The United States was built on a history and practice of enslavement, genocide, and extraction of and from Indigenous peoples and African descendants – resulting in more than 400 years of policies and practices that have fueled economic extraction and systemic violence in Indigenous and Black communities.
Launched in March 2021, Liberated Capital’s #Case4Reparations funding initiative provides untethered resources to support organizing and advocacy to community-driven reparations efforts that will help build the case for local, regional, and national policy opportunities that will inform ways wealth (money and land) can be redistributed by institutions and/or governments to Black and Native American communities in the United States.
(1) source people, spaces, and places where reparations campaigns are taking hold;
(2) provide vital funding to fuel their efforts; and
(3) accelerate advocacy efforts of the reparations movement ecosystem through strategic communications, networking, and capacity-building supports.
The spirit of reparations is that those who hold the bulk of ill-gotten resources and influence (including philanthropy) must hold responsibility for repairing the harms done. Our goal is for the #Case4Reparations to be a multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative to support systemic and policy change efforts that return wealth to impacted individuals.
These brilliant leaders assisted our team in the application review and selection of our first round #Case4Reparations grantee partners.
– Michelle Crentsil, Political Director at New York State Nurses Association⠀
– Krystal Two Bulls (Oglala Lakota/Northern Cheyenne), Director, LANDBACK Campaign at NDN Collective⠀
– Kassandra Frederique, Executive Director of Drug Policy Alliance⠀
– Kwesi Chappin, Consultant, Strategist, former Senior Political Director at Color Of Change⠀
– Will Cordery, Consultant, Donor Organizing Committee at M4BL, Senior Advisor at Liberated Capital⠀
– Edgar Villanueva (Lumbee), Principal of Decolonizing Wealth Project and Liberated Capital⠀
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 (E.A.T.) – 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 – New York, NY
Taller Salud – Jersey City, NJ
Tiwahe Foundation – Saint Paul, MN
Women Engaged – Atlanta, GA
We keep raising money and awareness to support this multi-year campaign.
And the work doesn’t stop with our grants. We’re committed to identifying the best ways to elevate the work of our grantee partners, and other organizations, through field and capacity-building and digital tools that will bolster the collective reparations movement.
We’d love to share more of our learnings from our first-round RFP and plans for the future.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a call with our team if you’re interested in supporting this initiative.