Action Alert: Flush Transphobia Fund

From Third Wave Fund:

May 26, 2016

Yesterday, eleven states sued the Obama Administration over their mandate that states allow transgender students to use the restroom that fits their gender identity. Today, we're announcing the #FlushTransphobia Fund to fuel the grassroots movement working to combat these horrific bills, and we invite you to join us!

Bathroom bills are about more than just bathrooms. They exploit transphobia and violence experienced by women to gain support for sweeping anti-LGBTQ bills while doing nothing to address the real causes of violence against women. If you're concerned about the harm these bills cause to trans, gender non-conforming and intersex communities -- particularly women, folks of color, and youth -- we need your support. If you're angry that conservative men created bathroom bills in the name of women's safety while doing nothing for actual survivors of sexual violence and working consistently against women's rights -- we need your support.

We're asking everyone who stands for gender justice to donate $25, $50, or whatever you can, and to share this campaign widely. We will put 100% of your gift into rapid response grants over the next year, and because our grants are made each month, monthly gifts are a great form of support. Each grants will fuel efforts led by trans, gender non-conforming and intersex people who are leading powerful responses to bathroom bills with very few resources.

Your gift will be used to fund bold activism, and is a form of activism itself. It sends the message that we resist gender based violence, and we need solutions that address the root causes of inequity experienced by women, queer, trans and gender non-conforming people.

Thank you for putting your values into practice, and for being a part of this with us. We're grateful for your support!

In solidarity,

Rye Young
Executive Director

P.S. Your voice is powerful and can move others to give. Share this link on social media with hashtag #FlushTransphobia: bit.ly/flushhate. Thank you!

P.P.S. We'd like to thank our growing list of partners: the Ms Foundation for Women, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and the Groundswell Fund. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please email rye@thirdwavefund.org.

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February 12, 2019

FFJ Advisor Discussion Series: Marisa Franco

Marisa Franco, FFJ Field Advisor and Director and Co-founder of of Mijente, a digital and grassroots hub for Latinx and Chicanx organizing and movement building, speaks on the current political moment and how funders can contribute to movement work.

Tell us about the particular moment you are in with your work and place in the movement.

Entering into our fourth year, we are doing our best to be a vehicle to both respond to the real-time challenges our communities face and a place to find respite, connection, and replenished meaning. Given what the Latinx and Chicanx community faces, we’ve got to walk and chew gum at the same time (and hop on one leg, juggle, and balance something on our head!) but we believe that through the continued growth where organizers, healers, change-makers, designers, and disrupters feel Mijente is a place to meaningfully contribute to collective liberation means we are going in the right direction. It is my view that our most critical task at this time is growth and recruitment - millions of people are becoming exposed to the injustice and summarily wrong direction we are heading in - our organizations must be open and accessible entry points for people to contribute to moving us in the right direction.

How do you understand the political moment that we’re in? What do you think we need to do differently right now?

Ultimately I think that lots of what we reference as threats that are coming are largely here - crisis as a result of climate change is here, it’s being felt across the planet. The extreme backlash and attempt to re-entrench power due to demographic change is here, occurring in localities across the United States. Authoritarianism is a growing threat beyond Donald Trump and within the domestic United States. Given all of this, at the very least I think it’s critical we start to widen our panorama of political understanding to include outside of the United States and make the connections internationally. Rest assured, our adversaries are in coordination - we ignore our movement siblings and the struggle outside of the United States to our own detriment.

What should funders be understanding in this political moment? What should funders be doing to support organizations and movements?

What’s important to understand in this political moment is how the volatility impacts the plans, perspective, and morale of people in organizations and social movements. It has become more and more difficult to lay out plans that feel real given how normal it's become for so much to turn upside down pretty regularly. Some understanding and support of this from funders, particularly when it means proposed work is not carried out in the way it was initially described, is very helpful.

Continued support for rapid response tactics is critical, as well as funds that help convene key groups and/or leaders in this time goes a long way. In times like these, those that are able to adapt and move quickly are well positioned to make impactful changes. These folks have got to be able to do so with enough support and not too many hurdles, hoops, and paper to be able to move. So some of these existing practices around simplifying processes, making funds available for rapid response activities, and pop up convenings is something that has been helpful thus far and is important to continue.

December 10, 2018

Welcome to the new NFG website!

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