Camila Cabello has launched the Healing Justice Project, a fund to provide mental health support to frontline workers and activists.
The singer has partnered with the Movement Voters Fund to provide funding to ten organizations to obtain resources that support the mental well-being of their workers.
According to the Billboard report, Cabello provided the seed money for the company, and the first round of ten grants will total nearly $ 250,000 (£ 180,000).
The ten selected organizations will receive grants to provide six months of mental health care to their key workers.
Cabello’s work in the field of social and racial justice comes after the racist Tumblr posts she made as a teenager resurfaced in late 2019.
Between 2012 and 2013, Cabello shared a series of racist posts on her Tumblr account, including racist jokes and images. In a lengthy apology posted on Twitter at the time, Cabello admitted that her messages were « horrible and hurtful, » adding: « When I was younger, I used language that I was deeply ashamed of and will forever regret. »
« I was uneducated and ignorant and once I realized the history and the weight and the true meaning behind this horrible and hurtful language, I felt deeply ashamed to have used it. I apologized then and I apologize again now. »
« I have spent a lot of time in the last two years, and especially this last year at home during the pandemic, constantly reflecting, learning and exploring the ways in which I have contributed to the systems and beliefs that actively oppress others, » said Cabello to The Hollywood Reporter on their reasons for launching the new fund.
« I have come to realize that there is much more I can and must do to support others who are doing the work to heal our communities ….
« Grassroots organizers face the exhaustion, emotional burden and trauma that comes with fighting unjust systems. Our hope is to provide them with access to the necessary support they may need as they continue their critical work of advocating for social justice. »
Movement Voter Fund Director Syd Yang added: « In the past year, a global pandemic, a marked increase in attacks by white nationalists and a deeply divided presidential election have challenged organizers and activists in a way that it will be felt in the long run.
« Unfortunately, they are often not adequately supported. Our partnership with Camila Cabello in the Healing Justice Project will help fill that gap and allow us to expand our support to the BIPOC organizers and raise awareness of the care needed to drive sustainable social change. and just ».