Decolonizing Wealth Project is an Indigenous and Black-led racial justice organization that envisions a world where racial equity has become a societal norm – where new systems ensure everyone can live their best lives, thrive in their cultures, and heal from generations of colonial trauma. Our work aims to disrupt the existing systems of moving and controlling capital by offering truth, reconciliation, and healing from the ails of colonization through education, radical reparative giving, and narrative change.
Since 2021, through our fund, Liberated Capital, we redistributed more than $6.7M to#Case4Reparations grantee partners to support movement-building & advocacy efforts to advance reparations in the U.S.
This first-of-its-kind funding initiative aims to fuel and amplify movement-building & campaign efforts to achieve reparations where wealth (money or land) can be redistributed by institutions and/or governments to Black communities in the U.S.
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 procedures that fueled economic extraction and systemic violence in Indigenous and Black communities.
In 2020, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) reintroduced legislation to fund the first commission to study and develop proposals for providing reparations to African Americans. The bill was reintroduced in 2021 (as it has been at every congressional session since 1989) and is gaining traction with national support from leaders. This year, the momentum has continued with the legislation nearing the required House votes to pass through to the Senate and pressure building for President Biden to sign an Executive Order. There are also a number of reparative efforts underway to address the historical and ongoing theft and control of land that has led to the extreme concentration of wealth among a small group of people that exists today. In May 2023, Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01) introduced a resolution that forcefully argues why the federal government must provide reparations to descendants of enslaved Black people and people of African descent. The resolution outlines the various forms those reparations should take and has further ignited the movement in its fight.
Because of the effectiveness of social movements over the past few years – coupled with the successful philanthropic organizing of Decolonizing Wealth Project – we are seeing new opportunities to unearth, support, and scale efforts to actualize reparations for Black peoples.
To support this progress, Liberated Capital will provide untethered resources to support organizing and advocacy for community-driven reparations efforts that will help build the case for local, regional, and national policy opportunities that will inform ways wealth can be redistributed by institutions and/or governments.
This funding opportunity aims to source both the spaces and places where reparations campaigns are taking hold, provide vital funding to fuel their efforts and utilize our platform as a reparations fund and field disruptor to document and share this reparations movement ecosystem with our network of philanthropic institutions and donors. 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.
Will Cordery | Founder/Principal, Freedom Futures, Senior Advisor at Liberated Capital
Dr. Amara Enyia | Director of Policy & Research, Movement for Black Lives
Dr. Cheryl Grills | Professor of Psychology and Director, Psychology Applied Research Center
Katelyn Johnson | Executive Director, Blackroots Alliance
Jessica Ann Mitchell (JAM) Aiwuyor | Founder, National Black Cultural Information Trust
Nkechi Taifa, Director | Reparation Education Project
Richard Wallace | Founder/Executive Director, Equity and Transformation
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
Rematriation – Syracuse, 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