Over the past week we’ve seen two instances where grassroots movements, both supported by Crossroads Fund, have won historic victories. On June 8th, President Obama announced that undocumented youth who met certain criteria would be eligible for deportation waivers and work permits.
Over 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:
Crossroads 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!
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.
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.