Last year, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick announced the formation of the Colin Kaepernick Foundation, in which a major goal was his “Million Dollar Pledge” to give $100,000 each month for ten months to charitable organizations to “fight oppression of all kinds globally, through education and social activism.” Well, he has since made good on his promise and recently donated $50,000 to
UCSF for The Mni Wiconi Health Clinic Partnership at Standing Rock.
For a little background information on the clinic, I went to their Crowdfund website:
In early September 2016, the Do No Harm Coalition at UCSF was invited to help create a free clinic at the camp of the Standing Rock Lakota Dakota and their supporters who are gathering to protect access to clean water and dignity of their ancestral lands. In November 2016, UCSF Native American health students under the Native American Health Alliance at UCSF assumed the role of indigenous leadership for this exciting project.
The Mni Wiconi (Water is Life) Health Clinic is a free integrative clinic that is developing with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe traditional healers, UCSF providers and students, National Nurses United, Changing Woman Initiative (indigenous midwifery group) and Global Health Care Alternative Project to provide free care to all people on tribal land in the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. At the invitation of the tribe, our consortium’s goal is to create a space for the imagining and practice of decolonized medicine in order to further the health of the community in the short-term with the expanded population due to pipeline resistance and in the longterm after the encampments have dissolved.
So cool to see that Standing Rock was on his radar and he values the work they're doing. I look forward to seeing who all he donates to throughout the year.
For more information you can visit http://kaepernick7.com/. For more information on the Mni Wiconi Health Clinic Partnership at Standing Rock please visit https://crowdfund.ucsf.edu/project/2913.