find & contact your representatives

Justice for Elijah McClain

EMAIL:

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CALL:

Call CO Governor Jared Polis (303) 866-2471
Call Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman (303) 739-7015
Call Attorney General Phil Weiser (720) 508-6000
Call City Manager Jim Twombly (303) 739-7010


Call District Attorney Dave Young (303) 659-7720
Call District Chief Judge Emily E. Anderson (303) 654-3550
Call Deputy City Attorney Nancy Rodgers (303) 739-6014

"I am calling on behalf of Elijah McClain. We demand that Officers Nathan Woodyard, Jason Rosenblatt, Randy Roedema, Matthew Green, and Sgt Dale Leonard as well as Lt. Peter Chichuniec and Medic Jeremy Cooper of Aurora Fire Rescue are fired immediately and charged for killing Elijah McClain. We demand that DA, Dave Young, resign from his role for finding that the officers did not violate any criminal laws and more recently, wrongly stated on national television that Elijah experienced no injuries from the incident. We demand a timely investigation of this case as it is nearly a year since Elijah's death at the hands of Aurora officials. Elijah McClain was a 23 year old man with limitless potential. Our world lost an incredible person and we demand justice. Take accountability."

RESOURCES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

The recent ICE announcement threatens to deport international students at universities that will be online in the fall. This forces these students to forfeit their education and college experience. The mere imposition of a choice between one’s safety and education is utterly inhumane. Those experiencing this turmoil are our fellow Trojans, our peers. Start by demanding change and circulate the relevant information listed below.

Petitions

Call/Email Your Representatives

Find your representatives by clicking here and use the script below to CALL/EMAIL them.

FOR CALIFORNIA:
CA Democratic Senate Representatives
Dianne Feinstein
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Washington, DC Phone #: (202) 224-3841
LA Office Phone #: (310) 914-7300
Kamala Harris
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Washington, DC Phone #: (202) 224 - 3553
LA Office Phone #: (310) 231 - 4494




"Hi my name is [insert name here] and I am a resident of [insert state/city here]. My address is [insert address here] and you can reach me at [insert phone number/email here]. I want the senator/council member/ representative/mayor to do everything in their power to prevent ICE from deporting International students in the U.S. This harmful decision puts international students at risk of Covid-19, jeopardizes their degree and disrupts the life they have built in the U.S."

Resources for International Students @ USC

Contact USC to express your concerns about the updated international student policies + ask what steps they are taking to help international students (international students can do this too).

General USC Contract Information:
School-provided email for questions & concerns: [email protected]
Office of International Services: [email protected]
President Carol Folt: [email protected]
Office of the Provost: [email protected]
VP for student affairs: [email protected]

Some things you can ask USC to do:
1. Create a 1-unit, in-person class solely for int’l students and pledge to ensure that it continues in an in-person format throughout the semester
2. Consider taking legal actions against ICE/DHS to ask the court to stop ICE from enforcing the guidelines