#FreedomCities is a movement for safe, healthy and thriving neighborhoods and local communities. We believe in local grassroots leadership and action that will lead us to freedom; we believe in creating the world we want to see now in rural places, suburbs, towns and anywhere that requires Black and Brown people to make a better way. This vision, which was the dream of our ancestors, drives our multiracial, multifaceted movement committed to protecting the most vulnerable amongst us while demanding freedom for all of us!
We believe that our people already have the wisdom they need to thrive and in many places around the United States and around the world, the beloved community is already being created. We know that figuring out what works takes a lot of courage, creativity, dedication and reallocation of resources and we want to share and collaborate what is working for some so that more of our cities, towns, communities and neighborhoods can thrive.
Enlace led an intersectional coalition in New York City to create Freedom Cities in 2016 and then launched the campaign in 2017. In February 2017, Enlace invited BAJI and Ella Baker Center to convene Freedom Cities Nationally. Since Freedom Cities has grown across the country bringing together local organizations for base building, leadership development, and campaigning.
Pearl Bhatnagar, National Freedom Cities Coordinator
Pearl was born and raised in Queens, New York. In the past, she has co-created a political home for Asian-Pacific Islander organizing, redistributed resources towards community-based alternatives, and has also led campaigns to hold institutions accountable to survivors of sexual assault. She is a Fellow with the Asian American Writers Workshop. Email Pearl at pearl(at)baji.org