Restorative action is born from the intersection of theology, justice, and economics. It allows U.S. Americans who benefit from institutional racism, to provide credible witness for justice by surrendering ill-gotten gains toward the establishment of just relationships with our African American & Indigenous communities.
What wealth is ill-gotten?
The portion of wealth that can be attributed to systemic racism in the U.S. equates to
16% of net worth or 5% of income across white households.
Source: Federal Reserve Board Survey of Consumer Finances; U.S. Census HH-7 Report; Indigenous Net Worth estimated based on relative ratio of median incomes from NCRC.org.
Est Ave = Estimate Average; HH = Households.
What are the trusts and who will direct them?
There are two trusts, one directed by and for the benefit of Indigenous people and the other directed by and for the benefit of African Americans.
Each trust will be comprised of and led by individuals that are representative of the communities the trusts are intended to benefit.
These trustees will make ALL decisions about distributions.
Restorative Fund for Indigenous Individuals & Communities
Whose stated purpose is to increase opportunities to flourish for Indigenous individuals and communities.
Restorative Fund for African American Individuals & Communities
Whose stated purpose is to resume the work left undone at Emancipation to increase opportunities to flourish for the heirs of the African Americans whose ability to accumulate generational wealth was severely restricted through the denial of equal protection under the law.
Individuals, congregations, mid-councils, and others can witness against injustice by surrendering wealth or income proportionate with the advantages that privileges have afforded to two private charitable trusts.
COMMITMENT TO DATE
Over $800,000 has been surrendered as of March 1, 2021.