Racial equity video anthology

Conversations with community leaders

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.

Charisse Grant
Miami Foundation Senior Vice President & Strategy Advisor

Meet Leaders Tackling Systemic Change

To achieve long-term change, Greater Miami needs strong groups rooted in communities of color with a mission to alter systems. They are led by people of color to advance community interests. Their solutions reflect lived experience and more equitable alternatives. They have a sustained focus on shifting institutions, resources, policies, practices, and power.

“People don’t really understand systemic racism. We always say it’s the water that we’re in. It’s not the shark.”

Conversations with Community Leaders Collection

Add quote hereIf I had to distill it to one simple idea, we’re positive influences. Just are being is a positive influence. In seeing how we’re engaging on the job is a kind of visualization of, ‘wow, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.’ I believe in seeing a pathway, it just works wonders.

“You have to become creative in the ways you output your intelligence. when you have very little, your mind is able to expand & create something you wouldn’t think possible.”

"The core of our work is building power in the community for the community land trust model. Because we believe that that’s one of the principle tactics that especially Black people can take ownership of land and start building power for themselves."

Growing Impact: The Racial Equity Fund

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.

"We know that Black communities have been keystones to the prosperity of Greater Miami. And yet, all these years later, there's still not benefiting from that prosperity in an equitable way."

Growing 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.

Advancing Just Alternatives

Chainless Change

Circle of Brotherhood

Family Action Network Movement

Fanm Saj

GreenHaven/Save The Kids

Mothers Fighting for Justice

Social Justice Doula

The Black Collective

The Roots Collective

The Smile Trust

Shifting Public Narrative

Maven Leadership Collective

YWCA South Florida

Florida Memorial University-Social Justice Institute

Building Community Power

Community Justice Project

Dream Defenders

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

Powering Individuals & The Arts

Insights: Understanding Equity & Justice

The video and audio clips reflect insights from what the Foundation has learned on our journey, which we hope can ground a shared understanding to advance more rich conversations.

“Equity looks at the disparities and the outcomes. Justice looks at the systems creating the problems.”


Why Focus On Systems Change – Listen Now


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.

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