In this article you will find ten ways your support of 1256 Movement is doing reparative justice in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Please share with your friends using social media links and donate today!
1. PURCHASED A CENTURY OLD BUNGALOW TO RESTORE
1256 MOVEMENT in partnership with American Heritage Bank and Taylor Homes renovated a home in historic Kendall Wittier neighborhood.
2. PAID $1,000 FOR SURVIVOR REPARATIONS DURING CENTENNIAL
Made possible by generous donations of supporters, 1256 Movement has made a reparation payment of $1,000 for three living massacre survivors through a fund managed by Tulsa Ministry Alliance.
1256 Movement acknowledges and honors 1921 Tulsa massacre survivors Lessie Benningfield Randle, Viola Fletcher, and Hughes Van Elliss, Sr.
1256 Movement does not use images of survivors to protect their dignity and also not to use their likenesses as fundraising tactics.
3. WORKED WITH AN EXPERIENCED CONTRACTOR TO RENOVATE A GENERATIONAL FAMILY HOME
1256 Movement is working with experienced contractors in Tulsa to help Black property owners renovate their homes.
One of the contractors 1256 is working with is Wesley Gamble, who owns and operates Falcon Construction.
Wesley is remodeling a third generation family home.
4. PAID REPARATION OF MONEY AND MATERIALS TO A DIY PROJECT IN NORTH TULSA
1256 Movement is not buying or building entire houses for Black home owners. We are coming alongside Black home owners or future home owners with a $10,000 reparation of money, labor, or materials to help build new or renovated homes.
When a family purchased a home to renovate close to the corner of 46th and MLK, 1256 Movement paid $5,000 for materials and Taylor Homes donated additional in kind donations of building materials and delivery.
5. GUTTED FIRE DAMAGE TO RE-BIRTH A FAMILY HOME
Working with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), City of Tulsa Working in Neighborhoods, Taylor Homes, 1256 Movement worked alongside fourth generation home owner Kamaria Clardy to gut and dry in her home that had been burned seven years before.
When a rotted wall was removed, we discovered with the homeowner that a garage was originally part of this home and will be in the future.
The home had been sitting vacant and was in danger of being demolished. The large 2,500 square foot home has much value in a solid frame, most of which did not get burned. The whole house was smoke damaged, and all sheetrock was pulled. A new roof was installed, new windows. Kitchen and bathrooms were gutted to be totally renovated.
6. WORKING WITH 37 APPLICANTS FOR REPARATION BUILDS
A new application is now available here. Since the online application process was launched Summer 2021, 37 individuals or families have applied.
The application, due diligence, and approval process is very personal. Each person who applies is contacted personally by email, phone, and face to face. Site visits to homes by 1256 board members and contractors ensures productive work is planned, contracted, and completed.
7. PURCHASED PROPERTY TO BUILD TWO NEW HOMES
A property on 49th St. North, near McLain High School, has been acquired by 1256 Movement to split and build 2 homes.
Two new home plans are being developed and proposed to the City of Tulsa for permitting.
8. WORKED WITH 8 BLACK CONTRACTORS ON HOME BUILDS
One of the ways 1256 Movement works reparative justice is by supporting, relying on, and paying Black contractors for work done on homes of Black families remodeling or building new homes.
In the past year, 1256 Movement and Taylor Homes have worked with eight Black owned businesses, contractors for electrical, plumbing, HVAC, concrete, landscaping, trim carpentry, real estate, and painting. 1256 Movement works closely with aspiring and established Black contractors in order to develop more and improved quality, affordable housing ownership for Black families in Tulsa.
1256 Movement builds coalitions with home owners, potential home owners, contractors, funders, realtors by paying $10,000 for each new residential construction or remodel. We do this in part through these new and established Black contractors who work with Black families to build or improve their homes.
9. PARTNERED WITH INVESTOR AND CONTRACTOR TO BUILD NEW HOME
THE 1256 MOVEMENT partnered with investors in North Tulsa, Kingdom Vision, and contractor Taylor Homes to build a new home that will be sold at market rate.
10. SPONSORED AND PARTICIPATED IN CENTENNIAL EVENTS
President and Founder of 1256 Movement Greg Taylor participated in 1921 Tulsa Massacre Centennial observances and Juneteenth celebrations, including Black Health Counts, Fire in Little Africa Concert, and the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation Symposium featuring Cornel West.