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Coalition Statement: Black Lives Matter

We are outraged and heartbroken. We grieve and demand justice for the Black lives lost to police brutality, COVID-19, and more than 400 years of sanctioned violence and systemic racism in this country.

As we’ve seen again and again, communities of color — especially Black communities — are disproportionately traumatized by police violence and impacted by climate change and COVID-19. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery should be alive today, and their deaths are more horrific examples of systemic racism.

Over-policing does not make our communities any safer. The police didn’t keep George Floyd safe, or Breonna Taylor. They are more than names; they are our reminder that it is everyone’s responsibility to fight racism in all its forms. Black lives matter and we are committed to achieving social justice. 

Here’s How You Can Help

People’s Budget LA in Los Angeles is calling for the city to put resources into preventing violence instead of reacting to it with more violence, by cutting the budget for the police and investing in early childhood education, job creation, and public health. Nature for All supports this action and urges all levels of government to take similar actions.

Communities of color have for too long suffered the impacts of environmental injustices and carried the disproportionate burden of racist policies. Please consider joining us in taking action to support organizations working on the ground to address structural racism, including deep-seated societal notions of anti-Blackness, and the resulting health inequities and violence.  

We encourage everyone to make contributions and support organizations dedicated to fighting these injustices in memory of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the countless others whose names we may never know.

Local organizations: 

National organizations to support, who are working on these issues:

  • Minnesota Freedom Fund – pays criminal bail and immigration bonds for those who can’t afford to
  • Movement4BlackLives – was created as a space for Black organizations across the country to discuss and shift key policy, cultural and political wins
  • Reclaim the Block – a coalition demanding investment in community-led safety initiatives (and divestment from policing) in Minneapolis
  • Black Visions Collective – an arts collective advocating and organizing for transformative justice and liberation by and for Black Minnesotans
  • Black MN COVID-19 Response – a coalition of Black organizers and organizers from Minnesota addressing the harmful impacts of COVID-19
  • George Floyd Memorial Fund – the GoFundMe page of George Floyd’s family, posted by his brother
  • Pimento Relief Fund – providing black business with insurance relief after white supremacists set them on fire during the protests

Protecting Each Other and Nature

We’re in this together and we can enjoy the benefits of nature while observing public health guidelines in place to protect us all. Thank you in joining us in wearing face coverings, keeping our distance, and leaving no trace.

Protecting Nature During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Illustrated posts by Leadership Academy graduate Brenda Kyle (@chapparralchick on Instagram)



More on the subject:

Heading Out for a Hike? New Pandemic Rules (LA Times)

Los Angeles Trails Re-Open to Complaints, Confusion (Modern Hiker)

California State Parks Video no Safely Enjoying Time in Parks and on Trails

Leadership Academy Cohort 17 Graduation


Join us for an online commencement ceremony for Cohort 17 of our Leadership Academy on Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30 PM. We will have speeches from honored guests, including Congresswoman Judy Chu and State Senator Susan Rubio, and N4A Champions, who will discuss the need for stewardship and our work to protect nature from home.

You can view the ceremony on both Facebook and YouTube

RSVP: cohort17.eventbrite.com 

#GivingTuesdayNow

In this time of uncertainty, there’s a fundamental truth that gives us hope — that together we can do extraordinary things. Over the past few weeks and months, the entire world has been coming together to stand up, help out, give back, and heal. Generosity has been helping the entire world get through this global pandemic. Together.

We hope you will join us in celebrating #GivingTuesdayNow, a new global day of giving and unity taking place on May 5 (in addition to the regularly scheduled #GivingTuesday on Dec. 1, 2020) as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

On #GivingTuesdayNow, people all around the world are coming together to tap into the power of human connection and strengthen communities at the grassroots level.

While we are sheltered at home to protect the public health, we remain committed to our work to connect people and public lands, protect our mountains, rivers and green spaces, and create more parks and opportunities for all our communities to enjoy the benefits offered by nature. Our work behind-the-scenes continues and is more important than ever — and that’s why we are participating in #GivingTuesdayNow. As a 501c3 nonprofit, all donated funds pay for our vital work. On this global day of unity and giving, we thank you for any contributions you can make!