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Jennie Joseph is a midwife and the founder of Commonsense Childbirth Inc., in Florida. This interview took place in August, 2020 and has been edited and condensed.

How did your journey into reproductive justice and founding Common Sense Childbirth Inc. in Florida begin?

Jennie Joseph: Common Sense Childbirth is the nonprofit organization that I founded in 1998. I’m a midwife, but the organization was founded to provide prenatal care, maternity care and support for marginalized women and women of color and for people who were suffering poor birth outcomes.

The work has been founded in community-based access to prenatal care…


Let’s all take a breath to celebrate the awe-inspiring power of organizers of color, whose tenacious work over more than a decade, allowed voters who have been ignored for so long, to lift their voices for freedom and be heard! Let’s celebrate the funders and donors who have been trailblazers in philanthropy by believing in and supporting their work.

This weekend, I got a text from La’Tasha D. Mayes, President and CEO of New Voices for Reproductive Justice and former Groundswell Board Member:

“Thank you Groundswell, for believing in and investing in our vision for Black women in Pennsylvania and…


Dear Groundswell Fund & Groundswell Action Fund Community,

Our team is here and standing strong with our grantees as they play indispensable roles in their communities during this crisis.

COVID-19 has pulled back the curtain on so much that is wrong in our society. For the Groundswell community, what is behind the curtain is not new; our grantee partners have been working to transform it for decades. For millions of people however, the current crisis has exposed the truth about this country’s cruel and punishing systems.

It is now clear what it means, not just to individuals, but also to…


Groundswell Fund Releases 2018 Capacity Building Program and 2018 Reproductive Justice Movement Impact Reports

Power U organizers & Groundswell Fund grantees at the 2018 March for Our Lives rally in Washington D.C.

Every day, our communities are under attack. In the past few days, many of us learned about the modern-day concentration camps being used on the Texas border, where migrant children are being brutalized and held in dehumanizing conditions. Additionally, we are witnessing federal and state efforts to undo the Affordable Care Act and cut off abortion access; voter suppression tactics that systematically target people of color, Indigenous folks, and other vulnerable groups; an increase in murders of trans women; and attacks on the environment to name a few.

In this political moment, we don’t just need short-term policy and electoral…


Yamani Hernandez, Executive Director of National Network of Abortion Funds speaks at a rally.

OAKLAND — Today, Groundswell Fund, a national women of color-led grantmaking and capacity-building organization and the largest funder of the U.S. reproductive justice movement, responded to the recent onslaught of state-level anti-abortion attacks, calling on the philanthropic community to fund grassroots organizations led by Black and Brown women and transgender people of color in impacted states.

Statement by Vanessa Daniel, Executive Director, Groundswell Fund

“Abortion access is a fundamental human right and basic healthcare that one-in-four pregnant people currently access in the United States. The recent onslaught of attacks on abortion has nothing to do with concern for the sanctity…


by Vanessa Daniel

This post is part of “Liberate Philanthropy,” a new blog series curated by Justice Funders to reimagine philanthropy free of its current constraints — the accumulation and privatization of wealth, and the centralization of power and control — to one that redistributes wealth, democratizes power and shifts economic control to communities. Over the next few months, we will be sharing stories from some of our most forward thinking, transformational leaders in philanthropy about how they are facilitating a Just Transition for philanthropy.

Vanessa Daniel, Executive Director speaks at 2018 United States of Women Summit

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have…


White people in philanthropy, what is your move?

Photo Credit: Ron Schwane/AP

Ash is falling from the sky in Washington state, where an eerie orange sun glows from behind a gray haze of smoke. Forest fires are raging here and across much of the western United States, while hurricanes bear down on the Southeast. But forests aren’t all that is burning, and city infrastructure isn’t all that is underwater. In a nation still thrashing and struggling to evolve beyond its own rotten foundation of greed, slavery and genocide, our democracy, freedom, and liberty (in whatever small proportions they ever existed) are burning too.

Fire…

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