Letter from the Executive Director

Dear friends,

It’s springtime, and I’m happy to say there are many new faces and initiatives here at Bread & Roses. In January we welcomed a new director of programs, Aarati Kasturirangan, and introduced her to the Bread & Roses community at an open house in February. Aarati brings tremendous experience in and knowledge of movements for social justice to Bread & Roses, and you can read all about her on page 3. We’re also welcoming three new board members — Jean Hunt, Leah Pillsbury, and Fabricio Rodriguez — who bring a wealth of skills to our work, including community organizing, donor organizing, and nonprofit management. Get to know them in the sidebar on page 3.

Our grantee profile, at right, features the amazing, prolific organizing of the Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition, which is completely youth-led. Below, we’ve featured the EPIP Philadelphia Giving Circle, an exciting new collective giving initiative that decided to make its home at Bread & Roses. I’m thrilled to welcome this new partner to our community.

Finally, our cover story announces RELEASE, a powerful exhibit and program series focused on gender justice and mass incarceration that we’re hosting this spring along with our friends at Leeway Foundation. The series includes a town hall on gender justice and mass incarceration on March 25 at the Friends Center, and we hope to see you there.


Casey Cook
executive director