Peace RG! My name is Ekundayo (sorrow to joy) Igeleke, the new Chapter Organizing Director. I often do not write about myself, let alone share it with the world but this is my attempt.
RG is new for me in many ways: Working with a cross-class staff, organizing people with wealth and class privilege, the culture and language of our base, working remotely, and much more.
I grew up in a culturally southern Black family and I also grew up in a Nigerian family structure. My Nigerian family has a “no excuse” mentality and values hard work and personal sacrifice for
We clearly did not listen because I am an organizer and my sister is an educator. Our wealth is serving the community rather than individual financial success or whatever success
I come from a radical Black tradition of organizing similar to SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and the Pan African Movement. Since I was 16, I knew I wanted to be a changemaker like Malcolm X, Ella Baker, and Kwame Ture.
Initially, I needed college to be my pathway to wealth and success. For
After 5 months, I am understanding this community more and the scope of the work. Through my organizing, I understand first hand the scarcity of money and resources, fighting on the front lines, and the frightening, yet
I have seen how philanthropy has not been the healthiest vehicle for true systemic change. I have felt and continue to feel the urgency of fighting for our freedom.
Joining RG, I have learned so much about wealth and class that I did not have prior. I am excited to work on reparations, policy changes, movement building, and activating young people. Though we are a national organization, local power is vital and I plan to focus on the strength of local communities and how RGers impact their communities through chapter organizing.
This is a new direction for me and a new direction for RG by hiring someone with my background. Peace and power to the People!
Resource Generation is a national, multiracial membership-based organization in the U.S. of young people (18-35) committed to the equitable distribution of wealth, land, and power. Learn more here.