Headwaters Foundation for Justice has announced that Maria De La Cruz will join the staff as the organization’s new Development Director. Maria comes to Headwaters as a seasoned fundraising professional, most recently as the Development Director of OutFront Minnesota and Co-Finance Director of Minnesotans United.
In the last week, the St. Paul Foundation announced its Ambassador Awards and the Bush Foundation announced its 2014 Bush Fellows. These announcements provided an opportunity to reflect on Headwaters Foundation for Justice’s enduring commitment to leadership development within our communities.
Headwaters Foundation for Justice has unveiled the Community Innovation Grants in partnership with the Bush Foundation. This represents a new, unique grant fund for Headwaters, and is in addition to the existing Social Change Fund and Fund of the Sacred Circle.
Headwaters Foundation for Justice’s executive director David Nicholson has been invited to attend the launch of a new initiative at The White House. After his recent State of the Union Address, President Obama is demonstrating his commitment to his opportunity agenda by launching “My Brother’s Keeper.”
The Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED) recently hosted a community forum to spur a dialogue on issues surrounding race, climate and community health. The Headwaters Foundation for Justice is proud to support this important work and to feature CEED as one of its grantees.
On Wednesday, January 15, the Headwaters Foundation for Justice celebrated the hire of its new executive director, David Nicholson. Gathering together at Patrick’s Cabaret in South Minneapolis, over 125 attendees joined the Headwaters Foundation board and staff in welcoming David to his new role.
Setting a New Compass for Climate Justice on January 25th.
Hear from Kim Wasserman, a Chicana activist and a 2013 Goldman Environment
prize recipient. This event will also include a presentation on EJ Mapping Tool
for Community Advocacy, as well as insights from community and governmental leaders on the future of justice in environmental and climate policy in Minnesota.
Applications for the Social Change Fund have to be into the office by 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 3rd or postmarked Feb. 3rd, no exceptions.
Information sessions will go over "the dos and don’ts" to writing a grant to Headwaters. Staff will be there to answer questions, talk about changes to the Social Change Fund, and walk through the application. All information sessions will contain the same information so you only need to attend one.
At Headwaters Foundation for Justice, there are a number of staff changes and upcoming opportunities. Current staff Monica Bryand and Kate Nelson will be stepping up to larger roles of leadership within the organization. They will be leading all program areas including the Social Change Fund, Fund of Sacred Circle, ClearWay Policy Champions, and Headwaters’ partnership with the Bush Foundation. Monica has accepted the call and will be Program Director while Kate will be stepping up into the role of Program Officer.
Having worked against police brutality for a decade, Michelle Gross realized that the way the movement was organized was all wrong. “Whenever a really bad incident occurred, people gathered to form what I call ‘Justice for fill-in-the-blank’ committees. You cannot just keep re-greasing the wheels every time something terrible happens—the day-to-day violations are what allow big abuses to exist,” says Michelle. And so Communities United Against Police Brutality was formed in order to sustain a real movement.
Today, only 165 American Indian languages are spoken and it's estimated that 90% of all world languages will be lost in this century. Dakota Wicohan is committed to ensuring Dakota does not suffer the same fate as these lost languages.