Updated: Feb 3
For the past couple of weeks, I've been raising awareness about and funding for the Reparations Stakeholders Authority of Evanston's (RSAE), the new fund that RSAE has established at the Evanston Community Foundation (To date, the fundraiser is at $13,964 toward the $20,000 goal).
Now, with a news release sent last night by Dino Robinson, founder of Shorefront Legacy Center, the fund is official!
“The RSAE idea was first initiated a year ago by Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, Evanston’s 5th Ward Alderman, along with the consulting team consisting of Rev. Michael Nabors, Pastor Monté Dillard, 2nd Ward Alderman Peter Braithwaite, Henry Wilkins, Spencer Jourdain and myself,” said Robinson in the release.
“The organizing team of the RSAE is excited about the lasting future of this fund that the community guides.”
Here's what you should know:
-- The Fund will provide investment support for efforts in advancing Evanston’s Reparations Program and will be housed at the Evanston Community Foundation.
-- The fund will be administered by the RSAE and is intended to directly benefit Evanston’s Black community and to heal racism and address harm caused by discriminatory practices.
-- The RSAE will raise funds, develop grant processes, and administer grants to advance Evanston Reparations work.
-- The fund will help ensure that funding is available for reparations once the City of Evanston’s tax revenues for reparations are no longer available.
-- The Fund is an asset-based approach to building wealth for Black residents who experienced the impact of local housing and systemic discrimination between 1919 and 1969, as well as their direct descendants.
-- The RSAE functioning board consists of members of the “harmed” community whose main purpose is to issue funding distributions through the Evanston Reparations Community Fund held at ECF.
-- ECF will house the Evanston Reparations Community Fund and any resident can contribute.
-- The Fund’s focus is on helping Evanston’s Black residents with a variety of benefits and programs to be developed by the RSAE that will address issues like home retention and ownership, education, business development, health and cultural awareness.
-- The fund will be managed by a term-limited team of Black residents under the forming Reparations Stakeholders Authority of Evanston.
-- The fund complements, but is separate from, the City’s fund, which receives income from three percent sales tax on recreational cannabis purchased from Evanston dispensaries, is capped at $10 million, and currently focuses exclusively on homeownership and economic development. Individuals, businesses, and organizations may also contribute to this fund.
“For Black residents who have been seeking to make Evanston their permanent home, our committee is excited about the long-term impact of the Evanston Reparations Community Fund,” said Robinson. “These proposed remedies and work from the beginning, have been led by the community that over the last 18 months created the initial list of recommendations.”
For more information on the Evanston Reparations Community Fund, contact Alderman Robin Rue Simmons at RSimmons@cityofevanston.org.
Learb about ECF.
Again, I encourage all white and non-Black Evanston residents to contribute to the fund: .
Read more about Dino Robinson and Shorefront here.