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Decolonizing Wealth Project’s Liberated Capital Announces Recipients of Multi-Million Dollar Initiative for Reparations Advancement 

The #Case4Reparations initiative aims to support systemic and policy change efforts that return wealth to impacted individuals.

NEW YORK – September 14, 2021. Liberated Capital, Decolonizing Wealth Project’s donor community and funding vehicle focused on providing resources to Black, Indigenous and other communities of color, officially announced its inaugural cohort of 23 grantees who will each receive funding to support local, regional and national movement-building and advocacy efforts to advance reparations in the United States. 

The #Case4Reparations is a first of its kind funding initiative, launched in March of 2021 by Decolonizing Wealth Project, aiming to fuel and amplify conversations and campaigns around reparations where wealth (money or land) can be redistributed by institutions and/or governments to Black and Native American communities in the United States. The goal for #Case4Reparations is to become a multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative to support systemic and policy change efforts that return wealth to impacted individuals. 

“As a nation that built and extracted its wealth from Black and Indigenous peoples, reparations, in the form of money and land, are required as we take meaningful steps toward reconciliation and racial healing,” said Edgar Villanueva, founder and principal of Decolonizing Wealth Project and Liberated Capital. “Our grantees, who are making crucial strides in their respective communities, represent the bright spots in this work and the opportunities for future reparations policies at the local, state, and federal levels.” 

The first annual #Case4Reparations grantees include:

  • ACRE Action Center on Race & the Economy, Chicago, IL 
  • African American Community Service Agency, San Jose, CA
  • Alaska Community Action on Toxics, Anchorage, AK
  • Blackroots Alliance, Chicago, IL 
  • DC Justice Lab, Washington, D.C. 
  • Drinking Gourd, Adel, GA
  • Equity And Transformation (EAT), Chicago, IL 
  • Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance, East Point, GA
  • GES Coalition, Denver, CO
  • Gullah Geechee Group, Inc., Hallandale Beach, FL
  • Healing and Reconciliation Institute, Monterey, CA
  • Justice for Bruce’s Beach, Manhattan Beach, CA
  • Justice for Greenwood, Tulsa, OK
  • Kanenhi:io Ionkwaienthos, Nedrow, NY
  • Marijuana Justice, Richmond, VA
  • N’COBRA, Washington, D.C.
  • New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Newark, NJ
  • Racial Justice Coalition of Asheville, Asheville, NC
  • RAW (Redistribute Agency & Wealth) Trust, Baltimore, MD
  • Restitution Study Group
  • Taller Salud, Jersey City, NJ
  • Tiwahe Foundation, Saint Paul, MN
  • Women Engaged, Atlanta, GA


Liberated Capital will distribute more than $1.7 million total across the grantee partners in the first year and is committed to identifying the best ways to elevate the work of its grantee partners through field and capacity-building and digital tools that will bolster the collective reparations movement.

Over 90 proposals were received from all 50 states, and each proposal was evaluated by the #Case4Reparations Advisory Committee, an advisory group of Black and Indigenous grassroots and movement leaders. The committee members are:

  • Kwesi Chappin, Consultant, Strategist, former Senior Political Director at Color Of Change
  • Will Cordery, Consultant, Donor Organizing Committee at Movement For Black Lives (M4BL), Senior Advisor at Liberated Capital
  • Michelle Crentsil, Political Director at New York State Nurses Association
  • Kassandra Frederique, Executive Director of Drug Policy Alliance
  • Krystal Two Bulls (Oglala Lakota/Northern Cheyenne), Director, LANDBACK Campaign at NDN Collective
  • Edgar Villanueva (Lumbee), Principal of Decolonizing Wealth Project and Liberated Capital

In 2021-2022, the grantee partners will begin to utilize their funding and will receive technical assistance from Decolonizing Wealth Project, including communications and narrative change support, networking opportunities and campaign coaching. In the year ahead, the organization will work to highlight and elevate each grantee partner’s efforts through their own channels, working to shift narrative change and build political will for reparations. 

Establishing a funding initiative is just the first step to building #Case4Reparations. Decolonizing Wealth Project will work to raise awareness and education among the general public around reparations and the need to embrace it as a way to right the wrongs and bring our country back together. 

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Led by Edgar Villanueva, Decolonizing Wealth Project (DWP) works globally to disrupt the existing systems of moving and controlling capital using education and healing programs, radical reparative giving, and storytelling. Through its fund, Liberated Capital, DWP moves untethered resources to Indigenous, Black and other people-of-color-led initiatives working for economic and racial justice.