Black August and Black Philanthropic Month are coming to an end, and before it does, we want to make sure we put all cards on the table.
We know that leading a cause like ending police brutality and making your community safer can feel like we’re asking you to be in charge of the entire cookout. But we’re coming to you personally for three very intentional reasons.
First, because you’re needed. It can be easy to think that because you’re not Ella Baker or Fannie Lou Hamer, you have nothing to offer, but it’s simply not true. Every act of bravery (from resharing a post to writing letters to elected officials) is needed.
You are needed.
Second, we’re coming to you because we know you have the courage, love, and unique talents to bring to the table that no one can offer in the same capacity.
The final reason we ask? Because we need you to know you’re never doing it alone. As your fellow Sistas, we know you’re already juggling ten million things, and we aim not to add something else to that lineup.
Instead, by sharing our gifts and the weight of the world, our goal is to make the impossible possible together. We want to ensure you know that even your seemingly small acts (like donating to 1M4) make BIG impacts. Basically, we’re making sure you know you’re not the only one on the hook at this cookout.
“Blessed Are Those Who Plant Trees Under Whose Shade They Will Never Sit”
– Indian Proverb
In our community, we team up when needed.
But don’t get it twisted; our Sistas are out there changing lives on their own.
Get to know some of our Sistas and how they inspire us!
Being a wife and mother are some of her greatest achievements. Not because either role has been easy but because of these roles, she is more resilient than ever. Praise God. Her goal in
life is to spread love and encouragement wherever her path leads. She is so grateful to share space with the amazing ladies of 1M4.
As the mother of 1M4’s Founder, one of 1M4’s very first members and the mom to a law enforcement officer, Tracy truly understands the complexity and need for public safety to be equitable and just.
In her free time, Tracy enjoys walking, playing with her grandchildren, and traveling as an empty-nester.
(A Mental + (A Mental Health Tip for You)
Self Care Sunday
Is your circle feeling a little small lately? As we get older, with life taking us this way
and that, it’s natural for some of the friendships we once relied on to become less
active parts of our lives.
If you’re feeling as though your circle is only getting smaller, consider finding new connections within your community. You could join community organizations or volunteer at (or attend) community events. And if there isn’t one, consider embracing
your creativity and creating one of your own!
Community-based activities are a great way to not only meet new friends and connect with your people, but they can also become a beautiful network of support for you and your family.
Spread Some Blessings!
The consequences of police violence extend far beyond the loss of life. For families affected, it’s the loss of income, the sacrifice of basic necessities, and the start of a high-cost legal fight. If you have the capacity, consider donating to 1M4. Proceeds help support impacted families and sustain the work of 1M4 toward ending police violence for good.
Our ancestors didn’t know they were answering the call when they refused to move from their seats, advocated for our education, or fought for our rights. They just knew something was wrong and stood up to make it right.
They were leaders, and so are you, Sis.
Right now, you see that the world isn’t quite right yet. You see that our community needs help, and guess what? You don’t have to wait for someone else to fix the problem. Whether you take the wheel or sit in the passenger seat by donating to 1M4 or joining our membership, we’ll make sure you’re in the car as we drive toward a brighter future.
Your Sis In All Of This,