Raising Our Voices Against Racial Injustice
Pi Beta Phi exists to contribute to the betterment of society. We are proud of our chapters and members who are using their voices to stand up against racism, discrimination and violence against people of color. We've collected only a few of the many ways our chapters have used their platform to educate and provide actionable items for their members and communities. Read more on Pi Beta Phi's commitment to fight racism here.
“𝐈𝐟 𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐝, 𝐢𝐭’𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐲 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠.” We are so incredibly proud to be a part of a Chapter like ours that promotes and prides itself in diversity, whether it be racial, religious, economic, and more. • The recent tragedies have raised awareness and heightened the issue of institutionalized racism in the United States. We know that our California Omicron sisters will continue to promote human dignity, respect, tolerance, and kindness, and our Chapter wants to do anything to help foster an educational and understanding environment so we can grow together. • To our black sisters; 𝐖𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮. 𝐖𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮. 𝐖𝐞 𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮. 🤍 Click the link in our bio for information on ways we can all be better allies
The Wisconsin Alpha chapter of Pi Beta Phi wants to acknowledge our support for the Black community and that we condemn any acts of hate or racism. We have included a link in our bio with ways to take action - to donate, educate, and help. Feel free to tag other resources to get involved and informed. #BlackLivesMatter
Honor, respect and integrity are three core values of Pi Beta Phi. We, the members of Arkansas Alpha, encourage all to embody these values and condemn inequality. We want to reflect on the lives lost while also listening to those affected. Our organization teaches us to speak out for the power of diversity and equality. As a greek chapter that is a part of a greek community, it is our responsibility to educate, stand up and advocate for equality and justice. #ΠΒΦ
“All our silences in the face of racist assault are acts of complicity” — bell hooks Alberta Alpha will not remain silent as acts of racism surge through the US and Canada. We wish to support the Black community by highlighting Black Visions Collective, an organization committed to healing and transformative justice, working to dismantle systems of oppression. (https://www.blackvisionsmn.org) Another is Black Lives Matter Toronto, a community dedicated to uplifting Black voices in Toronto and dismantle all forms of anti-Black racism. (https://blacklivesmatter.ca) Our philanthropy at Pi Beta Phi is literacy. We believe in the power and transformative change of reading. Below are our recommended titles to move beyond being non-racist and actively anti-racist. It is important to educate yourself and be an ally. • CITIZEN by CLAUDIA RANKINE • ME AND WHITE SUPREMACY by LAYLA F. SAAD • KILLING RAGE: ENDING RACISM by BELL HOOKS •BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by TA-NEHISI COATES All lives cannot matter until Black lives matter. Show your support by going to Black Visions and Black Lives Matter Toronto and find out tangible ways that YOU can support the Black community. It is not enough to share a post but to offer help and support in the ways we are able. Stay safe, stay vigilant, stay together.
“The Colorado Delta Chapter of Pi Beta Phi is committed to standing with the black community and calling out acts of racial injustice or prejudice in our every day lives. We mourn the loss of innocent lives such as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others. This organization strives to cater the development of integrity and honor and respect in each women who proudly wears these letters. We are invested in having tough conversations about bigotry and injustice that happen every day all around us with our sisters and encourage them to have these conversations with the people in their lives as well. We will always stand in solidarity with our black sisters and educate ourselves on how we can actively promote change within our own communities. Please donate, sign petitions, and call representatives to enact these changes.” -Gracie Bush the President of the Co Delta chapter of Pi Beta Phi. Graphic by @brandychieco
NEW JERSEY ALPHA
The California Epsilon Chapter of Pi Beta Phi stands in solidarity with the Black community. We recognize the deeply-embedded privilege found in the history of Pi Beta Phi and the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) which has predominantly benefited white women. While our organization and NPC have made strides in fostering a more racially-inclusive environment, we must do more. We must further our own knowledge concerning this matter, actively listen and fiercely advocate in order to cultivate a community that is diverse, welcoming to all women and representative of society at large. CA Epsilon pledges to use our platform to be proactive allies of the Black Lives Matter movement. We are committed to dissolving the systemic racism that continues to disadvantage people of color, not only in our country but the Panhellenic community as a whole. 100% of the funds raised will be benefiting the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, which has been a “premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans” (naacpldg.org). This organization has been defending civil rights for over 75 years and we find that it embodies the justice and equality that should be afforded to the entire Black community. The link to donate can be found in our bio. We encourage any and all donations to the NAACP. #BlackLivesMatter. Pi Beta Phi - California Epsilon
Pi Beta Phi IN Theta is devastated by the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Together, we must stand against systems of oppression and fight for justice. We condemn these acts of racist violence and encourage all of our members and followers to use the following sources to educate themselves and use your voice to seek change in America. Pi Beta Phi’s core values of honor, respect, and integrity are not defined by race, nationality, or any other factors. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Fight for equality. Graphic by @ohhappydani.
The Colorado Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi has created a fund to raise donations and awareness for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Alongside our sisters, we would like to support this fund and continue to advocate for persons of color. We recognize our privilege as a predominantly white chapter, however, we are working hard to educate ourselves, and make changes in the greek life culture. The link to their fund is in our bio. About: "The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments" (naacpldg.org). 100% of the donations will be going to The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a fund that holds true to not only our values, but stands up for the long-awaited justice and equality for the black community. Please, consider donating to The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, as well as educating yourself about what is and has been going on in the United States for more than 400 years.
In acknowledgement to the Black Lives Matter Movement, we will be muted this entire week including most of next week. As a chapter we chose to be muted to allow black voices to be heard. We feel as though this is the most effective approach to the human rights issues the world is facing today. Please continue to use our link tree to donate, sign petitions, and read articles. Our messages will remain open if you need to contact us. PPL&M ❤️ #blacklivesmattermovement
Doing your part does not have to cost anything. Paused, but NOT silent. On the behalf of Michigan Gamma Pi Beta Phi, we will be pausing normal posts until further notice. We will be using this time to amplify the powerful voices in this movement. Taking the time to learn, read, write and listen, we can continue having these uncomfortable but important conversations with those around us. During this time, there are great resources at your local library, brands you can begin following, and influencers you can begin listening to.
Read more about Pi Beta Phi's response and our commitment to fight racism here.
Published June 9, 2020