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A decade of UltraViolet

2022 marks the 10th anniversary of UltraViolet!

Please join us for a live, virtual celebration to properly thank you, the UltraViolet community and recognize key leaders and UltraViolet champions with our first-ever UltraViolet awards, honoring the following feminist changemakers:

  • The Founding Mothers Award will be presented to the Women Donors Network.
  • The Gender Justice Legacy Award will be presented to Monica Simpson, executive director of SisterSong.
  • The Champion of Progress Award will be presented to Congresswoman Cori Bush. 

We’ll be livestreaming the event on September 21st at 6pm ET here and on our social media platforms.

10 years of creating a cost for sexism; 10 years of changing the incentives people and institutions have for undermining women and LGBTQ folks; 10 years of creating cultural and political space for policies and laws that can generate equity; 10 years of bold, cutting-edge organizing that pushes the envelope and has real impact.

What we didn’t know in 2012 was how many people–millions of us, it turned out–would see themselves in this fight, would show up to take action more than 20 million times, and would be at the heart of the feminist and anti-racist cultural awakening we’ve witnessed. Thank you for being a member of this fearless feminist community and for all you’ve done to create a cost for sexism and racism and advance gender justice over the past decade.

If you’d like to make an online donation in honor of our 10th anniversary, click here or learn about all the ways to give. Contact our development team at devo@weareultraviolet.org if you have any questions about how you can support UltraViolet’s 10th anniversary campaign!

Awardees

Congresswoman Cori Bush

Congresswoman Cori Bush

Champion of Progress Award

In 2014, following the murder of Michael Brown Jr. by a now-terminated Ferguson police officer, Congresswoman Cori spent more than 400 days protesting for justice, leading on the ‘Ferguson Frontline’ as a nurse and clergy member. For the first five weeks following the murder, Cori spent her days working in the community that witnessed Mike Brown Jr.’s body laying uncovered for four and a half hours in the hot St. Louis summer sun, providing triage-medical care and resources. In the years following, she continued her activism as a co-founder of The Truth Telling Project and as a leader of the protest group #ExpectUS. Now in her first term in office, Cori has championed legislation that puts St. Louis front and center. A relentless advocate for racial, social, health care, and environmental justice, Cori has led the movement to guarantee housing for all, introducing legislation to end houselessness by 2025, leading a national movement on the steps of the U.S. House of Representatives calling on the CDC to extend the eviction moratorium, as well as introducing legislation to permanently implement an eviction moratorium throughout the pandemic.

Monica Simpson, SisterSong Executive Director

Monica Simpson, SisterSong Executive Director

Gender Justice Legacy Award

Monica Raye Simpson is a Black, southern, lesbian, artist/organizer and serves as the executive director of SisterSong, the southern-based national women of color reproductive justice collective. Simpson has organized extensively against human rights violations, the prison industrial complex, and structural racism through a feminist and interdisciplinary approach to Black liberation. Simpson is a nationally sought-after facilitator, speaker, and organizer. She is the only woman among the four founders of Charlotte’s Black gay pride celebration, the first in the Bible belt. The celebration received awards from the National Black Justice Coalition and the Human Rights Coalition for its incredible launch with 7,000 participants. Simpson is also a full circle doula certified through the International Center for Traditional Childbirth. She serves on the boards of the Fund for Southern Communities and the Highlander Research and Education Center, which serves the south and Appalachia. Simpson now focuses her work on fighting for sexual and reproductive freedom and is also committed to birth justice as a certified doula and founding board member of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. Simpson’s masterful integration of activism and artistry “artivism,” created a path for her work as a Revolutionary Soul Singer and cultural curator who is committed to living into Nina Simone's charge to artists to "reflect the times" Simpson was named as a New Civil Rights Leader by Essence Magazine and was awarded the Woman of Vision Award from the Ms. Foundation for Women. www.sistersong.net Instagram: @artivistmonicaraye

Women Donors Network

Women Donors Network

Founding Mothers Award

Women Donors Network (WDN) is a national network of women with power and the courage to wield it to build a just world. WDN connects, learns, and acts to fund movements and power justice. Today, WDN has over 250 members across 32 states and a team of 14 staff. Members come together now as they did over 30 years ago at events, regional meetings, and conferences. Growing annual grantmaking from the hundreds of thousands to the millions working closely with staff to listen deeply to movement organizers and foster grantmaking strategies that shift power.

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