Our hearts are heavy, filled with grief and hope. The images of George Floyd being suffocated till death by a police officer in Minneapolis, USA, met the pain and the revolt caused by the recent murders of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, also killed by white supremacists in the US. An enormous wave of frustration and outrage sparked an incredible movement of resistance and solidarity with Black Lives Matter that quickly spread all over the world. Brazilians are also on the streets. In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 80% of people killed by police in the first half of 2019 were black, and state violence only keeps increasing in the favelas, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Likewise, the tragic killings of Tina Ezekwe and Uwa Uwavera Omozuwa in Nigeria have sparked a mobilization against sexual violence, and in defense of black women and girls’ lives. The time to question and dismantle white supremacy in all aspects of society is here – and hopefully, there is no coming back.
FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund stands in solidarity with those protesting racist state, and patriarchal, violence all over the world. We unequivocally believe that the defense of black lives is central to the young feminist struggle and to philanthropy as a whole.
As a donor, FRIDA recognizes that the foundations of philanthropy lie in white supremacy, built at the expense, and by the hands of, people of African descent as well as the colonization and elimination of indigenous peoples. Thus, we are fully committed to becoming an anti-racist organization. We also recognize that a long way still lies ahead of us, and the rest of philanthropy, to ensure that anti-racism is an intrinsic part of the work that we do. FRIDA is incredibly grateful to its community and to the larger movements for black lives, wherever and whenever we are called in to change our practices, and into better supporting movements fighting against racism.
LEADING ANTIRACIST WORK
|“Solidaridad siempre con las luchas afrodiasporicas!Reconocemos nuestras raices negras e invocamos todas las fuerzas de nuestras ancestras a seguir alimentando el fuego antirracista en toda Abya Yala” – Brigada Migrante Feminista|
Based in Chile, this collective works to guarantee full access to the rights of women and migrant children in their region, by interrogating racism, xenophobia, homophobia and misogyny through feminist intervention in public spaces. Since 2017, they have been generating networks of support among girls, adolescents, migrant women through movement building, activism and artistic, intercultural and feminist education in Valparaíso, Chile.
Image credit: Brigrada Migrante Feminista/instagram
Clube de Blogueiras Negras (The Black Bloggers Club) is a project exclusively for and by black women, trans and non-binary people. Their core mandate is strengthening the visibility of black, feminist digital media in Brazil. Their work focuses on visiblising black feminist media in Brazil to promote socially diverse, anti-racist and responsible communications on a national level. Their work develops the capacity of black content creators to share their products, services, events and suppliers to the wider Brazilan public, based on the premise of valuing, centering and prioritizing black feminist voices.
La Frida Bike is a collective of black women, cylo-activists and social entrepreneurs, whose work promotes sustainable and economical transport modality and the financial independence of women in Brazil. They are a movement which unites street art, stimulates female representation in urban mobility, amplifies the voices of black women and they occupy public spaces using the bicycle of an instrument of empowerment and transformation in society. Their work specifically prioritises black women, stimulating black female visibility in mobility.
Image credit: La Frida Bike