State of the Movement 2020: Visionary Strategies to Build a Regenerative Economy

Host Organization: Justice Funders


From worker-owned cooperatives to community land trusts, and community-controlled energy systems to democratically-governed loan funds, grassroots social justice movements across the country are experimenting with real models for ushering a Just Transition that place power into the hands of people most harmed by the extractive economy.

These radical and visionary actions recognize that incremental progress is wholly insufficient for addressing the magnitude of crisis we face. Rather, we must invest in transformative approaches that have the potential to ignite exponential change, commensurate with the level of cumulative and ongoing harm done to low-income communities, Indigenous communities and communities of color.

So what are the strategies being utilized by frontline communities to take risks, change the rules of the game and fight for our collective liberation to transform our economy to one that is truly regenerative for people and the planet?

And how is institutional philanthropy responding to the urgency of this moment, matching the level of response that our movements are demonstrating, to make bold and dramatic shifts in grantmaking and investment practice to repair the harm that has been caused through their accumulation of capital and perpetuation of systemic inequality?

Justice Funders invites you to our third annual State of the Movement event featuring movement and philanthropic leaders who will inspire us with their visionary strategies of simultaneously “fighting the bad” and “building the new” to usher a Just Transition toward a regenerative economy.

We will hear from frontline organizations that are building the political, economic and cultural power to create democratically governed institutions that allow our communities to self-determine their future, and funders who are ushering a Just Transition for philanthropy by redistributing wealth, democratizing power and shifting economic control to communities.

Speakers include leaders from the following organizations:

  • Chanowk Yisrael, Yisrael Family Urban Farm
  • Dawn Phillips, Right to the City Alliance
  • Jasmine Gomez, Access Strategies
  • Karissa Lewis, National Black Food & Justice Alliance
  • Kellie Terry, Surdna Foundation
  • Lisa Owens, City Life/Vida Urbana
  • Melissa Nelson, The Cultural Conservancy
  • Morning Star Gali, Restoring Justice for Indigenous Peoples
  • Nick Tilsen, NDN Collective

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