Ferguson Movement Moment Rapid Giving Information (Public)
Updated: 12/15/2014 9:30 AM ET
What is this list? This list was compiled as part of a response from donor organizing communities looking to rapidly redistribute wealth to the movement ecosystem in Ferguson and beyond. For a message from the Resource Generation member leaders who initiated this list and to read about their broader and long-term commitment to black-led organizing, read this blog post. We created this list because no other comprehensive list of giving instructions existed and activists on the ground requested rapid response. If you would like to request updates to this list or have other questions, e-mail email@example.com.
Where should I give? We recommend that you trust the intelligence of the networked grassroots organizations and groups on the ground that have requested that we move resources rapidly, and we believe that in this moment the ecosystem is well-developed enough that speedy giving to any of these groups will result in dollars well spent. If you are giving in isolation and/or do not know where to give, we recommend giving to option number 1 for general support. Trusted leaders in Ferguson will then assess the need of the ecosystem in real time and distribute funds accordingly.
1. MORE/OBS Joint Organizing Fund/ General Support*: A fund managed by Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) and Organization for Black Struggle (OBS) that funded the Ferguson October events and funded a transformative black organizing canvass in St. Louis for which they retroactively need to raise funds. Ferguson October was a critical moment when the complex ecosystem and division of labor developed. MORE and OBS are responding to and in trusted network with the youth groups. The debt they are carrying is $70,000.
MORE and OBS are two 501(c)(4) community organizing non-profits that existed in the region before the murder of Mike Brown. MORE and OBS are responding to and in trusted network with the original frontline leadership of organic, radical and non-violent youth organizing groups
3. Millennial Activists United*: Led by queer, feminist women of color, who are frontline spokespeople, action leaders, and an emotional center of gravity for the movement.
4. Freedom Fighters*: We are young individuals who believe in serving the black community. We believe that it is one of the fundamental stones for liberation.
5. Tribe X: Young leaders who believe educating, empowering, and organizing brings about systemic change. We coordinated one of the many Black Friday actions that led to 11% sales drop nationwide. Tribe X has now split into three different groups, including the Black Souljaz.
6. Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment*: A 501(c)(4) community organizing non-profit that existed in the region before the murder of Mike Brown. MORE organizes in low and moderate income communities of color to build power and fight for economic, racial, and environmental justice. MORE runs the legal support fund as well. Please designate whether you are giving to MORE’s core work or the legal support fund.
7. Organization for Black Struggle (OBS): OBS is the longest-standing black led organization working in Ferguson and St Louis. OBS fights for political empowerment, economic justice and the cultural dignity of the African-American community, especially the Black working class. OBS has been the leader for years in fighting police brutality and demanding reforms and civilian oversight.
8. Hands Up United- Hands-up United provides a physical space, support, creative organizing and media support for a variety of youth groups in Ferguson.
9. Ferguson Communications Team – Provides critical joint messaging and communications training capacity to the whole ecosystem.
10. Ferguson Bail Fund-- Bail fund to support any arrests made in Feguson and St. Louis to support the organizing efforts.
*PLEASE NOTE: all gifts to the Center for New Ideas are not tax-deductible. If it is important that your gift is tax-deductible and you want to give to a group that uses Center for New Ideas, please give through Center for Popular Democracy.
**PLEASE NOTE: CNI was originally set up as an organization to be a 501c3 that had a relationship with MORE and other movement groups. However, the IRS rejected it's c3 certification after a couple years; since the organization still functions without 501c3 status, though, it is now used by MORE and OBS as a way to hold joint MORE/OBS funds, as well as a place to have more transparent movement finances (which means that money is moved out of CNI to other movement groups). CNI is more a bank account than a real organization.