Last week we celebrated our 2nd Birthday and hit 500K followers on our Instagram!!!
If 5% of our Instagram followers each gave $5 we would easily reach our goal!
We know that with this platform comes great responsibility. We do not take that lightly. We have spent much of our time educating this growing, international community. As we are entering our 3rd year as a team and platform, we want to be even more intentional in how we bring these conversations into the Ugandan context for fellow Ugandans.
We believe, fundamentally, that there needs to be a radical shift in the education we receive about history, identity, culture and revolutionary movements around the world. We spent months considering how we could help make this happen in our city of Kampala.
We need to raise $100,000 to make this dream a reality! If you've stuck around long enough, you will know that we have always raised big money for others. We've fundraised for legal fees on multiple cases, the launching of a safe shelter for survivors of sex trafficking, solidarity for Black-lead Philly based non-profits doing important work as well as investing in our Ugandan-lead community projects.
We want to break down where this $100,000 will be going:
1) Complete start up costs to open a libratory library and cafe that will serve multiple purposes. This space will be the first of its kind in Uganda, providing the public access to books they may otherwise not know about or have access to. Books written by Angela Davis, Kwame Nkarumah, Steve Biko, Marcus Garvey, Walter Rodney, Dr. Amos Wilson, Audre Lorde and Franz Fannon. Biographies written about Malcom X, Fred Hampton, Assata Shakur, Patrice Lamumba, Miriam Makeba and Thomas Sankara.
Safe, protected spaces are more important than ever. Especially when you are actively working to combat systems of oppression. This will be a space for gathering, educating, organizing and mobilizing for the revolution. The coffee shop / cafe will provide a unique space to enjoy a meal or a cup of coffee while reading something from our library. This space will provide jobs in our community and, in the long run, will help us generate income to more sustainably fund our work and the work of our partner projects.
2) Bringing a lawyer onto the team has been long overdue. We've worked closely with a number of lawyers both in the USA and here in Uganda to defend our work and to secure representation for those who could not access legal support on their own. It has become very clear over the last 2 years that we need a lawyer on the team to help make us stronger and more strategic in the way we fight and protect ourselves in the process. This lawyer will be paid a retainer monthly and is based here in Kampala.
3) Financially investing in the 6 Ugandan-lead partner projects we work with around the country. We want to help strengthen the important work they are already doing. As we have watched our platform grow, it has remained a top priority for us to see these organizations amplified and invested into. We don't exist to only critique what is being done poorly but to show you examples of how things can be done ethically.
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