Event Type FF21 day 2
06may12:00 PM1:30 PMVirtual EventBlack Trans Brilliance: Black Trans Community Moving Money in Times of CrisisWelcome & Plenary12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST Sponsored By: : Funders for LGBTQ Issues and the Black Trans Fund at The Groundswell Fund
For many in the Black transgender and gender-nonconforming communities, the COVID-19 pandemic was a continuation of the centuries-long crisis of anti-Black racism, misogynoir and transphobia that has left these communities
For many in the Black transgender and gender-nonconforming communities, the COVID-19 pandemic was a continuation of the centuries-long crisis of anti-Black racism, misogynoir and transphobia that has left these communities largely unable to access health care, housing, and employment. When national shelter-in-place orders went into effect last spring, Black trans community leaders mobilized their own grassroots networks and relationships to raise and distribute funds to trans and gender-nonconforming BIPOC communities with unprecedented speed. Together, they moved at least $3 million into the hands of QTBIPOC community members across the country hit hardest by the virus and ensuing economic fall-out, largely before institutional philanthropy could respond.
In this plenary, representatives from some of these grassroots groups will share what they learned in adapting their existing relationships and work to move money so quickly. They will also discuss the challenges they faced stepping into the vacuum left by the government and institutional philanthropy in the immediate wake of the pandemic, all while continuing to the day-to-day operations of their own under-resourced organizations. Panelists will also pose important questions to the audience about how institutional philanthropy can take accountability for its past failures to adequately support Black trans communities by helping groups like theirs continue to expand and thrive even as the pandemic recedes. Audience members will come away with new insight behind this alternative vision of “doing philanthropy” that is rooted in radical trust in community, as well as suggestions for how they can immediately adapt their own grantmaking to better support Black trans communities.
Devin Lowe, Founder & Executive Director, Black Trans Travel Fund
Socorro “Cori” Moreland, Founder and CEO, Brotherhood510
Sybastian Smith, Vice President, I am Human Foundation
LaSaia Wade, Founder and Executive Director, Brave Space Alliance
Moderated by Bré Rivera, Program Officer, Black Trans Fund, Groundswell Fund
- The Black Trans Fund
- Black Trans Fund 2020 Docket
- Philanthropy OUTlook: LGBTQ Black Communities, from Funders for LGBTQ Issues and ABFE
- Black Trans Travel Fund
- I Am Human Foundation
- Brave Space Alliance
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Funders for LGBTQ Issues and the Black Trans Fund at The Groundswell Fund
LGBTQ+ and immigration justice advocates currently face critical challenges and opportunities. The previous administration prioritized rolling back rights and protections for LGBTQ+ people across a spectrum of federal agencies and
LGBTQ+ and immigration justice advocates currently face critical challenges and opportunities. The previous administration prioritized rolling back rights and protections for LGBTQ+ people across a spectrum of federal agencies and dramatically escalated attacks on immigrants – from increasing militarization at the Southern border to the separation of families to turning away asylum seekers, while allowing grave abuses by ICE and detention facilities to occur with impunity. This all-out assault against immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers dramatically increased LGBTQ+ immigrants’ vulnerability to detention, deportation, violence, and even death. Advocates and organizers are pushing the current administration and Congress to not only undo these harms, but also transform policies and practices at the border to respect the humanity of LGBTQ+ migrants. However, this transformation will not be easy. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and with increasing numbers of migrants arriving at the U.S./Mexico border seeking refuge and home in the United States, advocates and service providers must simultaneously address growing needs for resources on the ground, effectively respond to political and media rhetoric describing the “crisis” and “mess” at the border, and continue to fight against the criminalization of trans, queer, and Black asylum seekers. This workshop will provide a space to learn about these complex issues, including current and proposed immigration and asylum policy and practice changes and their impact on LGBTQ+ community members. It will also highlight a unique collaboration between Transgender Law Center, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, and other LGBTQ+ and migrants’ rights organizations: a holistic humanitarian response that integrates grassroots organizing, legal services and advocacy, and uplifts the leadership of the most impacted.
Desiree Flores, Program Director, U.S. Social Justice, Arcus Foundation
Guerline M. Jozef, Co-founder & Executive Director, Haitian Bridge Alliance
Emem DuPuis Maurus, Attorney, Transgender Law Center
Judy Yu, Senior Program Officer, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Program, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Sponsored by: Arcus Foundation and Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Remember when Black LGBTQ youth saved democracy? This session will explore the intersection of LGBTQ funding and nonpartisan civic engagement funding, telling the story of how Black, queer, and youth
Remember when Black LGBTQ youth saved democracy? This session will explore the intersection of LGBTQ funding and nonpartisan civic engagement funding, telling the story of how Black, queer, and youth organizers in Georgia created one of the largest voter turnout operations in the history of the state. Spoiler alert: it started long before January 2021.
This conversation will demonstrate why Integrated Voter Engagement (IVE) is a proven model to increase civic engagement using c(3) funds and learn what kinds of funding make IVE a reality for local organizations. As described by Funders for Civic Engagement, “IVE groups train community members to reach out to their peers in a continuous, ongoing effort that increases the number of voters and leads to policy changes. […] In addition, their work has a long-term impact by developing local leaders and involving people in shaping the public policy decisions that affect their lives.”
Grantmakers will learn how strategic c(3) investments in capacity building and organizing helped change the game in Georgia, built progressive infrastructure, and allowed the LGBTQ community to show up in a big way.
Rebecca Fox, Senior Program Officer in the SOGIE department, Wellspring Philanthropic Funds
Malika Redmond, Co- founder and CEO, Women Engaged
Fran Hutchins, Executive Director, Equality Federation Institute
Eric Paulk, Deputy Director, Equality Foundation of Georgia
Sponsored by: Wellspring Philanthropic Fund