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501(c)3 Nonprofit Service Organization

Chicago, IL

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Our Roots

In response to a surge in measures of injustice against black people across the nation, and the alarming gun violence rates in Chicago, action-oriented citizens, across varying boundaries, came together to be the justice that they were seeking.

 

Among those citizens were many educators, simply put, there were many among them who believed that proper education would change the conditions of their community. Those education enthusiast founded ReCondition Community Cooperative.  

Tradition
 

ReCondition Community Cooperative is rooted in African "village" traditions, especially the mighty Maasai, famous for their warrior spirit.

 

A powerful legacy, the Maasai warrior tradition involves some of the most strategic actions that any world military has seen; without physically harming any one.

 

The Maasai, from a young age, train their community stay in active pursuit of:

  • nourishment and peace for their bodies, minds and souls.

  • proper nutrition and health care,

  • adequate shelter and protection from the elements,

  • sufficient education and training,

  • personal dignity and respect,

  • stability and liberation.

But, how?

With self-determination, the tribe unites toward one purpose. In faith, they rely on collective-work and responsibility, apply creativity and cooperative economics to achieve common goals.

 

Maasai men, women, and children share in the labor and celebrations to maintain their village; despite challenges that threaten their peace, and at times, their very existence. Those among them with the darkest skin, they tend to face more intense and frequent threats to existence. However, strong, honoring their ancestral nature and tradition, they become warriors, taking strategic action for collective protection.

 

The mighty Maasai represent some of the most fearsome and intelligent warriors, and the core of their strategy is evident in their traditional greeting.

Upon meeting, one warrior would say to the other, “Kasserian Ingera?” or, “And how are the children?” In which the other, even with no children of their own, responds, “Sapati Ingera.” or, “All the children are well.”

These are the rooting traditions of ReCondition Community Cooperative. We represent the village, those that recognize its reason for being, its proper functions and responsibilities and do not let the daily struggles of existence preclude proper caring for the young.. Those that prioritize protecting the children, the powerless, as a group.

 

Only when "All the children are well" will life be good. Only then will peace and safety prevail. Until then, ReCondition Community Cooperative, engage, educate, and inspire.

Inspiration
 

A group of people choosing to believe in their own power and the power of the people of whom they are most connected  led to the creation of (re)Co.

 

In 2015, honoring the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, people from all walks of life, people from across the nation and the world, met in Washington D.C. The event honored the Million Man March anniversary, but the call was for Justice! Or Else.  Many left Washington recognizing that justice was not going to happen with out an "or else;" they showed up their recognizing that "or else" was their most reliable option. However,  "or else" was not defined for them. Generally, "or else" was to be defined by them, for theirselves; except for the educators, Honorable Louis Farrakhan, had direct asks for them.

ReC3 founders, were among the people inspired in D.C. on 10-10-15.  The founders were inspired to go to DC by the conditions in which they were living and the things they witnessed.

 

They were inspired by the lack of economic stability, lack of accessible physical and mental health care, lack of accessible high-quality youth development and education programs, lack of organized and effective leadership, high rates of violence, tangible manifestations of apathy, hopelessness, and divisiveness--these conditions led to the creation of (re)Co.

The founders were inspired because they were tired of waiting on institutions to be saviors in their community, tired of looking for "somebody" to do something about the problems of those poor and black America--these conditions led to the creation of (re)Co.

A group of people choosing to believe in their own power and the power of the people of whom they are most connected  led to the creation of (re)Co.

 

ReC3 was incubated and birthed through a mighty social justice coalition in the cafeteria of a South Shore school, Muhammad University of Islam. In June 2016, the "Ministry of Education," led by mentor, Phillip Jackson and The Black Star Project, inspired the coalition to organize a Children's March, where children protested the lack of investment by some of Chicago's largest philanthropic organizations. The coalition believes that campaign, with other grassroots efforts, influenced grant makers to provide awards for local, community-organizations' anti-violence programs. The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities was established late that summer. In June of 2017, organizing a new youth leadership education project, Learning to Lead (Young Leaders' Academy) was awarded a grant from the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities by the Chicago Community Trust. The informal ministry became ReCondition Community Cooperative, a 501(c)3 organization.

 

ReC3's first official education project, Learning to Lead/Young Leaders' Academy, has been awarded the Safe and Peaceful Communities grant, to support two summers of youth programming in South Shore. Young Leaders' Academy has grown into a year-round program for South Shore youth fueled by individuals that believe in the mission.

ReC3's education coalition has produced 500+ volunteer hours among 30 dedicated volunteers. The group collectively, strategically coordinates series of educational programs for South Shore families, creating an opportunity for them to participate in over 300 hours of individualized self-determination and leadership activities.

The story continues...

"How are the children?" until "All the children are well."

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