People with race, class and/or formal education privilege collaborate with very low and no-income people to formally launch a ‘fund’ for reparations Saturday, Sept. 7, 1 p.m., at Homefulness, 8032 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland
by Lisa ‘Tiny’ Gray-Garcia, POOR Magazine
The Bank of Come-Unity Reparations is a poor and indigenous people-informed, truly community-held fund of radically redistributed hoarded, inherited, occupied, stolen wealth and resources on this occupied land.
“As poverty skolaz, we have been teaching, sharing, loving these young folks with race and class privilege into degentrification and decolonial moves since 2009. This is the time to bring this to the world,” said Aunti Frances Moore, Black Panther, poverty skola and co-founder of the Bank of Come-Unity Reparations.
This fund has already been activating, enacting and implementing the liberation of blood-stained dollars into love-stained dollars on occupied Turtle Island and beyond since 2009, when the Revolutionary Change Session convened resulting in the formation of the powerful Solidarity Family of POOR Magazine.
The Solidarity Family is a small group of revolutionary folks with different forms of race, class and/or formal education privilege who have been radically redistributing enough resources to support literally more than 100 poor mamaz, elders and children who are in extreme struggle with poverty, homelessness, eviction, displacement, incarceration and disability. The fund has also enabled the liberation of Mama Earth by buying and then un-selling the small part of Mama Earth in Deep East Huchuin (Oakland) us landless and homeless people call Homefulness, at 8032 BlackArthur.
This powerful work might seem like dreams or ideas or hopes or visions and they are – but they are also real and so far mamaz’ rents have been paid, PG&E has been covered, and motel and hospital bills and dental care has been acquired with the liberated funds of the Bank of Community Reparations.
“We are limited at this moment only by membership of Radical Redistributors, but know that unlike the U.S. mythologies of wite- terror, scarcity greed and its Colonial Poverty Project to keep most of us indigenous, Black/Brown and working class peoples landless, poor, incarcerated and /or in struggle- there is in fact enough for all of us,” we write in our manifesto for change by POOR Magazine. “And so we invite you to join with your blood-stained dollars to make the radical support possible for as many peoples as need it in these increasingly terrifying times of scarcity, hate and Mama Earth’s destruction.”
The Bank of Community Reparations should not be confused with African peoples’ reparations and Japanese peoples’ reparations moves. It is rooted in interdependence: I am connected to you because you and I are both human and therefore I cannot perpetrate the violent act of looking away!
These visions, ideas and actions are informed by Mama Dee, Tiny and fellow poverty/indigenous/disability skolaz using the wisdom of 527 years of struggle, incarceration, criminalzation and colonization in their own text book, called the “Poverty Scholarship Book.”
And so we invite you to witness, join, activate or just be in this poor people-led liberation movement in all the troubling, confusing, terrifying, degentrifying, decolonizing, covert and overt ways this all even means in the U.S. and all of occupied Mama Earth.
In addition to an all nations ceremony for the release and transformation of blood-stained dollars into love-stained dollars, we will also be sharing the findings of homeless and formerly homeless youth and elders who created the Hoarding Mama Earth report, which advocates and proposes to un-sell the thousands of vacant parcels of Mama Earth so that unhoused families can build their own Homefulness projects.
This event is co-sponsored by Self-Help Hunger Program, SF Bay View newspaper, Deecolonize Academy, Homefulness and POOR Magazine. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to co-sponsor or for more info. For more info on the Bank of Community Reparations, click here.
Tiny – or Lisa Gray-Garcia – is the author of “Criminal of Poverty: Growing Up Homeless in America,” published by City Lights, and co-author of “Poverty Scholarship: Poor People-led Theory, Art, Words and Tears Across Mama Earth,” just released on poorpress.net. To reach Tiny, go to her website, www.lisatinygraygarcia.com.