Grants Made to our U.S. Anti-Criminalization Grantee Partners

We are excited to announce a new set of grants made to 10 innovative organizations across the country through our U.S. Fund, under the thematic focus of Anti-Criminalization and Freedom from Violence.

Streetwise and Safe's Teeshirt on Police Accountability
“Know Your Rights” t-shirt developed by Streetwise and Safe youth.
We awarded $220,000 to 10 groups working on campaigns and policies that increase safety and end multiple forms of violence within LGBTQI communities across a range of issues. These include efforts around interpersonal and hate violence, domestic, family, and intimate-partner violence, as well as institutional violence. Many of the organizations funded under this thematic focus tackle institutional violence, such as policies that criminalize gender expression, sex work, and many other aspects of LGBTQI people’s lives, dignity, and livelihoods. We are deeply encouraged to see the diverse interventions this set of grantee partners is making in anti-criminalization efforts locally and nationally in the areas of immigration, prison abolition, sex work organizing, and homelessness. By bringing together these groups into a cohort, we expect to see fruitful collaborations among them in policy advocacy efforts specifically related to police accountability at the city and state level.

BreakOUT!
New Orleans, LA

Community United Against Violence – CUAV
San Francisco, CA

El-La Para Translatinas
San Francisco, CA

Freedom Inc.
Madison, WI

Gender Just
Chicago, IL

Gender Justice LA
Los Angeles, CA

Providence Youth Student Movement – PrYSM
Providence, RI

Queers for Economic Justice
New York, NY

Streetwise and Safe
New York, NY

Transgender, Gender Variant, Intersex Justice Project – TGIJP
San Francisco, CA

March Grantee News

This month, we are featuring Gender Justice LA’s work to secure gender-neutral IDs in Los Angeles; a youth empowerment collaboration between Affinity Community Services, Gender JUST, Young Women’s Empowerment Project, and FIERCE; and Red Lésbica Cattrachas’ announcement of policy reforms in Honduras around LGBTI hate crimes and femicides.

 

Gender Justice LA

Los Angeles Secures Gender-Neutral ID
Thanks to advocacy efforts by Astraea grantee partner Gender Justice LA, as well as allied organizations and community members, the new City of Los Angeles “Universal City Services Card,” a citywide identification and services card, will be gender-neutral—the new ID card will not use gender markers. “Now when you apply for a job, pay with a credit card, claim your food stamps,” Gender Justice LA announced in February, “whenever you have to show an ID, you have the option of showing this ID without outing yourself as trans or opening yourself up to harassment, judgment, and discrimination.” The group expects that Los Angeles residents will be able to apply for the Universal City Services Card in late 2013.

Connect Our Roots AttendeesPhoto by Andre Perez

Building LGBTQ Youth of Color Power
In February, four Astraea grantee partners worked in partnership to host Connect Our Roots, a three-day summit in Chicago, to share activist tactics amongst LGBTQ youth of color. Three Chicago-based grantee partners—Affinity Community Services, Gender JUST, and Young Women’s Empowerment Project—hosted the event, and worked with New York City-based FIERCE, who assembled the gathering. Over 40 LGBTQ youth of color attended the summit, representing approximately 17 organizations from 16 cities across the nation. Read more about the conference from the Windy Times’ article.

Red Lésbica CattrachasMarcher at the Feministas en Resistencia march. Photo by Gabrie Mass.

LGBTI Hate Crimes and Femicides Now Protected in Honduras
After several years of strategic policy advocacy, and research and documentation of LGBTQI human rights violations, Red Lésbica Cattrachas announced that key articles of the Honduras Penal Code have been reformed to now penalize hate crimes against LGBTI people, and to penalize femicides.

Red Lésbica Cattrachas has worked on many levels to see the policy reform to fruition. The group has organized trainings and workshops with government officials and community members and led meticulous research efforts and documentation of LGBTQI human rights violations. Additionally, their recent advocacy at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and involvement with the UN Universal Peer Review process of Honduras over the past three years helped secure the policy change.

Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC)

The Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC) is an undocumented and queer/trans youth led organization that mobilizes youth, families and incarcerated people to end the criminalization of immigrants and people of color.

The Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC) is an undocumented and queer/trans youth led organization that mobilizes youth, families and incarcerated people to end the criminalization of immigrants and people of color. Through story-based strategies and grassroots organizing, IYC brings the struggles of directly impacted communities to the forefront of our movements to create social, cultural and policy change. Their programs and work build power with those directly impacted by approaching leadership development from a framework of human development which translates into their campaigns. IYC ensures that the undocumented and trans communities’ demands are included within the existing formations that are campaigning against immigration enforcement and mass incarceration.

This organization is supported through the Funding Queerly Giving Circle, which is housed at Astraea.

Successes and Challenges for Women-led Social Justice Media

Join us for a workshop on women-directed media at the 2012 Women’s Funding Network Summit.

During Women, Economics & Peace: A Summit of Women’s Funding Network, Astraea Executive Director, J. Bob Alotta, will be part of a panel at the workshop Successes and Challenges for Women-led Social Justice Media. The workshop explore women-directed progressive media (including newspapers, magazines, radio shows, theatrical companies, music networks, arts organizations, film productions, and blogs) from the perspective of several activist media makers and leaders including Ariel Dougherty, National Project Director of Media Equity Collaborative; Madeleine Lim, Executive/Artistic Director of Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project; Laura Flanders, broadcaster and best-selling author; and Elahe Amani, Director of Technology Services of California State University, Fullerton.

The Women’s Funding Network Summit will take place from May 2nd to 5th, 2012 and the workshop will take place on May 4th, from 9:30am-11:30am. To attend the workshop and learn more about the Women’s Funding Network Summit, click here.

Gender Justice Los Angeles

Gender Justice L.A. is a member-based, grassroots organization that works towards a safe and just society for all transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people.

Gender Justice L.A. is a member-based, grassroots organization that works towards a safe and just society for all transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people. They believe all transgender people should have access to quality, respectful, and affordable health care; freedom from bigotry, harassment, and violence; opportunities for education, employment, and leadership; safe spaces for enhancing spiritual, physical, and social wellness; and the right to self-determination. Through a combination of policy advocacy and community building, Gender Justice L.A. has secured concrete gains for the trans community in L.A. such as changes in the police patrol guide for the fair treatment of trans people and trans prisoners. GJLA continues to fight anti-trans forces in California, responding to attacks on rights they have already secured. GJLA’’s program TRANSform LA is known for its series of workshops over the course of 6 months for trans* and gender nonconforming people. Participants are empowered and given skills to continue working towards radical transformation in Los Angeles.

This organization is supported through the Funding Queerly Giving Circle, which is housed at Astraea.

Astraea Partners with Outfest to Present Vivere

Astraea Partners with Outfest to Present Vivere

Vivere
Germany , Netherlands, 2007, 97 min, video
In German, Dutch with English subtitles

Directed By: Angelina Maccarone
SCR: Angelina Maccarone

Acclaimed director Angelina Maccarone (UNVEILED, EVERY-THING WILL BE FINE) returns to Outfest with a clever, visually stunning film. On Christmas Eve, Francesca, a taxi cab driver, sets off for Rotterdam in search of her runaway teenage sister Antonietta. Along the way she picks up Gerlinde, a distraught but intriguing older woman whom she is attracted to. Twisting plots and mounting sexual tension gather in this fractured narrative about three lost souls in search of meaning and each other.

Wednesday, July 18th, 7pm
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Summer Fever Fundraiser & Pool Party

Join us to learn about Astraea’s latest accomplishments and groundbreaking funding strategies. Discuss how lesbian philanthropy is impacting social change in Los Angeles and around the world. Enjoy the pool, DJ, performances, food and beverages.

Astraea’s “Summer Fever” Fundraiser

Presented by Maylei Blackwell, Meg Hickman, & Alice Y. Hom

Join us to learn about Astraea’s latest accomplishments and groundbreaking funding strategies. Discuss how lesbian philanthropy is impacting social change in Los Angeles and around the world. Enjoy the pool, DJ, performances, food and beverages.

Date: Saturday, June 16
Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
RSVP for Address astraeala@gmail.com

Suggested contribution:
$50 ($25 students/retired/limited income)
All donations are tax-deductible.
Volunteer opportunities available: contact astraeala@gmail.com
Please bring towels, swimwear, hats, and your contribution in the form of cash or check.

Performers

Doris Reed is a Los Angeles based poet and author of Tending My Garden (2004) as well as poetry music album Reflections (2004).

Born in Columbia, raised in Miami, residing in Eastside Longo, Califas, tatiana de la tierra is the author of For the Hard Ones: A Lesbian Phenomenology / Para las duras: Una fenomenologia lesbiana, Porcupine Love and Other tales from My Papaya and Pintame Una Mujer Peligrosa.

Adelina Anthony, a Xicana lesbian and multi-genre artista, currently resides in Los Angeles. Her MASTERING SEX & TORTILLAS! performance in 2006 was selected as an L.A. Weekly Theater Critics Pick of the Week.

The indelible, delicious and delectable Claudette Sexy DJ has been a DJ and cultural force in the LGBT community of Los Angeles for over 20 years.

Can’t make the fundraiser? Make an online contribution to the Astraea Foundation by donating now

Summer Fever Fundraiser & Pool Party

Join us to learn about Astraea’s latest accomplishments and groundbreaking funding strategies. Discuss how lesbian philanthropy is impacting social change in Los Angeles and around the world. Enjoy the pool, DJ, performances, food and beverages.

Presented by Maylei Blackwell, Meg Hickman, & Alice Y. Hom

Join us to learn about Astraea’s latest accomplishments and groundbreaking funding strategies. Discuss how lesbian philanthropy is impacting social change in Los Angeles and around the world. Enjoy the pool, DJ, performances, food and beverages.

Date: Saturday, June 16
Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
RSVP for Address astraeala@gmail.com

Suggested contribution:
$50 ($25 students/retired/limited income)
All donations are tax-deductible.
Volunteer opportunities available: contact astraeala@gmail.com
Please bring towels, swimwear, hats, and your contribution in the form of cash or check.

Performers

Doris Reed is a Los Angeles based poet and author of Tending My Garden (2004) as well as poetry music album Reflections (2004).

Born in Columbia, raised in Miami, residing in Eastside Longo, Califas, tatiana de la tierra is the author of For the Hard Ones: A Lesbian Phenomenology / Para las duras: Una fenomenologia lesbiana, Porcupine Love and Other tales from My Papaya and Pintame Una Mujer Peligrosa.

Adelina Anthony, a Xicana lesbian and multi-genre artista, currently resides in Los Angeles. Her MASTERING SEX & TORTILLAS! performance in 2006 was selected as an L.A. Weekly Theater Critics Pick of the Week.

The indelible, delicious and delectable Claudette Sexy DJ has been a DJ and cultural force in the LGBT community of Los Angeles for over 20 years.

Can’t make the fundraiser? Make an online contribution to the Astraea Foundation by donating now