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Behind the Scenes: Thank you to our 2019 Grantmaking Coordination Team!

Coming off of a very full grantmaking weekend of trans justice in action, we’re feeling extremely grateful for every applicant, grantee, grantmaking Fellow, and the behind the scenes team who’s been holding it down over the last several months.

The Trans Justice Funding Project is cared for, tended to, and loved by some of the most incredible humans, including many of you!

We want to extend an extra special thank you to our fabulous team of contracted coordinators as they onboard, trained, and cheered on this years Fellows, coordinated countless logistics, and facilitated the heck our seventh grantmaking panel.  We are so lucky we got to work with these folks as they are some of the most talented organizers on the planet! They made community-led grantmaking look eassssssy!  (And it’s not!)

 

Cathy Kapua, Community Grantmaking Fellowship Coordinator

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.

Cristina Herrera, Community Grantmaking Meeting Coordinator

Cristina founded the Translatina Network back in 2007, in order to organize and empower the transgender immigrant community through leadership development and education. Over the years she has served on countless panels, committees, and boards in order to provide expertise on effective HIV prevention and community organizing. Cristina has been presented with awards and recognition by NYC DOH, The AIDS Institute, City Council , the Queens Borough President and many organizations.

Cristina was formerly the Trans Program Coordinator at the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (The Center), where she worked for eleven years. She oversaw the workforce development program that is specifically designed to meet the needs of the TGNC community. She has been working in the field of HIV prevention, advocacy and community organizing for almost 20 years.

Glo Ross, TJFP Community Grantmaking Facilitator

Glo Ross is originally from Los Angeles, CA and currently lives in Atlanta, GA. As a full-time gender-queer lover of all animals and the earth, Glo is committed to building the world we all deserve to live in by organizing power in our communities and actively practicing compassion for all beings day to day. Currently, Glo works in the public sector as a policy analyst on environmental issues. In previous lives, Glo directed campaigns at FIERCE! to build power among LGBTQ youth of color in New York City, has helped lead anti-police brutality organizing in Atlanta, and has facilitated numerous youth organizing trainings for college students across the country. In the past eight years, Glo has also supported community-based organizing strategy through technical assistance and issue research. When not facilitating or conducting research, you can find Glo hiking with their pups (two lovable rescued pit bulls), trying out a new vegan recipe, or road-tripping to the beach.

Nico Amador, TJFP Community Grantmaking Facilitator

Nico Amador grew up in California and is now a trainer, organizer and writer based in Philadelphia. 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.

 

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Announcing the 2015 TJFP Grantees!

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The 2015 TJFP grantmaking team and TJFP staff

It really happened!

Congratulations to everyone who applied and to this years grantees!

Even though we weren’t able to fund all of the incredible trans justice groups who applied, we’re ecstatic that we were able to distribute $200,000 amongst 87 groups!

Every year we continue to grow thanks to tremendous community support.   We are always amazed by you and always extremely grateful.

Please stay tuned to view all 2015 applicants who met our criteria. Whether groups received a grant or not, their work is equally important and will be added to our directory.  It’s about supporting AND mapping trans justice!

Finally, a very special thank you to our community grantmaking panel (and team) who read each and every application and put so much love into the entire grant making process.  Ruby, Trudie, M’Bwende, Mel, Colin, Marin, Nico, Andrea and Rebecca, you were one brilliant and hardworking crew.  What a pleasure it was to work with you.

And now, the grantees…

Arizona

$5000  Arcoíris Liberation Team, Phoenix, AZ

$2500  Arizona Queer and Undocumented Immigrant Project,  Phoenix, AZ

$5000  Mariposas Sin Fronteras (Butterflies Without Borders),  Tucson, AZ

$1000  Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, Tucson, AZ

 

Arkansas 

$2500  Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition, Little Rock, AR

 

California 

$1000 Criminal Queers Film, San Francisco, CA

$5000  Gender Justice LA, Los Angeles, CA

$2500  Immigrant Youth Coalition, Los Angeles, CA

$2500  MAJOR! A New Documentary Film, San Francisco, CA

$1000  S.G. Reichen Trans Assistance Fund, San Diego, CA

$1000  San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, San Francisco, CA

$5000  T-FFED: Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders, Los Angeles, CA

$1000  Trans Lifeline, San Francisco, CA

$1000  Trans Student Educational Resources, Claremont, CA

$1000  Trans Worker Center, Long Beach, CA

$5000  Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), San Francisco, CA

$1000  The Altar: Ki’tay Lives, Los Angeles, CA

 

Colorado 

$1000  Boulder Pride/Out Boulder, Boulder, CO

$1000  Colorado Springs Queer Collective, Parker, CO

 

Washington DC

$1000  OTHER (Organization for Transgender Health & Employment Resources), Washington, DC

 

Florida

$2500  Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida, Miami Beach, FL

 

Georgia

$2500  JustUsATL, Atlanta, GA

$5000  LaGender Inc., East Point, GA

$2500  Trans(forming), East Point, GA

$1000  Unheard Voices, Roswell, GA

 

Illinois 

$1000  GenderNexus, Inc., Pendleton, IN

$2500  Invisible to Invincible API Pride of Chicago, Chicago, IL

$1000  RAD Remedy, Chicago, IL

$2500  Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois, Chicago, IL

 

Kentucky 

$1000  TSTAR, Louisville, KY

 

Louisiana

$2500  New Legacy Ministries, New Orleans, LA

 

Maryland 

$5000  Sistas of the “t”, Baltimore, MD
$2500  Trans Women of Color Coalition, Baltimore, MD

 

Maine

$1000  Maine Transgender Network, Kennebunkport, ME

 

Minneapolis

$1000  20% Theatre Company Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

 

Michigan 

$2500  Detroit REPRESENT!, Detroit, MI

$1000  Trans* Leadership Project, Okemos, MI

 

Missouri

$2500  Metro Trans Umbrella Group, St Louis, MO

$5000  The Sisterhood (Missouri GSA Network), St Louis, MO

Mississippi

$1000  Bois of the Sippi, Corinth, MS

 

Montana 

$2500  Gender Expansion Project, Missoula, MT

$5000  Montana Two Spirit Society, Missoula, MT

 

North Carolina

$5000  HendFact Henderson (Henderson Fuerza Activa), Henderson, NC

$1000  Transformers, Asheville, NC

$1000  Tranzmission, Asheville, NC

 

New Mexico

$5000  Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

 

Nevada 

$2500  Gender Justice Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
$1000  Transgender Allies Group, Reno, NV

 

New York 

$2500  Black Trans Media, Brooklyn, NY

$1000  Community Kinship Life (CK Life), Bronx, NY

$5000  Translatina Network, Brooklyn, NY

$1000  Destination Tomorrow, Bronx, NY

$1000  New York City Trans Oral History Project, New York, NY

$1000  DOPE Collective/TRANSgressions, Buffalo, NY

$5000  Jay’s House, Brooklyn, NY

$5000  Lorena Borjas Community Fund, Jackson Heights, NY

$5000  Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, Brooklyn, NY

$2500  Star People Film, Brooklyn, NY

$1000  Third Root Education Exchange, Brooklyn, NY

$1000  Trans in Action, New York, NY

 

Ohio

$1000  Heartland Trans Wellness Group, Cincinnati, OH

$1000  Transgender American Veterans Association, Akron, OH

$1000  TransOhio, Inc., Columbus, OH

 

Oregon 

$1000  The Bridgewalkers Committee, Portland, OR

$1000  TransActive Gender Center, Portland, OR

$1000  Lower Columbia Gender Alliance, Astoria, OR

$1000  NW Trans and/or Women’s Action Camp (TWAC), Portland, OR

$5000  Trans Health PDX, Portland, OR

 

Pennsylvania 

$1000  Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Lehigh Valley, PA

$2500  Garden of Peace Project, Homestead, PA

 

Rhode Island 

$1000  TGI Network of Rhode Island, Providence, RI

 

South Carolina 

$2500  We Are Family’s Trans* Love Fund, Charleston, SC

 

Tennessee 

$5000  Tennessee Trans Journey Project, Nashville, TN

 

Texas 

$5000  Trans Pride Initiative, Dallas, TX

$1000  Transgender Education Network of Texas, College Station, TX

$2500  allgo, Austin, TX

$2500  Black Transmen Inc, Dallas, TX

$5000  Cicada Collective, Lewisville, TX

$1000  Gender Infinity, Houston, TX

$1000  Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic – Houston, Houston, TX

 

Utah 

$1000  Outreach Resource Centers, Ogden, UT
$1000  Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
$2500  TransAction Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Vermont 

$1000  Green Mountain Crossroads, Brattleboro, VT
$1000  Trans*farming VT, Burlington, VT

 

Washington 

$1000  Trans Advocacy Group Olympia, Olympia, WA

 

Wisconsin 

$1000  WI Trans Health, Madison, WI

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TJFP on camera! Who are we and what do we do?

Check it out, it’s our film debut!

Thanks to the Trans Justice Funding Project’s awesome volunteer Marin Watts,  you can now watch this video to learn what TJFP is all about, how it works and who you’ve been supporting.

2015 applications (in English and Spanish) are open now and due February 15th!

Help us get the word out to even more trans justice groups (with and without non-profit status) and raise more money to fund them!  Please share widely.

This video has closed captioning.

 

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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!

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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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TJFP’s very first article, Funding a Movement is out!

The Trans Justice Funding Project is so excited to be published!

Download the pdf to read our article, Funding a Movement in the Grassroots Fundraising Journal’s November-December 2014 edition.  Visit the GIFT website to view more articles or to subscribe to the journal.

Also, we’re so excited to be in the same edition with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project on the cover!

A special thank you to everyone mentioned in our article and to everyone who helped make this possible.

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