BAUDL fights for criminal justice reform
We are at an inflection point in the fight for racial justice in America. The past two weeks have brought to the international stage what BAUDL has known for years: Police violence and mass incarceration ravages black and brown communities.
But the voices we need to hear right now are the same ones that are systematically silenced. This is why we need your help.
By teaching debate to high school students, BAUDL provides the opportunities they need to get a fair shot in life. So far we’ve equipped over 4000 kids—90% of whom are persons of color—with the skills to run for office, pursue law, and make a real difference.
We show them how to use their voices. How to harness their power to be heard. And how to speak up about injustice.
It has never been more critical to elevate young black and brown voices through debate. But we can’t do it alone.
Our biggest fundraisers typically raise a combined $200k. Both were canceled due to COVID-19. We need your help.
Next year, the high school debate topic is criminal justice reform.
Thousands of students will debate the issues that we, as a nation, are currently confronting. These are the same issues that impact the families and communities of our kids.
We need to ensure that our students, who’ve lived through racial inequity, have a seat at that table.
This can’t be a conversation about us. It needs to be a conversation with us.
We need your help:
1) Financial donations: COVID-19 severely impacted our bottom line. As of now, we are missing $200k of our usual budget.
2) Mentorship: Debate and law are inextricably linked. We need your help teaching our kids how their commitment to debate can open up career opportunities.
3) Spread the word: Share our mission with your network by forwarding this email or posting it to your social media platforms.
4) Stay tuned: We will be using the criminal justice reform debate topic as an opportunity to bridge the gap between debate advocacy and community activism.
We can’t do it without you. Lets empower young people to lead efforts to reform our criminal justice system.