Letter from the Executive Director

Dear friends,

It’s been a very exciting spring at Bread & Roses. As you’ll read below, we hosted a community forum on education in early March. For someone like me who’s not in our schools every day, it was an important opportunity to hear directly from people who are witnessing the consequences of the draconian budget cuts. Their stories resonated deeply with me, and their calls to action inspired many who attended to join the fight for education justice.

In mid-March, the Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative committee (featured on page 3) gathered at Bread & Roses to decide on this year’s grant recipients. As usual, it was a lot of fun to support the committee in their decision making and learn about new groups in our region that are doing amazing work to reform the broken criminal justice system. You can look forward to reading about the new batch of Phoebus grantees in our next newsletter.

I’m happy to announce that Bread & Roses is welcoming several new members to our Community Grantmaking Committee (CGC). The CGC is made up of activists, organizers, and donors all working for real change in the Philadelphia region. They use a consensus-based process to decide which community groups receive grants through our Racial & Economic Justice Fund and Future Fund.

We’re also busy preparing for the 2014 Tribute to Change on June 24, which is shaping up to be a fantastic event. You can learn about our incredibly courageous Paul Robeson Lifetime Achievement Award honorees in the cover story of this issue. Please help us celebrate all of our honorees by becoming a sponsor or buying tickets to join us at the event. I look forward to seeing you there.

In solidarity,

Casey Cook
executive director