A very warm welcome to TJFP’s second 2017 Community Grantmaking Fellow, Wriply Marie Bennet.
Wriply Marie Bennet is a painter and illustrator, born and raised in Ohio. She uses her art to uplift her sisters in the black lives/ black transgender lives movement. She works in ink, watercolor and other mediums, and her art comes from an untrained perspective. She never aspired to attend college to study art, and there are no degrees to speak of other than a high school diploma. Her art is proudly self-taught. Her organizing work started with the Trans Women of Color Coalition, and she has been an activist since Ferguson, where she was a freedom rider traveling to stand with the family and community of Mike Brown. Wriply’s work expresses the power, strength, and resilience that trans women of color have to persevere, and the grace and beauty of her culture. Her work uplifts the young black trans women we’ve lost and continue to lose every year, and sheds light on the fact that there has been no national outcry. Wriply’s art has been used in countless social justice flyers, and in November will be making its first film debut in MAJOR!, a documentary at the 2015 San Francisco Transgender Film Festival. Wriply is much more than a visual artist; she’s also a singer/song writer, actor, screenplay writer, story teller, cartoonist, and fashion designer. She continues to work and fight for justice! For art will travel.
Check out the ONE HUNDRED AND TWO fabulous 2016 grantees, review articles, interviews, infographics and so much more. This report is filled with groups and information you just can’t find anywhere else. Please enjoy and feel free to share widely!
Cover art by Micah Bazant, www.micahbazant.com
“Being part of the 2016 funding panel had so much meaning for me, far beyond the honor of being asked to serve. I’m not sure how TJFP did it, but the mix of lived experiences in this group of panelists seemed like it had been orchestrated with great skill. We worked together — we agreed, we disagreed, and we agreed to disagree. But I don’t believe there was a moment in which I didn’t see the dedication and commitment from each of the panelists.”
-Stephanie Mott, TJFP 2016 Panelist
And don’t forget, this year we’re hoping to spread the love through resources more then ever. If you can, please make your donation today to help us raise 50K by 5/25 for trans justice! Even $1 matters!
TJFP is so excited to introduce the first of our six Community Grantmaking Fellows, Cathy Kapua!
Cathy Kapua hails from O`ahu, Hawaii and has worked with the transgender community since 2003. Cathy started as a Peer Educator and Employment Specialist at a transgender social service organization called Kulia Na Mamo. She then moved on to become an HIV Prevention Specialist at the Life Foundation working with transgender women who engage in survival sex work. Cathy has since worked on several federally funded projects specific for the transgender community and has provided culturally competency trainings to medical service providers in an effort of raising awareness of the needs of the transgender community in Hawaii. Cathy is currently the Kuaana Project Coordinator at the Life Foundation offering a variety of social services to the Native Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Island transcommunity by utilizing peers to empower others within the transgender community. Being a role model for the young transgender community in Hawai`i drives Cathy’s passion to continue her advocacy within the healthcare and social service fields. For more information on the Kuaana Project, please visit the website at www.kuaanaproject.org
We’re looking forward to building with you Cathy!
“It is my hope that our people have a fighting chance-that those of us
that are able, continue to use our strength to pursue life and ensure
that all of us have a chance at the lives we dream of” -Elle Hearns, 2016 Grantmaking Panelist
176. That’s the unbelievable number of applications we received this year!
TJFP’s 2015 grantmaking team feeling it!
As we enter our fifth year, TJFP is seriously committed to moving more money
then ever before to our communities.
Many of you have been long time supporters of TJFP and believed in us
from the very beginning and we want you to know that we have always
believed in you! By truly trusting in trans leadership to make funding decisions by and for our communities, we are
able to do what some thought was impossible.
So once again we invite you to join us–however you can–to ensure
grassroots groups have the resources they need to continue organizing,
supporting, advocating, and fighting for trans justice and liberation.
Please stay tuned, more exciting news is on the way!
Please spread the word that our call for applications is less than two weeks away! 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?
You do not need to be a 501c3 non-profit or have a fiscal sponsor to apply!
Click here to apply in English
¿Es elegible tu grupo para una beca PFJT?
- ¿Eres grupo?
- ¿Es grupo comunitario de justicia trans dirigido por y para personas trans?
- ¿Es menos de $250,000 el presupuesto total de tu grupo?
- ¿Está ubicado en los Estados Unidos o en Puerto Rico?
- ¿Centran ustedes el liderazgo de personas trans organizando alrededor de sus experiencias con racismo, injusticia económica, trans-misoginia, capacitismo, inmigración, encarcelamiento, y otras opresiones que se cruzan?
- ¿Satisfacen las necesidades de comunidades locales diferentes y usan la organización y/o proveer servicios para ayudar a unirse personas?
- ¿Consideran su trabajo como una parte de una panorama general de trabajo dirigido por las personas trans que busca dignidad y justicia para todas personas?
¡No necesitas estatus sin ánimo de lucro 501c3, ni necesitas patrocinio fiscal tampoco para solicitar!
Haga clic aquí para aplicar en Español
We’re updating our website and added a useful resource section so you can learn more about TJFP! You can easily download essays and articles about TJFP’s theory of funding, thoughts from our community grantmaking panel over the years, and much more!
“Transgender, gender nonconforming, and LGB Latinx communities and communities of color have always protected each other — and the stories from Orlando will tell you the same. In this moment of increased policing and militarization of our community spaces, we continue to build community and develop ways to extend our conversations about the many real threats we face in our homes and community spaces.”
Dear TJFP family and community,
For those of us who are struggling with holding the complexities of grief, pain, and fear with a desire to stay close during such devestatingly violent times, here is a wonderfully smart article (in English and Spanish) offering thoughts and resources for community safety. Please read and share, Safety in the wake of Orlando — community, not police written by Collette Carter in coordination with the ACLU, The Audre Lorde Project, The New York City Anti-Violence Project, Mijente, Southerners On New Ground, National Lawyers Guild, Vision Change Win, BYP100, and Transgender Law Center.
Thank you to 2014 TJFP Panelist, Sebastian Margaret for speaking about the importance of disability justice and funding!
Please help TJFP continue to support some of the most cruicial trans justice work happening across the county.
Congratulations to all of the organizers on the ground in South Dakota who worked day and night, making several trips to the state capital to lobby and testify against these kinds of dangerous anti-trans bills.
A special shout out to Tamara Jean Urban and Kendra Heathscott who TJFP had the pleasure of meeting last November while on our From the Ground to the Sky listening tour.
Sending our love to South Dakota!
Last weekend, Transgender Law Center and Trans Justice Funding Project proudly hosted a National Training Institute for a cohort of transgender and gender nonconforming leaders from 11 states facing anti-trans legislation. After two packed and inspiring days of training, strategizing, and connection, we’re excited to continue working with and expanding this cohort to build a national movement of TGNC leaders to take on these immediate attacks AND fight for a long-term vision of liberation for all of our communities.
Videos and lessons from this weekend coming soon!