These Community Funds have been set up to support the long-term recovery efforts and the protection of human rights in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey & Irma. Gulf South Rising Community Controlled Funds (GSR CCFs) promote just transitions away from extractive practices while dismantling oppressive structures which harm our communities and, ultimately, our ecology.
GSR Community Controlled Fund Statement of Purpose
The collectively established GSR statement of purpose, adopted via consensus on 5/24/16, reads:
The Gulf South Rising Community-Controlled Fund (GSR CCF) sets precedents for new funding mechanisms promoting just transitions away from extractive practices while dismantling oppressive structures which harm our communities and, ultimately, our ecology. The GSR/CCF exists to restore communities and to honor the legacy of strength and resistance in the Gulf South.
We believe people on and of the land should control what happens to the land; the people of the South must control what happens in the South. This regenerating, community-controlled fund provides resources to foster power and promote togetherness in the region (TX, LA, MS, AL, FL). The fund exists to return power to historically marginalized communities through collective control of dollars, assets, skills and information. We work against racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ableism, classism, ageism and other forms of discrimination which have been used to divide our communities internally and exclude valuable members of our communities from the larger world. We prioritize Black and Indigenous communities of the Gulf South, and we aim to impact and connect the often over-looked, common interests of Gulf South and Global South communities.
We invest in furthering ecological equity. We fund innovative approaches to ensure that the basic needs (air, water, food, housing, healthcare) of Gulf South residents on the frontlines of climate change are met in balance with our ecology. Our dollars are our love in action and we use them to create and grow regenerative spaces of power and collective healing.