The global pandemics—COVID-19 and anti-Black racism—have spurred people to give, but I worry that those investments won’t last. One-time financial gifts have made it possible for movement organizations to build momentum in 2020. That is not enough. For us to protect our democracy and to build real, durable political power, groups led by and for Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color (BIPOC) need long-term financial investments.
I am thinking about our future and I urge you to consider the following six calls to action.
- One: Support the self-determination of BIPOC movement organizations and leaders. Black leaders—as well as Indigenous leaders and leaders of color—need the flexibility and trust from funders and donors to be creative, learn from their mistakes, and win.
- Two: Invest in infrastructure. The movement is a complex ecosystem made up of various kinds of groups—nonprofit organizations, lobbying and advocacy groups, collectives and coalitions—as well as activists and organizers, dreamers, healers, and artists.
- Three: Focus on what BIPOC movement leaders are trying to build, not just what they are striving to win. Elections and legislation are tools for creating change. They are not ultimately the change.
- Four: Fund healing justice. Organizers and activists are combatting historical, generational, and contemporary trauma. Trauma takes a toll on the individual and the movement, resulting in exhaustion and burnout.
- Five: Stay humble and curious. Unchecked white supremacy in progressive spaces is just as dangerous as blatant racist attacks from the far right. This is a moment of reckoning for donors and funders who have long touted racial equity values.
- Lastly, take care of yourself. It is important to resource your mind, body, and spirit.
Read the full article about calls to action at Headwaters Foundation for Justice.
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