November 29, 2010
A little more than a week ago, a crowd of New York City-area activists as well as Third Wave staff, board members from across the country and local grant partners met up for a (friendly) takeover of happy hour at Lolita. There was drinking, some dancing, and posing for party photos! It was an evening full of generous acts of trouble-making to support of youth activists. Thanks to Lolita for providing drink specials for our evening, including a festive feminist cocktail we named "Intersectionality on the Beach." Hot party photo credits to Mary Ellen Hitt. [gallery orderby="rand"] Check out more photos at lastnightsfeministparty.com where you can sign up for notices about the next LNFP and be sure not to miss out on a good time! Here are the LNFP/NYC Facebook album and Flickr set as well.
May 30, 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.
October 14, 2010
Third Wave's Mia Herndon (our Executive Director) and Tara Ellison (Deputy Director) visited with the Women's Foundation of Minnesota to see from the inside how they do -- from visits with donors and grant partners to spending some quality time sharing stories and victories. Here's Third Wave's Board chair, Kai Gurley, hanging out with Lee Roper-Batker, WFMN's Executive Director -- and her amazing red lady hat.
October 14, 2010
The Women's Foundation of Minnesota has been a major player in women's philanthropy for over 25 years. Their core values of Justice, Social Change, Inclusion, Feminism and Hope, guide their investment in the advancement of equality for all women and girls in the areas of economic justice, safety and security, health and reproductive rights, human rights, and political power, centered in the state of Minnesota. Check them out!
May 3, 2011
The Mario Savio Young Activist Award is presented each year to a young person (or persons) with a deep commitment to human rights and social justice and a proven ability to transform this commitment into effective action. The recipient/s will receive a $6000 award in recognition of their work. The deadline to submit a nomination is June 30th. Thanks to Dom Brassey at Tides (who is also a proud Third Wave Board member) for her inspiring announcement, complete with videos featuring some powerhouse poets and activists, like this one: If you'd like to nominate a young activist who inspires you, check out the full details (and videos of free speech activist Mario Savio, for which this award is named) over here.
May 30, 2012
Part I As an intern at Third Wave, I have been working on a project that involves reading through all the end of year reports from our 2010 grant partners (reporting on their work throughout 2011). I am taking this opportunity to reflect on some of the innovative approaches of Third Wave grant partners, some of the challenges grant partners face head-on, and what makes Third Wave's relationship to grant partners so unique and especially catalyzing. First, let me give you snapshots of four groups that really jumped out at me (not because they are any more special than the other groups, but because their work resonated with me, personally): St. James Infirmary is an organization providing services to sex workers in the San Francisco area. I was impressed with their commitment to providing high quality primary care, reproductive healthcare, gender transitioning, HIV/STI/TB/Hepatitis testing, STI treatments and vaccines, counseling, syringe access & disposal services, support groups & trainings, and especially with their effort to attack the stigma surrounding sex work. They launched a bold media campaign, “Someone You Know is a Sex Worker,” which ran on the sides of public buses. It showed San Francisco that sex workers are everyday people whose rights are human rights, and that sex workers do real work and deserve labor rights. Brown Boi Project’s approach toward Gender Justice from a “masculine-of-center” position seems, to me, truly revolutionary: “We work for Gender Justice by re-envisioning the power imbalance between traditional notions of masculinity and femininity. We hold institutional systems, other masculine people, and ourselves accountable for its accompanying privileges. We draw on a gender inclusive framework that shapes non-oppressive masculinity rooted in honor, community, and empowerment of feminine identified people, especially women and girls.”(2010 report) In addition to shifting the conversation, they created a health guide, “Freeing Ourselves,” which has been presented in numerous venues and distributed across the country, as well as in Israel, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Canada, and the Ivory Coast. In an effort to cultivate this movement and draw upon the experiences of masculine-of-center young people, BBP provided leadership training to 46 young Brown Bois from all across the country in 2011. Justice Now is a human rights organization striving for a world without prisons, and working to end gendered violence within the prison system. In particular, they are doing amazing work in collecting stories and testimonies to bring to light forced sterilization within prisons, and are linking this to historical patterns of eugenics in this country. I found the two interviews and other short pieces produced by Justice Now and uploaded to Vimeo to be very powerful. But I am equally impressed with the radically grassroots nature of their organization: their volunteers are all people in prison documenting abuse and organizing from within, and the majority of their board of directors is currently imprisoned or recently released. Young Women’s Empowerment Project is run by and for girls (including trans girls!) who are involved in the street economy. They recently carried out a participatory action research project called "Girls Do What We Have to Do to Survive," which found that girls and queer youth involved in the sex trade are systematically denied help from those institutions meant to serve and protect them (police, health services, social services, etc.). The research also found that this institutional violence towards street youth compounds their experiences of individual violence, wounding them even more. One of the outcomes of this research was the creation of a “Street Youth Bill of Rights," which YWEP is pushing to have adopted by as many service providers as possible. Since, as YWEP also discovered, "resilience is the stepping stone to resistance"(2010 report), they are doing their best to take care of themselves. YWEP declares: "For young people in the sex trade in Chicago, this campaign is not solely about access to services but is about gaining the power and skills to be able to name and change the circumstances that define our lives. Social justice for girls and young women in the sex trade means having the power to make all of the decisions about our own bodies and lives all the time."(2010 report) These four groups, as well as the rest of Third Wave's grant partners, are at the front lines of gender justice work. They are attacking structures of oppression and violence at their very base, fighting to bring about a systematic change. Next week I will explore some of the challenges Third Wave's grant partners face in the course of this fight.
January 13, 2011
It's exciting times here at Third Wave Foundation, where we've got big changes happening and are seeking three fabulous activist-philanthropists to join our crew! As Third Wave enters the milestone of it's 15th year, we're looking for a few more movers and shakers who can help us empower young women, trans and gender non-conforming activists to create change in their own environments. (Edited, Feb 8 2011: thank you all for your interest. We are no longer accepting applications for these positions.) We promise, you'll get to meet some of the smartest, savviest and world-changing-est youth-led activist projects out there. We are looking for: External Relations Manager Third Wave Foundation is seeking a dynamic individual to help manage and grow our external relations (fundraising and communications) program. A new position in the organization, the External Relations Manager will be responsible for diversifying, expanding and managing relationships with the community of people and institutions giving to the foundation. External Relations Associate Working under the supervision of the External Relations Manager and closely with the Executive Director, the External Relations Associate is responsible for executing administrative work and the daily operations of Third Wave’s development and communications department, including major donor relationship support, event planning, and scheduling. Administrative Assistant Working under the supervision of the Deputy Director, the Administrative Assistant is responsible for supporting the day to day operations of the Third Wave Foundation.