2020 was a year of reckoning. In the midst of the devastation of COVID-19, people around the world rose up to defend Black life and, in doing so, helped accelerate conversations about safety, race and injustice. The power of queer and trans Black, indigenous and people of color was especially palpable, whether organizing people in the streets or turning out communities to the polls.
What will philanthropy do now that the media frenzy of 2020 has seemingly calmed, but our communities continue to face the same underlying crises of white supremacy, transphobia, patriarchy and more? This moment offers a critical opportunity for funders to reckon with ways our sector has hindered movement efforts and to step up to instead support silo-busting organizing for liberation.
Join groundbreaking queer, trans and non-binary organizers of color from Southerners on New Ground, the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network, and the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM) in conversation with funders. We’ll explore the challenges and opportunities movements are facing as they set the bold visions and build power towards a world where our communities can thrive. Borealis Philanthropy’s Transforming Movements Fund and the Foundation for a Just Society will facilitate conversation to examine ways our sector has hindered organizing, share lessons on supporting power-building, and explore opportunities for funders to amplify the impact of movements for liberation.
Moderated by Dani Martinez, Borealis Philanthropy, Paulina Helm-Hernandez, Foundation for a Just Society
Vanessa Maldonado- Flores, Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM)
Monserrat Padilla – Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network
Aesha Rasheed – Southerners on New Ground