WHY CALL US
Racism--from racial violence to microaggressions--is a fact of life for Black people. Call the Black Community Watchline (BCW) if you are a Black person or ally in Middlesex County, New Jersey, who is experiencing or witnessing anti-Black violence or bias.
CALL US IF YOU EXPERIENCE OR WITNESS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
Anti-Black Violent Attack
Use of physical force to harm a Black person with impunity. Calling 911 is a necessary and appropriate response to a hateful attack, such as this, and we recognize that Black people may be wary of police intervention. In these instances, a call to the
Black Community Watchline in addition to calling 911 is a means of requesting support in dealing with the incident
and navigating interaction with law enforcement.
A Black person(s) unfairly targeted based on negative assumed behaviors and stereotypes associated with Black presence. Examples: Being watched/followed or accused of shoplifting.
Police Encounter or Weaponizing Law Enforcement
A Black person subjected to profiling, harassment, intimidation and/or use of force by police (e.g. stop and frisk) or an
unjustified racially motivated “suspicious person” 911 call due to Black presence in public or private spaces.
Institutions or Industries
Incidences of racial prejudice and discriminatory behaviors, practices and/or actions within institutions or industries. Examples: Being automatically assigned to a remedial class or receiving inferior medical care.
An individual exposing illegal or unethical racialized activity or information from within a public or private organization.
Incidences that may not fit into any listed category.
HOW CAN THE BLACK COMMUNITY WATCHLINE HELP ME?
Have a one-on-one conversation with a Black Community Watchline dispatcher for:
Confidential support to talk through what happened
Resources or referrals that can assist with your next steps
Rapid response (as available) from allies to your locations where anti-Black violence or bias is taking place