Toward True Accountability, Healing and Transformation
In the midst of an unprecedented pandemic this past year, courageous grassroots leaders who have organized for racial, economic and social justice for decades sparked an unprecedented global uprising for liberation and justice. Thanks to persistent grassroots organizing and movement building efforts, more people than ever began taking action against the global rise of white supremacy, authoritarianism, and the continued and destructive impact of systemic racism. From a new administration at the federal level to police-free schools and criminal justice reform victories at the local and regional levels, organizing has led to real change.
These movements continue to fight back against police brutality and state violence. They are leading massive marches in the streets, while also advocating in the corridors of power to transform racial capitalism. Even as regressive anti-protest bills make their way through many state legislatures in an attempt to criminalize dissent, our movements are undeterred. They are working to change the narrative in culture and in the media to engage more people in the ongoing push for justice. They are demanding an end to police violence and making concrete demands to end systems of mass incarceration and replace them with transformative solutions that communities need and want.
Even as movements show us how to win, heal and create anew, we know that the work of dismantling white supremacist ideologies that insidiously affect all aspects of our lives is far from over.
Last week’s guilty verdict at the Chauvin trial is just one example of the complicated journey we are collectively on in the work to address the root causes of injustice. We must challenge more than just the symptoms and move toward true accountability, healing and transformation. Even as we momentarily celebrated the guilty Chauvin verdict, 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant was being brutally murdered. Not only does this tragedy amplify the racial and gender injustice inherent in policing, the responses that followed her death highlight how racism and patriarchy work in tandem to deny the very humanity of those targeted by state violence.
Today, philanthropy must continue to prioritize funding and investing in grassroots organizing and movement building led by Black, Indigenous and communities of color. Solidaire member Eileen Farbman, who has made a sustained 10-year commitment to the Movement for Black Lives, recently challenged funders to move beyond the “boom and bust model” that releases funding only in response to Black death and suffering. She called instead for generous long-term commitments that give movement leaders space to breathe, recover, and strategize over the long term.
Solidaire echoes that call. Through our Movement Infrastructure Fund and Black Liberation Pooled Fund, we intend to broaden our base of grassroots and movement partnerships and continue to meaningfully resource and flank this beautiful power-building work.
There are so many movement partners to lift up; this ecosystem is indeed vibrant, connected and fierce. Here are just a few that inspire us. Learn more about them, listen to them and follow their lead:
Solidaire members also have organized themselves through a Decarceration Working Group, which consistently puts issues of and education on mass incarceration on our collective radars through community building, political education and moving funding to trusted movement organizations.
As a community of donors committed to resourcing social movements for the long-haul, we know this is a critical time for continued, responsive and courageous action to match the courage of our movements. Our collective liberation depends on it. Join us— If you are a Solidaire member, learn more about the decarceration working group. If you are a funder or donor, learn more about our membership and movement partners.