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
Audre Lorde Project was funded in 2011. They are based in the .
Brown Boi Project cultivates spaces in which masculine-of-center women and men of color can explore and develop healthy frameworks of masculinity within the context of family, gender, race, sexual orientation, and class. With this grant, Brown Boi Project will continue their annual trainings around masculinity with men of color, masculine-of-center women of color, and trans people of color and will sustain each cohort's leadership with training circles and one-to-one coaching. Link: Brown Boi Project
The Chicago Abortion Fund (CAF) works to overturn economic barriers to reproductive choice through direct service, education, and advocacy and assists low-income women in obtaining safe abortion services. With Third Wave’s support, CAF builds a stronger base for reproductive justice nationally by training abortion funds on how to link abortion services to political education and advocacy. Link: Chicago Abortion Fund
Choice USA is a national pro-choice organization that gives emerging leaders the tools they need to organize, network, and exchange ideas to build a youth centered pro-choice agenda for reproductive justice. With Third Wave’s support, Choice USA will provide advocacy training for young people to engage youth in reproductive justice campaigns at the local, state and national levels. Link: Choice USA
COLOR is dedicated to building a movement of Latinas, their families, and allies working for reproductive justice through leadership development and organizing. COLOR will continue to educate and organize young Latinas ages 12 to 24 around reproductive issues by developing curricula for their Latinas of Vision and Latinas Increasing Political Strength youth programs. Link: Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity & Reproductive Rights
The Colorado Anti-Violence Program is a community-based organization that works to eliminate violence within and against LGBTQ communities, including internalized, interpersonal and institutional violence. Third Wave Foundation's grant is in support of the Branching Seedz of Resistance: Youth Violence Prevention Project, the first sexual violence prevention project in Colorado to center the experiences, leadership, and organizing capacity of LGBTQ high school-aged youth. Branching Seedz uses art and media, participatory action research, trainings, and community organizing to end cycles of violence and build power and safety. With Third Wave’s Support, Branching Seedz will bring trans-inclusive policies to shelters within Colorado, host a Queer Youth Summit in Denver, and bring their youth training program “Unite to Fight” across the state of Colorado. Link: Colorado Anti-Violence Program
Different Avenues strives to protect the health, rights and safety of girls and women of color who engage in alternative economies and activities and are affected by systemic and interpersonal violence and health disparities. By developing leaders and providing harm reduction services, Different Avenues seeks to strengthen and support girls and women of color who engage in survival strategies and build their power within the reproductive justice movement. With Third Wave’s support, Different Avenues will run focus groups for women and girls in juvenile detention using their curriculum “Don’t Fall for It,” which is designed to teach young women and girls about reproductive health and justice and how to resist violence and know their rights in the system. Link: Different Avenues
FIERCE is a membership-based organization building the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color in New York City. They develop politically conscious leaders who are invested in improving themselves and their communities through youth-led campaigns, leadership development programs, and cultural expression through arts and media. With Third Wave’s support, FIERCE will strengthen their leadership development, political education, and mobilizing efforts in NYC. Link: FIERCE!
FIERCE! was funded in 2011. They are based in the .
Justice Now is a human rights organization that partners with people in women's prisons, former prisoners and people with family in prison to build a safe, compassionate world without prisons. Justice Now bridges movements for reproductive justice, human rights, and prison abolition through their campaign to end so-called “gender-responsive” prison expansion and their Right to Family human rights documentation program. Third Wave’s grant will support Justice Now in their campaign to halt illegal and coercive sterilization in California prisons. Link: Justice Now
Khmer Girls in Actions (KGA) develops Southeast Asian women and boys in Long Beach into social justice organizers who can respond to the immediate needs of their communities. With Third Wave’s support, KGA will grow their youth organizing work, develop their leadership pipeline, and strengthen their fundraising and fiscal management capacity. Link: Khmer Girls in Action
The Media Literacy Project (MLP) cultivates critical thinking and analysis of the media in order to advance social justice. Using their media and communications expertise, MLP will use this grant to help develop communications infrastructure and capacity for three current Third Wave grant partners. Link: Media Literacy Project
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) ensures the fundamental human right to reproductive health and justice for Latinas, their families and their communities through public education, community mobilization and policy advocacy. NLIRH will use Third Wave’s support to advance their advocacy and community mobilization efforts and ensure that their leadership development and local grassroots organizing and advocacy efforts resonate with young Latinas. Link: National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
New Voices Pittsburgh (NVP) is a human rights activist organization led by and for women of color. NVP elevates the powerful voices of women of color ages 12-35 through social justice activism, civic engagement and leadership development. NVP promotes cross-movement collaboration through hosting reproductive justice ally trainings and dialogues on challenging homophobia in Black communities. New Voices will use Third Wave’s support to expand their work fighting for Health Care Reform and to protect the human rights of incarcerated women. New Voices will develop their expansion plan to include an office in Philadelphia, PA. Link: New Voices Pittsburgh
Power U seeks to organize low-income communities directly impacted by institutional oppression to create an equitable and just society. Third Wave’s grant will support the POWERful Women and Families project, which addresses maternal and child health disparities in communities of color. Childbirth classes are an entry point for young leaders to engage with Power U's birthing justice campaign, which advocates for policies that are baby-friendly, support breastfeeding infants and mothers, and expand access to the midwifery model of care within the Jackson Health System. Link: Power U Center for Social Change
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
Southerners on New Ground was funded in 2011. They are based in the .
SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW works to build and sustain a powerful reproductive justice movement in Georgia and the South that centers the experiences of young women of color, LGBTQ youth of color, and other marginalized communities. SPARK was instrumental in the defeat of a race and sex selection anti-abortion bill, and the accompanying racist billboard campaign. In early 2011, SPARK released “Giving Birth Behind Bars: A Guide to Achieving Reproductive Justice for Incarcerated Women,” as an introduction to their state-wide anti-shackling campaign. With Third Wave’s support, SPARK will increase their statewide presence in Athens, Columbus, Augusta, and Macon with the hope of passing their Giving Birth in Safety and Dignity Bill, and will organize Georgia's first Queer and Trans Youth Summit. Link: SPARK
St. James Infirmary offers free, confidential, nonjudgmental medical and social services for sex workers of all genders and sexual orientations. St. James is the first occupational safety and health clinic run by and for sex workers. They also operate the STRIDE program, which provides appointment-based hormone therapy services as well as drop-in clinic hours and a support group series for transgender sex workers. With Third Wave’s support, they will provide comprehensive healthcare and social services for transgender and gender variant sex workers and their partners. Link: St. James Infirmary
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. Much of SRLP’s work centers around ensuring the right of all people to access the range of healthcare they need and to make their own decisions about their bodies, including trans people and those who are living in poverty or in prison. Third Wave’s grant will support SRLP’s Transgender Youth Initiative, which works to improve safety and access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services while simultaneously building the leadership of youth to participate more fully in movements for social justice. Link: The Sylvia Rivera Law Project
The Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition (YWCHAC) provides support services, training, workshops and events for youth and service providers in order to address rising HIV rates among young women of color 13-24. Third Wave supports the WE SPEAK program, in which young people receive sexual health education, advocacy and organizing training, and leadership development. YWCHAC is conducting a research and public education campaign that explores the connections between quality of life, schooling, and related socioeconomic indicators. Link: Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition
Young Women United (YWU) was created by young women of color and allies to change the relations of power in Albuquerque. YWU members seek to reduce violence, improve health, and build power in their communities through public education, organizing and advocacy. YWU is nationally recognized for their leadership in the fight for comprehensive sexuality education in New Mexico. Having just passed a bill declaring August 25th “Young Mothers’ Day” in New Mexico, YWU will continue leadership development, organizing, and advocacy with young women and trans youth, and will continue to work with the Department of Health to implement recommendations from their participatory research project on young people’s experiences with healthcare in New Mexico. Link: Young Women United