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We are at an important moment of great risk and opportunity. How can we deepen our collaboration and leverage our collective knowledge and power differently and more fully?

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JASS is excited to participate and contribute to this year’s EDGE Annual Donor Conference from October 11-15 themed, “Building Collective Power for Change” along with other progressive donors, movement activists, and allies.

We are at an important moment of great risk and opportunity. A key question before us is if we view this constellation of different actors brought together by EDGE as elements of movement infrastructure, how can we deepen our collaboration and leverage our collective knowledge and power differently and more fully?

JASS is excited to be in conversation with this community to assess where we are as movements and movement allies, share strategies and tools, and grapple with shared questions and dilemmas. Our hope is that together we can chart a path forward that fosters deeper collaboration and strengthens our movement strategies for creating a better and transformed world that we all seek.

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JASS Heart, Mind, and Body Session

Date: Friday, 15 October 2021
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 am EST (1:00 – 2:00 pm UTC)

The impacts of COVID-19 continue to be felt on a physical, mental, and emotional level. At times, we have all felt exhausted, fatigued, disconnected, isolated, frustrated, and grief given accumulated loss and pandemic restrictions remains real. JASS has developed the Heart—Mind—Body approach which puts women’s wellbeing, collective care, and safety at the center of women’s organizing. This hour-long session led by activist organizers from JASS Southeast Asia and JASS Mesoamerica will draw on a range of different practices and activities as part of nurturing, strengthening and sustaining our heart, mind, and body for the long-haul.

JASS Movement Building School: Tools & Strategies

Date: Friday, 15 October 2021
Time: 10:00 am -2:00 pm EST (14:00 – 18:00 UTC)

JASS’ movement building school for activists, which draws on decades of movement building experience around the world, is an introduction to our approach to strengthening leadership and movement strategies using our power analysis framework. Participants will have a preview of our soon to be released activist toolkit, Power and Strategy for Transformative Change in action! This will be a 4-hour participatory workshop to reflect on our shifting contexts to deepen our political clarity and embolden our imagination, and explore strategic implications and opportunities for building transformative power for the long term.

JASS Dialogue Session: Movement Lessons

Date: Monday, 11 October 2021
Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm EST (4:00pm-6:00pm UTC)

This dialogue, Movement Lessons: The Strategic Resourcing of Feminist Movements in Times of Crisis, will be the latest in JASS’ Women Radically Transforming a World in Crisis Dialogue series. We will join hands with visionary women leaders from Black Feminist Fund, Collective Futures Fund Solidaire Network, the Global Fund for Women and the Ford Foundation to share lessons and insights from varied movement and philanthropic perspectives on resourcing more broadly, and funding more specifically, as a mechanism for strategically resourcing movements to better support their agendas for lasting change.

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JASS at Edge Conference Keynote Sessions

Date: Monday, 11 October 2021
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm EST (2:00pm-4:00pm UTC)

Kunthea Chan, JASS Southeast Asia Co-Director, will be a speaker at the Day 1 keynote session on how intersecting crises play out on the lives of women in Southeast Asia and the political and power dynamics at play.

Building collective power for change

An EDGE Funders Virtual Conference

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