Support "And Still We Rise: Women of Color Leadership Forum"

For: Empowering local Women of Color and their communities.
Springfield, MA
Organizer: Jen Matias
Support "And Still We Rise: Women of Color Leadership Forum" (Empowering local Women of Color and their communities.)
$4,775
of $5,000 goal
95% Complete
Raised by 81 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Will you help fund "And Still We Rise," a groundbreaking leadership development program for Women of Color?


Here's what participants are saying:


“I came away with the gift of connection that builds the fabric of revolution.”


“I feel that what is happening here is the start of some kind of movement, something that is larger than each of us individually and makes us more powerful as a community to create change.”


And Still We Rise" is a project of the just-launched Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership. This leadership forum by and for Women of Color meets monthly in six-month cycles. Attendance is free for the forty-two Women of Color who participate each cycle. The rising demand for "And Still We Rise" is so great, the Truth School wants to offer it continually at no charge to women throughout the western Massachusetts region. But the costs of trainers and materials for such an intensive program is prohibitive. That's why we're turning to you, members of our wider community, who we know value the work and leadership of Women of Color as we do.


Can you make a meaningful contribution to help power "And Still We Rise" and support the critical leadership of Women of Color?

And will you ask five friends and family members to join you in lifting up this work?


In this current political climate, the strong and inspired leadership of Women of Color leaders is critical. Women of Color leaders are working tirelessly to lift up, heal, and empower marginalized communities that are under siege. We must take action to strengthen their leadership so that they can continue to sustain, defend, and transform communities, while mobilizing resources to achieve social justice and social change. “And Still We Rise,” is a unique opportunity for Women of Color to gather, rejuvenate, build resilience and capacity, create networks of support, collaborate, and strategize for the future, in the supportive and affirming presence of other Women of Color. At this particular moment, “And Still We Rise,” is a vital source of support for the Women of Color enrolled and for the health and well-being of our communities.


Please, donate and share! Doing so is an act of resistance and generosity; you are taking real action to support local Women of Color leaders, and the development of just and resilient local communities.


Onward!


Jen Matias, Leadership Coach, Consultant, and Trainer, Dance the Dream Coaching and Consulting for Social Justice and Social Change

Steering Committee Member, Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership


Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 1, 2018

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Posted on January 1, 2018

We did it! Thanks to your support we met and exceeded our goal! Thanks to our 82 financial backers, 140 shares, and countless behind the scenes efforts, And Still We Rise will continue as the crucial *and free* leadership forum for Women of Color that it is meant to be. Justice happens through courage, determination, and because you care! Thank you, thank you, thank you, and happy new year!  (Image Credit N.P.R)


Posted on December 27, 2017

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Posted on December 27, 2017

Your support has been amazing, and we are deeply grateful!, However, our end date is this Sunday and we are still $1800 short of our goal! Please share widely and ask your family to donate by the last day of 2017!. Together, we can meet our goal support our Women of Color leaders to usher in a new year of resistance and resilience! 


Posted on November 30, 2017

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Posted on November 30, 2017

Wow! We just shot past our halfway goal and are about to break $3K - Thanks to your help. Thank you to our 38 supporters, and 86 shares! Let's keep the momentum going, and get this program fully funded by the end of the year! Please, support Women of Color! Donate, share, and spread the word! 

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