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Harriet's Dream

$68,198 of $125,000 goal

Raised by 615 people in 3 months
Created October 1, 2018
Catrice M. Jackson
UPDATE: We met our First Level Goal of $25,000 - Thanks so much. We can now begin to put the financial and legal pillars in place to build a solid foundation so Harriet's Dream can exist for years and decades. We appreciate your generosity. 

Now it's time to raise funds to either buy a building, put a down payment on a building and or have enough funds to pay the lease on a building for 5 years. The next goal is $100,000. These funds will also be used to do any renovations, repairs or upgrades on the space. 

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If Harriet Tubman were alive today would she say that black people are free? Would her dream be fulfilled? Are black people, particularly black women, free? What does freedom look like? Today black women can vote, they are elected officials, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, teachers, musicians, scientists, and more, but are they truly free? Are they free to fully express their feelings without being deemed threatening? Are they free to state their opinion without being labeled aggressive? Are black women free to be justifiably angry without being lumped into the angry black woman stereotype? Are they free to wear their natural hair in every space and place without the white judgmental gaze or irrational consequences? Are black women free to show up unapologetic and speak without code-switching to thrive?

Let’s face the truth. When black women unapologetically express themselves, state their opinions, express their anger, show up as their beautiful and natural selves and speak how they choose to speak they are most times perceived as scary, intimidating, unkept and out of order. Because Respectability Politics and tone policing are real experiences for black women everywhere, every day.  

Because there is no public place that a black woman is safe and free to be her natural self, she is in a constant state of weathering. Dr. Arline Geronimus, late in her graduate studies, came up with the term weathering  — “a metaphor, she thought, for what she saw happening to their (black people’s) bodies. She meant for weathering to evoke a sense of erosion by constant stress. But also, importantly, the ways that marginalized people and their communities coped with the drumbeat of big and small stressors that marked their lives.” Chronic and repeated racial stressors dramatically impact the lives of black women creating what Geronimus calls health vulnerability, making them susceptible to anxiety, depression, high blood pressure and various other health problems.  

Racism is emotionally, psychologically, spiritually and literally killing black women: 

·         According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC)  “About 50,000 women suffer complications during pregnancy, according to the CDC, and black women  are three to four times more likely to die than white women during pregnancy. Researchers say the issue has no single cause, but persistent poverty, inadequate healthcare and higher risk factors such as high blood-pressure, obesity and diabetes impact black women at a higher rate.”

·        Research  demonstrates that racism can adversely affect mental health in direct and indirect ways. It can inflict psychological trauma, create unfavorable socioeconomic conditions that increase the risk of psychiatric disorders by as much as threefold, and lead to negative feelings of self-worth and well-being.” “Every day you are struggling against a known traumatic event called racism,” Robinson says. “At every turn you’re reminded that you are a second-class citizen and you don’t have access to things that you should. That’s damaging to the psyche."

·      “For African American women, racism-related stress may be compounded by experiences of sexism. Like racism, sexism is reflected in individual attitudes, collective ideology, and the structure of social institutions. Chronic and acute stressors associated with sexism are linked to women's mental and physical health outcomes. Recent studies  indicate that gender discrimination predicts psychological distress, anxiety, anger, obsessive-compulsivity, somatic symptoms, and depression.”  

 Everything about a black woman is under attack, analyzed, criticized and criminalized. If she speaks up for herself she is perceived a threat. If she loves and embraces her blackness she is seen as arrogant. If she fights for justice she’s considered a race extremist. If she rocks her natural hair she is deemed unkept and unprofessional. If she laughs too loud and enjoys herself she is disruptive. If she defends herself she is said to be angry and intimidating. Black women are tokenized, fetishized and are expected to watch their tone, stay in their place, silence their voice and dim their light.

Can black women just live without being judged, critiqued, silenced, marginalized and oppressed? Harriet Tubman's dream was for black people, black women to be FREE from the captivity of racial violence and liberated from oppression. 

It's time for her dream to be fulfilled through a healing space called Harriet's Dream! And we need your help. 

The intent and mission of Harriet’s Dream is to provide a healing sanctuary for black women to combat the daily barrage of racial trauma they experience and to help black women experience healing, happiness and harmony in their lives. Racism is trauma. Black women need a safe, trauma informed and Afrocentric (black-centered) space to begin healing from the lethal effects of racism and that place will be Harriet’s Dream.

We need your support to create this space, to make Harriet’s Dream a reality.  We are in the beginning stages of establishing this space and your contribution will help lay the foundation for black women to heal and thrive in a society that seeks to kill them emotionally and literally. In order to fulfill Harriet’s Dream we will need to conduct three levels of fundraising.

The first level will allow us to secure the funds to hire a realtor, a business attorney and a bookkeeper and accountant to ensure that we have a solid legal and financial foundation to last for decades. Additionally, the first level funds will be used to file and process any legal or trademark paperwork and secure legal and accounting services for two years.

The second level of funding will be used to purchase (or pay the lease for 5 years) the building that will become the haven for Harriet’s Dream. We seek to purchase a space with at least 3000-9000 square feet in order adequately offer holistic and comprehensive healing services for black women. Services will include personal coaching and mentoring, counseling, group therapy, massage therapy, educational workshops, sound, color and music therapy as well as offering a library and resource room and nutrition and wellness programs.

The final level of funding will be used for program operations to include structural repairs, reconstruction, security systems, licensing, decoration, furnishings, office equipment, program supplies, service provider fees, merchandise fulfillment and the establishment of a Freedom Fund. The Freedom Fund will serve as a source of funding for black women who do not have the financial means to pay for healing services.  


Please contribute to the healing, happiness and harmony of black women. 

Our deadline for this SECOND level goal is February 1, 2019. Thank you.
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Update 12
Posted by Catrice Jackson
8 days ago
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Help #HarrietsDream meet their 2nd level goal. All contributors who donate $200 or more in January 2019 will receive ONE free t-shirt in the color of their choice. Make your donation here. We are $60,000 from meeting our goal. Thanks and share.
https://www.gofundme.com/harriet039s-dream

After you've made your donation (it will be verified) email us at catriceology@gmail.com with your name, shipping address, shirt size and color.
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Update 11
Posted by Catrice Jackson
20 days ago
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Great news! We are $50 from meeting 50% of our fundraising goal for Harriet's Dream! Wow. This is exciting. This month we will begin looking for physical space to lease or rent to own. The funds raised ($125,000) will be used for a down payment or to pay the rent for 3-5 years to give the center time to anchor into a strong foundation for longevity. Pray for us that we find the perfect place for Harriet's Dream. We hope you'll consider making monthly donations towards the hope, healing and harmony for black women. Please contribute and share this project.
https://www.gofundme.com/harriet039s-dream
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Update 10
Posted by Catrice Jackson
1 month ago
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Thanks so much for your contribution. We plan to begin looking for the physical space for Harriet's Dream in February 2019. Malcolm X said, “The most disrespected woman in America is the black woman. The most unprotected woman in America is the black woman. The most neglected woman in America is the black woman.” Black women are degraded, devalued and dehumanized at every turn. We've been this countries slave, Mammy, workhorse, mule, wet nurse and nanny while white women have stood on our backs to progress. We've been given the scraps and treated like 2nd class citizens. Harriet's Dream will NOT be a just any old brick building. We will not settle for a substandard location for Harriet's Dream. Black women deserve a first class space with first class service and that's exactly what we will create. And we need the funds to create a first class healing space. We have $87,950 to raise in 2 months to make it a reality. That means we need to raise $43,975 in December and January. WE CAN DO IT. Please continue to contribute and share this with your friends. Thank you.
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Update 9
Posted by Catrice Jackson
1 month ago
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It's GIVING TUESDAY!

Let’s face the truth. When black women unapologetically express themselves, state their opinions, express their anger, show up as their beautiful and natural selves and speak how they choose to speak they are most times perceived as scary, intimidating, unkept and out of order. Because Respectability Politics and tone policing are real experiences for black women everywhere, every day.

Because there is no public place that a black woman is safe and free to be her natural self, she is in a constant state of weathering. Dr. Arline Geronimus, late in her graduate studies, came up with the term weathering — “a metaphor, she thought, for what she saw happening to their (black people’s) bodies. She meant for weathering to evoke a sense of erosion by constant stress. But also, importantly, the ways that marginalized people and their communities coped with the drumbeat of big and small stressors that marked their lives.” Chronic and repeated racial stressors dramatically impact the lives of black women creating what Geronimus calls health vulnerability, making them susceptible to anxiety, depression, high blood pressure and various other health problems.

Racism is emotionally, psychologically, spiritually and literally killing black women: Harriet's Dream will be a sanctuary from this violent storm of violence. And your GIVING will make it a reality! Make a contribution today.
https://www.gofundme.com/harriet039s-dream

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Raised by 615 people in 3 months
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