This anthology project originated from recording video conversations for the Foundation’s 2021 Racial Equity Fund awards to make it easier for grassroots groups to share their work changing systems that hold racial inequity and injustice in place. We could powerfully see, hear, feel, and understand what they do and their driving passion and vision. We wanted to share this.
We envisioned the video anthology as a resource to make groups more visible and add insights the Foundation has learned. It features overviews, insights, and a collection of organization leaders talking about systemic issues they are tackling. We will add more over time. We hope you, like the Foundation, will gain inspiration and knowledge, and use it to enrich and advance conversations critical to building a more equitable and just Greater Miami.
Miami Foundation Senior Vice President & Strategy Advisor
The Foundation’s Racial Equity Fund, launched in June 2020, builds on our long history of work to address racial disparities. The Fund allows us to focus on strengthening groups doing work to change systems and elevate issues. Nearly 150 donors, large and small, who share the vision have contributed nearly $2M. Their generosity has accelerated change and impact.
Transforming systems needs groups with a long-term commitment and rigorous focus on building power and solutions inside communities. We are investing in groups for what they do individually and to build an ecosystem for change and impact.
Circle of Brotherhood
Family Action Network Movement
GreenHaven/Save The Kids
Mothers Fighting for Justice
Social Justice Doula
The Black Collective
The Roots Collective
The Smile Trust
Maven Leadership Collective
YWCA South Florida
Florida Memorial University-Social Justice Institute
Community Justice Project
Florida Student Power Network
Miami Workers Center
PowerU Center for Social Change
S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective
Struggle for Miami’s Affordable HousingWeCount
Systems matter. If water leaks keep flooding your home, you can bail water and patch holes, or at some point focus your attention and resources on the plumbing system.
Our society is built on systemic rules, laws, policies, and practices. They define how we experience issues ranging from policing and justice, to protections and rights, to child welfare, health care, community development and access to resources. Inequity perpetuates disparities. Injustice creates disparate harm. Within these systems race remains the most significant determining factor.
People have asked about why we focused so heavily on changing systems. If you or I live in a house where water leaks keep ﬂooding it. it is ﬁne and all to keep cleaning it up and patching holes, but at some point, we really might want to look at our plumbing system.
In our society, all kinds of systems of rules, policies, practices, allocation of resources shape our lives and opportunities in so, so many ways – Policing, banking, justice, child welfare, health care, planning and zoning, tenants rights, workers rights.