Trans Delegation to the Movement for Black Lives Convening

The Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), based in San Francisco, has been spearheading the efforts to mobilize resources to support a national delegation of 16 black trans, gender non-conforming and intersex leaders to be able to attend this historical national convening and hold a one day work meeting previous to the convening.

As a part of and separately mirroring the explosion of people’s movement in response to police brutality a trans liberation movement has blossomed within the intensity of violence. As an anchor organization with a long-term (12 years) perspective and matched with an analysis of legacies from the past, TGI Justice Project sees the state of trans leadership and trans inclusion in liberation movement building spaces at a herstorical and evolutionary point. The resurgence of the Black liberation movement is also at a heightened and unique point.

The uprisings across the U.S. over the past year have had trans people in the front and center, over and over. In order to continue and magnify the rise in resistance to systemic oppression, it is imperative to create spaces for life-sustaining, creativity-blooming, and growth-inducing relationships to bond and ferment.

In order to maintain and expand the integration and centering of trans leadership and a trans-feminist politic within the Black liberation movement, it would be timely and strategic to enable and support key stakeholder organizers in participating in the Cleveland convening.

Transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex people need specific outreach and accommodation to maximize this political moment.

The Cleveland Convening carries a momentary and timely impact that will have reverberations for the coming years of movement building, campaign planning and hopefully many, many victories for the people. The question is for which people? We are currently situated to maintain and expand a liberation-oriented wide breadth as an answer. We have the opportunity to really be in solidarity with the development of Black Trans Liberation movement, projects, and culture.

For questions or more information you can contact danielle t. marilyn west, Development Director at TGIJP cell: (937) 475.5821

Checks can be made out to TGIJP (Cleveland TGI Convening)

Please mail checks to TGIJP’s Fiscal Sponsor:

Justice Now
1322 Webster Street, Suite 210
Oakland, CA 94612

You can also donate online at:

If donating online, please include the words Cleveland TGI Convening so that TGIJP can track the donations.

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

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