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Racism and the Economy: Understanding Racial Capitalism | FRE Session 2
Thursday, July 15, 2021 @ 10:00 am - Thursday, July 22, 2021 @ 11:30 am
In this second session of the Foundations of Racial Equity Series, we explore racial capitalism, which describes the current economic system of extracting social and economic value from a person of a different racial identity. Racial capitalism is based on the theft, exclusion and exploitation of the land, labor, and capital of people of color. Philanthropy—as a social, political, and economic strategy of society’s wealthiest people, mostly white men, and institutions that “do good” while moving wealth without tax exposure—upholds racial capitalism.
The two modules of this session of Foundations of Racial Equity will explore the history of racial capitalism and philanthropy and feature funders that are exploring how to disrupt cycles of racial oppression in their grantmaking and ideas for creating liberation in our economy. These interactive sessions will allow participants to engage with the material, reflect on their practice, and hear from peers about strategies and approaches they are initiating.
Join us to:
- Explore the foundations of racial capitalism, its historical roots, and current implications for people of color and antidotes to racial capitalism;
- Grapple with the role of philanthropy in upholding racial capitalism;
- Discuss approaches and practices in disrupting racial capitalism with philanthropic peers.
The Series is made up of six sessions. Each session includes two modules.
Module A: Thursday, July 15 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am PT
Module B: Thursday, July 22 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am PT
- Members: $100 per session or $500 for the full series
- Nonmembers: $150 per session or $750 for the full series
Jeremie Greer, Co-Founder, Co-Executive Director of Liberation in a Generation
Jeremie Greer has dedicated his life and career to the advancement of racial and economic justice. Growing up in the historically Black Rondo Neighborhood, in St. Paul, Minnesota, he has always been attuned to the intersection between race and economics. He began his career in the Columbia Heights and Shaw neighborhoods in Washington, DC, organizing youth and tenants to fight back against the economic forces rapidly gentrifying that community. Working at the national level in the federal government’s premier policy agency, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and at two national non-profits, the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) and Prosperity Now (formerly CFED), he has become a national policy expert on the causes and the policy solutions to close the racial wealth gap. Jeremie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas, a Master’s in Public Policy from George Mason University, and is currently working on an Executive Education Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Harvard University’s Kennedy School. Jeremie is also a Soros Equality Fellow.
Solana Rice, Co-Founder, Co-Executive Director of Liberation in a Generation
Solana Rice was raised by a Black, Midwestern family that made tremendous emotional and physical sacrifices to get by. Dedicated autoworkers, food & retail workers, entrepreneurs; her family gifted Solana with a tremendous work ethic and a passion for making the world a better place for people of color. Solana is a dedicated advocate aiming to shape the most vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable economy this country has yet to see. Prior to starting Liberation in a Generation, Solana was Director of State & Local Policy at Prosperity Now where, under her leadership, she built strong advocacy partnerships with organizations in the field and advanced dozens of policies in nearly half the states in the nation. Prior to joining Prosperity Now, Solana served as a director for financial security initiatives at PolicyLink. Solana has a Master’s in City Planning from MIT, where she researched the integration of individual development accounts into community development services. She holds a B.A. in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. Solana is also a Soros Equality Fellow.