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Stop the Hate Through Healing with Equity Wellness Fund

Brother Eddie Fleming

By Israel J. Matthews, Contributor to PACE NEWS

Because of hate exhibited toward the Transgender, PACE NEWS spoke with the local Equity and Wellness Fund for Families & Victims of Mass Incarceration recently during a Roundtable discussion organized by Eddie Fleming, a footsoldier in Los Angeles and who is himself was also formerly incarcerated since elementary school. His testimony during the discussion provoked a sense of urgency to help Stop the Hate through Healing. According to Fleming, he said, “Black men face more hate and they find it very hard to come back into the community with facing systemic hate and isolation, not only from other ethnic groups but also their own Black community.”

He said the practice of hate goes deep so much so that it’s a burden and that the equity and wellness fund modeled after the $13 million dollars Gov. Gavin Newsom gave to the Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund to provide for their health care services, gender non-conforming, intersex people across all of California. Fleming say that Black men and women formerly incarcerated could use such a fund to help them heal from hate just as the Transgender community has been given resources for services which include: mental health programs, culture-based programs, medical services, as well as supportive housing help specifically for TGI people.

This article was developed from PACE NEWS roundtable discussion held to educate to eradicate hate through healing. It was provided by a joint venture of the California State Library and the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs (CCAPIA)  and its aims to build public awareness of the Stop the Hate Program administered by the California Department of Social Services, which provides support and services to victims and survivors of hate incidents and hate crimes and facilitates hate incident or hate crime prevention measures. Grants are awarded to ethnic media outlets and collaboratives serving communities that are historically vulnerable to hate incidents and hate crimes.

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