According to Jitu Brown, the organizer’s job is to create a space where people can begin to actually envision what they want to see, then create the experiences where people begin to win. The continued closures of our public schools and high-stakes testing illustrate the institutionalized racism that is embedded in our educational system. Jitu reflects on his work as National Director of Journey for Justice Alliance (J4J), which defends public education against school closings, turnarounds, phase-outs, and charter expansion. To combat institutionalized racism present in public schools, J4J has begun organizing campaigns at the local and federal level for sustainable community schools, calling for 25,000 by 2025.CONTINUE READING
We reflect on the role of art and cultural strategy in movement building, and how imagining creative processes outside the dominant narratives supports intersectional and vibrant social justice movements, which allow us to be free!Continue reading “Podcast Episode 5 – Queer Freedom and Trans Delight: Trans Day of Resilience Art Project with Micah Bazant + Kemi Alabi””
How can we stand together to ensure the educational future of the next generation? Listen to the voices of AgitArte, the Federation of Teachers of Puerto Rico, Journey for Justice Alliance, and the Alliance for Quality Education as they worked together to convene The Transnational Encounter to Defend Public Education. This forum was held to explore how solidarity between two nations is imperative in working towards creating a strong public education system.Continue reading “Podcast Episode 4 – Black and Brown Solidarity: The Struggle to Defend Public Education in Puerto Rico and the USA”
Are Jews white? Why would the Jewish community choose to stand up for immigrant communities? Stosh Cotler of Bend the Arc shares with us the lessons that she’s learned as a leader in the modern Jewish resistance movement.CONTINUE READING
When We Fight, We Win! Live; Mutual Aid and Solidarity in a Time of Crisis, Webcast Series Seventh Episode: Reclaiming Our Death Practices. Grief + Death during Pandemic Times with Luana Morales from Seeds of Our Ancestors. Music by Cano Cangrejo!
When: May 6th, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) FB + Instagram: @whenwefightwewin
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Content warning: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), family separation, police brutality
In this second episode of our podcast, Host Dey Hernández and Greg Jobin-Leeds interview Cristina Jiménez. Cristina is an Ecuadoran immigration activist who co-founded United We Dream in 2008.
Cristina talks about the conditions that lead immigrants to leave their countries to seek a better future while delving into the deep-rooted issues and adversity that immigrants face in the USA. Cristina shares how United We Dream was born from the need for an organization to stand up and fight for the rights of immigrants. Jorge Díaz explores the word ‘Undocumented’ in the segment ‘The Word of the Day’.
Music: “Ultima-Thule” and “Slate-Tracker” By Blue Dot Sessions and “Resist” generously shared by Rev. Sekou.Continue reading “Podcast Episode 2: United We Dream and the Fight for Immigration Justice”
Content warning: police brutality, racial slurs, explicit language
In the first episode of our podcast, Greg and Dey talk to musician and activist Rev. Osagyefo Sekou about his upbringing in Arkansas, his passion for music, and the role that we can all play in the movement. Jorge does a deep dive into our Word of the Day, Solidarity.Continue reading “Podcast Episode 1: Resist and the Role of Solidarity”
Last month, Greg and Micah Bazant (an internally-recognized trans visual artist and Artist-in-Residence at Forward Together) led a lunch discussion and art share at Tides Foundation in San Francisco. No worries if you missed it, a podcast of the event will be released later this summer. In the meanwhile, as it happens at these things, people asked, How can I help?
Here are three ways to get involved in trans justice, in Micah’s own words:
- Donate to Trans Day of Resilience — art by and for trans & nonbinary people of color!— a project of my organization Forward Together. We do an open national call for visual artists and poets every year and then work with a small cohort of visionary emerging artists to produce and disseminate their work. The art they create is shared with trans-led groups internationally. This year we produced Trans Justice Art Kits—an art show in a box, that included tips for event fundraising, safety & access; group art activities; a love letter, and more.
- Donate to Trans Justice Funding Project—they are led by trans POC and get funding out to small grassroots trans groups in all 50 states. “We center the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions. Every penny we raise goes to our grantees with no restrictions and no strings attached because we truly believe in trans leadership.” According to this 2015 report, trans communities only received 0.015 percent of all foundation funding, or a penny for every $100 foundations awarded. So donations to our community have a big impact :).
- Volunteer or donate to Trans Lifeline—A crisis hotline in the US & Canada, run by and for trans folks. They are also seeking non-trans volunteers to staff for their Trans LifelineFamily Line, a hotline for loved ones of trans, nonbinary and/or questioning people. Trans people are 22 times more likely to attempt suicide than the general population, and Trans Lifeline is trying to grow to keep up with the volume of calls. 97% of their budget comes from small-scale donations.