Actions and Detail Panel
A Movement Conversation: Resistance & Solidarity in 100 Days of 45
Wed, April 26, 2017, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM PDT
Presented by the Bay Area Justice Funders Network:
Multiple communities have come under attack in the first 100 days of the 45th Presidential administration, however, the RESISTANCE is strong! Grassroots and community leaders have mobilized to develop proactive and defensive strategies to combat potential rollbacks affecting marginalized communities throughout the country, in addition to engaging in intentional practices that center love and inclusion. Philanthropic solidarity to support resistance efforts is growing through pledges, rapid response funds, and aligned grantmaking.
As we mark 100 days in this new administration, local leaders from the Arab Resource & Organizing Center, Bay Rising, and Movement Strategy Center will share examples of how to #LeadWithLove and Bay Resistance. And similarly, leaders from the Groundswell Fund, General Service Foundation, and the California Wellness Foundation will highlight how philanthropy is working to show solidarity to movements in this moment.
Join us for a multi-dimensional conversation between members of BAJFN and movement leaders. We will learn about resistance efforts on the ground & solidarity efforts in philanthropy, engage in strategic conversations between funders and community leaders about the next 100 days:
How can funders support resistance efforts in the next 100 days?
How can grassroots leaders and funders coordinate and strategize in a more collaborative way?
**Light refreshments will be served. **
1:15: Panel of Resistance
Kimi Lee, Bay Rising
Lara Kiswani, Arab Resource & Organizing Center
Mimi Ho, Movement Strategy Center
2:30: Panel of Solidarity
Vanessa Daniel, Groundswell Fund
Dimple Abichandani, General Service Foundation
Fatima Angeles, California Wellness Foundation
3:15: Table Discussions: How do we continue to resist and deepen solidarity over the next 100 days?
4:15: Wrap-Up, Close
BAJFN’s “Movement Conversations" series intentionally brings together funders and movement leaders for deliberate conversations dedicated to: increasing understanding, developing partnership and building movement.
About the Speakers:
Executive Director, General Service Foundation
Dimple Abichandani joined GSF in late August 2015 as the Executive Director, bringing two decades of experience advancing social justice as a funder, advocate and educator. She was previously the ED of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley School of Law, and the founding program officer for the Security & Rights Collaborative at the Proteus Fund. Earlier in her career she was a legal services attorney and represented low-wage workers and low-income immigrants. Dimple earned a JD at Northeastern University School of Law, and a BA in English with Honors at the University of Texas at Austin. Outside of work, she finds joy in time spent with family & friends, gardening, and yoga.
Vice President of Programs, California Wellness Foundation
Fatima Angeles is vice president of programs at The California Wellness Foundation. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Grants Program Department, which includes oversight of Cal Wellness’ grantmaking. Angeles joined Cal Wellness as a program director in February 1998 and became the director of evaluation and organizational learning in 2006. Before joining Cal Wellness, she was a program associate at the Hasbro Children’s Foundation in New York City and an advisory committee member for Cal Wellness’ Children and Youth Community Health Initiative. Angeles has served as vice chair of the board of Grantmakers In Health and as secretary of the board of Northern California Grantmakers. She was also on the funding board of the Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund, which works to support and build the capacity of small, grassroots environmental groups. She earned her master’s degree in public health from Columbia University and her bachelor’s degree in biology, with a minor in Asian American Studies, from the University of California, Berkeley.
Executive Director, Groundswell Fund
Vanessa Daniel is the founder and Executive Director of Groundswell Fund, the largest funder of the U.S. reproductive justice movement. Under her leadership, Groundswell has moved more than $32 million to the reproductive justice movement, with a focus on grassroots organizing led by women of color, low income women and transgender people. Prior to Groundswell, Vanessa supported LGBT rights, economic and environmental justice grantmaking at Tides Foundation; organized homecare workers with SEIU; helped win a landmark living wage law with the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE); and conducted research to support the organizing efforts of welfare mothers with the Applied Research Center (now Race Forward). Vanessa currently serves on the Board of Directors of Common Counsel Foundation and on the steering committee for the Health and Environmental Funder’s Network. She has a B.A. in American Ethnic Studies from Smith College and is a graduate of the Center for Third World Organizing’s Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program.
Co-Director, Movement Strategy Center
Mimi has over two decades of organizing and consulting experience — from building local organizing institutions to statewide and national policy campaigns — with a special focus on organizing low-income communities of color. At Movement Strategy Center, Mimi has supported the alliance building work of core partners including the Climate Justice Alliance, the HEAL (Health Environment, Agriculture Labor) Food Alliance, and the United Workers Congress. As part of MSC’s Leadership Team, Mimi helped launch the Transitions Initiative, MSC’s multi-movement initiative to bring movement leaders and emerging leaders together to build multi-systems social change, grounded in relationships and personal transformation. Mimi grew up in the U.S. and Taiwan, and deeply appreciates being grounded and connected across communities. She also thoroughly enjoys the fun and challenges of raising her two young daughters, Olive and Juniper.
Executive Direcotr, Arab Resource & Organizing Center
Lara Kiswani joined AROC as Executive Director beginning in August 2012. AROC is a grassroots organization working to empower and organize our community towards justice and self-determination for all. Lara Kiswani is a Palestinian raised in the Bay Area. She has organized with antiwar, immigrant rights, feminist, community, youth and student organizations. She also worked as a youth and adult educator in nonprofits and schools. Lara completed her undergraduate studies at UC Davis, majoring in International Relations with an emphasis on Peoples and Nationalities, also helping to establish the Middle East South Asia minor. She earned an MA in Education at SFSU where her research focused on Palestinian American youth identity, language and decolonization.
Director, Bay Rising
With over 25 years of organizing and alliance building experience, Kimi Lee is the new Director of Bay Rising. Kimi was the National Coordinator of the United Workers Congress, a strategic alliance to build power for excluded workers and their national independent worker alliances. She was also a Senior Fellow at the Movement Strategy Center, with a focus on building national strategic alliances and creating intersections for different social movements. She was the founder and Executive Director of the Garment Worker Center in Los Angeles and helped to establish MIWON, the Multi-ethnic Immigrant Workers Organizing Network. Most recently, she started a preschool cooperative for her children in East Oakland serving families of color who wanted to engage their young children in social justice issues.