Tewa Women United Received a $900,000 Grant from NoVo Foundation

Tewa Women United Staff

Published June 13, 2018

NEW YORK – The NoVo Foundation today announced Tewa Women United received a $900,000 grant for their Healing Justice and Radical Self-Care project from the NoVo Foundation, which is run by the son and daughter-in-law of U.S. billionaire investor Warren Buffett. Tewa Women United was among a total of 19 social justice organizations around the world to receive $34 million in Radical Hope Fund grants.

The 19 organizations that received funding were among 1,000 applicants for the Radical Hope Fund grants.

Located in the ancestral Tewa homelands of Northern New Mexico in Santa Cruz, Tewa Women United is a multicultural and multiracial organization founded and led by Native women, according to the organization’s website.

Tewa Women United’s Healing Justice and Radical Self-Care project will explore individual and community transformation through healing-centered organizing rooted in an Indigenous feminist perspective. Radical Hope support will be used for story-sharing retreats, through which the project will map out paths that connect ancestral legacies of healing traditions with new models of health and justice inside communities and movements. These stories will inform the social justice movement and expand leadership development, and will be documented via digital, audio, written, and graphic recordings; Spark Documentation; and community-based art.

Dialogues will incorporate a range of experiences, such as of those living in the shadow of the nuclear weapons industry, birth stories, treatment by reproductive healthcare providers, challenges of raising families in toxic environments, and other emerging topics that contribute to creating a shared definition of justice and social change at the intersections of environmental justice, food justice, and reproductive health in New Mexico and beyond.

“We launched the Radical Hope Fund as a radical experiment—can a time of increasing repression and darkness also serve as a springboard for deep collaboration and transformative change?” said Jennifer and Peter Buffett, NoVo’s co-presidents. “The answer has been overwhelming: feminist grassroots advocacy, activism, and organizing are thriving across the globe, new partnerships are growing, and justice leaders everywhere are planting the seeds for a radical new world based in equity, possibility, power, and dignity for all.”

NoVo launched the Radical Hope Fund in July 2017 with a global call for projects grounded in new partnerships, bold experimentation, and a deep commitment to social justice. What might be possible, NoVo asked, if movement leaders had the support they needed not only to defend against daily attacks, but also to dream of new possibilities, experiment with new collaborations, and guide us to new solutions?

Like all of NoVo’s work, the fund is grounded in the belief that meaningful change happens from the community level up—informed by lived experience, powered by movement building and activism, and guided by the leadership of marginalized people as the best experts of their own lives and futures.

Radical Hope Fund grantees will drive systemic progress through the following projects.

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