In this context, we are launching the Radical Equity Fund for Reparations campaign on Juneteenth 2020. The purpose of this campaign is to fund community-based reparations efforts that serve Black people directly in the places where they live and work. These efforts may operate at a micro or macro level.
The funds from this campaign will go directly to Black people in America who are doing local, community-based work to support the well-being and strength of Black communities. Funding will be distributed directly to Black advocates who lead projects that are designed specifically to benefit Black communities. Funds will be available after the August 28 March on Washington DC. Information about how to access the Fund will soon be available on our August 28 page of our website.
Our goal is to build a lasting fund that supports reparations programs for Black people across the US.
“We didn’t create racism, but it is our responsibility to fix it.” - Dr. Terrance L. Green
We believe in the healing power of reparations for Black Americans as builders of this nation. We also believe that reparations will help our country develop a positive racial identity and come to grips with its legacy of slavery and racism.
By definition, reparations are an effort to make “amends for a wrong one has done, by paying money to or otherwise helping those who have been wronged.” We know that it would be nearly impossible to make direct financial reparations to Black people whose ancestors were enslaved in this country. We also know that there is no dollar figure that could accurately represent the value and meaning of the tremendous contributions that Black Americans have made to this country for 400 years.
If you believe that Black Lives Matter, you must believe in reparations.
If you believe that slavery was America’s greatest sin, you must believe in reparations.
If you believe that police brutality against Black Americans is systemic, you must believe in reparations.
If you believe that Americans need to better understand their history, you must believe in reparations.
If you believe that Americans need a new identity, you must believe in reparations.
If you want to live in an anti-racist nation, you must believe in reparations.
If you want to live in a better America, you must believe in reparations.
If you want to build a better America for children, you must believe in reparations.
If you want to genuinely make America great again, you must believe in reparations.
We are inspired by the millions of Americans who are raising their voices in support of Black Lives Matter. We are inspired by recent political support for both universal basic income and reparations.
This GoFundMe campaign is managed by a team of four educators who were brought together because of our work at the intersection of equity + design.
Tiffanie Harrison is a Black educator and community organizer both inside and outside of the classroom.
Paul Mitchell is a veteran Black educator dedicated to bringing joy to children through hands-on learning.
Rachel Siegel is a white school counselor and designer who is unlearning racism.
Paul Kim is a 1st generation Asian-American and high school history teacher with a bias toward action.
For more information, please visit: Radical Equity Fund for REPARATIONS
[photo credits: Sara Mierke, Anchor Schools Project]