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  • published Local Chapters in Who We Are 2023-10-16 10:50:32 -0500

    Local Chapters

    Join | Connect | Advocate

    Moms are connecting across the country to positively influence and advocate for the fair and equitable treatment of Black boys and men in our society. United, we have the power to create the change we want to see for our SonShines. 

    M.O.B.B. United is a coalition of moms who understand how you feel as a mother of a Black boy, no matter their age. Joining a local chapter brings moms into the sisterhood of support and provides the structure needed to take action on behalf of all our SonShines. 

    Connect With a Local Chapter Or Start Your Own! 

    Applications for Chapter Leaders are open to all moms of Black boys. Contact us for more information.

    State City/Region Chapter Leads Email
    GA Atlanta Patty Garrett [email protected]
    TX Houston Amber Williams [email protected]
    CA Los Angeles Sonya Marchand [email protected]
    NJ Trenton Ribbons Harris [email protected]
    AZ Phoenix Querida Walker [email protected]
    DC District of Columbia Lisa Burton [email protected]
    FL South Florida Rhea Sancassani
    Corine Wells
    Leanna Prendergast
    [email protected]
    MS Mississippi Sheleana Taylor
    Monique Butler
    [email protected]
    PA Pennsylvania Kumari Ghafoor-Davis [email protected]

     

    If you are a MOBB and you are interested in volunteering with one of our committees, please take a moment to visit our Volunteer Page.

  • Legislation Action Alert - Sandra Bland Act

    MOBB United Action in SUPPORT of Texas SB 1849

    Background: M.O.B.B. United for Social Change has been supporting the Sandra Bland Act which has been moving through the Texas Legislature. The Sandra Bland Act is a comprehensive proposal which would – among other things - create more training and reporting requirements for county jails and law enforcement and mandate people experiencing mental health crisis be diverted to treatment over jail. A companion bill to the Sandra Bland Act was introduced by Texas state senator John Whitmire.

    In early May, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee passed its version which aims to change the way police and civilians interact. The bill went to the full Senate where it passed with a unanimous vote. It was sent over to the House and referred to committee.

    To ensure the bill becomes law, we need moms to mobilize now.

    May 15, the Criminal Jurisprudence committee passed the bill to the full House which now needs to vote FOR this bill and pass it into law. We are urging MOBB United for Social Change members to call their representatives now.  Call your representative and ask him or her whether they plan to support passage of this important legislation.  

    In particular, you should call Phil King and the Representatives on Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee who never took a vote on the original house version of the bill.

    Here are talking points for a conversation with representatives:

    • My name is  _____________________  I'm calling from MOBB United for Social Change
    • MOBB United has brought together over 170,000 concerned mothers who want to change the perceptions of black men and black boys and impact policies that negatively affect our sons - black boys and black men.
    • I'm a resident of the state of Texas and am calling to urge Representative_____________________ to support the Sandra Bland Act / SB 1849 and vote in favor of its passage.  The full Senate voted last week, and the Criminal Jurisprudence committee has reported favorably. Now we need Representative ____________________ to do his/her part to ensure additional accountability measures and training for law enforcement officials.
    • I am a mom of a black boy and I am concerned about these issues because there is data showing that black men and boys do not commit crimes at rates higher than any other racial group, racial minorities are more likely than white Americans to be arrested; once arrested, they are more likely to be convicted; and once convicted, they are more likely to face stiff sentences. 
    • Among other important reforms, the legislation would require that law enforcement agencies include the race and ethnicity of drivers, de-escalation training for all Texas State law enforcement and it would ask for the diversion of people suffering from mental illness to treatment rather than jail.
    • Please support Sandra Bland Act / SB 1849 when it comes to the floor for a vote
    • Can we count on your support?

     

  • STATEMENT RE: Shooting of Ralph Yarl in Kansas City, MO

    Today, we stand with the family of Ralph Yarl, a 16-year-old Black boy recently released from a Kansas City, Missouri hospital and currently under the care of his mother, a nurse. Yarl whose mother moved to the US to escape violence in Liberia, was shot by Andrew Lester (84) after ringing the wrong doorbell when going to pick up his twin siblings. Forgetting his phone in the car and mistaking 115th Street for 115th Terrace does not require being shot at through a glass door. 84-year-old Andrew Lester will face charges of assault in the first degree and armed criminal action.

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  • Justice for Tyre Nichols: MOBB United for Social Change mourns the life of Tyre Nichols

    M.O.B.B. United for Social Change joins with the family of Tyre Nichols and the Memphis community in mourning for the tragic loss of Tyre Nichols, a father, a son, an avid skateboarder and nature lover. We ended this week with what we hope is the first step towards bringing his murderers - 5 Memphis Police Officers - to justice for their reckless and unlawful behavior. These officers have been fired from the Memphis police department and video footage of the inhumane and terroristic attack upon Tyre has been released. We hope that the images which remain of Tyre in the public mind are the kind and gentle man whose last peaceful moments on this earth were capturing images of the setting sun.

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  • published JusticeInPolicingAct2021 in Legislative Action Alerts 2023-10-16 08:49:25 -0500

    Legislation Action Alert - Justice In Policing Act 2021

    M.O.B.B. United for Social Change Calls on Senate to Pass George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

     

    One year ago today, we all watched in horror as George Floyd’s last breath was snuffed out of him by the pressure of Officer Derek Chauvin’s knee on his neck for more than nine minutes. In his final moments, George called out in desperation for his mother. For the past year, we all have been under arrest with emotion over the incredible injustice done to George Floyd and many others harassed and killed by law enforcement. Last month, we got a glimpse of justice being served and finally witnessed accountability where there hasn’t been before. We are thankful for the change in tide, but understand that one verdict cannot erase 400 years of hate, discrimination and dehumanization.

    The conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd is just the beginning of the road to accountability. We need true policy reform that holds law enforcement accountable and also makes them think twice before they act.

    Our children continue to die needlessly, and we have no way to protect them from those who refuse to view and treat them as fully human. While the Derek Chauvin trial was underway, we learned of the murder of Daunte Wright just 10 miles away and subsequently saw previously unreleased video of the gruesome 2019 murder of Ronald Greene in Monroe, Louisiana. We must continue to make our voices heard by our lawmakers. We must fight for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which contains many of the ideals that M.O.B.B. United has been fighting for since our inception in 2016. Among other things, the bill (HR 7120):

    • Bans chokeholds and carotid holds at the federal level and conditions law enforcement funding for state and local governments banning chokeholds.
    • Requires that deadly force be used only as a last resort and requires officers to employ de-escalation techniques first.
    • Changes the standard to evaluate whether law enforcement use of force was justified from whether the force was “reasonable” to whether the force was “necessary.”

    On this day and everyday, we honor the life of George Floyd and all others whose lives were ended too soon. Our hearts go out to all Moms who have lost their sons at the hands of those meant to protect and serve.

    We encourage you to contact your U.S. Senators to press for passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Future generations are counting on us.

     

    Call To Action

     

    #ProtectThem by demanding immediate action to further our goal of achieving reform in policing and the criminal justice system -- support the passage of the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act.

    Summary: 
    Overall the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (JIPA) (see JIPA Fact Sheet here), introduced by Rep. Karen Bass (D- CA) and passed by the House of Representatives last June, addresses many of the policies that M.O.B.B. United for Social Change, Inc. (MUSC) has been advocating for since its inception. The Act would establish national standards for training and operation of police departments that would be mandated at the federal level and uses the power of funding to encourage adoption of the same standards at the state and local level. It addresses the systemic racism and bias that affect how our Black boys and men are treated by law enforcement and puts in place substantive measures for better data collection and clearer guidelines for accountability and effective prosecution of police misconduct.

    To ensure the bill becomes law, we need moms to mobilize now.

    Please contact your Senators (bipartisan) and tell them that you SUPPORT the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and we want a vote in the Senate NOW to pass this crucial legislation.

    Find your Senators via this link:
    https://www.senate.gov/senators/senators-contact.htm

     

    M.O.B.B. United for Social Change, Inc.

    A VOICE for Moms of Black Sons

    M.O.B.B. United for Social Change, Inc. (MUSC) focuses on influencing how Black boys and men are treated and perceived by law enforcement and in society. Our focus covers a variety of areas plagued by racial disparities as it relates to their interaction with law enforcement and persons in authority. From the school-to-prison pipeline to the broader criminal justice system, we aim to break down these walls and change the trajectory of racial injustice to ensure that our sons survive and thrive.

    MUSC’s legislative platform outlines key policy areas that we plan to focus on over this year, across all states. Additionally, as they are introduced in state assemblies or opportunities arise, our legislative agenda will also include support for or opposition against key legislation and initiatives that are aligned with our mission.

  • MUSC Calls on Senate to Pass George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

    One year ago today, we all watched in horror as George Floyd’s last breath was snuffed out of him by the pressure of Officer Derek Chauvin’s knee on his neck for more than nine minutes. In his final moments, George called out in desperation for his mother. For the past year, we all have been under arrest with emotion over the incredible injustice done to George Floyd and many others harassed and killed by law enforcement. Last month, we got a glimpse of justice being served and finally witnessed accountability where there hasn’t been before. We are thankful for the change in tide, but understand that one verdict cannot erase 400 years of hate, discrimination and dehumanization.

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  • Rapid Response Alert - Kenosha, WI

    Jacob Blake---Kenosha WI

     

    One week ago, our hearts broke again as we watched yet another Black man be gunned down by a trigger happy police officer with no regard for Black life. Police were called to a neighborhood in Kenosha, Wisconsin due to a domestic dispute. At some point, police encountered Jacob Blake who had just broken up a fight between two women in the community. Cellphone video footage shows Jake calmly walking away from officers attempting to get in his car when an officer grabbed his shirt and shot him in his back at point blank range. This all happened while Jake's three precious sons, ages 3, 5 and 8, sat in the car. As moms of Black sons, we can't begin to imagine what the children must be going through after experiencing such a traumatic life altering event. The officers showed no regard for Jacob or his children. Now, Jacob’s future hangs in the balance as he’s paralyzed from the waist down as a result of the gun shot wounds he suffered and is handcuffed to a hospital bed as he fights for his life and dignity.

    There are no legitimate excuses for this unnecessary outrageous act of violence by someone who is sworn to serve and protect the public. This incident follows a pattern indicating a culture and behavior of policing in America that is savagely brutal and doesn’t value Black lives. This must change now. The people who are sworn to serve and protect must not be allowed to be the perpetrators of bloodthirsty violence with no accountability.

    Moms of Black Boys United for Social Change demand a fair and transparent investigation into the death of Jacob Blake. We call for the arrest and firing of the officers who attempted to take Jake Blake's life and that they be prohibited from ever serving as law enforcement officers again. Jacob did what the police should have done; he tried to de-escalate a domestic dispute and for that he was tasered and shot 7 times in the back at close range. Law Enforcement must be held accountable, now.

     

    Call To Action

    Join your voices with ours at M.O.B.B. United for Social Change in making our demands.

    When making phone calls, be polite but firm. Talking points and sample script:

    • We are pleased to see that the Wisconsin Department of Justice is launching an investigation into the shooting with the help of the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Kenosha County Sheriff's Office. We demand results of the investigation and all video associated with the incident be released to the public as soon as possible. 
    • We demand the Mayor John Antaramian - Email: [email protected]. dismiss the officers involved in this situation.  Administrative leave is not enough.
    • Although the officers involved in Blake's shooting were put on administrative leave, you can still call or email local officials in Kenosha to demand they are held fully responsible:

     

    When you call or email, you can say something along the lines of:

    "Hi, my name is [first and last name] and I am a mom of a black boy / man. I demand justice through a fair, transparent investigation and that the officer who recklessly shot Jacob Blake in front of his young children be fired immediately.  Thank you for your time."

     

    M.O.B.B. United for Social Change, Inc. is a nationwide coalition of moms who are dedicated to making the world a safer place for Black boys and men by eradicating harassment, brutality and unwarranted use of deadly force by law enforcement and others against our sons. The group was born out of frustration over the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile in Minnesota and numerous other innocent Black boys and men killed by police before and after them. It has grown into a mobilized force of moms determined to make a difference. We aim to influence both policy and perception that impact how Black boys and men are treated by law enforcement.

  • MUSC Statement on the Police Shooting of Jacob Blake

    One week ago, our hearts broke again as we watched yet another Black man be gunned down by a trigger happy police officer with no regard for Black life. 

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  • MUSC Calls for Justice and Police Reform in Aurora, Colorado

    This week, a mother and 4 children (ages 17,14,12 & 6) were terrorized when police mistakenly identified their SUV as a stolen motorcycle from another state. That’s right. An SUV in Colorado was mistaken for a motorcycle in Montana with the same license plate number. The mother and children, one as young as 6, were forced to get out of the vehicle and lie face down on the hot, dirty pavement. They were handcuffed as the children wailed, confused and terrified by what was going on.

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  • Strange Fruit - MUSC Statement on Alleged Hangings by Suicide in May and June

    Strange Fruit

    Over the past month, we have been horrified and heartbroken by a string of hangings of Black boys and men, all deemed to be suicides. Given the racially charged atmosphere and prevalence of hatred in many cities across America, Moms of Black Boys United for Social Change demands further investigation into these mysterious deaths all carried out in public spaces. Although we acknowledge the recent rise in suicide rates by young Black boys and men, we are skeptical that they would choose to hang themselves in a public square. We want thorough investigations in these cases and honor the lives and memory of these souls lost too soon.

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  • Rapid Response Alert - Minneapolis, MN - UPDATE

    MOBB United for Social Change Demands Justice for George Floyd 

     

    We are pleased to hear that charges have been upgraded to second degree murder for the principal assailant, Derek Chauvin, in the murder of unarmed citizen George Floyd and have now also been filed against the remaining three officers involved for aiding and abetting a murder. We are also grateful that civil rights charges have been filed by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights against the Minneapolis Police Department in relation to the death of George Floyd. Additionally, we support the department’s investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department.

    We applaud Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison for the decisive actions he has taken to further the pursuit of justice for the Floyd family. We must now work to ensure that these charges result in convictions that reassure every citizen that systematic discriminatory practices and reform in the criminal justice system are being addressed.
     
    “We acknowledge that charges have now been filed against all four officers involved in the horrific murder of George Floyd,” said M.O.B.B. United for Social Change Founder Depelsha McGruder. “But this isn’t the first time we’ve witnessed a murder in broad daylight on video and expected swift justice -- only to later be sorely disappointed. We are hopeful that this case will bring real punishment and accountability to these officers who showed no regard for Mr. Floyd’s life in the form of convictions and stiff sentencing.” 

     

    Call To Action

    #ProtectThem by demanding immediate action to further our goal of achieving reform in policing and the criminal justice system.
     
    We urge you to join us in continuing to make our voices heard by contacting the following local officials with these further demands:
     
    Demand that Governor Tim Walz, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and Mayor Jacob Frey continue to work against the culture of racism and police brutality in Minnesota by putting firm policies and practices in place to end it. These include:

    1. Prohibiting or banning excessive use of force tactics such as chokeholds and neck restraints in the arrest of unarmed suspects.
    2. Any officer involved in an encounter with an unarmed citizen must be accountable to the police use of force rules as set forth in its applicable continuum of escalation. Loss of life resulting in such encounters should result in the officer being arrested for excessive use of force within 72 hours of the incident. 
    3. An independent investigation of officer-involved fatalities should be conducted by the state's Attorney General's office in conjunction with the Civilian Review board.
    4. More stringent review, oversight and punishment for officers with multiple complaints; officers terminated for misconduct should be unable to work in any professional law enforcement capacity.

    Leadership must take a clear stand in enforcing the rules and guidelines set forth for proper conduct within the police force and provide transparency in reporting of all officer-involved fatalities to put an end to this abuse of power.  

     


    Tim Walz, Minnesota Governor
    1-800-657-3717


    Medaria Arradondo, Minneapolis Police Chief
    1-612-673-3559


    Jacob Frye, Minneapolis Mayor
    1-612-673-2100

     

     

    M.O.B.B. United for Social Change, Inc. is a nationwide coalition of moms who are dedicated to making the world a safer place for Black boys and men by eradicating harassment, brutality and unwarranted use of deadly force by law enforcement and others against our sons. The group was born out of frustration over the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile in Minnesota and numerous other innocent Black boys and men killed by police before and after them. It has grown into a mobilized force of moms determined to make a difference. We aim to influence both policy and perception that impact how Black boys and men are treated by law enforcement.

  • MUSC Official Statement Regarding Charges Filed in the Murder of George Floyd

    OFFICIAL STATEMENT

     
    OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM MOMS OF BLACK BOYS UNITED FOR SOCIAL CHANGE, INC. (M.O.B.B. UNITED FOR SOCIAL CHANGE) REGARDING CHARGES FILED IN THE MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD BY FOUR MINNEAPOLIS POLICE OFFICERS

     
    (NEW YORK, NY) JUNE 04, 2020 - Moms of Black Boys United for Social Change, Inc. (M.O.B.B. United for Social Change), an online community of nearly 200,000 mothers with 15 local chapters nationwide is committed to advocating for fair and just treatment of Black boys and men in American society. We continue to stand in solidarity with the chorus of voices calling for immediate and widespread reform of the broken criminal justice and policing system.

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  • MOBB United Statement Regarding the Police Shooting Death of Jamee Johnson

    Moms of Black Boys United for Social Change stands with the family of Jamee Johnson and the Jacksonville, Florida community as they seek justice faced with the tragedy of another young life taken too soon by law enforcement in Jacksonville, Florida on December 14, 2019. As an organization of moms raising and caring for Black boys, we mourn with and offer condolences to all families of the 13 Black men killed by police just during December 2019 alone, including Michael Dean in Temple, Texas.

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  • No More Classroom Slavery Reenactments

    This year, Black History month was challenging. In addition to lots of other troubling news, we saw multiple stories of teachers in classrooms across the country executing Black History Month lessons that included asking Black students to bring their lesson plans to life by pretending to be slaves.

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  • published Justice for Laquan McDonald in Official Statements 2023-10-16 07:56:49 -0500

    Justice for Laquan McDonald

    Last week, for the second time within the past two months, a white police officer was convicted for murdering an innocent young Black male. Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was convicted of 2nd degree murder for killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014. 40-year-old Van Dyke was also convicted of 16 counts of aggravated battery, one count for each bullet that he fired into Laquan as the teen walked away from the officer holding a small knife. This means Van Dyke could spend up to 20 years in prison for the murder conviction and an additional 6 to 30 years for each count of aggravated battery when he is sentenced on October 31. This comes on the heels of a conviction less than two months ago of Balch Springs, TX police officer Roy Oliver for the murder of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, who was a passenger in a car leaving a teenage party when Oliver fired his rifle into the car. Oliver was sentenced to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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  • published Justice for Jordan Edwards in Official Statements 2023-10-16 07:53:23 -0500

    Justice for Jordan Edwards

    Last year, our hearts broke as we heard the story of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards being shot and killed by Balch Springs, TX Officer Roy Oliver.  By all accounts, Jordan was what we call the “perfect victim. He was leaving a teenage party as a passenger in a car with friends. He was unarmed, baby-faced, drug-free, a high school freshman who was a straight A student, and did not have a confrontation with police. In fact, he did what we would all tell our sons to do when shots ring out within earshot -- avoid trouble and leave the scene. As Jordan and friends backed out of the driveway after hearing shots fired from a nearby parking lot, Officer Roy Oliver deemed them an immediate threat and fired his rifle into the car window, killing young Jordan Edwards, who was a front seat passenger.

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  • MUSC Joint Statement on Robert White of Silver Spring, MD

    Over 600 individuals from throughout Montgomery County, Maryland, along with six local organizations, have signed and delivered a community letter outlining their concerns about policing in the county. The letter raises concerns in the wake of the shooting death of  Robert White, a black man who was killed about one mile from his childhood home in Silver Spring on June 11. He was killed while on foot near his neighborhood, which he walked routinely, according to neighbors.

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  • MUSC Statement on the Minnehaha Regional Park Incident

    An all-too familiar scene occurred on the evening of Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in the Minnehaha Regional Park in Minnesota, MN. Instead of having a carefree summer, the lives of 4 young Black boys ages 13-16 were forever changed based on a 911 call describing a “dangerous and escalating” confrontation involving sticks and a gun between these boys, an older White teen and his girlfriend. Upon arrival on the scene, the Minneapolis Park Police drew their guns on the boys, pointed their guns at them, and subsequently handcuffed the 4 young Black boys based on this false information. No weapons of any kind were found on any of the boys. Additionally, it was later revealed that the information provided in the 911 call was contradicted accounts by other witnesses, including a White woman who videotaped the incident and shared her account on Facebook.

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  • MUSC Statement on the Death of Antwon Rose

    Another son has set too early...Antwon Rose

    On Tuesday evening, June 19th, East Pittsburgh police encountered and stopped a car in which 17- year-old Antwon Rose was a passenger. Witness accounts and video taken by community members show that seconds after Antwon - who was unarmed - exited the car and began running away from the police, he was shot three times and killed. Antwon did not appear to cause any immediate threat to the police.  No weapons were found upon his person or near his body.  It is not illegal to run away in fear.  Yet, he did and it cost him his life.

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