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Introducing 2020 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Christopher Cuevas!

TJFP is so excited to introduce the second of our six Community Grantmaking Fellows, Christopher Cuevas!

Christopher Cuevas is the Executive Director of QLatinx and provides vision, energy, and leadership in the fulfillment of the mission and vision of the organization, working to advance the visibility of and empower LGBTQ+ Latinx communities and create spaces that foster growth and healing.

A lifelong peace practitioner, educator, and community organizer, Christopher leads their work for cultural transformation by centering the unapologetic and unwavering power of radical love. A child of undocumented immigrants and a queer person of color, Christopher interconnects their lived experience and drives the necessary heart work of building a culture of peace, compassion, and change through advocating for LGBTQ+, immigrant, and racial justice movements.

Through their work with state, national, and transnationally recognized initiatives and organizations, Christopher has led conversations and facilitated education campaigns specifically addressing structural racism, health equity, and LGBTQ+ issues.

Thank you for saying YES to joining TJFP’s community grantmaking team this year!

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Entering a new year with new staff at TJFP!

Images left to right: Cathy Kapua and Mattee Jim, 2017 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellows; Micky Bradford, Úmi Vera, Zakia McKensey, Sammie Ablaza Wills, Priyank Jindal, 2019 Community Grantmaking Fellows; Demian Yoon at 2019 Philly Trans Wellness conference.

We are pleased to introduce Cathy Kapua and Demian Yoon as TJFP’s newest staff members, and Zakia McKensey as part of our brilliant facilitation team!

In 2017, Demian arrived at our office eager to volunteer and help in anyway he could. Even though we weren’t yet set up to handle volunteers, Demian proved to be patient and dedicated. He showed up week after week to assist with admin related tasks, quickly becoming an invaluable teammate. We are so lucky to have him onboard as the new Administrative Assistant!

That same year, former grantee Cathy Kapua joined the 2017 Community-led Grantmaking Fellowship crew. After completing her Fellowship, Cathy enthusiastically agreed to work with us a contractor helping us welcome and provide training as well as one on one support to our grantmaking fellows in 2018 and 2019. Cathy already came to TJFP with a long  track record of devotion and care for trans communities and trans justice. We’re overjoyed Cathy said yes to us one more time, and we’re honored to have her vision and leadership as our new Deputy Director!

Over the course of several years Cathy and Demian have given so much of themselves to make TJFP what it is today, and we can’t imagine doing this work without them.

Passing the Torch!

When TJFP was brand new and just starting to get up and running, we realized we would need an experienced, talented facilitator to help create a space for our community-led panel to make difficult and thrilling decisions selecting grantees and their award amounts. Having seen Nico Amador in action while facilitating for the Leeway Foundation’s artist and organizer funding panels it was obvious to us that he was ‘the one’! And he’s been facilitating TJFP from the very beginning! At first he facilitated solo before Andrea Jenkins and Glo Ross joined the facilitation team.

And now as we move into our 8th year Nico will be working closely with Cathy Kapua and 2019 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow Zakia McKensey, onboarding them and passing the torch to our new TJFP facilitation team! What a legacy of brilliant and fiercely dedicated facilitators!

Zakia has been a long time powershouse in Richmond, Virginia as founder and executive director of Nationz Foundation. Zakia is also a former grantee of TJFP and we can’t believe she said yes to joining us. We’re still fanning ourselves!

We invite you to celebrate this fabulous news with us by welcoming this dynamic team  Zakia, Cathy, and Demian to TJFP! We couldn’t be more proud to continue trusting and centering the leadership of Black, Indigenous, Brown, people of color who are trans, gender nonconforming, and non-binary! 

 

Cathy Kapua, Deputy Director

Cathy has worked with the transgender community since 2003, first starting off as a Peer Educator at Kulia Na Mamo, then eventually moving on to become the Transgender Service Manager at the Hawaii Health & Harm Reduction Center. Cathy is proud of her academic accomplishments in the University of Hawaii- West Oahu where she received a B.S. in Public Administration and continues to use these skills to help her Native Hawaiian community. She has been successful in advocating for transgender programming and providing culturally competency trainings throughout the nation but prides herself mainly on being a role model for younger transgender women in Hawai`i.

 

Zakia McKensey, Community Grantmaking Facilitator

Zakia is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She has been an active member of the LGBTQ community. For many years Zakia was a national performer and pageant competitor. She is a former Miss Gay Black America,  Miss Black National, Miss International Supermodel, Miss Godfrey’s and Miss Virginia Capitol Pride. She has worked for Fan Free Clinic where she was instrumental in creating the Transgender Clinic as well as Richmond City Health District, where she was a Disease Intervention Specialist and also the 1st African American Transgender Women to ever work for the health district.

October of 2015 she opened the Nationz Foundation a 501C3 organization that provides advocacy for transgender individuals as well as offering HIV/STI testing, Food Pantry, Emergency Housing and other supportive services to the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area. Recently she acquired an RV to create a mobile testing unit to offer her services in communities where transportation is a barrier to access testing or safer sex items and food.

Zakia also works for the Virginia Anti-Violence Project where she serves as the Transgender Advocate, assisting individuals who have experiences of violence. She was named a 2018 Outstanding Virginian, by Equality Virginia. Zakia was honored with a Firework Award by Virginia Pride in 2018. In her free time she enjoys time with family and friends, traveling, competing and attending pageants, cooking and spending time with her dog Japan.

 

Demian Yoon, Administrative Assistant

Demian Yoon received his BA in English and minored in Religion at Haverford College. Since then, he’s worked in education (both indoor and outdoor) and currently splits his time between roles as an Administrative Assistant at Trans Justice Funding Project and a Trust & Safety Assistant at DonorsChoose. He is a New Yorker born and raised, now living in Brooklyn, and enjoys science fiction, educational podcasts, hiking, and spending time with his loved ones.

 

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Last day to apply for a 2019 TJFP grant!

En Español.

Deadline is tonight at 12 midnight EST–please check the eligibility criteria and apply now!

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!

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Announcing the 2018 TJFP Grantees!

We’re giving away more than ever before to 182 trans-led grassroots groups! 

For the past several months, the 2018 TJFP community grantmaking fellows spent hour after hour carefully reading and reviewing applications from 216 trans-led, grassroots groups and projects from around the country and were charged with the task of moving resources to trans communities across the country–this year, a record breaking 182 groups will be receiving a grant. As always, we are inspired by each and every application that was submitted.

We felt the overwhelming need our communities are experiencing and we know that oftentimes this work is happening with very little to no support. In May we reached our 50k fundraising goal, allowing us to give away $500,000 this year, but 182 groups is a lot of groups and suddenly $500,000 didn’t feel like that much anymore. Lucky for us and thanks to a few last-minute donors, we were able to increase our total grant money well past half a million dollars—all the way to $650,000!

It’s because of our amazing family, friends, and community that we were able to give so much money to so many incredible grassroots trans-justice groups. We are so excited to announce our 2018 Grantees

***Please check out this year’s list of grantees below***

The 2018 TJFP Grantees

Alaska

Transgender Leadership Council of Alaska, Ankorage

 

Alabama

Dropzone, Selma

TKO Society Inc., Selma

Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable Empowering (TAKE), Birmingham

Arkansas

Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition, North Little Rock

Center for Artistic Revolution, Little Rock

House of GG’s, Little Rock

 

Arizona

Camp Born This Way, Tucson

Mariposas Sin Fronteras, Tucson

Peacework Medical, Phoenix

Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, Tucson

The Outlaw Project, Phoenix

Trans Queer Pueblo, Phoenix

Transcend Arizona, Paradise Valley

 

California

API Equality – Northern California (APIENC), San Francisco

API TransFusion, Oakland

Black LGBTQIA Migrant Project (BLMP), Oakland

Bloom: Transgender Community Healing Project, Union City

Dem Bois Inc.

Gender Illumination, Berkeley

Live It Fully Empowered, Long Beach

Los Angeles Queer Resistance, Los Angeles

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network, Oakland

North State Trans/GNC Project

Peacock Rebellion, Oakland

The Red Shades, Oakland

Trans and Nonbinary Housing Collective

Trans Student Educational Resources, Santa Cruz

Trans-E-Motion, Fresno

Transfinite, San Francisco

Transgender Advocates for Justice and Accountability, San Francisco

TranShout

 

Colorado

TYES of the Pikes Peak Region

Transformative Freedom Fund, Denver

 

Washington D.C.

The Marsha P. Johnson Institute

Trans Women of Color Collective

 

Delaware

The East Coast Two Spirit Society, Lewes

 

Florida

Arianna’s Center, Fort Lauderdale

Orlando Trans Awareness</a, Orlando>

Social Film Projects, North Miami

Trans Women in need of Services DBA TransInclusive Group, Pembroke Pines

TransSOCIAL, Inc., Miami

UC|CU’s TRANSART Artists Showcase & Conference, Miami Beach

 

Georgia

Comunidad Estrella, Brookhaven

Freedom Overground, Atlanta

LaGender Inc., East Point

Sexual Liberation Collective, Decatur

Sisters Returning Home

Southern Fried Queer Pride, Atlanta

TMBLM, Duluth

Trans Housing Atlanta Program, Inc., Atlanta

Trans(forming), Atlanta

TRANScending Barriers Atlanta, Atlanta

 

Hawaii

Ka Aha Mahu, Honululu

 

Idaho

Idaho Transgender Healthcare Advocacy Coalition, Inc., Boise

 

Illinois

America in Transition, Chicago

Brave Space Alliance, Chicago

Masjid al-Rabia, Chicago

RAD Remedy, Chicago

Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois, Chicago

Upswing Advocates, Chicago

Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP), Chicago

 

Indiana

GenderNexus, Indianapolis

TREES, Inc., South Bend

 

Kansas

Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project,Topeka

 

Louisiana

Louisiana Trans AdvocatesBaton Rouge

Intentional Flow, New Orleans

 

Massachusetts

Black Trans Love is Black Wealth Writing Retreat, Williamstown

 

Maryland

Maryland Trans*Unity, Bethesda

Translatina DMV, Hyattsville

Sistas of the “T”, Baltimore

 

Maine

Maine Transgender Network, Portland

Portland Outright, Portland

 

Michigan

Detroit REPRESENT!, Detroit

Ruth’s Apothecary, Detroit

 

Minnesota

Gender Reel, St. Paul

Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, Minneapolis

Queer Science, Minneapolis

 

Missouri

Our Spot KC, Kansas City

Gabriella Rosé Justice Scholarship, Columbia

Metro Trans Umbrella Group, St. Louis

Mid Missouri Transgender Support, Jefferson City

Trans Queer Flat, St. Louis

Transformations KC, Kansas City

Transfuturism by The Justice Fleet, St. Louis

 

Mississippi

The Spectrum Center, Hattiesburg

 

Montana

Montana Two Spirit Society, Missoula

LGBTQ Youth for Gender Equity, Missoula

 

North Carolina

Asheville Transformers, Candler

House of Pentacles, Durham

NC Transgender Rapid Response Project, Asheville

The Clearing, Durham

Trans*Visible, Durham

Transcend Charlotte, Charlotte

Transgender Medical Resources and Provider Education

Tranzmission, Asheville

Tranzmission Prison Project, Asheville

 

Nebraska

Trans Collaborations Community Board, Lincoln

TransLNK, Lincoln

 

New Hampshire

OutoftheBOXHub/Helpin’ Tranz Form U, Concord

 

New Jersey

OtherWise Engaged, Lawrenceville

Tertium Quid, Jersey City

 

New Mexico

Transwoman Empowerment Initiative, Albuquerque

Tres Soles, Albuquerque

 

Nevada

Las Vegas TransPride, Las Vegas

Trans Pride Foundation Las Vegas

Transgender SOS, Las Vegas

 

New York

All youth Inc., Lancaster

Black Trans Media, Brooklyn

Colectivo intercultural TRANSgrediendo / CITG, Jackson Heights

Community Kinship Life (CK Life), Bronx

Dorian Corey Project/TRANSgressionsBuffalo

F2L, Brooklyn

Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society (GLITS, Inc.), Brooklyn

Hudson Valley Creative Trans Wellness Collective, Boiceville

No Labels Clothing Cooperative, Buffalo

NYC Trans Oral History Project, New York

QTPoC Mental Health, New York

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, New York

The Gender & Sexuality Therapy Collective, New York

The TransGenerational Theatre Project, Queens

Transilient, Brooklyn

Translatina Network, New York

 

Ohio

Black Queer & Intersectional Columbus, Columbus

Heartland Trans Wellness Group, Cincinnati

Margie’s Hope, Akron

TransOhio, Inc., Columbus

 

Oklahoma

TransOklahoma, Tulsa

 

Oregon

Beyond These Walls, Portland

Glitter squadron*portland disability bloc, Portland

Sacred Vessle Medicine and The Equi Institute, Portland

The Bridgewalkers Alliance, Portland

Trans*Ponder, Eugene

TransActive Gender Center, Portland

 

Philadelphia

Black Excellence Collective, Philadelphia

Garden of Peace Project, Pittsburgh

Hearts On A Wire, Philadelphia

SisTers PGH, Homestead

The LGBT Center of Greater Reading, Reading

Trans Equity Project, Philadelphia

Transfaith, Philadelphia

TransFamily of NWPA, Erie

 

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Trans Youth Coalition, San Juan

Semillas, San Juan

 

Rhode Island

TGI Network of Rhode Island, Providence

 

South Carolina

Gender Benders, Piedmont

We Are Family, Charleston

 

South Dakota

Trans Action South Dakota, Sioux Falls

 

Tennessee

Bold & Beautiful, Memphis

Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, Nashville

Trans Empowerment Project, Knoxville

 

Texas

Allgo, Austin

Black Transmen Inc, Carrollton

Black Transwomen Inc, Carrollton

Gender Infinity, Houston

Gender Portraits, Austin

Latinas Trans Austin, Austin

Latinas Trans Dallas, Dallas

Organizacion Latina Trans in Texas, Houston

Trans Legal Aid Clinic Harris County, Houston

Trans Pride Initiative, Dallas

Transform Houston, Houston

Transgender Education Network of Texas, Austin

 

Virginia

Transgender Veterans Support Group-Virginia, Richmond

Community Ele’te, Richmond

Lynchburg Transgender Alliance, Lynchburg

Nationz Foundation, Richmond

Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia, Virginia Beach

Transgender Education Association of Greater Washington D.C., Burke

 

Vermont

Green Mountain CrossroadsBrattleboro

 

Washington

Gender Justice League, Seattle

Heartspark Press, Olympia

Lavender Rights Project, Seattle

QTPOC Birthwerq Project, Seattle

Rad Care, Seattle

Stonewall Youth, Olympia

The #BlackTransPrayerBook, Seattle

The Transgender Language Primer, Burien

UTOPIA Seattle, Seattle

Wisconsin

Center for Community Healing, Madison

TwoSpirit Nation
Nelwat Ishkamewe, EarthStar

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TJFP 2018 Application Deadline Approaching on 2/15!

Please spread the word that our application deadline is this Thursday February 15th, 2018 at 12 Midnight EST!

Now is the time to apply or encourage others!

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!

 

 

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Apply for a TJFP grant before midnight EST on 2/15!

“I so appreciate the vision of the Trans Justice Funding Project. The idea that small grassroots organizations finally has someone who hears and understands us…”–TJFP Grantee

TJFP is about investing in trans communities making decisions by and for ourselves. Over the last four years, we’ve received 486 applications, and raised and given away over 315 grants totaling more than $800,000 to trans-led trans justice groups through our community-led process.

Find out if your group is eligible to apply for a grant here and check out TJFP’s directory of trans-led trans justice groups that have applied in the past. There is so much brilliance in our communities and we’re here to help support the growth and sustainability of our trans justice movement. And we understand that the work can take many shapes and often looks different across regions.

We look forward to your application and to learning more about how you define trans justice! Thank you for all that you do to keep our communities safe and thriving.

The 2017 grant application deadline is tomorrow, February 15th, 2017 at midnight Eastern Standard Time.

 

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TJFP speaks on “Transformative Philanthropy” at University of Oregon

LowrinSeries_PhilanthropyTJFP is excited to participate in the upcoming “Transformative Philanthropy” forum at  The Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon on November 9th, 2016. This forum focuses on ways that social justice philanthropy can bring about social change for women, LGBTQ people, and people of color.

TJFP’s Co-founder and Executive Director, Gabriel Foster will be speaking alongside Emily Evans, Executive Director of Women’s Foundation of Oregon and Carol Tatch, Major Giving Director of MRG Foundation.

Thank you University of Oregon for inviting us to share more about TJFP’s grantmaking model, as well as our community of trans justice grantees.

Transformative Philanthropy
November 9, 2016
Panel discussion: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
University of Oregon Campus
Knight Library – Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid Street
Eugene, OR  97403

 

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TJFP at Funding Forward 2016

TJFP at Funding Forward 2016, hosted by Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Funding Forward 2016

We are so excited to be here at  Funding Forward 2016, the annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues, hosted by Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Executive Director, Gabriel Foster presented at the plenary session on “Trans Justice Funding and Organizing: Honoring Legacies and Building Futures, alongside Shelby Chestnut from the New York City Anti-Violence Project, Patricia Eng at New York Women’s Foundation, Andy Marra at the Arcus Foundation, and Isa Noyola from the Transgender Law Center.

We also had the opportunity to share more about TJFP’s funding structure at a workshop on “Transformative Giving Models to Fund Transformative LGBTQ Activism.” It was such a treat to be able to share space with folks like, Miabi Chatterji at the LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund and Dr. Alice Y. Horn from AAPIP and hear about their work with donor and giving circles.

Thank you Funders for LGBTQ Issues for including us at this wonderful gathering!

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Introducing 2016 TJFP Panelist, Asher Kolieboi!

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Asher Kolieboi, 2016 TJFP Panelist

TJFP is excited to introduce the first of our six grant making panelists, Asher Kolieboi!

Asher hails from Saint Louis, Missouri, by way of Monrovia, Liberia. A longtime LGBTQ and racial justice community organizer, Asher currently serves as the Assistant University Chaplain at Johns Hopkins University.  In addition to his work as a minister, Asher has worked with the National LGBT Task Force, Planned Parenthood, the Center For Progressive Leadership, and the Trans 100. Asher co-organized the 2010 Soulforce Equality Ride, a two-month bus tour of young adults ages 18-28 who traveled to Christian colleges and universities to discuss the intersections of LGBTQ identities and faith. Later that year, he co-founded Legalize Trans, a trans affirming t-shirt company and social media campaign. In 2011 Asher launched (un)heard: Transmasculine People of Color Speak! An ethnographic audio-visual installation about the experiences of transmasculine people of color that debuted at Princeton University that year.

We are so excited to be able to share space and learn from you Asher!

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Announcing the 2015 Trans Justice Funding Project Facilitators

The Trans Justice Funding Project is pleased to announce its 2015 community-led grantmaking panel facilitators!

Black Dog Andrea

2015 TJFP Facilitator, Andrea Jenkins

TJFP facilitators are essential to our community-led grantmaking process.  They are committed to guiding panelists towards making grant awards rooted in our core values and work tirelessly to facilitate panelists moving money across the U.S.

In 2013 Nico Amador signed on to become TJFP’s very first facilitator.  In 2014, Nico (our facilitator hero) came back for more.

And in 2014, the fabulously brilliant Andrea Jenkins came on board as a community panelist.

For the 2015 cycle Nico and Andrea will join forces as co-facilitators, both drawing from years of organizing experience and expertise.

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2015 TJFP Facilitator, Nico Amador

Obviously, TJFP couldn’t possibly be any happier about that.

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Andrea Jenkins is an Award winning poet and writer. Most recently was awarded a Bush Fellowship and a Fellowship in the Cultural Community Leadership Institute at Intermedia Arts and sponsored by the Bush Foundation and named a fellow in the Many Voices Fellowship at the Playwrights Center. Last year she won the Verve Grant for Spoken Artist at Intermedia Arts and the Naked Stages Grant for Emerging Performance Artist at Pillsbury House Theatre. She is a Givens Foundation Fellow working Amiri Baraka and J. Otis Powell! She has won the Loft Mentor Series in 2002 and the Napa Valley Writers Conference scholarship in 2003.Andrea earned her Masters of Science, Community Economic Development –Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, New Hampshire, a Certificate, University of St. Thomas, Community Leadership Institute, and Bachelors of Science, Human Services / Interpersonal Communications – Metropolitan State University and has a MFA in Creative Writing at Hamline University.

She has performed with The Outward Spiral, Mama Mosaic and many others. Andrea has self-published three chapbooks of poems called “tributaries: poems celebrating black history, “Pieces of a Scream: New and Selected Poems”, and “The “T” is NOT Silent”. She currently is co-curator of the Queer Voices Reading Series at Intermedia Arts. She has been published in several anthologies including, “Gender Outlaws Two: The Next Generation”, “When We Become Weavers: Queer Female Poets on the Midwestern Experience” edited by, Kate Lynn Hibbard and “The Naked I: Wide Open” and “The Naked I: Inside Out”, edited by 20% Theater and most recently in “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Civil Rights: A Public Policy Agenda for Uniting a Divided America” edited by Dr. Wallace Swan.

Andrea works as a Senior Policy Aide to City Councilmember Elizabeth Glidden, serves as Board Chair at Intermedia Arts and lives in Minneapolis, MN.

Nico Amador grew up in California and is now a trainer, organizer and writer based in Philadelphia, PA. Nico got his start as a trainer working with youth around issues of oppression and leading workshops on the impacts of militarism and the prison industrial complex on people of color. As part of the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Nonviolent Youth Collective, Nico helped to train volunteers preparing to do human rights work in Colombia, led week-long retreats on nonviolence and social justice, and organized a California arts and education tour.

As part of Training for Change, Nico has led workshops in the US, Canada and Europe for groups such as Choice USA, Iraq Veterans Against the War, the Energy Action Coalition, Greenpeace, the National Youth Advocacy Coalition, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Earth Quaker Action Team, the New Sanctuary Movement, Prometheus Radio Project, and the Diverse City Fund.

Nico is also an experienced community organizer who has participated in grassroots efforts for prison abolition, urban farming, and keeping casinos out of residential neighborhoods. Most recently he led a campaign that successfully changed a policy that was causing harassment of transgender riders on Philadelphia’s public transportation system.

He has authored articles such as “Lessons from the Borders: Empowering Participants with Disabilities and Transgender Participants” and “Into the Streets! Training as a Tactic” and has published poetry in a few small journals and anthologies.

Please join us in welcoming Andrea and Nico.

 

 

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