Racial Capitalism, Power, and Resistance Movements Convening

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Join Funders for a Just Economy (FJE), grantmakers, and partners from across the US for a strategy conversation discussing racial capitalism, power, and power-building. Hear from leading academics and strategists about the various resistance movements currently tackling the concentration of wealth and power within corporations and building countervailing worker and community power. During the event, FJE will build upon our understanding of how slavery, genocide, and patriarchy has shaped—and continues to shape—our economy, while also sharing program strategies and grant-making principles from network funders and donors who are resourcing movements to shift power.

This event is for funders only, and space is limited. Please email Manisha Vaze, Senior Program Manager, at manisha@nfg.org if you are interested in this event and are not a funder.

Goals:
  • Funders will attend this event to learn about racial capitalism and how our history of patriarchy and white supremacy are contributing to rising fascism.
  • Funders will strategize with movement leaders about organizing approaches to build powerful multi-racial and multi-gender resistance movements to meet the moment in this shifting economy.
  • Funders will learn from movement leaders about upcoming opportunities to resource and support power building efforts, integrate an intersectional approach in their work, share the barriers to shifting philanthropic institutions, and share strategies to overcome these barriers towards developing an action plan to disrupt structural and entrenched systems within the philanthropic sector.
  • Funders will discuss together how philanthropy can transform to meet the new needs of social movements, understanding how philanthropy is implicated and limited as financial institutions, deepening our analysis, and sharing grantmaking strategies to overcome these barriers.

 

Confirmed speakers include:

A grid of photos featuring the ten speakers for the Racial Capitalism, Power, and Resistance Movements Convening
  • Alicia Garza, Black Futures Lab
  • Aaron Tanaka, Center for Economic Democracy
  • Amisha Patel, Grassroots Collaborative
  • Dr. Ananya Roy, Institute on Inequality and Democracy, University of California at Los Angeles 
  • Cindy Weisner, Grassroots Global Justice
  • Dimple Abichandani, General Service Foundation
  • Farhad Ebrahimi, Chorus Foundation
  • Maurice BP-Weeks, Action Center on Race and the Economy 
  • Mónica Ramírez, Justice for Migrant Women
  • Pamela Shifman, NoVo Foundation

 
  

Background

Two people sit at a table, with one speaking into a microphone in front of a laptop.The Funders for a Just Economy (FJE), is a national network of funders committed to advancing the philanthropic conversation about economic and social justice, workers’ rights, and the centrality of unions in those efforts. FJE is the main “home” for progressive conversations about working conditions for low-wage workers, workers’ health and safety, community-based anti-poverty efforts, improving the quality of jobs, and building an economy that works for all.

Currently, FJE’s main objectives are to build a shared analysis of a “just economy,” shape the conversation within the philanthropic community around meeting the moment through addressing corporate power and overreach and the shifts in the economy that are impacting the future of workers, and promote and develop strategies to integrate an intersectional racial, gender, and migrant justice lens in anti-poverty and economic justice grant-making.

This event draws from years of work to develop an intersectional framework for philanthropy to improve grant making in economic justice and economic policy such that it is grounded in a racial and gender justice lens. In 2015, FJE supported the production of two reports describing the impact of discriminatory practices on Black workers: #BlackWorkersMatter and the Institute for Policy Studies’ And Still I Rise. In 2018, FJE published a working paper, Journey Towards Intersectional Grantmaking, which outlines a process to gather knowledge and practices from funders about intersectional grant making. For this paper, we interviewed 12 funders about their work, and hosted a convening in Los Angeles to develop a framework to describe intersectional grant making. We developed a working definition of intersectional grant-making, which is: grant making that takes into consideration the ways in which multiple systems of oppression are interwoven in people’s lives, communities, cultures, and institutions and how they impact people differently based on where each person sits and their lived experience.

FJE aspires to influence philanthropic institutions to develop grant making strategies with an understanding of the historical context through an intersectional lens and led by the strategic thinking of our grantee partners, social movements, and movement leaders.