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In the past year, #blacklivesmatter has brought national attention to state-sanctioned violence against people of color. However, the experiences of women and transgender people of color remain marginalized even in this dialogue. In order to amplify gendered experiences of state-sanctioned violence against people of color, Bread & Roses has partnered with Leeway Foundation to present RELEASE, an art exhibition and program series that will run from February 26 through June 30.
When the members of a new giving circle were looking for a home for their community-directed grantmaking idea, they immediately thought of Bread & Roses. “Our group has a strong social justice orientation, so Bread & Roses seemed like an obvious fit,” said Jenny Weissbourd, chair of the EPIP Philadelphia Giving Circle. The circle is an initiative of the Philadelphia chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), a national network of foundation professionals and social entrepreneurs dedicated to building a just, equitable, and sustainable society.
“Young people could be respected partners in building community and social justice advocacy,” said Jason Landau Goodman, founding executive director of the Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition (PSEC). PSEC organizes LGBTQ youth to be successful community advocates and advances LGBTQ youth issues in government.
Aarati (“Arthi”) Kasturirangan joined Bread & Roses as director of programs in January. Aarati is a longtime organizer, activist, educator, and researcher in movements for gender justice, racial justice, climate justice, and peace. She has a PhD in community psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her time in Chicago, Aarati cofounded the Chicago chapter of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence and coordinated the 2002 Color of Violence conference.
Phil Africa, longtime member and leader of MOVE, died in January while imprisoned at SCI Dallas. He was a writer, artist, and revolutionary who dedicated his life to black liberation.
Florence Cohen, lifelong activist, died in January. She and her late husband, David Cohen, received the Paul Robeson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2005 Tribute to Change for devoting their careers to preserving and expanding the rights of oppressed people and communities in Philadelphia.