Introducing 2021 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Candi Brings Plenty!

Candi Brings Plenty

TJFP is so honored to introduce the fourth of our six Community Grantmaking Fellows, Candi Brings Plenty!

 

The Two Spirit Nation was not only just an encampment at the Očeti Šakowin camp at Standing Rock during the NoDAPL movement, it was a movement within a movement. Candi Brings Plenty is a Two Spirit Water Protector and Land Defender, who initiated Two Spirit visibility and awareness during the largest historical gathering of nations while decolonizing ceremonies and reclaiming space in sacred circles for Two Spirit relatives.

Candi Brings Plenty, Wakinyan Tunwanpi Iyoyanpa Win (Bright Lightening Womxn), is an Oglala Lakota Sioux, Queer Indigenous, Non-binary Two Spirit. They are a protector of the sacred and activist for Indigenous justice. Their red lipstick is their war paint, as they take their place on the frontlines as a Two Spirit Warrior Queen. They continue to educate and advocate throughout Turtle Island sharing their experience as a frontline Two Spirit Water Protector and as a Land Defender. They are a fierce Missing and Murdered Indigenous People’s advocate. They are a Spiritual & Wellness Practitioner who elevates traditional methods of trauma healing.

Candi Brings Plenty is a direct descendent of Crazy Horse’s band and is an ancestral survivor of the Wounded Knee Massacre. They continue to stand in the face of the colonizer to protect the sacred and Unći Maka. They currently live in the Black Hills, in Rapid City, SD where they work as the first ACLU Indigenous Justice Organizer for the South Dakota, North Dakota & Wyoming region. They are incorporating Indigenous methods and constitutional rights to bring awareness and protection for frontline warriors to exercise their civil liberties.

We’re so glad you’ll be on the team this year, bringing all the wisdom and experience that makes you such a powerhouse!

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Introducing 2021 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Dominique Morgan!

Dominique Morgan

We’re so glad to announce the third of our six Community Grantmaking Fellows, Dominique Morgan!

Dominique is an award-winning artist, activist, and TEDx speaker. As the Executive Director of Black and Pink, the largest prison abolitionist organization in the United States. She works daily to dismantle the systems that perpetuate violence on LGBTQ/GNC people and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Partnering her lived experience of being impacted by mass incarceration (including 18 months in solitary confinement), with a decade of change-making artistry, advocacy, and background in public health, she continues to work in spaces of sex education, radical self-care, and transformative youth development with intentions of dismantling the prison industrial complex and its impact on our communities. Ms. Morgan is a 2020 Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award recipient, NAACP Freedom Fighter Award recipient, and 2020 JM Kaplan Innovation Prize recipient. Her new album Pisces In E Flat Major is available on all platforms and her book “Sex Ed for System Facing People” will be available Jan 2022. Find out more about Dominique at www.dominiquemorgan.com. Check out her TEDxTalk on Resilience. 

 

We can’t overstate how excited we are that you’re joining us, Dominique!

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Together let’s raise $90k for trans justice and liberation!

What kind of future do you wish for you and your community?  What would you be willing to give to support the future of your dreams? 

This year we received 213 applications from grassroots, trans justice groups and projects led by trans and non-binary people, organizing their communities locally and nationally. The groups and projects we fund are busy working for justice and liberation for trans communities with each breath they take, all year long, and we’re honored to invite you–yes, YOU to join us in keeping our cherished trans communities well supported and resourced!

To date, TJFP has distributed more than $4.5 million dollars through our community-led grantmaking process. This has been a by us, for us effort, and it’s because of all of you who have provided so much community love and support that we are able to get all this done.

This year we’re raising 90k to celebrate 9 years of funding trans justice!

Please join us by pitching in a dollar or whatever you can to ensure our trans justice groups can not only keep their doors open and lights on, but have what they need to continue dreaming big, creating the future we all need and deserve.

So let’s raise some money together and uplift and resource our trans leaders today because, Our Future is NOW!

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Introducing 2021 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Toi Washington!

Toi Washington

TJFP is thrilled to announce the second of our six Community Grantmaking Fellows, Toi Washington!

“A person can forget what you did or said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. If I can help somebody along the way, then my living is not in vain.”

This is the mantra Toi T. Washington lives by daily. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Ms. Toi Washington is a community engagement specialist, organizer, and activist with over a decade of experience in LBGTQ rights. Ms. Washington currently works with TAKE Resource Center in Birmingham, AL. as the Director of Programs as well as the Program Developer of the Trans Women of Color (TWOC) Healing Project. With a directive on LBGTQ rights, equality and equity, Ms. Washington has successfully positioned herself to be able to effectively address issues that are systemic to trans women of color and LBGTQ individuals alike. Ms. Washington uses her platform to guide herself as well as her community both professionally and personally.

Thank you so much for saying yes to us–we can’t wait to learn from your wisdom!

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Introducing 2021 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Xoài Phạm!

Xoai Pham

TJFP is so excited to introduce the first of our six Community Grantmaking Fellows, Xoài Phạm!

 

Xoài is a Vietnamese trans person in a complicated relationship with womanhood. She descends from a long legacy of warriors, healers, and shamans. Her family arrived in California as refugees after the United States pillaged Southeast Asia. Her life’s work is in dreaming new futures where we are all limitless. She makes those dreams a reality as a poet, essayist, editor, and collaborative educator. Her work often explores the roots of violence and small intimacies. She is currently the digital program manager of Transgender Law Center and trans subject editor of Autostraddle. She’s also utilizing her skills to fight the deportations of Southeast Asian refugees with Mekong NYC, and is additionally serving on the board of TURNNT, which studies the factors that determine health outcomes for trans women of color in New York City. One day, she’ll be writing stories for film and TV. In the meantime, her relationship to the industry is through modeling and acting. Her idea of heaven is eating fruits beside the ocean.

 

Thank you for joining us, and we’re honored to build with you!

 

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Happy Trans Day of Visibility from TJFP!

Clockwise from top left: Executive Director, Gabriel Foster; Director of Operations and Communications, Marin Watts; Deputy Director, Cathy Kapua; Database & Communications Coordinator, Demian Yoon.

 

On Trans Day of Visibility, we at TJFP are reflecting on a piece written in 2015 by our former grantmaking meeting facilitator, Nico Amador, and the wisdom of the title–“Visibility Does Not Equal Justice.” (This article, and more, are available on our website at transjusticefundingproject.org/resources!)

To be visible means that one is both a beacon and a target. A lighthouse indicating both the safety of shore and the danger of sharp rocks and crashing waves. As trans people, we know the power of visibility–being open and real about our truth, our complexities, our potential, our humanity. Visibility means we can find each other in a world that wants us to believe we are unworthy. It means we can connect to other trans folks working to provide care and support in this landscape of trans justice. It means that we can form communities that keep us alive. Yet we also know what can happen when people see us but misrecognize us through a lens of ignorance. As Nico puts it, “at the heart of the matter is the fact that curiosity and visibility in the mainstream does not equal justice. We still have a long road to walk before all members of our community are free from the violence caused by bigotry, racism, and lack of access to employment, housing, and health care.”

This year, we received 213 applications from activists across the country, and as always the work truly demonstrates the breadth and diversity of our community, what we care about, and what we can do to help our people. We see trans-led groups focusing on meeting food, housing, and healthcare needs in their neighborhoods, organizations working on environmental justice or in areas hit by climate disasters, collectives supporting trans folks emerging from detention or incarceration. Some applications came from groups that have been doing work for years, and others who have just begun organizing, including groups that emerged in response to COVID and the particular challenges of the last year alone. Take a look at our list of 2020 grantees for more powerful examples of what trans leadership can accomplish and all of the ways trans people show up for each other!

The breadth of trans justice encompasses so many forms of justice, and yet the legislative scapegoat of choice at the moment is trans children and teens.  Anti-trans bills have been introduced, and in some cases passed, in states across the nation, a shameful gallery that includes measures to deny trans students the ability to participate in organized sports, to label transition care for minors as child abuse, and even prohibit trans care until age 21 in some areas. Legislation that strips away the rights of trans youth means that even before we become trans adults, our trans childhoods are up for debate. This transphobic agenda is meant to make our futures look dimmer, but our lights shine bright, and brightest of all when we make our love and care known to each other.

Visibility is crucial to our work, but it is not the only thing that trans justice fights for. As Nico puts it, “it is critical that our movement is defined by people who will push for changes that dig deeper than cultural acceptance…we need leadership that includes a large and meaningful representation of people from all parts of the gender spectrum, people of color, indigenous people, poor and working class people, people with disabilities, youth, immigrants, and those who live outside of the country’s queer urban centers.”

As our communities continue to fight for justice, let’s make sure the legacy of what trans communities have struggled for and accomplished remains visible in our movement. The work of trans elders “who fought the early battles for trans inclusion and gender liberation…is what built the foundation for many of the gains we’ve experienced,” writes Nico. Our future is now, built by amazing trans justice leaders like our grantees past and present, and all of the incredible activists and changemakers that are part of the TJFP family and community!

We at TJFP send a deep and heartfelt thank you to everyone who has devoted their life to trans justice. We see you, we love you, and we will continue to fight for you.

 

With warmth,

The TJFP Staff

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A bridge to history: TJFP celebrates Black History Month!

“Every day I wake up, I bring my whole self to the table. There is never a day where I can leave my blackness, my queerness, my transness at home because somebody doesn’t agree with it or they don’t understand it.” -Quentin Bell, 2017 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow

 

In 2016, TJFP set out for our third From the Ground to the Sky listening tour through several Southeastern states. We drove down long windy roads surrounded by kudzu vines, past misty green acres, stopping in towns and cities along the way to listen, learn, and interview grantees and community leaders. So much of that trip feels like ages ago–on the other coast of a wide river of history, of the countless monumental political and social shifts that have rocked the last five years. But when we arrived in Selma, Alabama, five years ago, we were still reckoning with the expanse of history, with legacy, with change.

We had no idea how moved we would become after meeting with Quentin Bell, a community organizer and executive director of The Knights and Orchids Society, a longtime grantee of TJFP. Quentin graciously agreed to meet with us on his favorite bench overlooking the Alabama River to share the history of his beloved hometown. We sat with Que in front of the Edmund Pettas Bridge in Selma, where not so many decades before, a historic march for Black rights was met with police brutality, a day known later as Bloody Sunday. There is so much history present in a place: in a bridge named for a Confederate general, in a city that birthed the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, in a nation built by stolen labor on stolen land. We spoke until sundown, the light illuminating Spanish moss on the trees that shaded so many organizers, activists, and changemakers of years past. Que described his relationship with the history of Selma, and his choice not to move away from the area but instead to stay, organize, and build a legacy of trans and queer organizing and activism within the city he calls home.

After we finished the interview we hugged and parted ways. Ever since then I haven’t been able to stop thinking about what that historic bridge represented to our elders, and the inspiration we can draw from their work. I constantly wonder how on earth did they have the energy, the courage and conviction to keep going with so much uncertainty ahead of them? Who showed up to support those organizers and protesters on Bloody Sunday to keep them safe, supported and resourced?

Five years later, watching the footage of this interview still fills me with infinite love and appreciation for Black trans leaders in the Southeast and everywhere. Our Blackness, our transness, our humanity is a powerful force.

What we know of the realities of history is that there’s a lot to be gained for surviving and returning to fight another day.

Knowing our history is more than simply learning dates, names, events and stories. We are bearing witness to past experiences and tales of ancestors. If we’re lucky enough to learn from the lessons embedded in their stories, there’s a blueprint they’ve left for us to make our present day something better then what existed before. One of the greatest lessons that I’m reminded of every time I read an application or work with a new Community Grantmaking Fellow is that there are no limits to who and what we can become. Only the limits we put on ourselves and unto others. Our ancestors in their own ways taught us this, fought for this, and lived their lives in hope for the future.

At TJFP we celebrate and believe in Black trans leadership all year long. This is a commitment and responsibility we prioritize as an act of love and a politic. So as Black History Month comes to an end, TJFP would like to commend Black trans/non binary leaders everywhere! We wouldn’t be where we are now without your hopes, dreams, honesty, boldness and unwavering undertaking of liberation work. TJFP exists to support you and we exist because of you!

For more stories from our 2016 From the Ground to the Sky listening tour, click here to download our 2016 Annual Report!

As we practice the discipline of hope while reshaping and reimagining better futures, we can draw inspiration from Quentin’s commitment to return to his hometown and share what he knows with his communities.

“How dare I go away and keep that knowledge and not bring it back to the very place it needs to be?”

We dream, and we hope, and we build–and we will all be part of history, in the end.

In love and gratitude,
Gabriel Foster, Executive Director

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¡No se pierdan nuestra fecha límite de solicitud de subvención: El lunes 15 de Febrero a la medianoche, zona horaria de Pacífico!

¡Las solicitudes están disponibles a través de nuestro sitio web en www.transjusticefundingproject.org/solicitor!

Estén atentos a nuestro Facebook e Instagram la próxima semana para obtener más información sobre nuestro proceso de solicitud.

Si tienes alguna pregunta, puedes comunicarte a info@transjusticefundingproject.org.

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Applications are open for 2021 Grants!

It’s that time again! Time for grassroots, trans-led, trans justice groups to apply for funding and for those of us who can, to donate what we can to support their work.  Please help us spread the word! The application is currently available in English and Spanish.

Please make sure to read our guidelines first to determine if your group is eligible.

TJFP’s 2021 grant applications are now open for grassroots trans-led groups!

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 a U.S. territory?
  • 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!

How Much Money is TJFP Giving Away?

Grants range in size and the more money we raise by May, the more we can give away! Every penny we raise goes to our grantees with no restrictions and no strings attached because we truly believe in trusting and supporting trans leadership. Our 2020 goal is to give away at least one million dollars with grant sizes of $2500, $5000, and $10,000.

Deadline

The deadline to apply is February 15th, 2021 by midnight Pacific Standard Time. Decisions will be made at the end of May 2021, so you can expect to hear back from us by early June 2021.

Translation & Accessibility

The application is currently available in English and Spanish.

Please email us at admin@transjusticefundingproject.org by January 15th if you need a translated version in another language of the application.

We aim to make this process as accessible as possible, so please let us know about any other needs you have and we will do our best to meet them.

¡Las solicitudes ya están disponibles para las subvenciones del 2020 del Proyecto de Financiamiento de Justicia Trans (TJFP)!

TJFP es iniciativa comunitaria de financiamiento fundada en 2012 para apoyar grupos comunitarias de justicia trans dirigidos por y para personas trans. Hacemos becas anualmente por organizar un comité de seis activistas de justicia trans de todo el país para revisar cuidadosamente cada solicitud que recibimos.

¿Es elegible su grupo para una beca de TJFP?

  • ¿Es un grupo?
  •  ¿Es grupo comunitario de justicia trans dirigido por y para personas trans?
  • ¿El presupuesto total de su grupo es menos que $250,000?
  • ¿Está ubicado en los Estados Unidos o en Territorios de los Estados Unidos?
  • ¿Su grupo se enfoca en el liderazgo de personas trans organizando sobre sus experiencias con racismo, injusticia económica, trans-misoginia, capacitismo, inmigración, encarcelamiento, y otras opresiones interseccional?
  • ¿Satisface las necesidades de diferentes comunidades locales y organiza y/o provee servicios para unir las personas
  • ¿Considera su trabajo parte de una panorama general de trabajo dirigido por las personas trans para dignidad y justicia para todas personas?

TJFP no da becas a individuos.

¡No necesitas estatus sin fines de lucro 501c3, ni necesitas patrocinio fiscal tampoco para solicitar!

¿Cuánto dinero está donando el TJFP?

Las becas varían en tamaño.  Cuanto más recaudamos  más podemos regalar! Cada centavo que recaudamos va a nuestros beneficiarios sin restricciones ni condiciones tampoco porque creemos sinceramente en confiar en y apoyar al liderazgo trans.

Fecha límite

La fecha límite para solicitar es la 15 de febrero de 2021 por la medianoche PST. Decidiremos a finales de May 2021. Entonces, planea tener la respuesta de nosotrxs para Junio 2021.

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The fundamental truth of community, as we enter 2021

2020 has been neither seamless nor easy. A pandemic laid bare the cracks in an already overburdened healthcare system. A chaotic election further revealed the fragility of our systems of power and governance. Unceasing attacks on Black and trans lives have left communities reeling in anger and fear.

But as Glo Ross, former facilitator for the annual TJFP grantmaking panel, puts it, we can find power in “the fundamental truth of community: Decisions made from our collective energy and investment are more creative, powerful, and impactful than if we make them alone.”

We need all of us if we’re to achieve trans justice in this lifetime. Everyone doing what they can, where they are, finding their people and organizing together to make collective impact! We are so grateful for the immense wealth of knowledge and experience that our fellows, facilitators, grantees, and applicants past and present bring to this project that is funding trans justice. It gives us the strength and confidence to press on, looking forward to the beginning of a new year–“knowing that on the other side of the hardness is something much greater than our individual selves.”

As we move into 2021, we’re so excited to announce that our grant application form is opening very soon! Keep your eyes peeled for an announcement from us early next week, and spread this news widely. We couldn’t do this without you–our community of supporters who are committed to trans justice and trans leadership!

You can read Glo’s full piece “Community is a Verb” (originally published in the TJFP 2018 Annual Report) at this link.

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