Letter from the Executive Director

Dear friends,

It’s an exciting time of year at Bread & Roses, with the Tribute to Change coming up on Thursday, October 1. Our theme this year, environmental justice, is timely and important. See the enclosed insert to learn about our amazing honorees and the work they’re doing, and then join us on October 1 to celebrate their victories, which truly benefit us all.

On page 3, we’ve profiled Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign and their work convening the U.S. Social Forum in June. Following that, we’re introducing three fantastic new board members: Jennifer Jordan, DJ Thornton, and Jill Feldstein. They’re familiar faces in the Bread & Roses community, and I greatly appreciate that they are deepening their commitment by joining the board.

Below, we’re showcasing the new End AIDS in Ghana Fund, a partnership between Bread & Roses and Philadelphia FIGHT that builds connections and supports work to end the AIDS crisis in Ghana. It’s an exciting new way to support movements for change beyond the Philadelphia area.

On the cover, we explore what brought us to June’s exciting victory for marriage equality while examining the work that remains in order to achieve full LGBT liberation. On a personal note, on September 6, I married my partner of 11 years, Shauna Swartz, here in Philadelphia surrounded by friends and family. Thank you all for your love and support.


Casey Cook
executive director