Tuesday, September 14, 2021 — Today, Justice for Bruce’s Beach, the advocacy organization that sparked a successful and unprecedented return of stolen Black land in California, announced a grant to Where Is My Land, the national organization co-founded by Kavon Ward and Ashanti Martin to continue the #BlackLandBack movement.
Justice for Bruce’s Beach, which was founded by Ward in 2020, was part of the inaugural cohort of grantees funded by Decolonizing Wealth Project through the organization’s Liberated Capital funding program. Liberated Capital grantee partners are Black, Indigenous, and other people-of-color led initiatives working for transformative social change.
“Justice for Bruce’s Beach is honored to be one of the 23 grantee partners recognized by Decolonizing Wealth Project. These organizations are taking innovative approaches to movement building and advocacy strategies to advance reparations and restorative justice,” Ward said. “We are fortunate to be able to transfer a portion of this vital grant funding to Where Is My Land, which is continuing the work of Justice for Bruce’s Beach on a national level.”
Where Is My Land was founded in July 2021 following a year of Ward’s advocacy to get land at Bruce’s Beach park in Manhattan Beach, Calif., returned to the descendants of Willa and Charles Bruce. The couple and their resort business located on the land were run out of the city and their property seized by eminent domain nearly 100 years ago.
A bill authorizing the transfer of the land from Los Angeles County to the Bruce family was passed by the California legislature in September 2021 and is awaiting signature from Gov. Gavin Newsom.
“To have Kavon Ward, who brought international attention to the issue of Black land theft, provide this infusion of much-needed resources to Where Is My Land is priceless,” said Where Is My Land co-founder Ashanti Martin. “We are a brand-new organization that builds on the success of Justice for Bruce’s Beach. Because of the theft of labor, land, and liberty, organizations like those recognized by Decolonizing Wealth often do not have the funds to do this important work. This support will catapult our efforts to build a national reparative justice movement focused on land restoration.”
Decolonizing Wealth Project aims to raise awareness and education among the general public around reparations and the need to embrace it as a way to right the wrongs and bring our country back together. The project’s #Case4Reparations initiative, launched in March of 2021, aims to fuel and amplify conversations and campaigns around reparations where wealth can be redistributed by institutions and/or governments to Black and Native American communities in the United States. The goal for #Case4Reparations is to become a multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative to support systemic and policy change efforts that return wealth to impacted individuals.
“It’s time to start having meaningful conversations about reparations and how we can come together as a country to heal from systemic racism. Justice for Bruce’s Beach is making critical strides to shift policies and systems that result in the payback of land from governments or institutions in the United States to Black communities,” said Edgar Villanueva, founder and principal of Decolonizing Wealth Project and Liberated Capital. “We’re looking forward to being a part of their journey and elevating their impactful work.”
The funding from Decolonizing Wealth Project supports the operations of Justice for Bruce’s Beach, including communications, campaign coaching, and advocacy networking. The resources shared with Where Is My Land will act as seed funding to build the basic infrastructure for its advocacy, research, and technology work.
About Where Is My Land
Founded in July 2021, Where Is My Land is a national organization that focuses on reclaiming land stolen from Black Americans and securing restitution for lost wealth and enterprise. Where Is My Land is an outgrowth of Justice for Bruce’s Beach and the landmark organizing success in Manhattan Beach, Calif., where oceanfront property is being returned to descendants of Willa and Charles Bruce nearly 100 years after their resort business was subject to violent harassment and seized by the city. Where Is My Land is replicating and scaling this success using advocacy, research, and technology to help more Black families pursue their own claims of stolen land.
About Justice for Bruce’s Beach
Justice for Bruce’s Beach is a grassroots reparations movement which called for reparations, restitution and restoration for the Bruce Family and reparations for Black community members in Manhattan Beach, California. Justice for Bruce’s Beach has led and supported efforts for the city of Manhattan Beach and Los Angeles County to return land to the Bruce family as a form of restoration and to pay restitution for generations of lost wealth, lost enterprise, and human rights and civil rights violations by the city of Manhattan Beach. Justice for Bruce’s Beach has worked closely with city and state elected official s to push forward historical legislation that would legally return the land to the Bruce Family, making this the largest reparations effort in the state of California to see such success. We believe that all efforts to have the Bruce property returned to descendants of the Bruce family will be critical in setting a standard and model for reparations movements across the country.
About Decolonizing Wealth Project
Led by Edgar Villanueva, Decolonizing Wealth Project (DWP) works globally to disrupt the existing systems of moving and controlling capital using education and healing programs, radical reparative giving, and storytelling. Through its fund, Liberated Capital, DWP moves untethered resources to Indigenous, Black and other people-of-color-led initiatives working for economic and racial justice.