I want this post to be as loud as their announcement when we did the collaboration.
I’ve been informed that Bonafide Sisterhood Inc services are no longer needed in the City of Antioch. Once they secured the $1.7 million dollar grant funds the new City Manager revisited the contract and decided, the only organization in their city that’s been providing violence prevention and intervention work to shootings, homicide victims, mediating conflicts, supporting high needs families is no longer needed.
The language changed once they used my work to write the grant. My first reaction was to get mad, my second reaction was laughter because anytime you place black folk over money it’s always gone be something. I been doing this work out my own pocket for the last 10 years in Antioch. The sad part is they don’t understand God called me to this work and this his battle not mine.
This is why I stay away from the politics of the work, never went after grants . When you do this work without a support system people take advantage of you. I’ve been real quiet to all the mistreatment I’ve received across the board because my focus is saving lives through violence prevention.
I’m now seeing, if we prevent violence then nobody will be getting paid to sit behind desk and capitalize off our trauma. This just open the door for a bigger fight, I have never been scared to be the person that goes against systems that re-traumatize the communities I served. Now that I’ve used all my money doing the work they used that to disqualify me from the work.
This is why it’s important to vote, a city with out great leadership is a city without structure.
The nerve of people, if we don’t see what they trying to do to me as a red flag, Maybe I’m on the wrong side of this business.
Bonafide Sisterhood Inc
Editors Notes: Letters + Background
The following is background on the CALVIP grant and a timeline.
January 26, 2022: On Tuesday, the Antioch City Council approved an action in a 5-0 vote to direct staff to apply for the California Violence Intervention and Prevention (CalVIP) Grant Program. This would be for a period of 5 years in an effort to reduce gun violence — Full Story
Aug 5, 2022 Letter:
June 1, 2022
Councilmember Tamisha Torres-Walker announced the city they BSCC (Board of State and Community Corrections) has approved the City of Antioch CALVIP application for $1.794 million. On June 9, 2022, at 10:00 am, the BSCC Board of Directors is scheduled to vote and award the CALVIP funds to the City of Antioch.
“This is so exciting as a local leader and resident who has been trying to bring California Violence Intervention and Prevention funds to Antioch since 2016. Calvip grants must be used to support, expand, and replicate evidence-based violence reduction initiatives that seek to interrupt cycles of violence. Strategies eligible for funding could include but are not limited to hospital-based violence intervention programs, evidence-based street outreach programs, and focused deterrence strategies. I would like to take this moment to appreciate all the individuals that work closely with me to make this possible,” — said Torres-Walker.
Nov 10, 2022
Editors Commentary: Political Payback
In the District 4 City Council Race, Nine Carter ended up supporting Sandra White for council, over incumbent Monica Wilson.
While they may cite “financial needs” did anyone at city hall do their homework to look at financials prior to going after the grant? This was awarded in June, its now November.
In only took two days until after the election for Bonafide Sisterhood to receive the letter. It also comes when Councilmember Tamisha Torres-Walker likely will not win re-election who continues to push for services in undeserved communities and fight against community violence.
This is just another example of a fall in line vindictive city hall or one will be punished.
According to the Antioch Chamber of Commerce website, Bonafide Sisterhood Inc provides Life Coaching, Workshops, Empowerment Groups, Grief Support, Violence Prevention and Intervention