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Let's Pay Off Kimberly Handy-Jones Mortgage

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Kimberly Handy-Jones is a mother, a freedom fighter, a Black liberation leader, a truth teller, and a mic dropper. She puts her boots on the ground daily, fighting for justice and police accountability. Join with us to pay off her mortgage!

“Families like mine, who have lost a child to police violence...we’re human beings. We’ve suffered a loss and we’re trying to make it through day to day. Some of us struggle to get out of bed. A loss like this damages families emotionally, physically, and psychologically. We go through so much. Some of us find the strength, but some of us are paralyzed. Those of us who find the strength are the movement for the ones who can’t speak and act.”
- Kim Handy-Jones

Ms. Kim is the mother of Cordale Q. Handy, who was killed by St. Paul police officers Mikko Norman and Nathaniel Younce on March 15, 2017. Nearly five years later, there has been no accountability for their actions.

She is the founder and President of the Cordale Q. Handy In Remembrance of Me Foundation, whose mission is to:
• provide headstones for families who have lost children to police and community violence
• love and support mothers and fathers whose children have died
• remember and speak the names of those who died too soon
• fight for justice for families affected by police violence

Ms. Kim travels the country building relationships with families impacted by police and community violence. Annually, she gathers families from around the nation for a weekend of remembrance in Minnesota and hosts a peace walk in Waukegan, Illinois. She hosts two monthly online events: The Graveyard Don’t Lie, where families affected by police violence can share their stories and Just For Our Grief, a private space for families to gather in community.
“Do this in remembrance of me.”
1 Corinthians 11:24

In addition to her work with the Foundation, Ms. Kim is an outspoken activist and agitator against police violence, working with civil rights leaders in Minnesota and around the United States to demand reform in the state that stole her son’s life.

Ms. Kim and her late husband, William, raised three children and twenty-one foster children in her home. It is a sanctuary of love and family, and her garden provides a place of peace and restoration from the stress and violence she experiences while fighting for accountability for her son Cordale. Owning her home will create a legacy for her children and grandchildren, and allow Ms. Kim the freedom to focus full-time on activism and leading her son's Foundation.

“Homeownership is beneficial for building household wealth, increasing intergenerational economic mobility, offering a hedge against inflation, and increasing civic engagement." [1]

And, outside of the direct impact on Ms. Kim as an individual, this campaign - and others like it - are essential forms of direct reparations owed to descendants of enslaved people. The money gathered through this fundraiser will go directly to Ms. Kim and allow her to pay off her mortgage in full.

“Black homeownership is in crisis. Although homeownership rates for other racial groups have largely recovered since the 2008 housing crisis, black homeownership continues to decline, recently hitting an all-time low in the first quarter of this year.” [2]

Those of us who believe in being anti-racist are called to support grassroots economic justice initiatives that put money directly into the hands of descendants of enslaved Africans as a form of reparations and to assist in creating generational wealth for their descendants. We are asking you to support this reparations fundraiser by contributing frequently and sharing consistently with your networks, specifically white people. We can do this. We must do this.

Thank you for your contribution and your support. Let’s make this happen!

#BootsOnTheGround #EconomicJustice #Reparations #BlackHomeownersMatter




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Kimberly Jones
Minneapolis, MN

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