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Defending Black Lives Globally — $2.8 million in grants

Grassroots International links the struggle to defend Black lives in the US with the struggles of Black and Afro-descendant peoples around the world.

We increased our support for Black and Afro-descendant movements to more than $2.8 million in 2020.

The brutal assaults on Black communities and movements in the US are part of larger systems of corporate and militarized powers confronting Black communities and movements globally. Worldwide, white supremacy is expressed as neo-colonial influence in Black nations, as land grabs and exploitation in areas occupied by Black and Afro-Indigenous peoples, and as violent backlash against Black resistance everywhere. 

In June of 2020, Grassroots International endorsed “A Global Black Call to Action” from the Movement for Black Lives, a powerful case for the global defense of Black lives. We matched this political commitment with financial resources, increasing our support for Black and Afro-descendant movements to more than $2.8 million in 2020.

We also stepped up our solidarity with Black human rights defenders. To highlight the links between movements for Black lives in the US and around the world, we held virtual encounters featuring Afro-descendant partners from Puerto Rico, Honduras and Haiti.

Through our work in Honduras, we demanded justice for Edwin Fernandez, an activist with our partner OFRANEH (the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras) who was assassinated last year, and the release of four more OFRANEH activists who were kidnapped and have still not been returned.

Through our work in West Africa, we stood with Massa Kone, spokesperson for the Malian Convergence Against Land Grabbing (CMAT), a Grassroots International grantee. Massa’s home was invaded and his family terrorized by uniformed thugs after he denounced the murders of Malian farmers connected to massive land grabs.

Through our work in Haiti, we joined our partners, Haitian Platform to Advocate Alternative Development (PAPDA), Platform of Haitian Human Rights Organizations (POHDH), Tet Kole, and the Peasant Movement of Papaye (MPP), in condemning corrupt officials in the northeastern part of the country for their roles in the massacres of local farmers.