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Groundswell Announces Fund to Support Grassroots Organizing Led By Women of Color and Transgender People of Color

I wanted to give you all a heads up on an exciting new fund from Groundswell, the nation’s largest reproductive justice funder, set to support the leadership of women of color and trans folks of color across reproductive healthcare areas. The idea is to support the two groups that bear the greatest burden of white supremacy and misogyny in the US in their vital leadership role in the larger resistance movement.

In the wake of a game-changing election, Groundswell Fund, the largest funder of the U.S. Reproductive Justice (RJ) movement announced yesterday the launch of a new national Liberation Fund to support the strongest grassroots organizing efforts led by women of color and transgender people of color across social justice sectors.

Groundswell’s leadership believes that strong grassroots organizing that holds public officials accountable in their home districts is critical to protecting and advancing rights; and that, in the era of Trump, the two groups that bear the greatest burden of white supremacy and misogyny in the US – women of color and transgender people of color – have a vital leadership role to play in the larger resistance movement.

The fund will launch with an initial $500,000 dollars, and its first set of grantees will be curated by 15 advisors, prominent women of color leading in a variety of sectors – from environmental, racial and economic justice, to immigrant, Native and transgender rights. The fund is now accepting donations.

Fund Advisor Linda Sarsour, CEO of MPower Change says, “Millions of Americans are hungry for leadership that ignites our political imagination and offers clear, concrete pathways forward. Women of color and LGBTQ people of color led organizations are doing just that, energizing newly-engaged people to drive a sea change for greater freedom and justice. Now is the time for funders and donors to meet that level of boldness in their giving strategies.”

Adds advisor Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, “The Liberation Fund will make it easier for donors and funders to identify and resource some of the most effective and innovative organizing at the grassroots led by women of color and transgender people of color. To elevate women of color and trans people of color at a time when our communities are under extreme duress is not only smart, but essential for our survival. There’s never been a better time for donors and funders to put their money directly where change is happening.”

The Liberation Fund’s expansive approach advances Groundswell’s mission of reproductive justice — ensuring we all have the power to make decisions about our bodies, families and futures.

Learn more and donate here.

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