Thank you to the Puffin Foundation and The Nation Institute for recognizing me with their Creative Citizenship Award. To be honored with the same award that was given to Dolores Huerta in 2002 is extremely humbling. She is one of the most decorated labor activist of the 20th century, the leader of the Chicana/Chicano civil rights movement and more. I was able to meet her over the weekend and she is full of life at 87 and continues to fight for those that cannot. The importance of press is paramount especially in a time where the first amendment and free speech are under attack. It is all our responsibility and especially the responsibility of journalists to speak just in an unjust room. 📸: @KarlFergusonJr
I enjoyed teaming up with Meals on Wheels, an organization that delivers meals to seniors and those in need to help them live healthier and more nourished lives at home and in our community. As part of my Million Dollar Pledge, I donated $50,000 to them and part of that donation goes toward Oakland, CA residents for everything from ingredients, to packaging, to gas for delivery trucks making sure the people in our community are fed and cared for. Thank you to Meals on Wheels for all the work you do. It is important that we continue to provide support and companionship to those in need. The nutritious meal, friendly visit and safety check help them cope with the three biggest threats of aging: hunger, isolation and loss of independence. Meals on Wheels currently helps nearly 2.4 million seniors and veterans annually in virtually every community in the country. It’s important we take care of those who once took care of us.
Though I never had the pleasure of meeting Muhammad Ali, he mentored me without ever meeting me. He in many ways laid the foundation of what I saw as the zenith of athlete-activism and perfecting the utilization of your platform as an athlete to force conversations about how America was not living up to what America professes to be. Lonnie Williams, the wife of Muhammad Ali was in attendance tonight. I am equally honored to share this space with her. She once said that, “Muhammad’s legacy is not just for me and his children and grandchildren, it’s a legacy for the world.” I accept this award, not for myself, but on behalf of the people, because if it were not for my love of the people, I would not have protested. If it were not for the peoples willingness to support me, I would not be on this stage today. Thank you very much to Sports Illustrated for the honor of the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. I am humbled and honored to share this with the people.
Every year we participate in a tradition that is rooted in tragedy. Try as we must to make Thanksgiving about food, family, fun, and forming fond memories, it doesn’t erase the fact that the Natives of this land were (and continue to be) the original victims of American systemic oppression. To help fight that oppression, as part of my Million Dollar Pledge, I donated $50k to UCSF for the Mni Wiconi Health Clinic partnership at Standing Rock to support the relatives there with their medical needs. At 4am this morning, we rode the ferry to Alcatraz Island for the Indigenous People's Sunrise Gathering, in solidarity with the many tribes/nations visiting the space to not only honor their ancestors, and celebrate their culture, but also pay respects to those that participated in the 19 month occupation of Alcatraz Island in an effort to force the American Government to honor the Treaty of Fort Laramie. I was humbled to receive one of the highest honors from one of the elders. Thank you for allowing me to share this space and honor your heritage and history. And also thank you to @mann1e & @oocelestialoo for the help connecting. ✊🏾
It’s hard to believe that’s it’s been a year since the first Know Your Rights Camp. Our hope was simple, we wanted to help the people. We wanted to provide the young folks with resources to help them navigate their daily experiences as Black and Brown people in America. We also wanted to help local organizations and community leaders amplify their messages. We wanted the focus of the camp to be on human rights, because often times it is our rights as human beings are what’s being violated on a daily basis. We wanted the youth to know: 1. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE FREE. 2. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE HEALTHY. 3. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE BRILLIANT. 4. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE SAFE. 5. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE LOVED. 6. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE COURAGEOUS. 7. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE ALIVE. 8. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE TRUSTED. 9. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE EDUCATED. 10. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW YOUR RIGHTS. We all know that the work is not done and that the struggle continues. This day will always be special to me and I want to thank everyone that helped make it possible. Know Your Rights Camp RA Vision Media
$100k to go until I fulfill my Million Dollar Pledge! I’ve donated $900k so far, and have one more month to go until my donations are at the one million I promised! This month you voted for which areas of social justice I should donate to and here are where the donations went: Dream, War On Children, Coalition for the Homeless and United We Dream. Each of those organizations are getting $25k each. Since October 2016, I’ve donated to 31 organizations so far that are working in the communities to fight oppression. One more month to go til I complete my Million Dollar Pledge! See where all the donations have gone on www.kaepernick7.com.
This violation that happened against my Brother Michael Bennett is disgusting and unjust. What do you think happens to people without fame and wealth? I stand with Michael and I stand with the people.
Thank you to everyone who went out to support yesterday. It's amazing to see the power of the people continue to grow. My faith always has been and always will be in the power of the people! Know Your Rights Camp RA Vision Media
The Million Dollar Pledge is still going strong! $800k donated, $200k to go! This month I donated $100k to these organizations fighting oppression and uplifting our communities: 100 Suits for 100 Men, Lower Eastside Girls Club and J. Cole's Dreamville Foundation. Two more months to go til I complete my Million Dollar Pledge. See where all the donations have gone on www.kaepernick7.com. "You can kill a revolutionary, but you can never kill the revolution." - #FredHampton Know Your Rights Camp RA Vision Media
"What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence?" - Frederick Douglass In a quest to find my personal independence, I had to find out where my ancestors came from. I set out tracing my African ancestral roots, and it lead me to Ghana. Upon finding out this information, I wanted to visit the sites responsible for myself (and many other Black folks in the African Diaspora) for being forced into the hells of the middle passage. I wanted to see a fraction of what they saw before reaching the point of no return. I spent time with the/my Ghanaian people, from visiting the local hospital in Keta and the village of Atito, to eating banku in the homes of local friends, and paying my respects to Kwame Nkrumah's Memorial Park. I felt their love, and truly I hope that they felt mine in return.
Know Your History: Women's History Month. Dolores Huerta is one of the most decorated labor activists of the 20th century and a leader of the Chicana/Chicano civil rights movement. #KnowYourHistory #WomensHistoryMonth #DoloresHuerta Know Your Rights Camp RA Vision Media