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Webinar: What Is Liberation and How Do We Get There?

Thursday, July 29, 2021 | 1:00pm ET / 12:00pm CT / 11:00am MT / 10:00am PT  

The past few years, and especially over the past twelve months, we’ve seen more and more awareness about the need for racial equity and racial justice. With this progress we also need to understand what we mean when we say the words equity and justice, as well as what it means to work toward liberation and how we get there. 

In June, we held a webinar for folks to refresh or increase their knowledge about foundational concepts for racial equity. In this virtual 90-minute workshop, we’ll build off that first webinar to talk about equality, equity, justice, and liberation, what each of those look like, and what we’re working toward. This training will also dive into what transformative organizing campaigns look like towards the goal of thinking beyond surface level system reforms, and towards a larger comprehensive vision for equity, liberation and transformative justice. 

We are excited to learn with philanthropy and from two racial justice organizers with deep knowledge of the homelessness system. Join Funders Together to End Homelessness and our partners at Liberation House for this virtual training that will push us to think deeper about how we in philanthropy can push and organize ourselves toward justice and liberation.  


Registration Fee 

This webinar has a registration fee that is non-refundable unless you do not meet eligibility requirements (see below). Your registration is transferrable to a colleague with at least 24 hours-notice.  

  • For Full Members (dues-paying members): $30 
  • For Basic Members (non-dues paying) and Non-Members: $60 

Participation eligibility: Participation in Funders Together programming is limited to private funders, United Ways, philanthropy-serving organizations, and/or members of Funders Together. Public funders, government employees, and staff at organizations where grantmaking is not the primary function are not eligible to participate. If you have any questions about your eligibility to participate or membership status, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs.    


How to Register 

Registration is currently closed. If you would still like to register for this webinar, please contact Isaac Manchego, who can help manually register you. If you would like transfer your registration to a colleague or did not receive your Zoom link, please also reach out to Isaac Manchego.


Jonathan Lykes, Founder/CEO, Liberation House 
Jonathan Lykes is a Black queer artist, activist and academic. His interdisciplinary approach to art, activism and anti-oppression work, merges policy change, artistic expression and activism. Combining these forms of social transformation—and harnessing their synergy—Jonathan works to create awareness, promote personal healing, surmount institutional barriers and generate systemic change. Jonathan’s current position as Founder/Executive Director of Liberation House situates him to merge his multidisciplinary artistic background with public policy reform, community engagement and systems change work to teach liberation praxis by pushing the revolutionary edge of radical transformative movement work. Lykes is also a founding member of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), a movement of young adults using a Black Queer Feminist lens to advocate for community and institutional change. Jonathan is also the curator of BYP100’s freedom song and chant album, The Black Joy Experience, helping to teach holistic energy through the Black radical tradition. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, where he also received his master’s degree from the School for Social Service Administration. 

Tashira Halyard, Consultant, Liberation House 
Tashira led the Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare, a coalition of child welfare stakeholders dedicated to eliminating racial disparities and improving outcomes for children and families of color in the child welfare system; facilitate workgroups, webinars and convenings with stakeholders focused on equity and improved outcomes; produce data analysis, written reports and campaigns highlighting the pressing issues facing families and children of color involved with public systems; co-led the Race Equity Team charged with leading the organizations efforts to becoming anti-racist. Tashira also worked as the deputy director for Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, where she led a team of program managers who supervised trauma-informed play programs at temporary housing programs in Washington, DC; she also served as a thought partner with the Executive Director in executing organizational operations, fundraising, advocacy, community relations and hiring and spoke publicly about family homelessness at DC Council hearings, partner meetings, advocacy events and HCPP trainings. Tashira received her J.D. from Georgetown University. 



This will take place via Zoom. Registration will be open until Thursday, July 29 at 11:00am ET. If you do not receive your Zoom link by then or have technical issues logging into this call, please reach out to Isaac Manchego.

This webinar will last 90 minutes. 

July 29, 2021 at 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Stephanie Chan ·

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  • Lauren Bennett
    published this page in Programming 2021-06-21 09:30:56 -0400

We joined Funders Together because we believe in the power of philanthropy to play a major role in ending homelessness, and we know we have much to learn from funders across the country.

-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

-Leslie Strnisha, Vice President at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

-Nancy Frees Fountain, Managing Director at The Frees Foundation

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