Black Lives Matter has grown exponentially since we launched in June 2020. After successfully organizing the largest racial justice event in Nashua's history, we immediately got to work to make a positive difference in our community. Since then, we've organized and spoken at dozens of rallies and protests in defense of Black lives, garnering support from tens of thousands of activists, advocates and allies across the state of New Hampshire.
In June 2020, we teamed up with our sister chapter in Manchester to release a set of seven racial justice demands aimed at NH 2020 gubernatorial candidates. Over the next several months, we held protests, hosted town halls and circulated petitions calling for accountability from our elected officials. We continue to engage routinely with our local city officials, state legislators and our federal delegation on these issues to ensure that Black voices are heard and Black lives are prioritized.
Since our founding in June 2020, our team has raised nearly $50,000! It is our goal to give every penny back to BIPOC in our community. We've donated nearly half of our income through school supply drives, book giveaways and direct fund transfers, but we've still got a long way to go. Do you know of any grant opportunities or organizations that might be able to help us achieve this mission? Fill out the contact form above!
We support the efforts of the New Hampshire Anti-Racist Education Initiative, based in Nashua. Additionally, we've created the Black Students Matter Scholarship Fund, which awards gifts of $1,000 to Black/African-American high school seniors for assistance with paying for college and other forms of post-secondary education. You can learn more about our scholarship fund and apply at the Scholarship Fund tab above!