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Disinformation in a News Desert: My Experience in Stockton

September 17, 2021 /

By Summer Migliori Soto (she/her), Programs & Initiatives Manager at WDN   The proliferation of disinformation on social media is something that both fascinates and horrifies me. I was born and raised in Stockton, CA, a beautiful yet complicated city scarred by decades of high poverty and racial, educational, and employment disparities. These disparities and […]

When Maacah Davis Is Told It’s Undoable, She Does It

September 13, 2021 /

New member Maacah Davis joins us today. Born in Cameroon and having spent much of her childhood between Nigeria and Ghana, at the age of 11 Maacah found herself in sleepy Birmingham, Alabama. At 19, she founded the town’s first fashion magazine belladonna and hasn’t stopped creating since. We’re excited to speak with her today. […]

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Rapid Response Funding to Louisiana in the Wake of Hurricane Ida

September 8, 2021 /

Many will remember our deep multi-year involvement in the region after Hurricane Katrina, and the hard work and partnerships that we built, focusing on grassroots organizations founded and run by women who became leaders and partners of ours for many years. It is appropriate and fitting that we step up once again. WDN has made […]

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Emergent Fund News: One Year, $3.4 Million, What’s Next?

September 8, 2021 /

In 2016, WDN co-founded Emergent Fund to move rapid-response resources with no strings attached to communities under attack by federal policies and priorities. Led by an Advisory Council of organizers, Emergent’s participatory model enables them to respond to communities’ needs more quickly and efficiently than traditional philanthropy, dramatically increasing resources moved to the frontlines in […]

A photo from the San Francisco Chronicle showing Kathryn Snyder, left and Nolizwe Nondabula, right, raising their fists as they block traffic during a demonstration against police brutality. The photo was taken on the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in Oakland, California on January 18, 2016.

Understanding Defund the Police: Contextually, Historically and Strategically

August 18, 2021 /

For many of us, defunding the police is a new idea. How do we help more people in our lives understand what defund means? How can those of us who are new to this demand deepen our understanding of what frontline organizers are calling for? This piece written by WDN staffer, Kathryn Snyder, uses her […]

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7 Takes on the Disinformation Pandemic

August 13, 2021 /

Mural entitled “Disinformation” by Kevin Ledo. Photo by @urbanmuralhunter and cropped into landscape format.    Disinformation is a powerful weapon, we’re now seeing the widespread results of that. We collected seven personal takes on disinformation from our members and staff, as well as the movement leaders and experts who will be speaking at the upcoming […]

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Save the Date: WDN Connect 2021

August 2, 2021 /

Save the date for WDN Connect this November! We’re planning powerful virtual programming from November 4th to 6th to share the impact of our collective funding, progress on our equity journey, and to talk about what comes next. While we’re hopeful about the pace of vaccinations and updated CDC guidelines, there are a number of unknowns that […]

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Giving Is a Journey: Cheryl Houser Shares Hers and Why She’s Focusing More on Political Giving

August 2, 2021 /

WDN member Cheryl Houser joins us in an interview to share her giving journey and what avenues she’s using to create change. You’re a relatively recent member having joined in October of 2020, so welcome, we’re excited to learn a bit more about you and your passions. Tell us about your background. What other work […]

What Can We Do to Uplift Birth Justice?

July 27, 2021 /

In June and July of 2021, we hosted a series called Uplifting Birth Justice. With 15+ speakers and partner networks, this unprecedented series taught us that the fight for birth justice requires all of us. Now is our chance to transform institutions and improve outcomes for birthing people around the world. What Can We Do to […]

When Self Care Meets Collective Care, Our 2021 Member Retreat

July 23, 2021 /

On July 17 and 18, 2021, we held our member retreat, Me to We: When Self Care Meets Collective Care with Sonya Renee Taylor, Prentis Hemphill, Aryeh Shell, and Amber Field. Visionaries, whose life work is healing the world through individual healing and collective anti-oppression work. Day 1 Build Resilience and Radical Love “Radical self-love […]

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