A Movement Conversation: Resistance & Solidarity in 100 Days of 45

On April 26, 2017, the Bay Area Justice Funders Network (BAJFN) brought together 50 funders and movement leaders to strategize around what could be done in the next 100 days in the 45th Presidential Administration, and how grassroots leaders and funders could coordinate in more collaborative ways.

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  1. Before getting down to business, we played a little Resistance Bingo -- because when you resist, we all win! (You can get your own Resistance Bingo cards here)
  2. BAJFN's Network Director, Dana Kawaoka-Chen, opened by noting that the Bay Area has been the epicenter for some forceful resistance efforts online and in the streets that have rejected hate, and centered love and inclusion. We wanted to mark this moment to lift-up where resistance is working, what we're learning, and how to sustain. As well as to highlight examples of philanthropic solidarity, because funders are part of the movement, and we need a more responsive and engaged philanthropic sector!
  3. We heard from a panel of movement leaders who spoke to the need for resistance--Mimi Ho, Co-Director of Movement Strategy Center, Lara Kiswani, Executive Director of Arab Resource & Organizing Center, and Kimi Lee, Director of Bay Rising emphasized that we need to reaffirm our vision for a just society. Each spoke to the need to practice new ways of being together and building community, and shared examples of how direct actions are opportunities to engage new members into ongoing organizing efforts.
  4. Mimi from Movement Strategy Center shared #LeadWithLove
  5. Lara from Arab Organizing and Resource Center talked about the connection between the Arab community and other communities affected by the police state.
  6. Kimi of Bay Rising talked about the importance of creating vehicles to facilitate joint action -- like Bay Resistance.
  7. Then, we talked about philanthropic solidarity with Vanessa Daniel, Executive Director of Groundswell Fund, Dimple Abichandani, Executive Director of General Service Foundation, and Fatima Angeles, Vice President of Programs at The California Wellness Foundation. Each began by re-counting what the conversations have been like internally and externally.
  8. Vanessa from Groundswell Fund shared one of their first efforts was to create an Open Letter to Philanthropy from Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Funders.
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