Happy Birthday to the People’s Champ!
It’s important to identify people doing good work in the community to help break the cycle and the systemic oppression that we are facing everyday. I worked with Silicon Valley De-Bug before by having them speak to the youth at my free Know Your Rights Camp in Oakland about their legal rights, criminal justice reform and police accountability. When my brother @KevinDurant chose them as an organization that I should donate to as part of my Million Dollar Pledge, I quickly agreed. De-Bug’s campaigns have been local policy setting, state legislation, and moving the national political landscape. In 2017 they had active campaigns in bail reform, jail reform, police accountability housing rights and challenging the immigration and criminal justice nexus. The $20k KD and I are donating to De-Bug will go to help families to visit their loved ones in prison, a Youth Right to Counsel Public Education Campaign, the Community Release Project and a Day in Court Campaign. See the details on http://kaepernick7.com and get involved and check out the good work De-Bug is doing at http://siliconvalleydebug.org. Thank YOU, De-Bug for all the hard work you do uplifting our community and fighting for our rights. Power to the people. #MillionDollarPledge #10for10
Today I am proud to announce for the last round of $100k donations for my #MillionDollarPledge I am going #10for10! Teaming up with one of my friends to match a donation to an organization fighting for social justice. My brother @KevinDurant wanted to join me and chose De-Bug in the Bay Area to donate to! De-Bug initiates and leads campaigns advancing the rights of youth, workers, immigrants and those impacted by police and the criminal justice system. I’m donating $10k, KD is donating $10k! Thank you, brother for all your hard work and joining me! You are truly a champion on, and off the court! See it all on kaepernick7.com and check tomorrow to see who’s joining me to donate!
When I committed to my Million Dollar Pledge, my goal was to help organizations as well as support people, that help people. With that in mind, I reached out to my brother @KevinDurant from the @Warriors and asked what social justice organization he is passionate about and where he wanted me to make my next donation. Kevin quickly replied and surprised me by picking an organization I know - Silicon Valley De-Bug! De-Bug initiates and leads campaigns advancing the rights of youth, workers, immigrants and those impacted by police and the criminal justice system. In addition to selecting De-Bug, my brother KD has generously decided to match my donation of $10,000, with $10,000 of his own, making the total donation to De-Bug $20,000!!! My brother Kevin, you are truly a champion on, and off the court. Thank you for helping me complete part of my #MillionDollarPledge! #10for10
I'm proud to say that as part of my Million Dollar Pledge, I've donated $900,000 to 31 organizations fighting toward social justice. Its been a privilege to be able to do my part in helping organizations like Mother’s Against Police Brutality to provide comfort and support for families when law enforcement kills a community member, Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure to provide furniture to single mothers and Meals on Wheels who feed those less fortunate - just to highlight a few. Hearing about how each organization utilized the donations reaffirms that people doing good work need more support. As we welcome 2018, we also see that our work is not done. Tomorrow, I'll be announcing the final $100,000 to complete my Million Dollar Pledge. I'm excited to share this last round of donations with all of you. You can see all 31 donations I’ve made so far and what they used the money for on http://www.kaepernick7.com #MillionDollarPledge #10for10
Happy Founders Day to my Brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi! I am my Brothers keeper! #BeStrong
You will be missed by many! Rest in Power #EricaGarner
It was great to meet Pedro Hernandez, a courageous young man, who didn’t compromise his innocence even when faced with a corrupt system determined on criminalizing him. I’m very proud of you Brother, it was great to see you smiling, and I can’t wait to see what you accomplish in the future! 📸: @karlfergusonjr
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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.
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
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. 📸: @KarlFergusonJr
Beyond humbled and honored to receive the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award from the ACLU. Thank you, Hector Villagra and the ACLU for this honor and for the unrelenting, unwavering work by the ACLU to fight for social justice. We must confront systemic oppression as a doctor would a disease. You identify it, you call it out, you treat it and you defeat it. We all have an obligation no matter the risk, and regardless of reward, to stand up for our fellow men and women who are being oppressed with the understanding that human rights cannot be comprised. In the words of Frederick Douglass, “if there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
My brother @e_reid35 supporting @yourrightscamp today. I appreciate you and keep ballin!✊🏾
I was honored to team up with Kevin Livingston from the non-profit 100 Suits for 100 Men. Previously I donated suits to them to distribute to formerly incarcerated men who are in the job search process. As part of my Million Dollar Pledge, I donated $33,000 to his organization and part of that was recently used to to provide a special meal to those incarcerated at the Rikers Island NYC jail facility. The criminalization of people of color is one of the most pressing issues facing our country today. Rikers Island—a 400-acre penal colony less than 4 miles from Manhattan—cages over 77,000 people during any given year. Eighty-five percent of those held there are low-income, pre-trial detainees that have not been convicted of a crime. The island is emblematic of the outcome of criminalizing policies that attempt to isolate and invisibilize people of color all while supporting larger systems of racial oppression. Thank you to @100suits and Kevin Livingston for all the amazing work they’re doing to uplift the community and thanks to David Mimms, Cindee Rifkin, Niquanna Clark and Ariel Nunez for the help on this day.
My brother! I appreciate you and always will. Let's go! ✊🏾 #RP @rishardmatthews - I dont have a foundation so i have chosen to support my brother @kaepernick7 foundation @yourrightscamp for #MyCauseMyCleats He has paid the ultimate sacrifice in order to bring true everyday issues to light. Please follow the page & go to the website to learn more. We Should ALL Know Our Rights & Be Able to Express Them Freely. Thanks again @solesbysir you continue to impress ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾
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. ✊🏾
RP @diddy: Thankful for this brother right here. Met with @kaepernick7 the other day. I’m inspired by what he’s doing for our people. Times like this we need to be united. He’s out here changing the narrative representing this #BlackExcellence.