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The mission of the Arcus Foundation is to achieve social justice that is inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity and race, and to ensure conservation and respect of the great apes.
The Arcus Foundation works around the globe in two areas—human rights and conservation. Within those areas, we focus our work on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights and preservation of the world’s great apes and their habitat. By focusing our efforts in this way, we can use our resources to achieve an impact in each of two critically important yet under-funded areas.
The Arcus Foundation believes that the backs of the LGBT community alone cannot achieve equality for LGBT people. The inherent dignity, value and worth of all human beings around the world must be upheld regardless of race, gender, socio-economic class, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The workshop will include a panel of racial, socio-economic, and LGBT social justice activist discussing the importance of and strategies surrounding building alliances and organizing across movements for LGBT Equality and a stronger, more inclusive social justice movement.
The goal of our work in Michigan is to achieve equality and respect for LGBT people and advance racial justice. Michigan remains the only U.S. state in which the Foundation has a dedicated program. The program seeks to build a thriving movement infrastructure responsible for defending LGBT rights through strong cross sector support from allies in order to increase public support for LGBT rights.
The panel discussion will help the foundation build a stronger more strategic movement while discussing strategies for expanding support for LGBT rights in Michigan and LGBT support for cross sector movements. Attendees will be able to engage the panel through questions and provide feedback on all of the foundations strategies.
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