The GIPAC was developed on the idea that political engagement should reflect the needs of the community it endeavors to represent. Until today Political Activism has been viewed as distant and unconnected with the everyday life of the affected individual. We serve to reconnect civic-engagement and the political process with the real life issues that face minority and undervalued communities in the U.S. resulting in better outcomes and quality of life for the affected communities.
The recent murder of George Floyd by a senior police officer and his police accomplices spurred protests and political activism across racial, geographic, and socio-economic barriers that resulted in months of prolonged activism and calls for change in policing tactics and overall criminal justice reform. For the first time in a long time it seemed as if the country united around a call for justice after such a public display of persistent inequities in the administration of justice facing black people.
However significant the short burst of national unity was in the outcry for justice, it was quickly supplanted by divisive rhetoric from political leaders, and silent agendas attempting to detract from the resounding calls for justice.
We seek to mobilize affected and marginalized communities through civic-engagement, inform the general public on issues facing these communities, and advocate on behalf of sustainable solutions to be implemented through policy resulting in systemic change and enduring progress.
Philosophy and History
The Greenwood Initiative was birthed out of a thought experiment originally introduced by the Mike Bloomberg for President campaign during the Democratic Nomination Process in the Spring of 2020. At the outset, a list of policy recommendations were formalized and presented by the campaign as ways that a Bloomberg administration would seek to improve the living conditions of Black Americans. This Campaign effort was championed by prominent Black Business Owners, Faith Leaders, Social Activists, etc. but was never fully adopted as the Mike Bloomberg Campaign abruptly ended after a poor showing in nomination polls on Super Tuesday in the Democratic Primaries. However, the premise of the effort remains solid and if implemented would greatly improve the lives of Black Americans and Minority Communities across the country.
The name Greenwood Initiative takes it name from the Greenwood District in Tulsa, OK (better known as Black Wall Street) a vibrant and booming business district for Black Entrepreneurs and Commerce in the early 1900’s but was burned down in 1921 by racially motivated attacks in the summer of 1921. This desecration of Black Enterprise became known as the Tulsa Race Massacre or Greenwood Massacre. The Greenwood businesses suffered multiple casualties with businesses destroyed, lives lost, and countless injuries and damages that were never recovered.
The Greenwood Initiative Political Action Committee (GIPAC) seeks to reclaim the former glory of Black Commerce and Enterprise, Urban Upward Mobility, and Sustainable Progress for Black Americans and Minority Communities and to re-envision what the perceived image of a Black and Minority individual is in society by challenging the status quo on what is considered equitable and fair treatment.