The purpose of the Institute for Black Justice (IBJ) is to relentlessly pursue equity and justice for all.
The IBJ's mission is three-fold:
The IBJ's CHIMES (Community is Here Intervening for More Equitable Solutions) provides culturally-sensitive family support for families in the child welfare system. CHIMES enables Black family stability and self-esteem; trains models, mentors and guides; responds nimbly to critical personal needs; and, leverages the power of presence by attending court and agency meetings in support of families. CHIMES' goal is to connect families to the resources they need to remove barriers to reunification. The CHIMES model includes social justice advocacy, social work, micro-grants, and civil legal referrals that promote reunification.
The IBJ offers cutting edge community education programs and special events designed to activate and inform the community-at-large. The Annual Freedom Summer Symposium, the Black History Month "Let the Kings/Queens Talk" and "Speaking Truth to Power," draw diverse crowds interested in individualized and collective action to achieve racial equity and social justice.
The IBJ provides educational and customized consulting resources to organizations seeking to create an anti-racist organization. We help organizations remove systemic and institutional barriers to equity, and improve engagement with employees, customers and communities most impacted by inequity.
ACES (Activists Cultivating Equitable Strategies) is a hands-on leadership development experience for 18-35 year-olds. ACES cohorts plan IBJ events, and engage with networks of experienced leaders in public service, business and nonprofit governance. ACES is featured in the IBJ's Annual Freedom Summer Symposium, a social justice event for activists, and aspiring leaders of all ages. The Symposium creates sacred space for inter-generational dialogue and introduces the ACES cohorts to human centered design through a social justice design challenge. ACES participants begin with the EPA Pledge, which can be found under the Programs tab.
The Black Robe Podcast is a bi-weekly podcast designed to educate, inform and inspire social justice activism. Hosts discuss current events, changes in law, and government action impacting the Black/African descent community. See more at the Black Robe tab.
We graciously accept individual contributions of any size in support of our quest for true justice.