Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade Launch ‘Social Change Fund’

by July 22, 2020
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100 percent of proceeds from SLAM’s new special issue will be donated to the Social Change Fund described below. Grab your copy here.

Along with a group of philanthropists and entrepreneurs, NBA superstars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade have launched the Social Change Fund, which aims to support critical and timely issues impacting the Black community.

Here’s the mission statement from the fund’s website: “Our mission is to invest in and support organizations that are working to liberate Black people and advocate for indigenous people and communities of color through the lens of policy solutions, community representation and narrative change. Our partner organizations work to accelerate social change and sustainably build a fair, equitable society.”

Paul, Wade and Anthony have long been outspoken about systemic racism, police brutality, criminal justice reform and more. They have been leaders throughout the Black Lives Matter movement, using their respective platforms to continue to push for change.

“The Social Change Fund will help advance racial equality and opportunity,” said Paul, per the press release. “We will unite with other individuals who share our vision and commitment to use our collective voices and resources to advocate for change and foster a more equitable future.”

“The magnitude of racial inequality is staggering with Black lives socially, politically and economically marginalized,” added Wade. “We are committed to supporting organizations that directly represent and benefit the Black community with the Social Change Fund. Our goal is to create a pathway for inclusion and success by deploying the necessary funds and resources to invest in long-term change.”

“When all else fails to organize us, conditions will,” Anthony said. “We established the Social Change Fund to invest in and support organizations working to champion criminal justice reform, enact policy solutions, and advocate for the human rights of all Black lives now and for generations to come. I stand for everything this Fund and its beneficiaries support and will not stop pushing for progress until we see an end to the systemic racism that the Black community has faced for too long. We will keep on pushing. We will not lose focus.”

Melo recently served as the Guest Editor-in-Chief of SLAM’s #ItStopsNow issue focused on social justice and activism as seen through the lens of basketball. He appears on the cover (below) with his son Kiyan.

100 percent of proceeds from the magazine will be donated to the Social Change Fund.  Grab your copy here.

For more information on the Social Change Fund, visit their website.

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