Morathi Adams

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Morathi Adams is the partner of Paris Hatcher. Lives in Madison Wisconsin.

Frontline founders

In September 2020 founders of the coalition The Frontline were Ash-Lee Henderson, (Movement for Black Lives), Maurice Moe Mitchell (Working Families Party and (Movement for Black Lives), Patrisse Cullors (Black Lives Matter), Brittany DeBarros (About Face: Veterans Against the War), Nelini Stamp, Morathi Adams (Movement for Black Lives), Greisa Martinez Rosas , United We Dream Action, Cindy Wiesner, [1]

M4BL Leadership

Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris February 11, 2019 · M4BL Leadership w/ our Convergence Council Team (Denise, Makani & N’Tanya) #Squad #M4BL

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Makani Themba, N'Tanya Lee, Denise Perry, Mary Hooks, Morathi Adams, Serena Sebring, Dara Cooper, Richard Wallace, Nikita Mitchell, Karissa Lewis, Ash-Lee Henderson, Phillip Agnew, Monifa Bandele, Rukia Lumumba, Chinyere Tutashinda, Marbre Stahly-Butts, Mark-Anthony Clayton-Johnson, Gina Clayton-Johnson, Maurice Moe Mitchell.

Freedom Inc.

In 4017, for the second year in a row, the online nonprofit magazine, Madison365, published a "Black Power list" naming the most influential African-Americans in Wisconsin.

One of the 44 names on the Black Power 2016 list is Freedom Inc. co-executive director Morathi Adams.

Adams' work with the Madison-based organization Freedom Inc., which centers around helping low-income communities of color. She said the grassroots nonprofit responds to community needs in part by creating programs specific to developing leadership skills.

"We’ve developed a whole host of programs that are racially specific and also gender specific that look at a person’s whole life comprehensively," she said. "We have particular services around getting people help, manag(ing) the crises that they’re experiencing, whether that’s the domestic violence services, sexual assault services or other services needed."

And then we also have culturally-specific programs that really looks at, 'OK, so how is my personal life connected to broader issues of social change?'"

Adams emphasized supporting groups with intersecting identities and gave examples of "black women, black queer people, black people with disabilities, (and) black low-income folks." She said creating change for people who might be disadvantaged in more ways than one face injustices on a larger scale.

"You could very well solve the issues for a very small community, for the people that are not the most marginalized, and everyone else will still be suffering," she said.

While Adams described Freedom Inc. as a group that is "not resource rich" with the money to pull people out of economic challenges, she said the group’s work cultivating leadership so people can take a systematic approach to help their own communities has gotten a positive response.

She gave the example of people who worked with Freedom Inc. going on to create cooperatives and "alternative structures" they believe would be less hurtful to their communities.

The nonprofit has become involved in local policy issues, everything form creating housing opportunities to developing space for urban gardening. But Adams also said beyond keeping track of policy, a key way to ensure Freedom Inc.’s goals are met is to ensure the continued development of leaders who will target issues that have been around for a long time.

"Because these are long and deep-seated issues, it’s going to take a movement to undo them. And the movement work is lifelong work," Adams said.

Adams was a member of the first delegation to the White House for the LGBT Leaders of Color Summit, according to Madison365, and was a United States delegate to the United Nation's 2014 Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.[2]

Liberation Road forum

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Liberation Road hosted a watch party. July 22 2020·

Happening now: Adam Gold and Rishi Awatramani talk with Morathi Adams, Daroneshia Duncan-Boyd, and Judith LeBlanc to understand how groups are organizing to defeat Trump and Trumpism, end the long history of oppression and racist violence against their communities, and win a new world.

"A letter from the movement to the movement'

In September 2019 Morathi Adams was one of 100 black leaders, many affiliated with Liberation Road who signed A letter from the movement to the movement defending Maurice Moe Mitchell and Nelini Stamp of the Working Families Party for endorsing Elizabeth Warren instead of Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

Black Feminist Organizing School

Paris Hatcher April 18 2019 ·

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With Morathi Adams, N'Tanya Lee, Jamala Rogers and Charlene Carruthers.

Trainers at the 2019 Black Feminist Organizing School.

Movement for Black Lives Reparations Toolkit

Monifa Bandele FB July 27 2019 Praising Reparations Toolkit

The "primary authors" of the Movement for Black Lives Reparations toolkit[3] were Andrea Ritchie, Deirdre Smith, Janetta Johnson, Jumoke Ifetayo, Marbre Stahly-Butts, Mariame Kaba, Montague Simmons, Nkechi Taifa, Rachel Herzing, Richard Wallace, and Taliba Obuya.

Acknowlegements:

We are also grateful for the vision, support, research, design, and feedback provided by Iman Young, Ash-Lee Henderson, Gina Clayton-Johnson, Karl Kumodzi, Morathi Adams, Mark Anthony Clayton-Johnson, Monifa Bandele, Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris, Mariame Kaba, Anneke Dunbar-Gronke, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Ky’eisha Penn, Micah Wiedemann, Justin Hansford, Leigh Goodmark, Joy Dodge, Dominique Zenani Barron, and Emma Toju Anna Uwejoma.

Awid Forum 2016

Paris Hatcher September 9, 2016:

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Black Feminisms. Black love. Black power. Squad ❤️ forever. — feeling Black Feminist Bliss with Stephanie J. Alvarado, Charlene Carruthers, Morathi Adams, Mary Hooks, Alicia Garza, Tanya Lucia Bernard and Lynn Roberts at Awid Forum 2016.

Comrades

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Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris July 3, 2016 · With Ash-Lee Henderson and Marbre Stahly-Butts, Morathi Adams, Dara Cooper, Rukia Lumumba.

Family

Ash-Lee Henderson August 21, 2016 ·

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  1. FamilyMatters — with Montague Simmons, Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris, Dara Cooper, Marbre Stahly-Butts, Karl Kumodzi and Morathi Adams.

Vision 4 Black Lives

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Karl Kumodzi, Mervyn Marcano, Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris, Montague Simmons, Zakiya Scott, Maurice Moe Mitchell, Dara Cooper, Ash-Lee Henderson, Morathi Adams and Marbre Stahly-Butts, Facebook, August 1, 2016.

Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward

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Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.

Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?

This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.

Those invited, on Facebook included Morathi Adams.[4]

Comrades

Z. Lula Haukeness July 10, 2015 ·

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With Nneka Akubeze, Karma Chavez, Morathi Adams, Jennifer Epps-Addison, Ti S. Banks, Jasmine Timmons, Alix Shabazz, Eric S. Upchurch II, Brandi Grayson, Matthew Braunginn and Max Rameau.

Black Lives Matter Madison conference

Matt Nelson June 6, 2015 ·

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  1. BlackLivesMatter movement-building conversation, #Wisconsin rising. Invest in community, no new jails, and community control of police. Leverage this moment AND build this movement! From outrage, to mobilization, to organization, vision, consciousness, power…forward! — with Tī S. Banks, Alix Shabazz, Jamala Rogers, Morathi Adams, Z. Lula Haukeness and Kabzuag Vaj.

References

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  3. https://m4bl.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Reparations-Now-Toolkit-FINAL.pdf Movement for Black Lives Reparations Now Toolkit (accessed Sept 23 2020)]
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