Ella Baker Organizing Fund

No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.

Booker T. Washington




We survival exchange skills that are needed in any society, town or community, between knowledgeable technicians and people of the Black Community and the Native American Community.

Our school will include all skills related to the following trades: food, clothes, shelter, transportation, communication, education, childcare, healthcare, energy, and self governance but will start with those skills most essential for survival: 

  • Shelter
  • Food
  • Medicinal and Herb production
  • Self-governance

All participants will experience and come to know the power of grassroots organizing.

We believe those who suffer oppression the most are in the best position to know how to overcome oppression




“When you learn, teach. When you get,give"

Maya Angelou


Our Model


Our ultimate aim is to have all of the skills required in a society in our school. This will cover what we call the 11 institutions:

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Shelter
  • Transportation
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Childcare
  • Healthcare
  • Renewal energy
  • Self-governance
  • Spirituality.

 In the future, we will teach skills for and support the creation of: natural agricultural institutes, clothes-making co-opts, freedom schools, childcare collectives, ethanol and biofuel production, solar-panel assembly, healing centers, car refurbishment and many others.

Through generations of working on the assembly line we have lost our skills. We will take back every institution and bring it back into the hands of our community.



Our board of elder-veterans from the civil rights organizations the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and South Christian Leadership Conference are passing on their deep wisdom of organizing and self-governance to all our recruits.

As we teach our students financial independence through these skills, all students will come away with the knowledge of grassroots bottom-up organizing, and have the ability to organize a new world based on community, freedom, and justice.

Fund the Movement

The revenue we generate from our projects, our school, and donations will fund future schools and sustain organizers in poor Black and Native communities to continue to build and sustain life for our collective, our youth and our future.

We need to raise funds to hire and sustain 30 to 40 organizers and develop more schools, clinics, farms, and all the institutions needed for our people's survival.

We hope to build a strong enough economic base to place organizers across the nation and eventually around the world. 



Get Involved

We are constantly looking to expand the skills exchanged at our school to include any and every skill necessary for the functioning of our community.

Do you have building, gardening, organisational or specialist trade skills? 

Do you enjoy working with other people sharing ideas and learning new things?

Do you want to give back to your community?

We want you! 

Come join us.

We look forward to meeting you!