Monday, September 14, 2020
We are excited to announce that the Mass Redistribution Fund will be making our third disbursement to MRF Recipient groups this week -- a formal announcement to come soon. Though we've been quiet on the blog, we've been very active over the past two months, continuing our fundraising efforts and hosting Recipient Learning Exchanges focused on topics nominated by our recipient groups. As conditions and challenges continue to evolve for our groups on the ground, we will continue to adapt our work to support grassroots efforts and strengthen our communities.
In this spirit, we have added a new page of resources, curated specifically for mutual aid organizing and disaster relief efforts -- largely in response to questions raised during our Recipient Learning Exchanges and in correspondences with various groups. You'll find everything from toolkits on digital security and data security to video webinars on cultural and arts organizing with mutual aid centers in Puerto Rico.
Check these and more out on our new Resources for Recipients page. We hope you're staying safe out there.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Stands with the Uprisings for Racial Justice
The mass uprisings defending Black lives from state violence in the US and around the world are demonstrating the powerful truth that this country’s bloody, racist foundations can and will be challenged, dismantled and transformed through movement. In the midst of this crisis, a new world is being born. We stand with those risking their lives and acting with courage and vision to help birth a new world -- and we invite you to join. As long as there is the need, we will be working for justice, for survival, for dignity, for freedom from fear and for the freedom to thrive.
Many of our grassroots recipient groups are fighting and organizing for Black lives and racial justice. Here are ways you can join:
Watch this moving and informative conversation with City Life and local Black Lives Matter organizers on participating in mobilizations and organizing for racial justice
Follow Sisters Unchained on Instagram, and fund and amplify the work and voices of young women impacted by mass incarceration
Like the Activated Massachusetts African Community on Facebook and support and amplify their work with African communities across the state
Follow Jericho Boston on Facebook and work to free Black liberation prisoners
Like Boston Ujima Project on Facebook and invest dollars in Black and brown businesses and futures.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
#MassRedistribution Fund Recipient Groups are Leading Relief Efforts in the Hardest Hit Cities and Counties across the State
The COVID crisis has disproportionately impacted historically marginalized communities across the country, and Massachusetts is no exception.
Looking at the COVID case count released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, we mapped the areas outside of Boston where our recipient groups are working hard to provide food and groceries, financial support, linguistic- and culturally-relevant information, and other forms of critical relief. As you can see below, our grassroots recipients are working in almost all of the cities and counties with the highest concentration of cases across Massachusetts.
We welcome the summer sunshine as we continue our work to support the families, workers and communities impacted by the COVID crisis and economic downturn. Check out the map of recipients below, and join us by donating to resource this amazing network of essential grassroots relief efforts across Massachusetts.
Friday, June 12, 2020
#MassRedistribution Fund Redistributes Second Round of Donations to 27 Crisis Relief Efforts Across the State
Boston, MA - The Mass Redistribution Fund (MRF), a Massachusetts-wide COVID-19 emergency fundraiser launched in early April by a dozen grassroots leaders, is distributing its second round of grants today, redirecting a second disbursement of $260,000+ in donations from over 900 individuals donors and foundations to critical relief efforts across the state.
“The power of the Mass Redistribution Fund is that we’re a strategically organized response to allocate funding to groups that are chartering the future survival of our community by transforming money into immediate aid and political power,” said Monique Nguyen, MRF advisory board member and Executive Director of Matahari Womens Worker Center.
#MassRedistribution Fund Advisory Board Approves
7 New Recipients from Across the State
The advisory board voted to approve seven additional groups organizing and providing relief to African, Asian and Latinx immigrant communities from across the state, as well as working to release political prisoners. These seven groups will be included in the Mass Redistribution Fund's second disbursement this Friday, June 12th.
We welcome the following groups, with gratitude for their ongoing work supporting and fighting for our neighbors on the frontlines of the COVID crisis:
1. Activated Massachusetts African Communities (AMAC)
2. ARISE for Social Justice
3. La Comunidad
4. Egleston Square Main Street
5. Jericho Boston
6. Merrimack Valley Project
7. South Asian Worker Center
We continue to reach out to our partners to identify aligned groups that are working to meet urgent needs in historically marginalized communities across the state. To suggest groups aligned with our funding criteria, please write to MRF coordinators Libbie (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Alex (email@example.com). For more information about our 27 recipient groups, visit our Recipients page.