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Introducing the first of six TJFP 2019 Grantmaking Fellows, Sammie Ablaza Wills!

It’s that time of year again when we have the honor of introducing another fabulous grantmaking team.

Kicking off a series of introductions, we’re ecstatic to welcome Sammie Ablaza Wills to the 2019  TJFP Grantmaking Fellowship!

Sammie will join five other ground breaking, trans, non binary activists and organizers from across the country to select this years grantees.

Sammie is an enthusiastic queer, non-binary Pilipinx person with a vivid love for their chosen family, social justice, and grassroots
organizing. They currently serve as director of APIENC, a trans and queer Asian and Pacific Islander grassroots organization in the SF Bay Area. Sammie’s politic has come from witnessing xenophobia against their family, from fighting budget cuts to public schools, and from learning from queer Pilipino people in their communities. It’s from this that Sammie has worked to trained hundreds of young, queer, trans, Asian people to lead from values of abundance and interdependence. Sammie is dedicated to ethnic studies, racial justice, and environmental justice, working closely in groups such as Asians4BlackLives and Movement Generation. Sammie believes that anything can be turned into a chant and brought onto the streets (literally and emotionally). At all times, they strive to learn more about their ancestors, practice vulnerability, and share stories.

We can hardly wait to do this work with you Sammie!

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Lessons on Being Bold: A conversation with 2018 Fellow Bré Anne Rivera

“Sharing space with the other grantmaking fellows and hearing from people from rural Montana to communities in Hawaii helped to open my mind about how differently the work looks for people in different areas. Sometimes when you’re on the ground, it is easy to lose that perspective, and instead think, “This is what’s working for me and my girls in Detroit, so it should work for everyone, right?” But, no, it doesn’t always work like that. So when an application came in from a rural part of the country, it was important to hear from someone from that community. These conversations really helped me be more strategic and forward-thinking about who we were supporting and funding.”  -Bré Anne Rivera

Each year we invite our talented Fellows to share their thoughts and experiences as grantmaking panelists in our “Letters From the Table” section of our annual report. Last year fall we were fortunate enough to get a chance to sit down with 2018 TJFP Fellow, Bré Anne Rivera to gain a better understanding of her experience reviewing over 200 applications and selecting grantees through a community-led process.

In her interview Bré bravely spoke from the heart, candidly sharing powerful reflections and recommendations for the funding world that we hope will resinate with you whether you’re a grassroots organizer, a funder or someone interested in trans justice and liberation.

Please check out this remarkable interview, Lessons on Being Bold!

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The passing of TJFP alumni Stephanie Mott

A few weeks ago we were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of long time TJFP grantee and 2016 TJFP grantmaking panelist, Stephanie Mott. 

I remember the first time I met Stephanie Mott. Soft spoken and kind. At that time she was the first out, trans activist from Topeka, Kansas I had ever met. Like so many trans warriors who organize statewide and in rural communities, she got in her car time after time, traveling mile after mile providing training after training in service of trans justice.

Having family roots in the Midwest and also in Kansas, I could envision the flat lands and highways she must have traveled along to make a difference wherever she could.

The Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project (K-STEP), an organization that Stephanie founded and served as the executive director was one of TJFP’s very first grantee’s in 2013. So it was a pleasure to invite Stephanie to be on the other side of our funding project by joining our 2105 community grant making panel. It was there that we were fortunate to get to know her better and learn more about her great love for her community.

In addition to being the Executive Director and President of K-STEP, she was also the Founder and Director of the Transgender Faith Tour. She had been a columnist for Liberty Press and a volunteer blogger for Huffington Post. Stephanie published more than 100 articles about being transgender, and as the Executive Director of K-STEP she participated in nearly 400 workshops and presentations related to gender identity in venues from college classrooms and mental health centers, to jails and prisons.

Additionally, Stephanie achieved a major accomplishment just last month by earning her certification as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She also served as the Vice Chair of Equality Kansas and chaired the LGBTQ caucus of the Kansas Democrats.

In 2017 article Stephanie wrote for the Huffington Post titled, Becoming A 60-Year-Old Transgender Activist, she wrote, “As an activist who found her activism later in life, I know there are many younger activists who have been doing this longer than I have. I also know when I started doing activism in Kansas, there were few transgender footsteps for me to follow. Today, there are many trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) activists across the state. Their messages are changing hearts and minds wherever they raise their voices. It does my heart good to see this in ever-increasing numbers. I did not set out to become an activist. I simply knew I could not be silent in the face of oppression and marginalization. Then one day someone referred to me as an activist, and I realized it was true.”

On behalf of TJFP, we thank you Stephanie for your endless commitment to justice, your tenderness, compassion and generosity, and for finding the activist in yourself.

Your impact will continue to be felt and you will live on as our beloved trans ancestor.

With a tremendous amount of love and respect,

Gabriel Foster

 

 

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Our 2019 Application Deadline is this Friday!

 

 

 

 

 

Please remember, the application deadline is THIS FRIDAY at 12am EST.  

In 2018, TJFP gave 650,000 dollars to 182 trans-led grassroots groups across the country, and we hope to do it again in 2019!  Please review the eligibility criteria and apply! Share widely and get your application in!

En Español.

Is Your Group Eligible for a TJFP Grant?

  • Are you a group?
  • Are you a grassroots, trans justice group run by and for trans people?
  • Is your group’s total budget less than $250,000?
  • Are you located in the United States or Puerto Rico?
  • Are you centering the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions?
  • Are you meeting the needs of different local communities and using organizing and/or providing services to help bring people together?
  • Do you see your work as part of a bigger picture of trans-led work that seeks dignity and justice for all people?

TJFP does not fund individuals.

You do not need to be a 501c3 non-profit or have a fiscal sponsor to apply!

Spread the word!

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Honoring Those Taken from Us

Today we remember the lives and legacies of our trans and gender non-conforming family who we’ve lost this year.

Let us honor all our trans and GNC ancestors who have come before us, who fought tirelessly, and paved the way for us to shine brilliantly. Today and everyday, we are reminded of the strength and beauty of our trans communities. 

There are so many ways we can honor our ancestors, and we hope that today you can devote a moment and hold the lives and histories of our trans communities in your heart.

A horrible pattern has emerged where each year over the past few years, has been the deadliest year on record for the trans community in the U.S. In 2017 there has been over 26 reported transgender and GNC people killed by violence. If you are looking for a place to be with community tonight, here’s a map of grassroots trans-led groups organizing across the country that you can support all year round or may be able help you locate a local vigil for the 18th annual Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR).  

TJFP stands in struggle and solidarity with our trans communities fighting for justice and liberation, and we hope one day we’ll be able to shine brilliantly without fear, and that our communities can breathe and live freely.

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Etsy Fundraiser for TJFP!

For the month of September Estrogentleman is donating $5 of every #estrogentleman or #changedman hat purchased from their Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/estrogentleman to TJFP!

Check them out today!

 

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TJFP Swag at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference

Hey y’all! If you’re at the Philly Trans Health Conference over the next few days, come visit Trans Justice Funding Project’s booth and pick up an annual report and one of TJFP’s gold edition tote bags ($10-$25 sliding scale)! #pthc2017 #transjustice

Bags not yet available online but stay tuned!

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Trans Justice Leadership in Selma!

Congratulations to 2017 TJFP Grantmaking Fellow, Quentin Bell and previous grantee, The Knights of the Orchid Society on the recent opening of the Black Sheep Relief Center!

“As a native of Selma, Bell felt that his connection with his hometown was what called him to open the relief center.

“I felt like I had a responsibility to Selma to come back and do the work here,” he said. “This center is important because this is the only place that is a safe space where LGBTQ folks can come to be educated. They can come here and have a sense of belonging with people who understand personally what they are going through.”

Another example of the importance of supporting grassroots, trans justice organizing in  places and communities like Selma.

View the full article here!

 

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Today! Another Country! A fundraiser for TJFP

Right now in Brooklyn, a very sweet event is happening featuring amazing queer country artists!  Music, delicious food and after the artists get paid, remaining proceeds will be donated to TJFP.  Please come stop by if you can!

Today! Another Country!

2-11pm at Littlefield

This is the anti-July-4th, all-day, all-out extravaganza you’ve been waiting for! 13 amazing queer, trans, and/or poc bands. A giant bake sale to benefit the Trans Justice Funding Project. DJ Nath Ann Carrera. Host Heather María Ács. Tacos from the Kimchi Taco Truck. What is country music? Who is it for? Come envision another country with us on Sunday, July 2nd!

Bake sale sweets donated by 4 & 20 Blackbirds, Baked, Betty Bakery, and Colson Patisserie!

Tickets are $10-$20 sliding scale* for the day-long festival. Please pay what you can to support our musicians! No one ever turned away for lack of cash!  Any profits from the day, after all the musicians get paid, will also be donated to TJFP.

***Littlefield has an accessible front entrance and all-gender, single stall, accessible bathrooms***

Schedule:
(Here’s what time you should plan to be there if you want to make sure to catch these performers)

2:00
Nath Ann Carrera
Lindsey Wilson & Michael Buckley
DK & the Joy Machine

4:00
Audrey Zee Whitesides
AJ Lewis & Friends
Yva Las Vegass

6:00
The Paisley Fields
Elias Krell
Viva

Starting at 7:00, DJ Nath Ann Carrera will keep us dancing between sets!

8:00
Ganessa James
Karen & the Sorrows
Cactus Rose

10:00
My Gay Banjo

More about the performers:

Our host for the evening portion of the show, Heather María Ács
www.heatheracs.com

My Gay Banjo
www.mygaybanjo.com

Cactus Rose
www.kandiacrazyhorse.com

Karen & the Sorrows
www.karenandthesorrows.com

Ganessa James
www.ganessajames.com

Viva
www.vivadeconcini.com

Elias Krell with special guest Jim Altieri
www.eliaskrell.com

The Paisley Fields
www.thepaisleyfields.com

Johnell Lawrence
www.thedapperviolist.com

DK & the Joy Machine
www.dkandthejoymachine.com

Lindsey Wilson & Michael Buckley
soundcloud.com/linzsounds

Photographs by the incomparable Syd London

Trans Justice Funding Project
www.transjusticefundingproject.org
TJFP is a community-led funding initiative that supports grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans people. TJFP centers the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions.

“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.”
—James Baldwin, Another Country

 

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Happy Trans Day of Action!

Friday, June 23, 2017 – 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Roughly six years ago while marching in the streets of Manhattan at the Trans Day of Action march, the idea of Trans Justice Funding Project was born! The birthplace of TJFP!

We know it takes an incredible amount of love and work to bring our people together to create sites of inspiration.  We are so grateful for everyone, everywhere fighting and surviving each day.

Feel free to look for the Trans Justice Funding Project banner today and join us!

 

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