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What We Do and Why We Do It
We started TJFP in the summer of 2012 because there was almost no funding available for local, grassroots trans justice work. We support groups run by and for trans people with budgets of $250,000 or less, and not just in the big cities on the coasts but also in small towns and rural areas across the US. We are focused on supporting the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions.
The way we give is also an important part of our work: all funding decisions are made by our activist panel from across the country. We also believe that if you really want to support grassroots work, you need to be able to fund groups that don’t have 501c3 status or a fiscal sponsor. So this year we have set up a new structure that makes it simpler for us to support not only non-profits, but unincorporated groups too.
Our first year, we received 104 applications from from Selma, Alabama to Missoula, Montana, Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine. And we raised and distributed $50,000 to 22 grantees. (You can read more about it and our incredible grantees in our annual report.)
In February we received over 100 applications again. But this year we’re hoping to raise a total of $100,000 so that we can support even more amazing groups. We’ve been working hard on reaching our goal, but to make it there we will need your help!
Why Your Support is So Important
We’re coming together here to raise $17,000 for our 2014 grant cycle. Our operating expenses for the year have already been covered, so every dollar you give will go directly to this year’s grantees. And the best news is: we’ve received a matching grant from a donor, so every dollar you give until April 15th will be matched up to $50,000!
Other Ways You Can Help
As a community, we have the ability to uplift and support each other in so many ways and this project is just one example in a long-history of community-led resistance and action. For folks not able to contribute through monetary donations, there are so many other ways to help!
Tell your friends, family, lovers, comrades and Tumblr friends about TJFP
Share our IndieGoGo’s page
Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter @TransJusticeFP
The Trans Justice Funding Project has 14 days to meet their $17,000 goal. Please BOOST!
(via laborreguitina)Source: indiegogo.com
- 2 weeks ago
.oh my my my.
Cauliflower ‘Bread’ Sticks - To-die-for mock bread-sticks made with cauliflower that are low in calories, carbs and fat….RECIPE
1 head cauliflower, large (7” - 8” wide)
1/4 cup egg whites
1/2 cup + 3/4 cup (for topping, optional) Mozzarella/Tex Mex cheese, shredded
1 tsp Italian herb seasoning or any dried herbs like rosemary, basil, parsley
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of salt
Marinara sauce for dipping
(via fillinthespaces)Source: beautifulpicturesofhealthyfood
- 2 weeks ago
"In his Discourse on Colonialism (1951), Aimé Césaire wrote that Hitler slumbers within ‘the very distinguished, very humanistic and very Christian bourgeois of the Twentieth century,’ and yet the European bourgeois cannot forgive Hitler for ‘the fact that he applied to Europe the colonial practices that had previously been applied only to the Arabs of Algeria, the coolies of India and the Negroes of Africa.’"
Mahmood Mamdani, from “Modernity and Violence” in Good Muslim, Bad Muslim (via tzunuun)
It bears repeating that the reason Hitler is a Western symbol for the darkest depth of all evil, is that he broke the pact of whiteness and did things within Europe that white people agree should only be done to non-Europeans in Africa, Asia, America. Genocide in those places is acceptable, even natural, to Europeans; but Hitler brought genocidal brutality to Europe, and for that he’s the epitome of evil.
- 2 weeks ago
"Twenty-one million people with disabilities did not vote,” said [Christopher] Dodd. “That made the disabled communities the single largest demographic group of nonvoters in the United States of America. At that time, only 16 percent of polling places were physically accessible. And not one, not one of the nearly 500 polling locations which the General Accounting Office (GAO) visited on Election Day in 2000, had special ballots adapted for blind voters."
My polling place is not accessible (the line to vote goes up an enormous staircase), so I have to use the “special” accommodations instead of voting like everyone else.
But if I didn’t know about that option, I would’ve just turned away. And what about all the people that don’t consider themselves disabled and wouldn’t ask for accommodations but also can’t stand in line for HOURS at a time, either because of their knees or their hearts or their kids or their jobs?
Not to mention these absurd “voter ID” laws that require people of color, poor people, old people, students, and disabled people - disproportionately - to stand in line at the DMV for hours on end just for the “privilege” <ahem shouldn’t it be a right> to vote.
Breaking the law in order to keep people from voting against you: the republican way since 1978…(via tonidorsay)
- 3 weeks ago
Ebru B. Halper discovered the need for a doula during her struggles with infertility. Finding no support system, she created The Infertility Doula:
- Emotionally supporting you through your cycles via regular in-person meetings and/or phone consultations.
- Accompanying you to your doctor visits.
- Helping you understand your diagnosis and options.
- Suggesting credible alternative treatments and resources.
- Offering transportation and care after your egg retrieval and/or embryo transfer.
- Providing continued support pertaining to residual sensitivities around infertility and pregnancy losses.
- Customizing my services based on your needs.
March 22-28 is World Doula Week, and I’m celebrating by blogging about the full spectrum of doulas!
- 4 weeks ago
As women, when we’re children we’re taught to enter the world with big hearts. Blooming hearts. Hearts bigger than our damn fists. We are taught to forgive - constantly - as opposed to what young boys are taught: Revenge, to get ‘even.’ Our empathy is constantly made appeals to, often demanded for. If we refuse to show kindness, we are reprimanded. We are not good women if we do not crush our bones to make more space for the world, if we do not spread our entire skin over rocks for others to tread on, if we do not kill ourselves in every meaning of the word in the process of making it cozy for everyone else. It is the heat generated by the burning of our bodies with which the world keeps warm. We are taught to sacrifice so much for so little. This is the general principle all over the world.
By the time we are young women, we are tired. Most of us are drained. Some of us enter a lock of silence because of that lethargy. Some of us lash out. When I think of that big, blooming heart we once had, it looks shriveled and worn out now. When I was teaching, I had a young student named Mariam. She was only 11 years old. Some boy pushed her around in class, called her names, broke her spirit for the day. We were sitting under a chestnut tree on a field trip and she asked me if a boy ever hurt me. I told her many did and I destroyed them one by one. I think that’s the first time she ever heard the word ‘destroyed.’ We rarely teach our girls to fight back for the right reasons.
Take up more space as a woman. Take up more time. Take your time. You are taught to hide, censor, move about without messing up decorum for a man’s comfort. Whether it’s said or not, you’re taught balance. Forget that. Displease. Disappoint. Destroy. Be loud, be righteous, be messy. Mess up and it’s fine – you are learning to unlearn. Do not see yourself like glass. Like you could get dirty and clean. You are flesh. You are not constant. You change. Society teaches women to maintain balance and that robs us of our volatility. Our mercurial hearts. Calm and chaos. Love only when needed; preserve otherwise.
Do not be a moth near the light; be the light itself. Do not let a man’s ocean-big ego swallow you up. Know what you want. Ask yourself first. Decide your own pace. Decide your own path. Be cruel when needed. Be gentle only when needed. Collapse and then re-construct. When someone says you are being obscene, say yes I am. When they say you are being wrong, say yes I am. When they say you are being selfish, say yes I am. Why shouldn’t I be? How do you expect a woman to stand on her two feet if you keep striking her at the ankles.
There are multiple lessons we must teach our young girls so that they render themselves their own pillars instead of keeping male approval as the focal point of their lives. It is so important to state your feelings of inconvenience as a woman. We are instructed to tailor ourselves and our discomfort - constantly told that we are ‘whining’ and ‘nagging’ and ‘complaining too much.’ That kind of silence is horribly violent, that kind of insistence upon uniformly nodding in agreement to your own despair, and smiling emptily so no man is ever uncomfortable around us. Male-entitlement dictates a woman’s silence. If we could see the mimetic model of the erasure of a woman’s voice, it would be an incredibly bloody sight.
On a breezy July night, my mother and I were sleeping under the open sky. Before dozing off, I told her that I think there is a special place in heaven where all wounded women bury their broken hearts and their hearts grow into trees that only give fruit to the good and poison to the bad. She smiled and said Ameen. Then she closed her eyes."
- 1 month ago
"My life seems to be an increasing revelation of the intimate face of universal struggle. You begin with your family and the kids on the block, and next you open your eyes to what you call your people and that leads you into land reform into Black English into Angola leads you back to your own bed where you lie by yourself wondering if you deserve to be peaceful or trusted or desired or left to the freedom of your own unfaltering heart… everything comes back to you."
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"Eggplant is an Indian crop, so [Monsanto does] genetic engineering of eggplant. They could have chosen 500 vegetables. Why don’t they choose potatoes for India? Why eggplant? Because it is native to India and we have 4,500 varieties. Why do they want to plant – by bullying – on six million acres – GM corn in Mexico? Because corn is the sacred crop of Mexico and the Andes. So basically, while the justification is, “We are doing science,” the reality is they are unleashing a war against our sacred cultures."
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