We’re writing with updates from the RG Migrant Justice Solidarity Working Group, recently renamed the Hummingbird Collective. (Much less of a mouthful, right?) This funding project was born out of an idea at last year’s Making Money Make Change, and has grown and developed in ways we couldn’t have imagined when we first sat around a table together in the redwood forest. We continue to be excited about, deeply committed to, and totally inspired by the work of funding grassroots migrant justice in Arizona and beyond. Throughout this work we’ve been asking ourselves the question, “How, as people with wealth, do we respond to critical moments in the struggle for racial and economic justice?” We continue to be challenged and driven by this question. So, where are we at in our process?
We continue to be in dialogue with organizers from 8 organizations we connected with while on a delegation to Arizona last April. A core belief held by our funding collective is that people most impacted by injustice know best what the solutions to injustice look like. We’re working to shift decision-making power over how money is allocated away from ourselves, and towards the organizers who have direct experience in the struggle for migrant justice. Though we’ve learned from some amazing models of cross-class giving, navigating what it looks like to move money in a way that resists the traditional power dynamics of philanthropy is totally challenging! We’re collectively working through a lot of questions about what makes the most sense to fund, what being democratic in a funding process looks like, and how to do justice to process while recognizing some amount of urgency. We’re learning a lot, y’all. Concrete ideas for what we’re funding, when, and how, are brewing and coming together. We’re working hard to move a significant chunk of money by the end of the year. (more…)