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I am making a significant gift to an awesome local project of the Black and Indigenous led/owned SUSU commUNITY Farm. Check it out!

Join me! Surpass me.

They are more than halfway to their goal. Wouldn’t it be incredible to fund them the whole way? It’s gonna make life better for everybody when we invest in an equitable future. That link:

So many of us care deeply. Just look at all the Black Lives Matter signs! Show your tangible support for Black leadership.
Celebrate Black entrepreneurship, Black joy and Black power. Support Good Health and Vitality for all BIPOC people.

I am an American who benefits from property ownership. If you are too, please consider your own liberating act of what I’m calling citizen reparations.

I believe reparations to African Americans are needed after four centuries of systemic racism and oppression, on top of brutal enslavement, have deprived our Black compatriots their constitutional rights. Quite literally: deprived of their Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

For me, it is clear that the laws, culture and norms of our nation have made it easier for me and other Whites to earn, keep and increase wealth, AND health, AND education, AND professional opportunities.
Hanging our heads and hiding does no one any good.
We can start to make things right.

To my point, the odds weren’t stacked against us at almost every turn. People my color have had many advantages, including for some, inherited money that we did not earn. If we comfortable people only give what amounts to spare change, is that generosity,or crumbs?

Owning a house and land gives me security and comfort. I have the choice to share wealth, to hold on to family heirlooms, to grow food or flowers — plant trees. I can even rent out rooms in my house.

Of course, I’d like to see the federal government act on reparations. And other groups deserve real amends as well, Indigenous peoples and Japanese Americans imprisoned during WWII, for example. But I don’t want to WAIT for the government to act. All of our well being depends on generosity and healing.

I’m so fortunate that I’m finally able to take a step. I highly recommend becoming part of the bright future that we can create. It feels hopeful.

Black Americans want their families and their neighbors, All of us! Far and wide to thrive. Supporting SUSU commUNITY Farm or another Black-led or Black-owned enterprise is a fantastic way to to be part of the upward trend and leave regret and hurt and guilt behind.

It’s a great time to plant seeds for an anti-racist future!

Greenough Nowakoski