Resourcing Strategies to Dismantle White Supremacy and Invest in the Regenerative Economy: Learnings from the Maestra cohort

By Justice FundersPosted under Announcements

This 3-part online workshop series took place on July 29, August 19 & September 9, from 12-2pm PT.

Watch the July 29th (session one) recording here

Watch the August 19th (session two) recording here

Watch the September 9th (session three) recording here.

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis and uprisings in response to the state-sanctioned murders of Black people, philanthropy is faced with an increased sense of urgency to align its priorities with those of grassroots social and racial justice movements. Our sector is being called to adopt funding strategies to dismantle white supremacy and anti-Blackness, including defunding the police, and to avoid reformist approaches that uphold the current power structures and systems of harm. As we shared in a Medium post:

“Police reform is a false solution, one that merely addresses the symptoms of a problem without addressing its root causes, and will in fact worsen the problem over the long term. It is a false solution because it further resources a racist system that has violently oppressed Black and Brown people to achieve its primary aim of protecting capital, private property and the interests of the wealthy.”

In order to build a world in which Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities can truly be free, philanthropy must redistribute wealth, democratize power and shift economic control to communities. This includes supporting grassroots organizing work that builds new forms of economy and community-governed alternatives to public safety.

Justice Funders presented a series of online workshops to support our members and larger philanthropic community in building resourcing strategies to dismantle white supremacy and anti-blackness, pushing the edges of philanthropy to be as bold and relentless as our movements need us to be in these turbulent times. For funders who have embraced the radical vision of a Just Transition for Philanthropy but have yet to operationalize its practices, what are the concrete action steps that respond to the needs and opportunities of this moment while going deeper for the long haul?

This series was structured to engage participants in active discussion, breakout groups and self-directed exercises between workshops. These was not a typical “webinar” program.

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