"Radical simply means 'grasping things at the root.'" -- Angela Davis
We believe in the healing power of reparations for Black Americans as builders of this nation. We believe that reparations can help our country develop a positive racial identity and come to grips with its legacy of slavery and racism.
A Brief Update from the Radical Equity Fund for Reparations
In this complicated time of questions and quarantine, we appreciate your support of reparations. Because of you, the Radical Fund for Reparations was able to support 19 Black youth entrepreneurs, educators, and community leaders – appropriate because the Fund was Launched on Juneteenth 2020.
The reparations were distributed via randomized lottery in increments of $500. With their permission, we wanted to share a few stories of the people who received funds.
◦ in New York City, two Black entrepreneurs will use funds to continue providing nutrition, knowledge, and wellness via increased access to high-quality, pesticide-free fruit in urban areas. Their long-term goal is liberation through land ownership and the creation of Black-owned agricultural platforms.
◦ in Dorchester, Massachusetts, a special education teacher is investing in materials to create a business focused curriculum that will help students of color gain information on entrepreneurship. She herself is developing a business plan to try to grow her impact.
◦ in rural Texas, an African American teacher and coach at Longview High School. I've been in the teacher profession for the last 7 years. I recently completed my Master Degree in School Counseling and passed my certification exam. The funds will be going towards the repayment of student loans. I appreciate your consideration for the awesome donation.
◦ in Cleveland, Ohio, two Black women will continue the work they began with young people after the tragic murder of Tamir Rice. Using art as a vehicle for youth activism, these community leaders and educators are working to shift policy, perspective, and culture.
◦ in Brooklyn, NY, a middle school teacher in job transition was able to offset some of the costs of the technology needed for his son to learn from home and for him to teach from home.
◦ in Austin, Texas, a Black assistant principal will use the funds to help with her student loans. She will pay it forward by gifting social justice literature to another educator from her hometown.
◦ in Rhode Island, a 7-year-old anti-racist activist will use the reparations to create an anti-racist reading program for her school and share what she learns with other young people who want to do the same.
Your support of the Radical Equity Fund for Reparations is having an impact in communities all over America. It is a part of the ongoing movement for reparations and the growing understanding of what reparations means for this country.
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If you believe that Black Lives Matter, you must believe in reparations.
If you believe that slavery was one of America’s greatest sin, you must believe in reparations.
If you believe that 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 build an America that lives up to its promise, you must believe in reparations.
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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.
You can contact the Radical Equity Fund for Reparations via ReparationsFund@Gmail.com
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