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Introducing 2015 TJFP Panelist, M’Bwende Anderson!

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M’Bwende Anderson, 2015 TJFP Panelist

A very warm welcome to our third panelist, M’Bwende Anderson!

M’Bwende is obsessed with flipping experiences of poverty, sexism, racism, transphobia and heteronormativity into creative genius, community building and positive action. An organizer/activist with various non-profit, NGO and government agencies, their contributions have centered a mix of colored and queer for the past 20 years. Currently a BFA Printmedia candidate at Western Michigan University, their work examines institutional impact and survival as a black, queer, masculine-born-female, parent.

In their current artistic practice they state… ‘Surviving state violence forces one to be creative. Survivors create language, ways of being, strategic interventions and stealth actions in order to survive state violence. These inform how we traverse our own narratives – those found in the creases, folds and margins of our ‘otherness’. They help us navigate the sting of punitive environments and systems which we navigate daily. My work illuminates resistance in the crucible of these dangerous environments, systems, geographies and cultures.’

We can’t wait to work with you M’Bwende!

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Trans Justice Funding Project announces its 2014 Grantees!

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TJFP’s 2014 community activist grant making panel, intern and                co-organizers. Photo credit: Marin Watts

The Trans Justice Funding Project is excited to announce the 2014 grantees!

This year we received 106 applications from grassroots, trans-led groups located in rural areas and small towns, urban hubs and suburban areas, all with budgets under $250,000. Our panel of community activists representing six different regions met at the end of April to discuss all the applications and make the funding decisions.You can read more about our panel and our process at transjusticefundingproject.org.

Because of the hundreds of generous donations that came in amounts from $1 to $25 up to even $50,000, we were able to raise almost three times as much as we did in 2013. This meant that for our 2014 funding cycle we we are distributing $150,000. This May, 68 groups will receive $2,200 each!

Almost half of the groups funded had budgets of $10,000 or less, and many had no budget at all, running purely on volunteer energy. Other groups with budgets large enough to support a small staff were doing a lot with very little. 25% of the groups we funded this year were also unincorporated—they were not 501(c)3s and did not have fiscal sponsors. We believe that funding small, unincorporated groups is a crucial part of supporting grassroots work, and thanks to the many donors who gave through our new structure, we’ll be able to write checks to these groups with a minimum of red tape!

All of the groups that applied this year presented a strong case for how deeply trans justice work is needed.nBecause we believe it’s important to celebrate and map this work, this summer we will once again release a directory of all applicants who met our criteria both online and in our upcoming 2014 report. So please stay tuned!

Whether you were an applicant, a grantee, a community panelist, a volunteer, a donor, or someone who helped spread the word and cheered us on, thank you for your commitment to supporting and believing in trans leadership.

The 2014 TJFP grantees are:

Camp Born This Way, Tucson, AZ

Fluxx Studio & Gallery, Tucson, AZ

Trans*H4CK, Oakland, CA

La Oportunidad, Los Angeles, CA

Trans Women of Color Network Gathering, San Leandro, CA

Trans United with Family and Friends, Los Angeles, CA

Transitions: A Residence for the Trans* Community, Oakland, CA

San Diego Gender Coalition, San Diego, CA

Gender Justice LA, Los Angeles, CA

MAJOR! San Francisco, CA

Casa Ruby, Inc, Washington, DC

Trans-Miami, Miami Beach, FL

Trans(forming), Atlanta, GA

LaGender, Eastpoint, GA

JustUsATL, Atlanta, GA

TransGeorgia Legal Aid, Athens, GA

Someone Cares, Inc. of Atlanta, Marietta, GA

Transformations, Des Moines, IA

WeHappyTrans.com, Chicago, IL

Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois, Chicago, IL

Affinity Community Services, Chicago, IL

Youth Empowerment Performance Project, Chicago, IL

BreakOUT! New Orleans, LA

West Suburban Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth (WAGLY), Wellesley Hills, MA

BodyImage4Justice, Boston, MA

Black and Pink, Dorchester, MA

Transgender Day of Remembrance Unite! Roslindale, MA

Bois of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland

Detroit REPRESENT! Detroit, MI

Shades of Yellow (SOY), St Paul, MN

Visible Bodies: Twin Cities, St Paul, MN

Trans Youth Support Network (TYSN), Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, Minneapolis, MN

Metro Trans Umbrella Group, St Louis, MO

Missouri GSA NetWork, St Louis, MS

Gender Expansion Project, Missoula, MT

Montana Two Spirit Society, Missoula, MT

Trans* People of Color Coalition, Charlotte, NC

Transgender New Hampshire, Dover, NH

Trans Women of Color Collective of Greater New York, East Orange, NJ

Hudson Pride Connections Center, Jersey City, NJ

Transfaith, Lawrenceville, NJ

National Native Transgender Network, Albuquerque, NM

Gender Justice Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

Otter Activism, New York, NY

Project I Am Enough, Baldwin, NY

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, Brooklyn, NY

PRYDE-A Project of Make the Road New York, Jackson Heights, NY

Destination Tomorrow, Brooklyn, NY

Third Root Education Exchange, Brooklyn, NY

Heartland Trans* Wellness Group, Cincinnati, OH

Margie’s Hope, Akron, OH

Hearts on a Wire, Philadelphia, PA

Sisterly L.O.V.E, Philadelphia, PA

SC TransAction, Columbia, SC

The STAY Project, New Market, TN

Cicada Collective, Denton, TX

Allgo, Austin, TX

Trans Pride Initiative, Dallas, TX

Black Transmen Inc, Dallas, TX

OUTreach Resource Center, Inc., Ogden, UT

HomoPromo, Brattleboro, VT

Gender Justice League, Seattle, WA

First Rain, Seattle, WA

Prison Doula Project, Olympia, WA

Stonewall Youth, Olympia, WA

United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance, Seattle, WA

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