Kavod One Day Giving Circle – Ujima Project

Reposted from July 31, 2017

On Sunday July 23rd, Kavod completed our third round of the Giving Circle, this being the first-ever day-long process. Members of our community came together to practice collective giving and shared decision-making by pooling our financial resources to achieve meaningful impact.

We discussed our giving values and the ways in which they are connected to our Jewish identities, developed a vision for the impact of our collective giving process, and had the opportunity to learn from two members of Resource Generation, which “organizes young people with wealth and class privilege to become transformative leaders working towards the equitable distribution of wealth, land and power.”

As a result of these conversations and the shared decision making process, we decided to donate to the Boston Ujima Project, and collectively pooled $500. We then put out a call to the community to match the $500 we raised at the day-long Giving Circle, and collectively raised $1,000 for this inspiring and transformative local initiative! If you’re still interested in donating, fill out this form!

The Boston Ujima Project is organizing working class residents and workers, small business owners, grassroots organizations and other local economy stakeholders in order to build an alternative community-controlled economic infrastructure.

Ujima is a new and growing organization. In August 2016, they created a Community Capital Loan Fund to invest in local small business, for which $20,000 was raised by individuals. A number of other initiatives, such as a Worker Services Network, Good Business Certification and Alliance, and Alternative Local Currencies, are also in development, and Ujima is in the process of becoming a fully-staffed organization.

This past weekend, Ujima facilitated “Solidarity Rising 101: Alternatives to Capitalist Economics”, a day-long training on the Solidarity Economy vision and practice, which a few Moishe Kavod  members attended. As individual members of our community continue to learn about the transformative vision of the Ujima Project, and we continue to strengthen the relationships we’ve begun to build with organizers of the Project, the Giving Circle decided that our community had the unique opportunity to affirm our commitment, through organizing our financial resources, to Boston Ujima Project’s long-term mission, vision and theory of change. For more information, watch their informational video.

New membership link: https://www.ujimaboston.com/join-ujima-1

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