About Our Sponsoring Organizations

Alliance for Global Justice 

It is the mission of the Alliance for Global Justice to achieve social change and economic justice by helping to build a stronger more unified grassroots movement. We recognize that the concentration of wealth and power is the root cause of oppression requiring us to work together across ideologies, issues and communities. The Alliance nurtures organizations seeking fundamental change in international and national conditions that disempower people, create disparities in access to wealth and power, poison the earth, and plunder its resources.

We support locally-based grassroots organizing by sharing political analysis, mobilizing for direct action, monitoring the centers of corporate and government power, expanding channels of communication, and sharing skills and infrastructure. Our commitment to solidarity and to non-hierarchical democratic process enables us to respectfully listen and respond to each other within the movement.

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The Cross Border Network for Justice and Solidarity

The Cross Border Network for Justice and Solidarity is a grassroots organization based in Kansas City which recognizes the common interests of working people in North America and builds ties for common action among them. We seek to overcome the phony competition of the global economy that pits workers and communities against each other in a no-win race to the bottom. Instead we work toward cooperation which enhances both Mexicans’ and Americans’ ability to win economic and social justice.

Through education, tours, and cooperative work, we are building ties of solidarity involving workers, unions, churches, community organizations, environmentalists and peace and justice advocates. We believe that grassroots solidarity will eventually sift upwards to shape the agendas of larger social change institutions and eventually impact the institutions of power.

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EQUAL

Empowering Queer Activists and Leaders (EQUAL) has been around, in one form or another, for several years as queer and straight ally activists – youth and adults – have worked to create a Gay-Straight Alliance Network for the Kansas City metro area. However, EQUAL sought to do something truly groundbreaking for this community. We wanted EQUAL to not only function as a resource for queer and straight ally youth; we wanted it to be run by youth. Our first meetings were exciting and we knew we were making a difference. Then we met our first obstacle: we all graduated high school! However, we pushed through and organized our first of many EQUAL Empowerment Summits, thus creating a brand new generation of EQUALizers!

The EQUAL Youth Center was founded in 2009 out of the efforts of The Phoenix Project. In April 2009 several queer youth leaders came together to address the needs of queer youth in Kansas City under the name The Phoenix Project with the goal of creating a physical community center for queer youth that provides support services and an avenue for grassroots LGBT activism. These leaders included youth from EQUAL, a representative of PROMO, a nonprofit student studying LGBT youth and a Soulforce rider/Pitch’s 2008 Activist of Year/Task Force’s 2006 Change Agent Award winner.

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Global Exchange

Global Exchange is an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world. We take a holistic approach to creating change and as an education and action resource center, we advance our vision by working to ensure our members and constituents are empowered locally and connected globally to create a just and sustainable world.

We realize that in order to advance social, environmental and economic justice we must transform the global economy from profit-centered to people-centered, from currency to community.

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