Movement Makers in the Spotlight: United State of Women

Movement Makers in the Spotlight: United State of Women

Movement Maker Spotlight Newsletter Published June 17, 2016

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Movement Makers at the United State of Women

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On June 14th, thousands of individuals working to ensure that women and girls reach their full potential gathered at the White House’s Summit – The United State of Women (#USOW). Several Movement Makers were among an inspiring line up of speakers including: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and many more. Join us in celebrating the dynamic Movement Makers who rocked it at the USOW. There were many powerful moments – some of which were captured on video. Be sure to check out video highlights, including Quentin Walcott of CONNECT co-presenting with actor Matt McGorry about the role of men in ending violence against girls and women and Joanne Smith of Girls for Gender Equity talking about the need for an intersectional, cross-sector movement building approach to ending gender-based violence.

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Other Movement Makers who were present or participated at United State of Women included: Vivian Huelgo, ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence, Neil Irvin, Men Can Stop Rape; Debbie Lee, Futures Without Violence, Nicole Matthews, Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, Kelly Miller, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, Marcia Olivo, Miami Workers Center, Eesha Pandit, Writer/Activist,Patina Park, Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, Lynn Rosenthal, National Domestic Violence Hotline, Andrew Sta.Ana, Day One, Patti Tototzintle, Casa De Esperanza, K. Shakira Washington, The National Crittenton Foundation, and Jamia Wilson, Women, Action, and the Media

One Hundred Grantmakers Gather to Discuss Needs of Black Girls

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In March, NoVo Foundation announced a $90 million investment in girls and young women of color. On May 19, more than 100 grantmakers gathered in New York City to explore the challenges facing Black girls and how philanthropic efforts can drive meaningful systemic change. To watch highlights from this session including panels moderated by Move to End Violence faculty Monica Dennis, along with Movement MakersJoanne Smith and Scheherazade Tillet, please view video highlights and the archived livestream of the day.

Connecting the Dots Across Sectors

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Movement Maker Marcia Olivo and her organization Miami Worker’s Center’s Trust Women campaign in Florida are fighting against attacks on the reproductive health and rights of women via the passage of HB 1411. Support the Trust Women campaign as they make the connections between domestic violence, sexual assault, the lack of affordable housing and child care, detention and deportation, and income inequality as hindrances to women of color to fully participate in the determination of their own futures, their family and communities. Click here to learn more about their campaign demands.

Engaging Men in Ending Violence

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Movement Maker Trina Greene Brown connected with fellow gender-violence activist and brother in the movement, Quentin “Q” Walcott, Co-Executive Director of CONNECT to learn about CONNECT’s 7th Annual Father’s Day Pledge to End Violence. In this event, participants share stories about their path from manhood to fatherhood, the men they lift up as fathers and father figures in family and community, and more. Listen to the Interview on Parenting for Liberation

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Tony Porter: What Can One Generation Teach The Next About Manhood? We usually get wiser with age, but that doesn’t mean we have to grow up to wise up. Five TED speakers, including Movement Maker Tony Porter, explored what it means to find wisdom at every stage of life on this NPR segment.

In the News, At Conferences, On the Web

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Hundreds of people gathered at the 2016 CALCASA Statewide Conference for Transformative Conversations to End Sexual Violence. Watch the powerful keynote presentations and plenary sessions from this event that took place June 21-22, 2016 in Sacramento, CA. Click here to view videos featuring Movement Makers David Lee, Farah Tanis, Lovisa Stannow and MEV’s Jackie Payne.

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Movement Maker Jamia Wilson, Executive Director of Women, Action & the Media, partnered with Move to End Violence faculty Race Forward to reflect on the importance of why talking about #RaceandGender will get us all closer to liberation and freedom. Click here to watch this powerful video.

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Movement Maker Eesha Pandit explores the criminal injustice system in this Salon article.

Movement Maker Created Tools and Resources

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From Grievance to Governance–8 Features of Transformative Campaigns. Transformative campaigns are a means to create the operational alignment our progressive infrastructure needs to build a new, and specific, type of power: the power to govern based on our values. In this movement building resource, Jodeen Olguín-Tayler offers her expertise on the eight features of transformative campaigns.

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Young Women Envisioning Liberation — Inspired by the depth of the conversations young women led around personal and collective power, freedom and liberation while in South Africa, Lorena Estrella developed a tool to help other begin to talk to their young people about liberation. Download this tool.

Awards, Recognitions

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Movement Maker Joanne Smith’s incredible work was featured as the cover story in YES! Magazine in the article “This ‘New’ Feminism Has Been Here All Along,” which explores intersectional feminism past, present, and future.

To learn more about all the powerful Movement Makers, visit their profiles at on our website.

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