Our Mission

By embracing our unified struggle for equity, we seek to put an end to incidents of social injustice and political indifference that affect us as citizens by: Deconstructing Oppression Now Through Solidarity Liberation Empowerment Equity and Perseverance.

Systems We Oppose

Secrecy

The ways in which the system works to maintain secrets and avoids transparency. The systems that keep citizens from finding out what they have a right to know.

Patterns of Abuse

The patterns of conflict in relationships with others that maintain dominance. Specifically those conflicts which elicit behaviors that are abusive as a tactic of addressing the conflict which in turn either establish, or maintain dominance as a form of oppression

Social Justification

The ways in which oppressive dominance is explained or excused. Either through personal, familial or cultural history. Regardless of if it's maintained by religion, shared values or the law, if it sustains oppression it is unjust.

Internal Distress

Conflicts between the oppressor and the oppressed which are actually conflicts that are interior to the oppressor by acted out in relationship to the oppressed. Constructed reasoning to justify dominating another as a way to soothe the anxiety of the oppressor thus constructing a system of oppression.

Events

The Wake

  • Place: Madame Walker Theater
  • Time: August 4 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Wake: (v.) 3. to become cognizant or aware of something; awaken; waken (n.) 1. a watch or vigil held beside the body of someone who…

2nd Annual Toys for Tamir Drive

  • Place: Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center
  • Time: June 1 @ 10:00 am - June 30 @ 5:00 pm

Join DONT SLEEP as we honor the life of Tamir Rice during the month of June. June 25th, 2017 would have been Tamir Rice's 15th…

Black Owned Business Block Party 2

  • Place: Madame Walker Theater
  • Time: August 6 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

This is the current list of registered vendors for the event, if you do not see your business listed, and you believe that you completed…

Latest blog news

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In the wake of comments made by Kim Burrell and other incidents throughout our long and storied history…
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MLKSitIn Indy

 On July 31, 2016 DONT SLEEP took over the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Street and 30th…
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Equity or Else 2016

In a joint collaboration addressing issues of police misconduct nationwide, DON’T SLEEP and INDY 10 have compiled a…

Our Pillars

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Criminal Justice

Demanding equity and fairness from the system of practices and institutions of governments directed at upholding social control, deterring and mitigating crime, or sanctioning those who violate laws with criminal penalties and rehabilitation efforts.

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Education

Promoting and protecting an individuals right to a quality education by promoting opportunity and eliminating inequality in the classroom.

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LGBTQI Equity

LGBTQI rights are “human rights” and that “all people deserve to live free from fear, violence, and discrimination, regardless of who they are or whom they love.

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Community Sustainability

Promoting a community that is economically, environmentally, and socially healthy and resilient. One which meets challenges through integrated solutions rather than through fragmented approaches that meet one goal at the expense of the others.

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Equal Access for Individuals Regardless of Ability

Advocacy and promotion of a society that sees the ADAAA as an opportunity to adhere to the spirit of the law as opposed to the letter of the law. Where universal design creates an inclusive world that marginalizes no one for their physical, emotional, cognitive, neurological or any other visible or invisible disability.

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Public Health

Support and promotion of all organized measures (whether public or private) to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life among the population as a whole. Through activities designed to provide conditions in which people can be healthy and focus on entire populations, not on individual patients or diseases.

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Domestic and State Violence

An end to all violence expressed between one partner and another in an intimate relationship as well as the systematic use of violence to create a general climate of fear in a population and thereby to bring about particular political objectives.

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Family Equality

Working to expand the definition of family and spouse in the immigration context while simultaneously working to ensure fair and humane treatment of families with parents who are LGBT under current U.S. law.

Meet the team

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Satchuel Cole

Vice President

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Brandon Randall

Community Liaison

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Eric K. LeSure

Logistics Coordinator

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Michelle Clegg

Ally Training Coordinator

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Lee Ivy

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Whittney Murphy

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Call to Action

  • DON’T SLEEP and INDY 10 have compiled a list of action items necessary to instill trust in law enforcement and work to guarantee fair, equitable and accountable policing.

    Equity or Else Petition

    Equity or Else: Accountable IMPD Policing Reform

  • The narrative has been changed many times to “All Lives Matter”. By wearing this shirt we not only lift up the fact that Black Lives Matter, but the fact that All Lives Don’t Matter Until Black Lives Matter since black lives are the ones being taken with impunity.Justice for those lost is justice for us all. Which side are you on?#DontSleep

    http://teespring.com/not-until

    Not Until…

Videos

A collection of videos and news clips regarding DONT SLEEP programs, events and direct actions

I Am Not Your Negro (Discussion Panel)

Black Owned Business Block Party


Become a Member

How do I join?

If you have interest in joining or finding out more about how you can get involved, contact the membership chair directly at membership@naptowndontsleep.org for more information.

Why you should become a member?

Becoming a member means more than joining an organization, it means joining a community. A family centered on the fight for equality and justice for all citizens locally and globally. If you care about fighting the social justice disparities that are still too prevalent in America, then DONT SLEEP is the place where you can make a difference.

What does our membership include?

Membership gives you an opportunity to participate as a member in future planned direct action and banner causes the organization tends to, as well as the opportunity to serve on committees and assist with the plan/organization of actions as well.

Can I just make a donation?

Organizing sometimes requires funding, many times we will work out of our own pockets but operating expenses are always welcomed. Donations can be made via paypal at dontsleepIND@gmail.com

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