- Carolyn L. Baker
Use Giving Tuesday for amends and reparations.
Giving Tuesday is a worldwide opportunity for people to come together - through generosity in all its forms - by sharing acts of kindness and giving their voice, time, money, goods, and advocacy to support communities and causes. Giving Tuesday 2021 is a simple and direct way to participate in amends, reparations, and justice by supporting Caused-Based Coalitions.
This Giving Tuesday, financially support advocacy groups working on social and environmental justice issues. Here is one example - among many - regarding prison reform: The Innocence Project, https://innocenceproject.org/policy/north-carolina founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law, exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. And for the most recent and most authoritative article on the topics, people, and events sharping the criminal justice conversation, The Marshall Project, https://www.themarshallproject.org/records/4766-prison-abolition curates some of the best criminal justice reporting from around the web.
While we cannot undo the past, we can be one hundred percent responsible for the present socioeconomic disparities. The story of slavery is still our story. To be response-able is to be able to respond. This Giving Tuesday, choose a social or environmental justice issue about which you care deeply and financially support those working for progress. We each are response-able to confront the real landscape and take action.
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