• Philanthropy Story Sharing for Social Change: Strategic Giving - New York

    Tue, 3 May 2016

    Join us for lunch and facilitated conversation focused on our individual philanthropy and the question of strategy: What is your philanthropic strategy and what are some challenges you face in your philanthropy?

    This regional meeting is part of WDN's Philanthropy Story Sharing for Social Change series, a program that taps into the incredible knowledge and experience of WDN members so we can learn from one another. Donna Hall, President and CEO of WDN, will facilitate the discussion. We look forward to your participation!

  • Report from the Field: Earth Circle Grantee Climate Justice Alliance

    Wed, 4 May 2016

    Dynamic, innovative, and diverse – these are a few words to describe the climate justice movement that the Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) is creating with over 35 community-based and movement-building organizations. CJA reflects the Earth Circle’s goals of supporting foundational, grassroots, systemic, movement-building work, predominantly led by people of color, indigenous people, and women. 

    Rooted in Indigenous, African American, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander, and working-class white communities throughout the United Sates, CJA is organizing at the grassroots level to win local, regional, statewide, and national shifts. These frontline communities comprise more than 100 million people, often living near toxic, climate-polluting energy infrastructure or other facilities.

    We are thrilled to have Michael Leon Guerrero, National Coordinator for CJA, Jihan Gearon with the Black Mesa Water Coalition, and Colette Pichon Battle with the Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy join us for this report from the field.

    CJA is leading a new economic and political vision. They work collectively and strategically as they organize across the United States. They are also leading the way to actualize a just transition away from fossil fuels. The Black Water Mesa Coalition has been involved from the beginning as an Our Power community. Colette Pichon Battle, as a lead co-coordinator for the Gulf South Rising and speaker at our New Orleans conference, has been instrumental in organizing the Gulf South region for climate and economic justice.

    Please join us in this incredible opportunity to hear from dynamic leaders in the climate justice movement. All members are welcome!

  • Report from the Field: Reproductive Health Circle Grantee Take Root

    Thu, 5 May 2016

    Where can a red state reproductive justice activist go to be seen and heard? The narratives around red state activism tend to center despair or ridicule, and are often ignored in national progressive conversations.

    The Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice conference focuses on the people who live in red states and their collective strategies for reproductive justice. With over 600 participants and speakers from leading reproductive justice organizations at this year’s 6th annual conference, Take Root has quietly become one of the must-attend reproductive justice conferences.

    The Reproductive Health Circle has been a proud supporter of this innovative conference for the past two years. Take Root embodies the critical need for both culture and political change. Its program has weaved the critical connections of criminal justice, climate justice, reproductive freedom, and racial justice. The conference program reflects and exemplifies intersectionality in areas that face some of the most restrictive reproductive health access in our country. 

    We will hear from Dr. Jill Irvine and Dr. Lupe Davidson who have been designing the Take Root conference at the University of Oklahoma. We’ll also be joined by special guest Lynn Paltrow with National Advocates for Pregnant Women (a grantee of the Criminal (In)Justice Circle). Lynn has been a strategic advisor and champion for this unique conference since 2010.

    Please join us to learn more about reproductive justice movement building that is amplifying resiliency, leadership, and community in red states. All members are welcome!


  • Building a Reflective Democracy in Colorado: A Regional Strategy Session

    Wed, 11 May 2016

    Co-hosted by The Women's Foundation of Colorado

    Women and people of color represent the New American Majority, yet white men make up the majority of our political leaders. This imbalance of power is the result of the structural barriers that exclude women and people of color from running for and winning elected office. 

    According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, at the current pace, women won't achieve political parity in representation until 2121. We cannot wait more than 100 years for leadership that will address our concerns and reflect our values.

    That's where the Reflective Democracy Campaign comes in. Through our Campaign, we have funded projects that experiment with new strategies and approaches to building a reflective democracy.

    Reflective Democracy Campaign Strategist Pilar Weiss and WDN Vice President Jenifer Fernandez Ancona will share our campaign's groundbreaking research about who is in elected office and on our ballots, who isn’t, and why. We’ll talk about what this means in Colorado, and brainstorm new approaches to breaking down the barriers that keep women and people of color from the halls of power. For more information, visit WhoLeads.Us.

    Please RSVP to Kathleen Andreson at Prospective members and allies in the field are welcome to attend. 

  • The Return: A Film About Reintegration and Reentry

    Thu, 12 May 2016

    The United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the developed world, with approximately 2.3 million men and women behind bars. The impact of incarceration also directly impacts almost 3 million children and even more family members.

    What happens when incarcerated people, most of whom are parents, are released and expected to reintegrate into a life most of us take for granted?

    If you have a felony drug conviction, you can be banned from receiving food stamps or from getting student loans. Many are unable to return home for fear that their loved ones will be evicted if landlords find out they are living with someone with a felony conviction. A new film, The Return, has taken an unprecedented first-hand look at what reentry looks like for thousands of “lifers” who are trying to reintegrate after California’s Proposition 36, which amended its “Three Strikes” law.

    The constellation of their front-line stories, as men and women who were expecting to live their lives in prison, gives us an illuminating look at this unfolding and historic reform. The Return is coupled with a multi-media and social impact campaign that will engage, educate, and activate the public around the complex issues related to America’s system of mass incarceration.

    We will be joined by filmmakers Kelly Duane De La Vega and Katie Galloway. Both accomplished filmmakers, Kelly and Katie will share what they learned when making the film and how they want to use the film to increase awareness about the significant barriers formerly incarcerated people face when they are “free.”

    This webinar is co-hosted by our Film & Media and Criminal (In)Justice Circles. We are at a tipping point for mass incarceration and this film shows its profound effects on millions of people. Please join us for this important conversation.

    You can watch the film trailer here. The Return will premiere on PBS’ POV series on May 23rd.