Standing With Our Muslim, Refugee, and Immigrant Neighbors, Friends, and Family

Standing With Our Muslim, Refugee, and Immigrant Neighbors, Friends, and Family

We stand with our Muslim, refugee, and immigrant neighbors, friends, family, and co-workers against Islamophobia and racism, pledge to stand with them now, and show up for them in the future.

In response to the Trump administration’s racist and Islamophobic Executive Order banning immigration and refugees from Muslim-majority countries, thousands of people across the country turned out at airports, places of worship, federal buildings, city landmarks, and marched down streets to protest the unconstitutional and immoral Muslim ban and stand in solidarity with Muslim Americans, immigrants, and refugees.

Many more acts of protest are continuing to take place across the country -- Yemeni-owned corner stores (bodegas) went on strike yesterday in New York City, mass deletions of Uber will cost the global corporation billions (the CEO just stepped down from his position on Trump's economic advisory council due to public pressure), and Sally Yates, the acting Attorney General, was fired for standing up to Trump's bigotry by refusing to enforce the Muslim ban. During Trump’s first week, he also signed an Executive Order to increase the border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and further militarize its border patrol agents.

Right now, there is major momentum against Trump’s Muslim ban and … Continue reading »

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101 Online Training: Class Privilege and Activism

Resource Generation organizes young people with wealth and class privilege in the U.S. to become transformative leaders working towards the equitable distribution of wealth, land, and power. Those of us with class privilege and wealth have many roles to play towards creating a more just world. It’s important that we understand our privilege and power so we can effectively collaborate across lines of class and with movements led by communities most impacted by injustice.

This 101 training is geared toward people with class privilege of all ages and will be most relevant for those in the top 25% of the US economy.*

Part 1 (with video)
Part 2 (with video)

Part 1 (audio only)
Part 2 (audio only)

The training covers two main topics:
1) How to leverage our privilege to support progressive change, and
2) Building our awareness of how class privilege shows up in activism and how to be effective collaborators with people who are poor, working class, and middle class.

*Who is the training for?

The webinar will prepare you to take action for change. It is open to people of all ages, and will be geared toward both people of color with class privilege and white … Continue reading »

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Give Big, Give Now, Keep Giving for Social Justice

Give Big, Give Now, Keep Giving for Social Justice


By Jessie Spector, outgoing Executive Director of Resource Generation


Will you join me and thousands of others to give big and bold to social justice now and for the next 4 years?

All around the country and the world, people are feeling a sense of fear and scarcity. Upper class and wealthy people will probably be buffered from the worst of the impact of a new administration, though to different degrees depending on race, immigration status, religious affiliation (or perceived affiliation), gender expression, and sexuality.

So this is our time to ask, how can we stretch and take risks, especially with giving?

Resource Generation is proud to release this “giving guide” in response to the growing movement of wealthy people who want to support social justice organizing. For almost 20 years, Resource Generation (RG) has been organizing young wealthy people to leverage financial resources and access to power for social change.

Trump’s billionaire cabinet-elect has interests and policies that will continue the consolidation of wealth and power in the hands of a few. In contrast, Resource Generation shows there is an alternative movement of wealthy people: those who believe in equity and equality, who see the “American Dream” not … Continue reading »

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Announcing Resource Generation’s New Executive Director: Iimay Ho

Announcing Resource Generation's New Executive Director: Iimay Ho

On behalf of the Resource Generation Board of Directors, we are thrilled to announce our unanimous decision to hire Iimay Ho as RG’s new Executive Director. This decision is the culmination of months of work by the board, including consultation with partners, members, and advisors. Thanks to all who helped with the process and spread the word about the position! In this historic moment in RG’s 18-year history, Iimay is the first young person of color with wealth to serve as Executive Director.

Iimay has served for the past two and a half years as RG’s Associate Director, having been a member and leader in RG’s DC Chapter for the year and a half prior. Born and raised in North Carolina, Iimay first became involved in movement work through interning with Southerners on New Ground. She moved to the DC area in 2008 where she led student leadership development for OCA – Asian Pacific Advocates, and later became the Director of Operations and Finance at The Management Center, helping leaders working for social change build and run more effective organizations. She served on the volunteer steering committee of the Rainbow Dragon Fund – a grassroots LGBTQ Asian Pacific American giving … Continue reading »

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Redistributing Wealth, Land and Power: Leveraging Privilege Towards Collective Liberation

The plenary, Redistributing Wealth, Land and Power: Leveraging Privilege Towards Collective Liberation, from our retreat, Making Money Make Change, is available to listen to on SoundCloud.

Listen to it here.

Panelists: Dominique Tan (RG member), Margi Dashevsky (RG member), Rye Young (Third Wave), and Braeden Lentz (Solidaire and RG board member).

Moderator: Burke Stansbury (Social Justice Fund NW, RG alumni, former RG board member).

Learn more about our retreat, Making Money Make Change, here.… Continue reading »

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How does one actually redistribute power through philanthropy?

How does one actually redistribute power through philanthropy?

By Rachel Gelman, Resource Generation member and Bay Area Chapter Leader

A few years ago, I suddenly found myself feeling utterly stuck. I had been participating in philanthropy with my family for many years, but the weight of this responsibility was starting to get heavy on my shoulders. I had begun to develop progressive politics and deeply wanted to contribute to social justice movements but I had no idea how to get involved. I felt the urgency of the struggles happening across the globe for justice and change but as a young, white, class-privileged person I did not know whether or not there was a role for me to play.

That’s when a dear friend pointed me to Resource Generation (RG). RG told me that there was a distinct role for me to play: to leverage my privilege, resources, and community to support movements for change. I couldn’t be more grateful for this timely intervention. It totally changed the course of my life.

As I started to get more and more involved with RG, I began to have even more questions. I felt clear that leveraging my resources meant not only redistributing my wealth but also redistributing power so that Continue reading »

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Now, more than ever, social justice movements need resources.

Now, more than ever, social justice movements need resources.

 

At Resource Generation, we organize young people with wealth and class privilege in the U.S. to become transformative leaders working towards the equitable distribution of wealth, land, and power. In the coming months and years ahead, social justice organizations across the country will be forced to work beyond capacity to build power and resist the worst of the Trump administration. Our work has never felt more relevant or urgent. Now, more than ever, social justice movements need resources.

With nearly 20 years of experience behind us, hundreds of current members in 15 chapters across the country, and a record increase in interest from young folks with wealth who want to take action, Resource Generation (RG) is in a powerful position to make an impact in this political moment. As a result of getting involved with RG, our members end up giving sixteen times as much money to social justice organizations as they were before they joined.

As part of  our Fall Fundraising campaign, we’re challenging our dues-paying members to match their gift to RG with an equal or larger gift to another social justice organization or project — we call this a ‘Movement Match.’

If you’re already an RG Continue reading »

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Talking to our families about the election

Fall landscape

This Thanksgiving weekend, we have the opportunity to ask people in our lives to join us on the path towards justice.

In these weeks after the election we are in a unique window of opportunity to engage new people in social movements. Across the country, there are people who are scared, dismayed, and angry, and who are asking “what can I do?”. Windows like this usually only last a matter of weeks. The time is now for conversations that invite our families into action.

 

Will you join other young people with wealth in engaging our family members over the weekend? Below are some tips on how to do so.

Tips:

Check out this page from RG with topics that may come up in conversations with family (particularly middle-of-the-road or Liberal) about this election, and sample responses. Check out these other resources: Unsettling Thanksgiving: One More Way to Love my Family– by Jason Rodney, RG member SURJ Thanksgiving Toolkit: Calling in our Friends and Family– This kit is geared toward talking to white people, and has content and talking points that people of color with wealth may find useful as well. How To Talk About Privilege To Someone Continue reading »
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Reflections and openings

Dear RG community,

It’s hard to know what to say in a moment like this. We may be shaken, angry, numb, sad, activated, scared, and more. It may be hard to know what to do. We don’t have all the answers.

We only have what is alive in our hearts right now. We want to share our personal reflections with you in hopes that our stories resonate with threads of your own:

From Jessie Spector, Executive Director: As a white person with class privilege, Donald Trump came from my people. He is wealthy and he is white; white people voted him into office because he fed them lies and false promises, tapping into years of mounting economic anxiety and organizing millions of white people into thinking it is in their best interest to be racist and xenophobic. Today I am reckoning with the reality of the depth and the breadth of these lies and how much they’ve swept the nation. I am crying remembering that Trump’s people are my people, and my responsibility to organize toward an alternative option.

From Iimay Ho, Associate Director: I woke up this morning with a pit of anxiety in my stomach and a tension … Continue reading »

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Questioning the Self-Made Myth

Questioning the Self-Made Myth

Photo courtesy of the author.

My dad came from nothing, or so the story goes. He grew up on his family’s farm in the dry plains of western Nebraska, feeding the chickens each morning before walking to the one-room schoolhouse miles down the road. Eventually, he left home on a scholarship to study engineering at a regional university, where he landed a summer job working as a roughneck on an oil rig off the Louisiana coast.

With no connections and no inheritance, my dad relied on his innate intellect, hard work, and self-discipline to ascend the corporate pyramid to a series of executive jobs at large, Fortune 500 energy companies.

 

In this telling, my dad is a living case study of American meritocracy.

Most RG constituents have a tale like this somewhere in their family tree—the man (it’s almost always a man) who (1) started with nothing, (2) was smart and worked really hard, and (3) made some money (okay, a lot of money).

Something about this narrative always struck me as a little too tidy and self-serving, like a quaint Potemkin parable.

For one thing, it’s a calculus that equates money with virtue: 0 + smart/hard-working = money. … Continue reading »

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