A MESSAGE FROM SOUTH OF SOUTH NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
write this statement with a heavy heart grieving Black lives lost to
violence in our community, our country and around the globe including
George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Nina Pop and
countless more. We see and hear the anger of our Black neighbors and
generations of families who are targeted by unnecessary police force. As
a community organization, we need to reaffirm that Black Lives Matter
and ensure that our programs and initiatives reflect this from top to
also write this statement empowered to do better by prioritizing Black
voices on our board, in our committees and throughout our work. We’ve
set the task for our Committee Chairs to come up with actionable steps
we can take to overcome discrimination and to implement methods to
address implicit biases, better de-escalation tactics and displacement
to name a few. To hold ourselves accountable, we will be sharing our
actionable items with you in the next month.
We’ve listed out a few ways to take action on support of Black lives in our neighborhood:
1. Learn about your neighborhood.
Our neighborhood has a deep-rooted and rich African American history.
We encourage you to learn more about the legacy of Black historical
figures and institutions by reading Evergreens, written by SOSNA's previous Executive Director, Andrew Dalzell. The book is free but we ask you to contribute-what-you-can
100% of proceeds will be donated to Christian Street YMCA (the
first African-American YMCA in Philadelphia and fourth in the country.
Today, their wellness programming supports the mental and physical
health of neighboring Black communities), Marian Anderson Historical Society
(preserves the staggering life and home of Marian Anderson, one of the
most internationally acclaimed singers and advocates for Black singers
and artists in the twentieth century) and ODUNDE
(an annual celebration of the African diaspora - started in 1975 by
Lois Fernandez, is the largest African celebration on the east coast
filled with vendors, performances and a spiritual offering).
Fill out this form and we will deliver you an Evergreens book.
3. White neighbors, have difficult conversations with your family and friends.
We recommend a few of the resources below to educate yourself and talk
to your friends, coworkers, children and family members about what we
can all do to be anti-racist:
WEB PORTAL: "Talking About Race"
by National Museum of African American History & Culture helps
people - including kids, explore issues of race, racism and racial
READ: Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad (book; Join Pam from Baby Wordplay for LIVE readings via Zoom. Stay tuned for details.)
READ: How to be Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Fendi (book)
4. Buy Black.
We’ll be sharing a list of Black-owned and Black-led businesses and
nonprofits in our neighborhood to buy from. UPDATE: Here's a list of Black-Owned Philly Restaurants.
We’ll be donating to local organizations in our neighborhood mentioned
above but some Philly-based and national nonprofits need your help today
including Black Lives Matter Philly, Philly Bail Fund, Black Visions
Collective, Campaign Zero and Philly Lawyers for Social Equity. Here's a more extensive list of local organizations put together by PHL Assembled.
There is a nation-wide sentiment that many
spaces feel unsafe for Black bodies. This month, our volunteer
Committees and Board will begin the collaborative process to evaluate
our current programs and initiatives to do better throughout our whole
organization and move towards community safety that supports and heals,
not disenfranchises and displaces. We will circle back to our community
for input within the month after the Board has a chance to research,
convene and discuss.
SOSNA's Board of Directors & Executive Director
HELP US CREATE THE NEIGHBORHOOD YOU WANT TO LIVE IN.
thoughtful donation is an impactful investment in our neighborhood, and
it helps SOSNA and our volunteers continue to be a resource for you and
engage more of our neighbors.
is only able to do our work with the support of our neighbors, our
neighborhood businesses, and our community partners. We depend on the
countless hours our neighbors volunteer with us and we rely on generous
donations, like yours, from neighbors and businesses to carry out our
mission of improving our community.
SOSNA is only able to do the work that we do with the support of our
neighbors, our neighborhood businesses, and our community partners. We
depend on the countless hours our residents volunteer with SOSNA, and we
rely on generous donations, like yours, from neighbors and businesses
to carry out our mission of improving our community.