The Hill-Snowdon Foundation, in partnership with the General Service Foundation, is launching the Defending the Dream Fund to provide expedited resources to grassroots organizing groups that are working to protect targeted communities in the Trump era and defend the core principles of equity and justice.
In solidarity with the National Day of Action and Resistance, the Hill-Snowdon Foundation will close its office on May 1st, 2017 – May Day. The Majority is comprised of faith communities, unions, Movement for Black Lives, Mijente and other migrant rights organizations, climate justice groups, indigenous networks, and a spectrum of progressive allies that are coordinating efforts in over 100 cities on May 1st to stand up for justice and equity.
Given our office closure and the work that will be happening on the ground on May 1st, we are extending the deadline for our Defending the Dream Fund from May 1st to May 3rd.
Hill-Snowdon Foundation on Making Black Lives Matter
The Black Lives Matter movement – grounded in the devastating history and current events of explicit and implicit racially motivated state violence against the Black community – has created an important opportunity to address racial justice in the US today. The movement has touched every aspect of our society with its unflinching call for justice, respect and opportunity for the Black community.
Nat Williams, Executive Director of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation, offers some thoughts on how the philanthropic and social justice community might make Black Lives Matter as an enduring political and social imperative in this country. In short, he believes that in order to make Black Lives Matter we need to significantly strengthen and build the infrastructure for Black-led institutional and political power, in order to dismantle the system of structural racism and provide real opportunities for the Black community to thrive. He offers this report as a contribution to the reflective dialogues and organizing that are taking place to make Black Lives Matter more and the foundation looks forward to partnering with those who are engaged in this essential work.