Letter from the Executive Director

Dear friends,

What a busy year it’s been at Bread & Roses. In March, we awarded 17 grants for criminal justice reform activism through our Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative. I enjoyed seeing many of you at our Tribute to Change in June. In July, we awarded four grants to emerging groups in our Future Fund, eight grants to direct action campaigns in our Racial & Economic Justice Fund, and a grant to POWER in our 1% Fund. In September, we awarded scholarships to four amazing young gay men at our annual Jonathan Lax Scholarship reception, and we celebrated all of our 2014 grantees at On the Rise for Real Change. We have also supported emerging needs throughout the year via our Opportunity Fund.

We’ve emphasized Bread & Roses’ commitment to racial and economic justice in this newsletter. Our cover story examines new racial justice movements. In our grantee profile, you’ll learn about a group of formerly incarcerated women who are transforming the criminal justice system. On page 3, members of Resource Generation Philadelphia invite you to join their bold giving pledge for racial justice. And, with great sadness, we say goodbye to Gloria Casarez, Bread & Roses board member, exceptional champion for change, and one of my dearest friends. We will think of her often as we enjoy the rights she helped us win and forge ahead in new battles.

You and I both know that the grants and technical assistance Bread & Roses provides are essential resources for grassroots groups in our region. Together, we can do more to support movements for real change. Will you please make a generous year-end gift to fund committed, grassroots organizing in the Philadelphia region?

As always, thank you for your support. Have a safe and warm holiday season.

Warm regards,

Casey Cook
executive director