Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 6/5/20

Stay informed of the week’s notable events and shared resources with this curated list of Nonprofit Tweets of the Week.

Notable Events of the Week:

  • “Minnesota officials charged three more former police officers on Wednesday in the death of George Floyd, and added an upgraded charge against the former officer who pressed his knee to Mr. Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. … It’s great news, they said — and it’s not nearly enough. There need to be convictions. There needs to be systemic change.” NY Times
  • “James Mattis, the esteemed Marine general who resigned as secretary of defense in December 2018 to protest Donald Trump’s Syria policy, has, ever since, kept studiously silent about Trump’s performance as president. But he has now broken his silence, writing an extraordinary broadside in which he denounces the president for dividing the nation, and accuses him of ordering the U.S. military to violate the constitutional rights of American citizens.” The Atlantic
  • “The coronavirus-related economic downturn may have set off a sudden plunge in global greenhouse gas emissions, but another crucial metric for determining the severity of global warming — the amount of greenhouse gases actually in the air — just hit a record high.” Washington Post

Top 10 Nonprofit Tweets:

  • Barack Obama: I wrote out some thoughts on how to make this moment a real turning point to bring about real change––and pulled together some resources to help young activists sustain the momentum by channeling their energy into concrete action. How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change
  • Lisa Schohl: “The knee on our collective neck is the structural racism that is persistent and pervasive in every aspect of our lives. We are afraid to run, drive, sit in our homes and eat ice cream, or watch birds.” The Nonprofit World Responds to the Death of George Floyd
  • Nonprofit Quarterly: Philanthropy claimed it would focus on ensuring #BlackLivesMatter and then let up as attention moved elsewhere. We must not falter as a field again! https://bit.ly/2zQjgvU WilliamCordery
  • Chronicle of Philanthropy: “We are lucky to be in service to those who interrupt, who disrupt, who remind us to stop fiddling around the edges because there is real work to be done.” Dismantling Racism Might Require Philanthropy to Dismantle Itself (Dispatches)
  • BoardSource: “If we are truly ‘stewards of the public good,’ how can we justify turning a blind eye to the injustices that continue to happen in public, often in the light of day?” Preparing for the Journey – and Remembering Their Names
  • Julián Castro: Calls for justice are good and necessary, but what I’d rather hear right now from elected officials are calls for specific policy change. Even better—action to change it. [Ed. More nonprofit advocacy is critically needed. It’s an underdeveloped, under-resourced, & underutilized strategy for mission advancement. Need governance & executive leadership during moments when people are demanding change but there’s an absence of unity on policy solutions.]
  • Sherrilyn Ifill: It’s past time to move past talk of training and community policing to take on qualified immunity, federal & local funding, union contracts & the the infrastructure that upholds the structure of racist & brutal policing. READ my latest in ⁦@Slate⁩. How to Change Policing in America
  • Deadline Hollywood: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Officials Cutting $100-$150 Million From LAPD Budget, Funds To Be Reinvested In Communities Of Color http://dlvr.it/RXxRpy
  • Jed Emerson: Worth our reviewing… via @NYTimes A History of Race and Racism in America, in 24 Chapters
  • Jemele Hill: [email protected] just put all other corporate statements to shame. THIS is how you put out a statement. [Ed. The tweet included a graphic with the following excerpt: “The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy. What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the enemy from the beginning. What happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis is the fruit borne of toxic seeds planted on the shores of our country in Jamestown in 1619, when the first enslaved men and women arrived on this continent. Floyd is the latest in a long list of names that stretches back to that time and that shore. Some of those names we know — Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Emmett Till, Martin Luther King, Jr. — most we don’t.” Ben and Jerry’s full statement can be found here.]

Media Selection:

George Floyd: Killer Mike Makes Emotional Speech About Protests | NowThis (YouTube)