“Until the killing of black men, black mothers' sons,
becomes as important to the rest of the country
as the killing of a white mother's son,
we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens.”
The Ella Baker Organizing Fund
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Organizing Across the Generations:
Building a National Organization Through Continued Grassroots Organizing
It is our privilege to announce the launch of the Ella Baker Organizing Fund (The Ella Fund). Ella Baker’s spirit inspired an over decade long investment by young, Black organizers with the belief that everyday people can provide the leadership necessary to solve the problems of our community and change the world. It was the organized leadership and participation of everyday people in the movement for freedom that won some of the basic civil rights we have today.
The Ella Fund was created for the sole purposes of hiring, training and supporting bottom-up organizing and to build mass community support for the young leaders on the front lines. It is a critical moment to support young organizers engaged in the national struggle for racial justice. The EBOF is a resource for those leaders working to end the oppression of poor people, Black people, and people of color.
Towards this end, the Ella Fund has three main goals: 1) To train and give fellowships to young, Black leaders so that they can commit to full-time organizing, both locally and nationally, 2) To support the building of the infrastructure that allowed the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) youth of the sixties to carry on an organizing program for almost a decade such as Freedom Houses and Freedom Schools by engaging movement elders, and 3) To develop a mass economic base for the movement through bold and creative fundraising mechanisms.
Ultimately, the Ella Fund will bring together Ms. Baker’s legacy: a network of SNCC movement elders who had been on the battlefield for most of their lives, and the resources, gifts, skills and talents of that movement in the service of today’s young people who are rising up and learning to organize. In bringing all of these components together, we shall not be moved and we shall not be stopped!
In speaking to movement supporters, Ms. Baker said it is for us “to support those who dare to sail against the storm.” It is in this spirit that we challenge movement elders to step up, come forth and participate and fulfill your historical obligation by supporting our youth. It is in this spirit that we challenge people of wealth who recognize the fundamental inequalities caused by racism and poverty and know that only those most impacted can lead the change we all want to see. It is in this spirit that we call on all people of good conscious, who understand the historical opportunity that lies before us at this moment, and want to make a difference.
If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to contact the Ella Fund Board President, Ms. Jane Kimondo, at 773.968.1451 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Curtis Muhammad at 312-918-6720
The Ella Fund Board of Directors
Jane Kimondo, Sanovia Muhammad, Diane Nash, Lorne Cress Love, Elaine Peacock, Becky Belcore, and Kat Choi