“What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Please note: We are no longer accepting applications to the So Love Can Win Fund. Please sign up for our newsletter where we will announce the launch of So Love Can Win 2018.
Why did we launch the So Love Can Win Fund?
Oakland remains one of the most racially diverse cities in the country, with a majority of its residents identifying as people of color. However, people of color are disproportionately harmed by inequality, including displacement, oppressive policing, and gun violence. Oakland can and should be a haven where communities of color can thrive, but we urgently need to uplift current efforts and seed new visions of safety beyond policing and prisons.
At Akonadi Foundation, we are deeply committed to investing in and supporting community-based organizations and initiatives in Oakland that are on the frontlines of racial justice movement building. One year after the launch of the So Love Can Win Rapid Response Fund, we find ourselves confronting the visibility and emboldening of white supremacy and hatred across the nation. Today, Oakland continues to organize — against racist law enforcement practices that target immigrant parents for deportation and removal from their families and children, against the lack of affordable housing leading to homelessness and displacement, against the school to prison pipeline, and against other discriminatory policies and trends that warehouse our kids into lifelong surveillance, detention, and prison cells. In this moment, Oakland communities of color need to protect our mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. The projects supported in 2016 through the So Love Can Win fund advanced a vision of liberation, safety, and self-determination at the local level. Neighborhood collectives, spiritual practitioners, and front-line activists received funding to heal, empower, and replenish their communities in order to continue the fight for racial justice.
This fund will offer one-time grants ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 intended to spark imagination and seed efforts that contribute to creating healing and safety in Oakland’s communities of color.
The time is now to advance community-rooted solutions that promote safety and healing in communities of color. We appreciate the sentiments of the Movement for Black Lives in these troubling times:
We pledge togetherness—we will not allow ourselves to be divided.
We pledge to allow our thinking and actions to be guided by love,
We pledge to bring courage and power into our communities and stop their flow out.
We pledge not to be controlled by fear, but instead by our dreams.
We at Akonadi Foundation are hopeful — inspired by the powerful work that continues in Oakland and across the country to challenge institutionalized racism and push for lasting solutions. Through this fund, Akonadi seeks to elevate and build the power of our collective radical imagination and action — So Love Can Win.
Learn more below about how to apply for this fund. Spread the word and join the conversation online using the hashtags, #SoLoveCanWin and #SLCW17.