Please join us in welcoming our new grantees: Black Voters Matter and Center for Policing Equity.
Since we started our work, Pennywise has prioritized giving to organizations that are standing up to injustices in the criminal legal system and are part of a broader racial justice movement. This year, we’ve redoubled our efforts. We are proud to stand with our grantee partners as they demand
“The side that wants to take the choice away from women and give it to the state, they’re fighting a losing battle. Time is on the side of change.”
-Ruth Bader Ginsburg
While all elections have consequences, the outcome of the 2020 presidential election will shape many health issues of importance to women for years to come. From the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, to the uncertain future of the Affordable Care Act, to threats to reproductive health care, the outcome of this election will have major consequences for women and the nation as a whole. Please Vote. Our rights depend on it.
The Xingu has been severely impacted over the past decade by climate change across the region, including aridification (drying) due to deforestation in the Upper Xingu and climate-influenced droughts. Since they first began in 2007, major forest fires, unknown in the cultural memory of indigenous communities, have plagued the Upper Xingu. Fires and fire vulnerability further intensified since 2015, when fires consumed half of the forests in the Kuikuro territory. This has been ameliorated over the past five years with the intervention of the Prev-Fogo program and the training of local fire brigades. However, cuts in funding from an indifferent, or even hostile, government are threatening the efficacy of these measures. Even before the COVID-19 crisis the indigenous people of the southern Amazon were facing unprecedented threats. Widespread deforestation, fires and a hostile government are decimating their tropical forest homes and have left them fighting for their very survival.
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"Ours is not the struggle of one day, one week, or one year. Ours is not the struggle of one judicial appointment or presidential term. Ours is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe even many lifetimes, and each one of us in every generation must do our part."
― John Lewis on movement building in Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America. August 2017.
We are in awe of our grantees standing up to a the undue injustices so many people around the world face. Our friends at SOIL and APLV are fighting to bring essential sanitation and clean water solutions to communities that have been historically unheard and oppressed. Our partners in the Amazon Hope Collective are raising awareness about the threats to the survival of indigenous groups by fire, disease and deforestation. Our partnerships with Steps, CHT, ShiftMeals and Vermonters for Criminal Justice have helped people build resilient futures for themselves, their families and their communities in this challenging time. Thank you to all of you working to make the world a better, more just place. Be the Change. Vote.
At Pennywise we recognize indigenous rights to land, rights to subsistence resources and activities, rights to self-determination and self-government, and the right to practice one's own culture and customs including language and religion. Your vote is your voice. Use it for what matters.