The Defending the Dream Fund partnership, made up of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation, General Service Foundation and other partners, came together this spring to support grassroots organizing in under-resourced areas to protect targeted communities, resist the draconian and destructive policies of the Trump era and work towards a hopeful dream of a just, equitable and caring society.
We are very excited to announce the 19 organizations selected in the first round of grants.
In response to this unique moment and opportunity, the Hill-Snowdon Foundation has developed the Making Black Lives Matter Initiative (MBLM), a three year grantmaking and strategic co-funding initiative that seeks to maximize this historic moment to begin building long term institutional and political power for Black social change and racial justice.
A message from Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance:
For the past two days, I have been walking with 100 courageous women in the 100 Women 100 Miles Pilgrimage. Women traveled from across the country and left their jobs and families for eight long days to welcome Pope Francis and share his message of compassion, dignity and inclusion of immigrants with our entire country.
As anti-immigrant sentiment is fed by the media, I’m writing from the heart of a very different movement. Each step we take on this pilgrimage is an act of love — for our families and for the future of this country. After two days and over 20 miles, we are more determined and hopeful than ever that a more inclusive and just America is on its way.
This week I shared my family’s personal story with TIME Magazine, telling the world why I am walking 100 miles with 100 women over the next week. You can read my piece in TIME here.
We also created a video to share why we are walking to greet Pope Francis and how his words inspire us. Click here to watch the video.
Finally, I wanted to share some of my favorite pictures from the walk so far with you. You can see more photos here.
As I wrote in TIME, migration is the common thread of a story that most of our families share, but we have lost this thread and forgotten what ties us together. The 100 women walking this week are part of a rising tide of compassion, the antidote to the hate around us. From Europe to the US, we are the global voice for dignity and love.
P.S. Share the journey with us. Learn more at webelongtogether.org and follow us on social media at #100Women100Miles.