By: bex kolins
Since joining the leadership team of the It Starts Today! campaign to fund Black led organizing work, I’ve been inspired, excited, and energized by the incredible work RGers are doing in not just redistributing our wealth, but redistributing our wealth with a clear priority to support Black led organizing. With the release of the series of three blog posts several months ago about giving to Black organizing, and a particular emphasis on reparations and the importance of non-Black people with wealth–especially white people with wealth–giving to Black organizing, I’ve had beautiful conversations with fellow white people with wealth/class privilege; in these conversations, we’ve talked not just about prioritizing funding to Black organizing, but also about building deep relationships with Black organizations and leadership where we are living.
Over the course of this campaign, I’ve learned about two RG chapters that have built relationships with local community funds and Black organizations/groups to raise money for on the ground organizing work in their communities and–in the Philadelphia chapter–for organizing in Ferguson. In Philly, the chapter partnered with their local community fund, Bread & Roses, to start the “Resources for Racial Justice” initiative in November. This coalition committed to … Continue reading »