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Come find us and pick up some TJFP swag!

TJFP swag at Creating Change 2016
Visit us at our booth at the Creating Change conference in Chicago and pick up some swag! And if you’re feeling generous, we’re also selling TJFP tote bags and magnets to raise money for trans justice.

Later today,  join us as we explore how we can build a path towards our collective wellbeing at #cc16 session, Let’s talk about Super Heroes and Heroines for Truth, Transformation and Access.

January 21, 2016
Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

4:45 PM: Super Heroes and Heroines for Truth, Transformation and Access

For LGBTGNC people of color — like all people
— surviving and thriving requires access to health, wellness and social, economic and racial justice. However, because of the ways in which homophobia and transphobia are intertwined with Corporate, State and Non Profit services, systemic barriers often block access to even the most basic necessities. As part of our collective liberation, access to knowledge and skills that builds infrastructure for communities is a necessity towards building new spaces and systems. This workshop will explore ways we are transforming and/or retelling our own stories and claiming our own practices and traditions to build a path towards our collective wellbeing.

Presenters: Tasha Amezcua, Audre Lorde Project; Pooja Gehi, National Lawyers Guild; Gabriel Foster, Trans Justice Funding Project and special guest Mia Mingus!

Location: Salon A4, Lower Level

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TJFP at Creating Change in Chicago!

Any chance you’re at Creating Change in Chicago, Illinois?


2015 TJFP Grantee TSTAR from Louisville, KY

If you are, TJFP will be speaking today, Thursday, January 21 at 3:15 PM to brainstorm and skill share how we have survived and how we can thrive within and outside the system at Power On: Building Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Economic Justice.

And later today find us at the Trans Justice Funding Project table to pick up our hot-off-the-press 2015 report!  It’s beautiful and packed with so much information that we just know you won’t want to miss out on! Come say hi! #cc16 #transjustice

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Introducing our new staff member, Marin Watts!

Over the past few years TJFP has been lucky to have worked with some of the greatest hearts and minds committed to trans justice.

Many of you know that our beloved co-founder, Karen Pittelman has been working tirelessly behind the scenes as a full time volunteer staff member since TJFP’s inception, making it what it is today! As Karen thoughtfully steps down from her role as Administrative Coordinator, it is a great honor to introduce Marin Watts as our new Director of Operations and Communications!

Marin has supported TJFP in numerous ways over the past two years and we’re delighted to have his experience, talents and bright spirit on the team. Please join us in celebrating this major transition as Karen passes the torch and we welcome Marin on board!

A few words from Marin:

I am very excited to be joining the Trans Justice Funding Project’s team as the Director of Operations and Communications! I’m a queer/trans/Filipino multimedia artist and educator from the South, and am deeply committed to social justice and supporting the trans community.

Marin WattsI’ve been volunteering as a videographer at TJFP since 2014, documenting the annual community-led grant-making process and the work being done by grantee organizations across the country. I’ve met and conducted interviews with community activists and organizers around the country working towards trans justice, and heard stories and strategies around what trans justice looks like in their local communities. I was later invited to participate in the 2015 Community Funding panel, where we funded over 87 trans led groups across the U.S. Following that, I teamed up with TJFP’s From the Ground to the Sky Tour, and have been a part of building relationships with grantees and conducting interviews with grassroots groups in rural communities.

Before joining TJFP’s team, I co-founded Media Masters Alliance—a media arts and mentorship program for LGBTQ and allied youth, and worked on building communications and community outreach strategies at Artstor—a digital library and archive. I’ve spent the years working with homeless youth, and providing arts education and support to LGBTQ youth.

I am so thrilled to be able to dedicate my time and skills to an organization that I feel passionately about. I’m truly inspired by the community of trans-led grassroots organizers and activists that we support at Trans Justice Funding Project!

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A Sneak Peak!

TJFP 2015 Report Cover

Graphic design and cover art by Micah Bazant, micahbazant.com

We’re so ready to release our 2015 annual report into the world!

We can’t one minute more to share information about our fabulous  grantees, updates about our unique model, the directory (2013-2015), moving articles, infographics and more.

So please stay with us!  The report is on the way.

And if you’ll be at this year’s Creating Change Conference January 201th-24th in Chicago, Illinois, please stop by our table to say hi and get your very own copy.


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