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Golden ToiletOver the past year, Crossroads Fund has been working hard to improve our communications, both online and off. We revamped our website, added a blog, created grantee profile videos, revamped our newsletter, and upped our game on Facebook. Often our media ideas and inspiration come from our grantees, many of whom are grassroots media superstars!

Here are a couple of current and former Crossroads Fund grantees who are using media to get their message out in new and exciting ways:

Wed, May 16, 2012

Mata Traders 15% offerCrossroads Fund is excited to announce a community partnership with Mata Traders for the month of May! Mata Traders is an independent women’s clothing label located in Chicago that wholesales and retails a high fashion line of fairly traded apparel and accessories. The company works directly with women’s cooperatives and artisan groups throughout India and Nepal that pay a fair wage and provide training, benefits and safe working conditions. Each month they choose a community partner and donate a portion of online sales to that organization. Crossroads Fund is thrilled to be their community partner this month!

Wed, May 02, 2012

Immigrant Youth Justice League members occupy an intersection in Georgia. Photo by Isaac Steiner.When hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Chicago in 2006 to protest unjust immigration laws, Crossroads Fund’s grantees were there. We support groups that have grown over the years to take leadership roles in immigrant rights organizing, like the Korean American Resource and Cultural Center and the United African Organization, as well as emerging leaders like the Immigrant Youth Justice League.

Mon, Apr 23, 2012

Crossroads Fund Staff with the 2012 Youth Fund Grantmaking Team.Five years into our Youth Fund for Social Change, we remain humbled and inspired by the many young people who are taking a stand and transforming systems that harm them and their peers. Over the past five years, we have seen young people advocate for a trauma center in their neighborhood, engage their elders to break cycles of violence, come out as “undocumented, unafraid and unapologetic,” and work to empower homeless LGBT youth, among other issues.

Tue, Apr 17, 2012

Elvis MendezOn October 26th, 2011 Crossroads Fund was honored to host author and activist Erica Sagrans, editor of the book "We Are Wisconsin," for a Reading Change discussion of new strategies in labor organizing. She was joined by Leah Raffanti of Chicago ACTS, Elvis Mendez of Warehouse Workers for Justice, and Linda Haluska of OUR Walmart.

Their conversation was broadcast by CAN-TV, and you can watch the video below. 

Wed, Apr 11, 2012