Vibrant Yet Under-Resourced: Our LBQ Report is finally here!

We are delighted to launch our new report, Vibrant Yet Under-Resourced: The State of Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Movements, in partnership with peer feminist fund Mama Cash.

We are delighted to launch our new report, Vibrant Yet Under-Resourced: The State of Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Movements, in partnership with peer feminist fund Mama Cash.

Lesbian, bisexual, and queer (LBQ)* movements are doing essential work around the world, and this global moment reflects their leadership. As Black Lives Matter movements push to dismantle racism and white supremacy, the grassroots abolition-centered work of many Black LBQ organizers has been a galvanizing force. As communities grapple with the devastating impacts of COVID-19, LBQ groups are providing critical mutual aid, collective care support, and creative movement-building strategies to meet the moment.

With data from 378 activists in 97 countries and 67 donors across philanthropy, Vibrant Yet Under-Resourced documents LBQ activists’ priorities and the current lack of resourcing for their work, and makes a powerful case for why increased and more effective funding is crucially needed.

As Astraea, our lesbian feminist roots and ethos are core to our work and the funding principles that guide us. In 1977, our founding mothers—a cross-class, multi-racial group of women activists—came together to fund a burgeoning women’s movement centering the leadership of lesbians and women of color, who had long been at the forefront of so many social justice movements but whose work had gone under-resourced and under-recognized.

Vibrant Yet Under-Resourced is in many ways a continuation of that vision. It is a celebration of the growing, vibrant LBQ movements that are pushing for transformative change—across and at the intersections of gender, racial, environmental, and economic justice. It is simultaneously an urgent call to philanthropy to commit to investing in the LBQ movements advancing this radical politics of liberation for us all.

We are so grateful to have been able to collaborate on this report with Mama Cash, as well as with the LBQ activists, advisors, and donors whose contributions have been invaluable. As you work your way through its colorful pages, we hope that you are inspired and called to resource the powerful and vital work of the LBQ movements changing the world.

*Following a year-long consultation with activists, “LBQ” is the term used throughout the report. LBQ focuses on sexual identity and is inclusive of lesbian, bisexual, and queer women, both cisgender and trans, and all non-binary people on the gender spectrum who relate to a lesbian, bisexual, and/or queer identity

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Introducing Astraea’s newest board members!

On behalf of the entire Astraea Board of Directors and staff, it is with great excitement that we introduce you to Astraea’s four newest board members!

Dear friends,

On behalf of the entire Astraea Board of Directors and staff, it is with great excitement that we introduce you to Astraea’s four newest board members!

Astraea is in a pivotal moment as we build towards our vision for the organization’s future—one that is anti-racist and takes an intersectional feminist lens; centers transformative and distributive leadership; continues to push the boundaries of philanthropy; and of course, keeps resourcing the work of powerful grassroots LBTQI movements around the world.

Our newest board members reflect those very values and commitments through their own work, lived experiences, and leadership. We are so pleased to welcome Ana Conner, Naa Hammond, Ilana Landsberg-Lewis, and Alison Riley to the Astraea board, and we look forward to adding their voices and perspectives.

Please join us in giving a warm welcome to Astraea’s newest board members! We look forward to working and building with them in the months and years to come.

With warm regards,

Iimay Ho and Eboné Bishop
Co-Chairs, Astraea Board of Directors

Meet our newest board members!

Ana Conner

is the Co-Executive Director of Third Wave Fund, an activist fund led by and for women of color, intersex, queer, and trans folks under the age of 35 in the US. Before Third Wave Fund, they were at Borealis Philanthropy, supporting the Transforming Movements Fund and Black-led Movement Fund, and Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, working on the Development Team. [Read more]

Naa Hammond

is a Black, African, immigrant, queer femme, and a Senior Program Officer with Groundswell Fund, a public foundation that strengthens U.S. movements for reproductive and social justice. Over the last decade, Naa has worked in development and grassroots fundraising with several U.S. organizations committed to gender, racial and economic justice, including FIERCE, Third Wave Fund, Queers for Economic Justice, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. [Read more]

Ilana Landsberg-Lewis

is a deeply committed human rights advocate. After practicing labor and human rights law in Canada, she spent eight years at the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) on human rights and as the CEDAW Advisor at HQ. In 2003, Ilana co-founded and served for 17 years as the Executive Director of The Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) – an organization established to support community-based organizations that were – and continue to be – at the heart of the response to the AIDS pandemic. [Read more]

Alison Riley

is a veteran creative director specializing in creative leadership. She has over twenty years experience building and leading large, diverse teams and providing creative strategy, relevant storytelling, and integrated advertising for global businesses. She currently consults with artists and brands on defining their mission, strategic development, and creative expression. She works most tirelessly to ensure the creative integrity and equitable representation of independent creative clients. [Read more]

Yesterday’s SCOTUS victory and the long road ahead

Today, we take a moment to recognize and celebrate the United States Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) decision to uphold protections for LGBTQI people in the workplace.

Dear Friends,

Today, we take a moment to recognize and celebrate the United States Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) decision to uphold protections for LGBTQI people in the workplace. The ruling is a historic one for the entire LGBTQI community, and specifically marks the most sweeping legal protections for trans communities in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Until yesterday, it was still legal to fire people for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in more than half of U.S. states. SCOTUS ruled that firing employees because of their sexual orientation or gender identity is sex discrimination that violates federal law. As we shared in our October statement, the cases leading to yesterday’s ruling were cited as the single most important set of explicitly LGBT cases to reach the Supreme Court because they encompassed both sexual orientation and gender identity, and so impact the livelihoods of all LGBTQI people and women in the United States.

However, as we take a moment to find joy and relief in this victory, we know that the fight for justice is far from over. The very fact that three cases in 2020 even questioned whether it is lawful to fire someone simply for being LGBTQI, is evidence that many in the US continue to believe that LGBTQI people are not entitled to the same protections as our cisgender and/or heterosexual counterparts.

The ruling itself comes on the heels of the U.S. administration’s recent decision to revoke protections for trans people experiencing discrimination in the healthcare system, as well as a surge in violence against trans women and transphobic discourse online. We know that trans and gender non conforming (TGNC) people, TGNC people of color, and especially Black trans women are already disproportionately impacted by discrimination in the workplace leading to higher incidents of poverty and poor health. For many, these protections are a small win in the larger struggle to secure legitimacy and right to life.

Nationwide anti-racism and anti-policing protests are entering their fourth week with demonstrations in support of Black Trans Lives drawing thousands across the country this past weekend and speaking to the disproportionate harm faced by Black trans people. These uprisings and the forward movements we’re seeing are the culmination of decades of powerful movement building by anti-racism, abolitionist, and gender justice activists. Yet, just this week, SCOTUS declined to take up qualified immunity, despite consistent calls by BLM and other organizers for this issue—along with wider calls for defunding policing—to be considered by the courts.

All this is of course taking place amidst the backdrop of a global pandemic which continues to have an undue impact on Black, Brown, Indigenous, and TGNC communities in the United States. There is much work to be done, and if this ruling is to signal the wide reaching legitimacy and right for TGNC people to exist and thrive, we must continue to resource, center and build on the critical work of grassroots TGNC, Black and POC-led organizing.

We express our deep appreciation for all the lawyers, activists, and others in the LGBTQI community who led us to this SCOTUS victory. Simultaneously, we lift up the work of all—particularly the Black, Brown, Indigenous, and trans-led grassroots organizations—who continue to work towards ending discrimination and violence in every form, ultimately pushing for our collective liberation.

In Solidarity,
Sandy Nathan

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Today and everyday, Black Lives Matter

For over 40 years Astraea has stood in solidarity with Black movements and communities in the United States, and today we stand united in our grief, anger, and outrage. These are not isolated incidents but part of a much larger and coordinated strategy to enforce white supremacy at the expense of Black life. We condemn the racism, discrimination, policing, transphobia, and state violence that would have Black people erased. 

Dear Astraea community,

Nina Pop. George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Tony McDade. Ahmaud Arbery. David McAttee. James Scurlock. 

We will not stand silent in the face of such violence. As Black people, we face daily attacks on our dignity, safety, and basic survival. For over 40 years Astraea has stood in solidarity with Black movements and communities in the United States, and today we stand united in our grief, anger, and outrage. These are not isolated incidents but part of a much larger and coordinated strategy to enforce white supremacy at the expense of Black life. We condemn the racism, discrimination, policing, transphobia, and state violence that would have Black people erased. 

Today and everyday, BLACK LIVES MATTER. 

Our people are resilient and powerful. Demonstrators are rising up and fighting for an end to state-sanctioned violence and police brutality, taking a stand for Black life. As a queer feminist funder based in the United States, we owe our existence to the civil and human rights activism of the Black, Indigenous, People of Color, trans, and queer movements that have come before us. We are reminded this June that Pride month itself began as a riot against policing led by trans women of color, for our collective liberation. These are our foundations, the legacy on which we build to ensure Black liberation. 

“Anti-Black racism and white supremacy are the bedrock of every single social injustice we aim to address. Be it housing, education, wages, gender justice, civic engagement, LGBTQI freedom, immigration, hunger, poverty, culture, you name it. My call to philanthropy: Fund racial justice. Fund the hell out of it.” wrote Astraea Board Member Will Cordery in Nonprofit Quarterly on Monday. 

We are called to show up radically and compassionately at this moment. We call on every single person, including all in philanthropy, to do the same.

  • Center abolitionist work and divest from police and prisons
    Our vision for liberation is grounded in prison abolition, and aims to transform the very conditions of white supremacy that lead to oppressive, anti-Black, violent systems of policing and incarceration. Now is the time to divest from the police and prisons, and invest in building safe, healthy and thriving communities where we are accountable to each other. Many Black and POC-led grassroots organizations that Astraea is proud to partner with uphold an abolitionist vision of liberation, challenging the state’s reliance on policing and surveillance to resolve conflict, and building alternative forms of safety. They are the future
  • Resource healing justice, collective care and repair work
    Integrate and uphold abolition, healing justice, and holistic security as values that sustain life, safety, and wellbeing. Many queer, trans, two-spirit, Black, Indigenous, People of Color communities and organizations are creating interdependent networks of care so that they don’t need to rely on the state for safety. Support that work.
  • Honor and protect Black trans and LGBQI lives
    As we mourn the violence against Black people across the country, we are reminded that Black trans people are killed at disproportionate rates. In 2019, the death toll of trans people—made up mostly of Black trans women—was so high that the American Medical Association declared it an epidemic. Just in May of this year, we lost Nina Pop, a 28 year old Black trans woman in Missouri and Tony McDade, a Black trans man in Florida to transphobia and brutal police violence. Say their names.
  • Give at the grassroots, including in solidarity with protestors
    Fund Black-led organizing in your community. Support Black-owned businesses. Contribute to bail funds across the country to support the release of protestors defending Black lives. Many of Astraea’s grantees play critical roles in this ecosystem of liberation; please support them and connect with them in any way you can. Our role as a funder and as community members is to ensure that we are building power at the grassroots. 

Struggles for Black communities—especially Black trans, and gender non-conforming (GNC) people—and LGBQI communities are intersectional and interconnected; anti-racism is essential to our collective liberation. Many of Astraea’s U.S. based Black trans and GNC-led grantees are on the frontlines doing this work, while also responding to the needs of their communities as a result of COVID-19, a crisis that has disproportionately impacted Black, Latinx, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and Indigenous communities.

The work of anti-racism and the abolition of white supremacy will not happen overnight. We must dream beyond dismantling “whiteness” and towards systems of material, emotional and spiritual repair, towards joyful struggle, and towards true liberation where all people have dignity, safety, security and life. Beyond this moment of collective grief and outrage, we commit to listening to and learning from Black social justice activists and educators, and to resourcing the Black-led movements working for radical change and healing justice. 

Standing side by side in grief, strength and solidarity,

Sandy Nathan
Interim Executive Director

Introducing our latest U.S. Fund Grantee Partners!

We’re delighted to be sharing our latest round of U.S. Fund grants with all of you! This year we gave $1,639,000 to 49 organizations across 18 states and Puerto Rico.

Photo credit: TGI Justice Project

We’re delighted to be sharing our latest round of U.S. Fund grants with all of you! As we all know, our world is a very different place from when we made these grants, and our communities are working perhaps more tirelessly than ever before to care for each other, and advocate and protect justice and equal rights for all. 

This year we gave $1,639,000 to 49 organizations across 18 states and Puerto Rico. Over 99% of this funding went to LGBTQI People of Color and gender non-conforming led organizations working for racial, economic, gender, migrant, and reproductive justice.

The COVID-19 crisis is highlighting and exacerbating long-standing structural inequities and laying bare the devastating effects of capitalism. Yet LGBTQI, Black, Brown, migrant, and Indigenous communities in the United States, like many of our grantee partners, have always been at the forefront of liberatory activism because these are the communities most impacted, yet most resilient in their fight for justice!

Working in creative and dynamic ways across movements and issues, here are just a few of the strategies our grantees are using to work towards our collective liberation:

  • Ensuring access to housing for queer and trans youth: The Providence Youth Student Movement’s Queer Transformative Roots program launched its Emergency Housing Network for queer and trans youth of color in Providence and throughout the state. Rooted in abolition, their housing justice work centers sustainable cooperative housing systems for queer and trans communities of color.
  • Creating powerful spaces to advance and demand reproductive justice: SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW is launching their first national conference JusticeNOW2020 later this year, a cross-movement power building and power shifting conference for the advancement of reproductive justice. Bringing together activists, advocates, artists, movement leaders, organizers, community members, students, educators, medical professionals, attorneys, policy makers, public health professionals, researchers, scientists, and funders, the conference is an opportunity for those across many issues to unite around reproductive rights.
  • Working towards safe and smooth reintegration for LGBTQ+ people returning home from prison: Black and Pink opened ‘Lydon House’, the first non-state controlled transitional community housing for LGBTQ+ people who are returning home from prison. The home will impact thousands of LGBTQ+ people in Nebraska, providing shelter, hot meals, and a community space for individuals to come together.
  • Providing critical medical, legal, bail, and direct service support for refugees: As part of the LA for Refugees working group, the Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC) has been working in partnership with the Central American Resource Center. The LA for Refugees working group was formed in response to the growing number of migrant caravans, and IYC has now facilitated 10 trips to the Southern border to support refugees by ensuring they have access to professional medical and legal expertise, as well as basic supplies. 

      Please join us in celebrating the work of these inspiring grantee partners, and read more about their work in the links below.*


      U.S. Fund Grantee Partners*

      *Note: We do not publicize a number of our courageous grantee partners because of security threats they face in their local contexts, so organizations may be missing from this list.

      APIENC (API Equality – Northern California)
      California

      Audre Lorde Project
      New York

      Black Alliance for Just Immigration
      National

      Black and Brown Workers Cooperative
      Pennsylvania

      Black and Pink
      National

      Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project
      National

      Black Trans Media
      New York

      Blackbird
      National

      Bold Futures
      New Mexico

      BreakOUT New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice
      Louisiana

      BYP100 Education Fund
      National

      Communities United for Police Reform
      New York

      Community United Against Violence, Inc.
      California

      El/La Para Translatinas
      California

      Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
      California

      Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement
      National

      Freedom to Thrive
      National

      Garden of Peace Project
      Pennsylvania

      Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network Southeast
      Southeast

      Girls for Gender Equity
      New York

      Immigrant Youth Coalition
      California

      Invisible to Invincible (“i2i”): API Pride of Chicago
      Illinois

      Law for Black Lives
      New York

      MediaJustice
      California

      Mijente
      National

      Montana Two Spirit Society
      Montana

      National Network of Abortion Funds
      National

      National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network
      National

      Out in the Open
      Vermont

      Peacock Rebellion
      California

      Power Inside
      Maryland

      Project South and members of the Southern Movement Assembly
      Georgia

      Providence Youth Student Movement
      Rhode Island

      Queer & Trans People of Color Birthwerq Project
      Washington

      Racial Justice Action Center, (SNaP Co and Women on the Rise)
      Georgia

      SisterReach
      Tennessee

      SisterSong
      Georgia

      Somos Familia
      California

      Southern Vision Alliance
      North Carolina

      Southerners on New Ground
      Georgia

      SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW
      Georgia

      Stonewall Youth
      Washington

      The Knights and Orchids Society
      Alabama

      Trans Queer Pueblo
      Arizona

      Trans(forming)
      Georgia

      Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable and Empowering
      Alabama

      Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project
      California

      Women With a Vision
      Louisiana

      By supporting Astraea, you are creating ecosystems of resistance that are smart, effective, and unique. Join us!

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      Astraea’s next Executive Director(s) search begins!

      A letter from Astraea’s board co-chairs about the launch of Astraea’s Executive Director/Co-Director search process.

       

      Dear friends,

      We hope this finds you and your community well.

      As many of you know, Astraea has been undergoing an executive leadership transition process over the last nine months. Today, we are delighted to share that we are officially launching our search for Astraea’s next Executive Director or Co-Directors

      With the confluence of global health, political, and economic disruptions unfolding amid tectonic shifts in philanthropy and LGBTQI movements, the need for bold queer feminist funding has never been greater. 

      This is an exceptional opportunity for a strategic and visionary leader(s) to build on four decades of innovative grantmaking and philanthropic advocacy to fuel the organizing of powerful grassroots movements and realize a world where all people can actively and enthusiastically belong.

      In January, Astraea staff and board came together for a two-day retreat in New York City with the goal of envisioning our future leadership, and laying out the values, skills, and expertise we want to see. It was also an opportunity for staff and board to build authentic relationships and alignment around our core values. We dreamed small and big, thought creatively and critically and, at the end of the two days, consolidated and shared our vision with Astraea’s newly established Search Committee. 

      The staff and board search team is working with McCormack+Kristel search consultants to identify a new Executive Director or Co-Directors for Astraea. We are looking for fierce feminist leaders with an uncompromising commitment to advancing gender, racial, economic, and environmental justice, who are rooted in the politics of global solidarity, and comfortable articulating and advancing a radical vision. Our ideal candidate(s) will be innovative and adaptive and, ideally, have lived experience in the Global South and/or East. Please find the full job description and application details here.

      We anticipate that our executive search process will continue for the next few months, as we work to find leadership that truly aligns with our values and principles. Throughout this time, we will endeavor to keep you all updated as regularly as possible. We look forward to sharing more and hope that we can lean into you, our community, to help us find powerful feminist leadership for Astraea’s next chapter!

      As we know, Astraea’s charge to support the LBTQI frontlines around the globe is more crucial than ever. 

      In ongoing solidarity,

      Iimay Ho and Eboné Bishop, Board Co-chairs
      on behalf of the Astraea Board of Directors

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      It Takes An Ecosystem: Our 2019 Annual Report is here!

      We’re so proud to share our 2019 Annual Report with you, Building Power: Creating Ecosystems of Liberation. It truly takes an ecosystem to create resilient, thriving, joyful communities.

      As we and the communities we’re a part of move deeper into this global COVID-19 crisis, we know that our mission and our work are as critical as ever. What we also know to be absolutely true is that it takes not one, but all of us to fight for a brighter world. Our work—supporting powerful, grassroots LBTQI movements around the world over the last 42 years—has shown us just this: it truly takes an ecosystem to create resilient, thriving, joyful communities.

      That’s why we’re so proud to share our 2019 Annual Report with you, Building Power: Creating Ecosystems of Liberation.

      The movements we support continue to push for the critical change we now all understand to be essential; equal access to healthcare and essential services, ending mass criminalization and state violence, working against deportation and detention of migrants, advocating for joy, belonging, and equal rights for all of us.

      As funders, we hold a great responsibility to nourish our movements to do what they do best—fight for justice, and build joyful futures. In 2019, we granted over $4.2 million to 190 grantee partners in the United States and around the world.

      Part of building strong ecosystems is ensuring that those who are most impacted by oppression, violence, and discrimination, are also the most supported. That’s why:

      • 99% of our U.S. funding supported queer, trans, and gender non-conforming People of Color
      • 63% of our international funding went to groups in repressed and closing civil societies
      • To date, we have leveraged over $2m for the growing global intersex network
      • We are 1 of only 2 funders worldwide giving more than 10% of our funding to trans organizations

      Our 2019 Year in Review is all about what it takes to build ecosystems that last. Ecosystems that endure challenging times, are strengthened by collaboration and community, and shift power back into the hands of grassroots movements. Join us and read about the creative, dynamic, and strategic ways our movements are working to bring into being the world we’ve all been dreaming.

      Lesbian Visibility Day 2020

      Supporting and resourcing LBQ organizing is critical to the lives and well-being of LBQ people everywhere. Join us as we celebrate Lesbian Visibility Day 2020!

      Today, Astraea celebrates the vibrant, growing LBQ movement and their radical visions of collective care and liberation.

      LBQ activists and communities are:

      • working intersectionally
      • collaborating across movements
      • centering collective care, healing justice and sustainability

      Yet LBQ groups face a critical lack of resourcing to continue this crucial work:

      • Only 3.5% of LGBTI funding is LBQ-specific.
      • 48% of LBQ groups receive less than USD $5k in external funding.
      • 34% of LBQ group receive NO external funding.

      In 2019, Astraea gave over USD $1M to grassroots, LBQ-led organizing. 

      85% of our international grants specifically fund LBQ and trans-led communities.

      Join us as we continue supporting LBQ movements to create a future that is inclusive, respectful, and safe for us all.

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      Trans Day of Visibility 2020

      Astraea celebrates the efforts, victories, and lives of trans people across the globe this Trans Day of Visibility.

      Astraea celebrates the efforts, victories, and lives of trans people across the globe. Trans activists and communities are:

      • fighting violence, criminalization, and discrimination
      • establishing crucial support in healthcare, social services, and education
      • pushing for legal gender recognition
      • building community around the world

      However, trans organizing is severely under-resourced.

      • Trans organizing worldwide receives only 3.5% of LGBTI funding.
      • 56% of trans groups operate on an annual budget less than USD $10k.
      • 40% of trans groups have NO external funding.

      Astraea is 1 of 2 funders in the world giving more than 10% of funding to trans groups. Supporting and resourcing trans organizing is critical to the lives and well-being of trans people everywhere.

      Join us in supporting trans people in the U.S. and all over the world!

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      Standing in Community During COVID-19

      An update from Astraea’s Interim Executive Director as the globe fights the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Dear Astraea community,

      We hope this message finds you healthy and safe.

      As the world moves further into these unsettling times and we seek to understand the full impact of the coronavirus on our lives, I want to send out a message of support from all of us here at Astraea.

      Astraea stands in deep solidarity with all our communities and our movements. Some of our grantee partners have been dealing with the devastating effects since December 2019 and many in the Global North are just catching up to these terrifying realities. We particularly want to acknowledge those most impacted by the virus and the global public health crisis: the immuno-compromised, the displaced, the elderly, and all of those rendered vulnerable by intersecting oppressions, structural and historic exclusion from systems of care.

      Like many other organizations, we have taken the decision to close our office in New York for now to protect the health and safety of our staff and do our part in flattening the curve. Our staff are working remotely, with many now juggling children at home and caring for loved ones of all ages. We have emphasized that self-care, community care, and everyone’s wellbeing is our main priority right now and that our queer feminist values must guide each step we take in response to this new moment. 

      Astraea is deeply committed to supporting LGBTQI communities to heal, build, collaborate, and grow through supporting healing-based work that responds to systemic trauma. We also know that during moments of crisis, human rights and civil liberties are often the first to be eroded. This time is unfortunately no different. Migrants, sex workers, artists, folks working in gig economies, and those precariously employed are facing deportation, job loss, and unequal access to medical care. Black and People of Color communities who have been economically disadvantaged due to White Supremacy and the effects of capitalism have far fewer savings to lean on in times of crisis and will experience the brunt of the harm. Xenophobia and discrimination are already hurting Asian communities worldwide. Additionally, surveillance of vulnerable communities and abuses of state power in the name of ‘health and safety’ are increasing. Mutual aid, holistic security and digital rights are critical as we fight to ensure all communities have access to the information and resources they need. 

      Now more than ever, we must support and build with our grantee partners across the globe who are on the frontlines of caring for their people and resisting roll-backs on human rights. We are reaching out to them to better understand their needs and how we can support them. As always, we recognize the criticality of providing unrestricted, long-term support to our movements so they can respond nimbly to changing conditions such as these. We urge all funders to do the same, and indeed, to deepen their funding support to respond to this crisis as it continues to unfold.

      As we adjust to these current realities and understand what they mean for our work in human rights and social justice philanthropy, I want to share a few resources with you below that I have found helpful over the last several days. We’ll be updating this list as we gather more resources so please do take a look. 

      Wishing you health, safety, and gentleness during this challenging time.

      In solidarity,

      Sandy Nathan, on behalf of Astraea staff and board
      Interim Executive Director

      Resources: