Starting in 2018, our initial team came together to set up Resource Justice. Each of us was looking for support and education around redistributing wealth that we had recently gained access to, but after exploring several UK-based grant-giving organisations and radical philanthropy networks we felt we needed something more. A few of us had been engaged with Resource Generation, a US-based organisation and felt there was a need to have a similar organisation here in the UK.
With the support of RG and their younger sister organisation, Resource Movement, in Canada, we started out on a 6 month self-education course based on RG’s “Praxis” guide.
Since then, we have run 5 Praxis courses with 35 more people and started building a UK organisation modelled on Resource Generation and Resource Movement.
We are still making our first steps as an organisation and we aim to engage over 100 more people in our Praxis courses over the next two years, to develop ways to provide sustained support for members in achieving their redistribution goals and to forge partnerships with social movement organisations.
We envision a world where wealth, land and power are distributed equitably, where social justice movements enable collective liberation and justice for all people and our planet, where rich people pay their fair share of taxes, where the climate crisis is averted, where everyone has what they need for a fulfilling existence and there is an end to economic exploitation and endemic racial and class inequality.
In line with these values, we are committed to these principles:
Challenging transphobia, homophobia, ableism, racism and sexism.
Challenging the structural effects of racism, economic exploitation, and patriarchy in our organisational practice.
A learning environment - encouraging an atmosphere of mutual support and education.
How Resource Justice works
Resource Justice has a Core Group who make major decisions on behalf of the organisation (strategy, finances, staffing, etc), and working groups to work on the four main pillars of our work. These are:
1) Education, Moving Money, and Accountability
2) Partnerships with Social Movements
3) Influencing Philanthropy
4) Organisational Development
Our current steering group:
Kristina Johansson is Swedish & British and grew up internationally. She graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont and worked in New York City after. She was an active member of Resource Generation (USA) and with the support of RG she organised her family to start redistributing their family wealth. She moved back to the UK in 2018 to set up her family’s philanthropic foundation, Solberga Foundation, and was looking for a similar community like RG here in the UK.
Leonie Taylor worked in the women’s rights and gender-based violence sector after university, but realised that she had hidden her class background in many spaces because of shame and guilt. Attending a Resource Generation conference with her sister in 2018 was a turning point in teaching her about the possibility of creating accountable community around both class privilege and radical politics. Since then, Leonie has been organising around wealth redistribution in the U.K.
Guppi Bola is a racial justice busy body committed to building an economic democracy that supports multi-racial working class communities to access wealth and resources needed to facilitate collective healing. She has an academic background in public health, which she uses to focus her strategic thinking on the root causes of social inequality and ill health. Sometimes she writes things, her most recent piece was called Reimaging Public Health, a follow up to her stint as Interim Director of Medact. She is one half of double trouble at Decolonising Economics, a consulting collective working to build a solidarity economy movement in the UK that is rooted in racial justice. She is currently Chair of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. You can find out more on guppibola.com or @guppikb
Lou Macnamara works as a Camera Person and makes documentaries. After inheriting money from family members, Lou began trying to figure out ways to redistribute to organisations that challenge structural inequalities, to build stability, security and power by and for people who have not had the same access to resources and privilege. Joining various different organisations like Edge Fund led to Lou meeting the other Resource Justice co-founders and they began to use their personal situation to organise other young people with access to wealth and class privilege to give away inherited and surplus wealth.
Bibi Letts works as a PA and volunteers fixing bikes and campaigning for sex worker rights. She has an education in art and anthropology, which have come in useful for making ceramic dogs as gifts and arguing with family. She found Resource Justice when she realised that she needed support and accountability to deal with her class privilege and surplus wealth. As well as being part of RJ, she’s currently learning about Disability Justice & care work, conflict & trauma, the history of british colonialism, and the UK funeral industry.
How Resource Justice is financed
Resource Justice is self funded by its members giving a small proportion of the money they redistribute each year into the organisation.
We are open about our expenses and will publish our end of year accounts online after our first year.
Most of our work is unpaid by people with access to wealth or class privilege. We also have some paid roles for people who are invited to contribute their expertise to co-creating Resource Justice.