We’re delighted to be able to welcome the fifth of our six Community Grantmaking Fellows, Loan Tran!
Loan Tran is a migrant originally from Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam currently organizing in Durham, North Carolina. For more than a decade they have been involved in liberation struggles for migrants, LGBTQ people, communities of color, and youth and students. As a writer, their work has been included in publications such as The Solidarity Struggle: How People of Color Succeed and Fail At Showing Up For Each Other In the Fight For Freedom (2016) and Gendered Lives: Intersectional Perspectives (7th Edition, 2019). They are known for their piece, Calling In: A Less Disposable Way of Holding Each Other Accountable, released on Black Girl Dangerous in 2013. They firmly believe only a movement rooted in solidarity across identities, geographies, and issues can transform our lives. They are a member of the board of directors of the Highlander Research & Education Center; co-chair the Third Wave Fund Advisory Council; and advise the Andrus’ Family Foundation’s Visionary Freedom Fund. Currently they are spending time slowly: cooking for friends and family, writing, and digging in the dirt.
Thank you for bringing your brilliance to this year’s panel–we’re so glad you said yes!
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!
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!