Emma’s Birthday Pitch

breakfast self portraitFor My Birthday This Year:

My birthday is coming up, and on February 11, I’ll be 58 years old. I’ve been an activist all my life, I was born into activism, and this year, along with Board Members, Andy Griggs and Xeres Villanueva we are launching a wonderful and important nonprofit organization: The WE Empowerment Center.

This year resources for small community organizations, individuals, activists, artists is more important than ever. The obstacles and oppression we are facing is enormous and we need the tools and organizational infrastructure to combat these forces.

The WE Empowerment Center offers organizational support and financial sponsorship to nonprofit efforts: community organizing, activism, artists, community groups, who might not be able to access the benefits of the nonprofit industrial complex.

Unlike other nonprofits who offer financial sponsorship, our process is streamlined and supportive: we offer sponsorship to smaller groups that might not be able to get sponsorship from larger organizations.

By becoming one of our projects, but with a lot of autonomy, groups and individuals can raise tax deductible funds within our infrastructure, support and nonprofit status. We already are affiliated with several well known and dynamic projects, including Emma Rosenthal Studios. 

We’re just starting out, so we need a bit of seed money to put together our infrastructure. My other board members and I have considerable organizational experience and our success is assured. The funds from this pitch will go to providing salaries to Board Member and Projects Director: xeresoutandaboutXeres Villanueva and to our Archivist, Glenda Bonilla. These two outstanding organizers and community members give so much glenda_0171lowto others and their work has such profound value, we hope others will support us in compensating them for their labor.

Please make a tax deductible donation to The WE Center, as your way of wishing me a happy birthday. No donation is too small and all donations are tax deductible.


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About emmarosenthal

Emma Rosenthal is an artist, writer, educator, reiki practitioner, farmer and human rights activist, living in Southern California, whose work combines art, activism, education and grassroots mobilization. As a person with a disability she is confined, not by her disability but by the narrow and marginalizing attitudes and structures of the society at large. She is the founder and co-director of The WE Empowerment Center and Café Intifada, and she lives and works at Dragonflyhill Urban Farm. As an educator her emphasis has been in the areas of bilingual and multicultural education. Her experience as a grassroots organizer, political essayist and speaker has been life long and has included many progressive causes. Her work seeks to combine art, activism, education and grassroots mobilization. Her poetry and prose is impassioned, sensual, political, life affirming and powerful. In her writing she explores the use of art and literary expression to elicit an ethos more compelling than dogma and ideological discourse, providing new paradigms for community, communion, connection and human transformation. She has been a featured poet and speaker throughout Southern California at a variety of venues and programs including; The Arab-American Festival, Highways Performance Space, The Autry Museum, Barnes and Nobel, Poetic License, Borders/Pasadena, Beyond Baroque, Freedom Fries Follies (a fundraiser for The Center for the Study of Political Graphics), KPFK, Arts in Action, Chafey College, UC Irvine and Hyperpoets. Her work has appeared in several publications including Lilith Magazine, The Pasadena Star News, The San Gabriel Tribune, The San Gabriel Valley Quarterly, LoudMouth Magazine (CSLA), Coloring Book; An Eclectic Anthology of Multicultural Writers (Rattlecat Press 2003), Muse Apprentice Guild and the Anthology, Shifting Sands, Jewish-American Women Speak Out Against the Occupation, Spring 2010. Her work has shown in several galleries in the Southern California area, including the Galleries at Whittier College, and Pasadena City College, as well as Beans and Leaves Coffeehouse in Covina, CA.

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