Thursday, October 26, 2017
1 - 3pm ET / 12 - 2pm CT / 11am - 1pm MT / 10am - 12pm PT
NoVo Foundation - 535 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10017
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We cordially invite you to join us for a briefing to learn more about the Freedom Cities Movement.
Recognizing the need for a visionary approach to the challenges facing all communities under attack by the new political regime, Enlace, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and Black Alliance for Just Immigration - organizations with decades of experience organizing and advocating for women, Black and immigrant families, and poor and low-wage workers - have come together to initiate the Freedom Cities Movement. Launched on inauguration day by multiracial immigrant workers and allies, this emerging movement has articulated an innovative, intersectional analysis and model that seeks to make entire cities, towns, rural areas, and communities safe for all oppressed people in the U.S.
The briefing will include:
- an overview of our strategy
- recent accomplishments and impact thus far
- plans for the coming year
- ways to partner with Freedom Cities
To attend in person, please RSVP by writing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that space is very limited. Please register now to ensure that you have a spot.
To join via webinar: For those of you who will not be able to attend in person, please note that we will host a webinar of the briefing at the same time. Please register here for the webinar.
Monday, November 6th — Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
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For any questions, please contact Manisha Vaze, Senior Program Manager of Funders for a Just Economy, at email@example.com.
Alabama can be described for many reasons as ground zero for historic and influential grassroots organizing, movement building, and successes in civil rights and economic policy. Decades of disinvestment and economic discrimination, changes in growth industries from agriculture to iron, steel and coal, to the auto, retail and service sectors, and deep structural racism and gender-based bias in the labor market has resulted in major challenges to the economic stability of low-income families and communities of color. Additionally, adoption of right-to-work laws (in Alabama by statute in 1953, and by constitutional provision in 2016), has contributed to lower wages and less worker benefits compared to other states . This history of economic discrimination, structural racism, xenophobia and gender bias has left many Alabama residents locked out of economic stability through job opportunities, a strong social safety net, access to health, and economic security.
While structural racism and discriminatory economic policies have shaped much of Alabama’s history, history also shows us that there is much to be learned from Alabama’s social change movements. From the Montgomery bus boycotts in 1955, to the march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 for voting rights, to more recently the city of Birmingham being among the first cities to adopt a path towards a $15 minimum wage beginning in 2015 , leaders in the movement for justice in Alabama come from a fierce and mighty lineage. Examples of resistance strategies come from advocacy and organizing, policy campaigns, and entrepreneurial efforts that seed small businesses, cooperatives, and other ventures, revitalizing and developing neighborhoods and communities across the state.
On November 6-8, Neighborhood Funders Group's Funders for a Just Economy will bring funders from across the US to Alabama to meet with local and regional funders, community organizations, unions and worker centers to experience, appreciate, and learn about the movement building strategies workers and communities are implementing to advocate for economic justice. Funders will learn about the immense history, culture, and narrative story of the people of Alabama and how this rich history connects to current campaigns and resistance efforts with low-wage workers, women, immigrants and communities of color leading the charge. FJE will also explore how people have built power and economic stability through economic models that shift assets to community members, and traditionally unorganized and migrant workers.
By connecting FJE members to local foundations and organizations, participants of Alabama Learning Tour will:
- Engage with local funders to understand the regional politics and grassroots efforts that relate to larger national narratives and campaigns advancing workers’ rights.
- Increase their knowledge about local union campaigns in Alabama, and how organized labor thrives when in partnership with community groups to build collective power.
- Learn how grassroots power is being built in the region to advance economic policies with low wage workers & workers of color leading the charge.
- Understand the links between urban, suburban, and rural areas in Alabama by tying them together culturally and economically.
- Learn about economic models that shift assets to community and build wealth and economic stability.
» Day 1 — Monday 11/6
Fly into MONTGOMERY by 2pm
- Civil Rights Memorial Museum & Walking Tour of Montgomery
- Understanding Systemic Racism and Labor’s History in Alabama
- Dinner Conversation: Impactful Philanthropy in Alabama
» Day 2 — Tuesday 11/7
Shuttle to SELMA
- Workforce and Economic Development in the Black Belt
- Walking Tour of Selma
- Farm Workers, Household Workers, Health and Safety, and Immigration Policy
Shuttle to BIRMINGHAM
- Dinner Conversation: Gender Justice and Economic Discrimination
» Day 3 — Wednesday 11/8
- Economic Policies in the New South: Power Building through Litigation, Leadership Development, and Economic Self-Determination
- Closing Discussion & Lessons Learned
- Grab & Go Lunch
Fly out of BIRMINGHAM after 2pm
Webinar - City of Pittsburgh, The Heinz Endowments, and the p4 Sustainability Model: People, Planet, Place, and Performance
Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
9 am PT / 10 am MT / 11 am CT / 12 pm ET
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The City of Pittsburgh and The Heinz Endowments are spearheading a major effort to forge a new model of urban growth and development that is innovative, inclusive, and sustainable. This model is based around a central, unifying framework — p4: People, Planet, Place, and Performance.
Pittsburgh is among a global community of urban areas in its pursuit of a just and sustainable future. It brings to that effort several advantages such as a growing innovation economy anchored by major research universities, a proven capacity for public-private collaboration, and willing community and political leadership.
The p4 initiative builds upon Pittsburgh’s global relationships with cities, advocates for equity and inclusion, clean technology innovators, universities, and globally renowned architects and planners to create a new sustainable and inclusive approach to urban development, design, building, and employment. Its goal is a world-class city that benefits all its citizens.
Join this webinar to learn how philanthropy is working with cities and other community networks to create more equitable sustainability principles for present and future generations.
Fred Karnas, Senior Fellow, Executive Office, The Kresge Foundation
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Community residents and institutions are now organizing deeper together to create a people-powered alternative vision for local development—a core focus of Neighborhood Funders Group's Democratizing Development Program. Millions of tenants and housing advocates are working together to push for solutions to gentrification and displacement. Renters in dozens of cities across the country have been organizing for the National Renter Week of Action and Assemblies in September to push back against the Trump Administration’s threat to cut billions from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The current administration's 2018 budget proposes cuts that would exacerbate our national housing crisis, force even more families out of their homes, and eliminate vital services for already marginalized people. HUD Secretary Ben Carson openly supports this budget-slashing, prompting the launch of CarsonWatch to monitor and stop the federal rollback of fair housing protections.
Check back soon for updates on this webinar to learn more about CarsonWatch, how philanthropy is supporting organizing work, and how funders can be in better alignment with communities who are taking great risks to defend their homes and families from rent hikes and unjust evictions. You'll also learn about recent successes and ongoing challenges for community organizing, as well as opportunities for moving housing equity and justice strategies at the local and national level.
Sam Tepperman | Deputy Managing Director, Public Advocates
Kalima Rose | Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, PolicyLink
Dawn Phillips | Executive Director, Right to the City