The realities of systemic injustice.
On February 23, 2020 (2/23), Ahmaud Arbery was senselessly murdered in Brunswick, Georgia. It took 74 days for the men responsible for his murder to be arrested. For 74 days, his murderers walked free without being arrest.
For months, our team and community fought hard to get answers and seek justice for Ahmaud's murder. How could a young man jogging down this street in the middle of the day get chased down, shot, and killed?
More than that though, we started to ask, how could we prevent this in the future? What could we do to prevent systemic injustice when:
What if there was an organization place created to address those lingering questions?
The 2:23 Foundation was created to address these issues. Through the foundation, we plan to honor a legacy of social justice in Black and Brown communities through providing scholarships, leadership development programs to raise up future district attorneys and law enforcement personnel, and growth opportunities to those looking for ways to advocate. Would you join us in that effort?
"We work on proactive solutions to prevent reactive advocacy."
The 2:23 Foundation is set up for a specific work.
And we're here to stay.
Two of our core values are focus and endurance. It has taken those two things to see through the bureaucratic red tape at the local level to pursue justice for Ahmaud Arbery. And our prevailing message for our team and our tribe is always, “This is a marathon, not a sprint.”
We need our partners to join us to be in it with us for the long haul.
We know there are some organizations that have used this and other tragedies for financial gain. But for us, this is personal. Every member of our team is closely connected to Brunswick, Georgia, where a senseless murder occurred. And that close connection fuels our future work. Together, we are a group of friends, cousins, and native sons banding together to pursue justice and to prevent injustice for others in the future.
Our team started as a group of five men who were part of the few voices who were advocating for justice in Brunswick, Georgia. Through our advocacy, the investigation into Ahmaud Arbery's murder got national attention and ultimately led to arrests. That passion carries over to our desire to provide hope for future generations through this foundation. Our desire? To prevent this from ever happening again on our watch.