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Racial Healing + Justice Fund

A Community Designed Fund

Community designed, Community decision-making

Too often Black and Brown St. Louisans, people of color, don’t have power over the resources for community healing, justice, and transformation. Nearly six years after the Ferguson Uprising there’s an urgency to lean into the discomfort of racial healing needed to build a just and equitable society. The Racial Healing+Justice Fund makes it a priority that residents who are directly affected by racial inequity are the ones who design the strategy and govern the investment of the funds into the community.

Upcoming Engagement Opportunities:

  • Friday, June 26th, 6-7:30pm. Interactive Panel Discussion on Healing, Justice for All, and Youth at the Center:Register Here 
  • Thursday, July 9th from 6-8:30pm:Racial Healing Practitioner Convening and pre-survey. (To get an invite, fill out our Get Involved! survey.

Stay tuned for panels, events, surveys and social media challenges where residents will be invited to share their voice, vision, and priorities for Healing and Justice. Let us know you’re interested:

  • Get Involved! Fill out this form if you want to be the first to hear about events, have a network/group/organization that you want to make sure is included, or to volunteer for phone-banking.
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History of the Fund

Deaconess Foundation, Forward Through Ferguson and Missouri Foundation for Health have collaborated to establish the St. Louis Regional Racial Healing Fund to invest in healing community trauma and changing the conditions that reinforce systemic racism. With a matching grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a growing pool of participating organizations, $1.4 million has already been committed to the effort. Through a community-led grantmaking process, the fund will support efforts to develop capacity and infrastructure in the racial justice movement to envision, articulate and create a transformed St. Louis region through community organizing and healing arts.

What Do We Mean by Healing + Justice?

Racial healing + justice is the commitment to change the conditions of systemic racism that reinforce disparities and endanger lives and to heal the core of our community.

The Healing focus includes:

  • Creating space to share truth narratives, communal grieving, and communal connection on race and systemic racism;
  • Enabling restoration, reverence, respect, and trust, at all levels of a community; 
  • Building and exercising individual power and resilience; and 
  • Providing support for the spiritual and emotional health of community organizers and advocates. 

The Justice focus includes:

  • Changing the conditions of racial inequities by continuously supporting current and future leaders of color; 
  • Centering, growing, and activating grassroots knowledge;
  • Broadening resident engagement to operationalize policy maker accountability structures and practices; and
  • Uplifting communal mobilization for system change.

Core Principles

Prioritize Inclusion & Community Voice

  • Uplift and engage St. Louis’s  Black and POC communities
  • Center the value of lived experience, emotional wisdom, and intellect

Grow Community Awareness, Power, and Resilience

  • Acknowledge collective impact
  • Guard sacredness of members’ powers as individuals
  • Invest in community capacity

Humanize Equity 

  • Push back against white supremacy culture and mindset
  • Promote the health of one’s whole self
  • Create liberating practices which harness the power of imagination to self determine and self actualize community healing

Take Action

FTF Co-Chairs and Community Partners Call for Swift Policy Action

Residents Call for Policy Change, Regional Leaders Must Rise to the Challenge Forward Through Ferguson co-chairs, Rebeccah Bennett and Zachary Boyers, and 30 community partners call on policy and decision makers to deliver swift action on Ferguson Commission Calls to Action.  Read the full statement on Medium, or download a pdf here. “Unfortunately, we’ve been…

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A Path To Racial Equity Worksheet

Racial Equity is a state in which race no longer predicts outcomes. Achieving Racial Equity is the mission of Forward Through Ferguson. But the 189 calls to action in the Ferguson Commission Report are a reminder that there is no one-step, straight-line path from our current state—where racial disparities exist in almost every set of…

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Opportunity for a New Approach to Public Safety in St. Louis

An open letter to Mayor Lyda Krewson from Rebeccah Bennett and Zachary Boyers, Co-chairs of Forward Through Ferguson, on the public safety opportunity in front of our region. Click here to download a pdf of the open letter. Mayor Krewson, The retirement of Police Chief Sam Dotson represents a new day for public safety in St. Louis….

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