Flowers, signs, and balloons are left near a makeshift memorial to George Floyd near the spot where he died while in custody of the Minneapolis police on May 25.
PHOTOGRAPH BY KEREM YUCEL, AFP/GETTY
“Verily, God will not change the condition of a people until they change that which is within themselves." The Holy Quran, 13:11
Pure hearts and good intentions are not enough. Real change demands real work.
In the past five years we at MY Project USA have been working closely with a largely Black community in an underserved area of Columbus, OH. We have seen firsthand the challenges faced by the youth in this area including poverty, drugs, gangs, limited resourced schools, poor access to mental health services and health overall. We have worked nonstop to explicitly call out racism and every evil that results from it including inequity of education resources and pure opportunity to thrive.
The effects of racial inequalities have never been something that we were shy to talk about. Being a voice and a body to fight for justice is our very mission. Systemic racism is the reality that our Black youth face daily, and the death of George Floyd is a devastating and horrifying reminder of the extent of the ruthlessness that Black youth face at the hands of law enforcement in this country. Our communities are not immune. Black lives matter. Black lives matter and we have stood in solidarity with the Juvenile Justice Coalition and People’s Justice Project in Columbus and other allies protesting against the police brutality against Henry King, Tamir Rice, and most importantly Donna Dalton right by our office on Sullivant Ave.
In 2017, we started working closely with then Zone 3 Commander Scott Hyland of the Columbus Division of Police to increase the trust and collaborative efforts between the members of the community and the police department, and to fight crimes in the Hilltop Area. We call on all our community members to work closely with the CPD to increase trust, understanding, and to join hands in fighting the institutionalized and systemic racism that plagues this country.
We call on CPD to acknowledge the history of police brutality to Blacks in this country, and to implement reforms and changes from within. We the people will no longer stand by while Black men and women are murdered in the streets.
We support the call for independent investigations on the excessive use of force by CPD against largely peaceful protesters in the recent days.
We support calls for the establishment of a civilian review board to work closely with CPD on the above, with representatives from all races, faiths, and backgrounds. We request Columbus City Council to support this endeavor.
While we are no stranger to the streets, while communicating the struggles of those we serve to elected officials is our common practice, we are committed to do more. We are committing to train our volunteers with the skills and techniques that they need to better serve in our fight for freedom, justice and equality. Pure hearts and good intentions are not enough. Real change demands real work. We promise you, our staff, our volunteers, and those we serve that we will keep putting in work for justice, equality and change.
Together we will fight with our Black brothers and sisters. Black lives matter and this movement will not be stopped because real change is not negotiable!
May God help us. May God help us as we stand in the way of justice, social change, and empowerment. Ameen.
In Solidarity with Black Youths & Families.
Founder & Executive Director MY Project USA
We are heartbroken as we temporarily closed the doors of MY Deah's due to the damages and business losses (about $25,000) we have incurred in last month because of three break ins in a 15-days span,. There was no pantry last Saturday. With the Grace of God, if the community will help us, we are distributing food tomorrow, but the thrift store will remain close.
Our pantry is the main weekly source for more than 200 families in the Hilltop area. During COVID-19 Pandemic, we have been serving 250-300 families weekly. We can't imagine closing our doors to our clients and hence we are reaching out to our community to help us with this. We hope our community will not let us down. Please donate generously and help us keep our doors open to the families who need us the most at this difficult time. .
MY Family Pantry Is Serving About 300 Families Weekly - It's A Drive-Through Pantry Now
We have been working very hard in securing grants and building collaboration with other partners to help our clients. Thanks to The Columbus Foundation, United Way of Central Ohio, and IMPACT Community Action, we are now able to help more of our families with their rent and utilities. If you or someone you know needs help, please ask them to contact us at 614-905-0977 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Due To Recent Break Ins, MY Deah's Store Remains Closed Until Further Notice
8 Locations In Columbus To Drop Off Donations - Truck Pick Up Available For Large Donations
You can now drop off your donations of new and gently used clothes, shoes books, toys and other small non-breakable items in a donation box near you. These location Include:
Noor Islamic Cultural Center - 5001 Wilcox Rd. Dublin 43016 Masjid Omar Ibn El-Khattab - 580 Riverview Dr, Columbus, OH 43202 Masjid Nimrah - 4501 Refugee Rd, Columbus, OH 43232 MAS Youth Center - 4615 Northtowne Blvd, Columbus, OH. 43229 Turkish American Society of Ohio (TASO) - 2885 W Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43235 Ahlul Bayt Society - 2580 W Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43235 The First Congregational Church - 444 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215 Quick & Easy Mart - 4197 Cleveland Ave. Columbus MY Deah's Warehouse - 4004 Fondorf Dr. Columbus, OH 43228 - During Business Hours Only
We are looking for more locations. If interested in helping us or have any other question, please contact us at email@example.com.