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Congratulations, Gerbode Professional Development Fellows!

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Aspen Baker is the Executive Director of Exhale, a former long-term grant partner of Third Wave.  She is one of 5 people to be awarded the 2012 Gerbode Professional Development Fellowship! Exhale, about to celebrate 10 years of providing women with after-abortion support, has grown and thrived under Aspen’s leadership.  She did not apply for the fellowship, but was selected because of her track record producing outstanding results.  Well done, Aspen Baker and Exhale!

Congratulations as well, to allied funder Vanessa Daniel of Groundswell Fund!  She is another of this year’s 5 fellows.

Third Wave is so pleased to see these two powerful, effective women receiving the recognition they deserve!

YWU Insights about Reproductive Justice in New Mexico

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Media Literacy Project and Young Women United (two of our fabulous grant partners) teamed up to create a video of  YWU Executive Director Adriann Barboa’s insights about the 2011 RJ Network convening and about Reproductive Justice work in New Mexico.  Take a look at this beautiful, informative video:


Two New Videos by YWCHAC’s WE SPEAK Members

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition (YWCHAC)‘s WE SPEAK members have been busy working to educate their peers about safe sex, as well as other relevant issues facing young women of color.

Below is “I am NOT a Statistic,” a video they created as a public service announcement to help spread awareness about the many issues affecting today’s youth, from unprotected sex to underage drinking:

Here is another video they worked on (produced by Columbia University students) about the crucial need for sex education in New York City schools, especially in communities of color:

Congratulations to Brown Boi Project!

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

This year, Echoing Green partnered with Open Society Foundations (OSF) to create a Black Male Achievement Fellowship as part of OSF’s Campaign for Black Male Achievement.  This fellowship is to be awarded to “visionary leaders who are generating new ideas for black male achievement in the areas such as fatherhood, mentoring, college preparatory programs, community-building, supportive wage work opportunities, communications, and philanthropic leadership”(Echoing Green).  There were over 1,000 applicants which were gradually whittled down to 16 finalists, and Brown Boi Project, one of our wonderful grant partners, was a part of this Sweet Sixteen! B. Cole’s proposal highlighted the way Brown Boi Project aims to “build the self-sufficiency of young queer, straight, and transgendered people of color to shape a radical new vision of masculinity.”  All 16 BMA finalists gathered in New York City on May 15th for the final selection event.  Congratulations to Brown Boi Project for making it so far!  We are glad your potential has been recognized by such high profile foundations as Echoing Green and OSF!

To read more about the BMA Fellowship and the 16 finalists, click here.

Darshan Khalsa

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012


May 30, 2012 / Major Activists for Gender Justice: A Discussion at Flomenhaft Gallery

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 6 – 8pm

Flomenhaft Gallery

547 W 27th St, NY, NY


Please join us at the Flomenhaft Gallery in New York City for a discussion with Major Activists for Gender Justice presented as part of Have Art Will Travel (HAWT) and Flomenhaft Gallery’s The Fluidity of Gender: Sculpture by Linda Stein.

A tour-de-force with high-profile activists who will reveal their modus operandi for changing the world. They each have a different take on how to shout, move, push the world toward gender equity.


Mia Herndon – Moderator, is the Executive Director of Third Wave Foundation.

Charlotte Bunch is the Founding Director and Senior Scholar, Center for Global Leadership, Douglass College, Rutgers University. A 10-minute video clip from Passionate Politics, the Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch can be viewed on a loop at Flomenhaft Gallery from 10am-2pm on May 30th.

Blanche Wiesen Cook is the Distinguished Professor of History, John Jay College, CUNY and Author, Eleanor Roosevelt, Vols I and II.

Biola Jeje is the Founding member of New York Students Rising and student-organizer at Brooklyn College.

Dorothy Sander is the Board Co-Chair, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.


RSVP appreciated, but not required:

Southerners on New Ground

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Southerners on New Ground (SONG) organizes LGBTQ Southern people to resist the most repressive legislative in the South, whether they be directed at LGBTQ people, people of color, poor people, immigrants, or other oppressed communities. SONG builds, sustains, and connects a southern regional base of LGBTQ people in order to transform the region through strategic projects and campaigns. Link: Southerners on New Ground


Audre Lorde Project

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, they work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Third Wave is funding their Safe OUTside the System (SOS) program, a unique, grassroots model based in Transformative Justice strategies. SOS relies on the community to prevent and ultimately intervene in anti-LGBT violence. Through the Safe Neighborhoods campaign, SOS will recruit and train community-based businesses and institutions to be safe space hubs for LGBTQ youth of color. This strategy will increase the safety of LGBTQ youth in a way that builds accountability within communities without reliance on the criminal/legal system. Link: Audre Lorde Project


Diana Chavez

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012


Sara Joseph

Friday, May 4th, 2012