NoVo Foundation Launches Fifth and Final Cycle of MEV
Today, the NoVo Foundation named 19 phenomenal leaders to its 5th and final cohort of Move to End Violence. MEV is a 10-year capacity building program designed to accompany and strengthen U.S.-based movements to end violence against trans and cis girls and women and gender non-conforming people. The heart of the program centers on deep dialogue, relationship-building, peer learning and organizational wellness. Over the course of two years, the cohort members will participate in convenings, workshops, coaching and international movement building.
In the United States and globally, we are experiencing the acceleration of settler colonialism, white supremacy, xenophobia, authoritarianism and patriarchy. At the same time, powerful Black, Indigenous, and People of Color leaders continue to pave a path toward a world free from violence and rooted in community safety, wellness, equity, and wholeness. This new cohort of Movement Makers reflects the vibrant community-centered leadership that’s anchoring today’s local, national and transnational movements.
MEV is excited to convene a multi-racial, multi-lingual, and gender-expansive cohort that centers voices historically relegated to the margins and often most targeted to collaborate on approaches to ending violence against girls, women, gender non-conforming and intersex people. They work across the intersections of domestic and sexual violence, transphobia and homophobia, state-sanctioned violence, reproductive injustice, and more. Based in 12 different states, they utilize a variety of approaches, including organizing, advocacy, healing justice, cultural work and direct service.
In this final cycle, Move to End Violence is amplifying our commitment to language justice as an integral pathway to ending violence. Language Justice disrupts colonization, challenges patterns of Western dominance, and unpacks the ways language injustice silences, erases, and dehumanizes us. Language Justice centers healing, culture, collaboration and creates space for multiple worldviews and wisdoms. Our movements are strengthened when we build power across cultures and diasporas. Toward this end, we will co-create a multilingual experience with our partners and Movement Makers. The incoming cohort speaks multiple languages, including Achumawi, Nimilpuutimpt, Garifuna, multiple forms of Spanish, Spanglish, African American Vernacular English/Black English, Haitian Creole, Brazilian Portuguese, Hmong, Khmer, Urdu, Katchi and other global Indigenous languages.
Jennifer and Peter Buffett, co-presidents of the NoVo Foundation, celebrated the announcement of this cohort saying, “This inspiring group of movement leaders will be given space to work and dream, time to connect more deeply with each other, and resources to tap into their collective wisdom—strengthening the deepest roots of the movements our world needs to create a future free from violence. With room to build relationships, grow and deepen their shared work, transformation is possible, just when our world needs it most.”
As the final cohort, we welcome these Movement Makers into the history and practices established by the previous four cohorts while inviting them to cultivate their own journey.
Join us in welcoming Cohort 5!
Aneiry Zapata, Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project, Bronx, NY
Chhaya Chhoum, Mekong NYC, Bronx NY
Daroneshia Duncan-Boyd, TAKE Resource Center (Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable Empowering), Birmingham, AL
Evonné Kaho, Love Me Unlimited 4 Life/4Ever Caring Evonne, Jackson, MS
Imara Jones, TransLash Media, Brooklyn, NY
Indira Henard, D.C. Rape Crisis Center, Washington, D.C.
Jennicet Gutiérrez, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, Van Nuys, CA
Kalayo Pestaño, API Chaya, Seattle, WA
Logan Meza, S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective, North Miami Beach, FL
M Adams, Freedom, Inc., Madison, WI
Matice Moore, Brown Boi Project, Tucson, AZ
Morning Star Gali, Restoring Justice for Indigenous Peoples, Sacramento, CA
Nicole Santamaría, El/La Para TransLatinas, San Francisco, CA
Ninaj Raoul, Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, Brooklyn, NY
paris hatcher, Black Feminist Future, Atlanta, GA
Pheng Thao, Men and Masculine Folks Network, St. Paul, MN
Shenaaz Janmohamed, Queer Crescent, Oakland, CA
Tai Simpson, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, Boise, ID
Complete bios for the fifth cohort of Movement Makers can be found here.