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Noyes News, June 2015





Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation Urges Donors to Make More Timely Allocations From Donor Advised Funds

Donor Advised Funds' Gifts to CharityThe Noyes Foundation has launched an awareness campaign aimed at partnering with philanthropists with donor advised funds who are interested in social justice giving opportunities. Donor Advised Funds have become a popular and proven means of allocating dollars to charities. There is currently more than $50 billion sitting in these funds that ultimately are to be contributed to nonprofit organizations. The Noyes Foundation believes these funds should be disbursed in a more timely fashion to help societal needs. The video outlines the work of the Noyes Foundation and how it can partner with donors to support shared areas of charitable interest.

“It is encouraging to see more donors allocating a greater portion of their wealth for charitable purposes,” said Vic De Luca, President, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation. “But it also is discouraging that the nonprofit sector does not receive these charitable dollars in a timely fashion. We think the donor advised fund system needs to be fixed. If a donor is able to take an immediate tax deduction, we believe there should be a corresponding responsibility to get the funds out the door sooner to serve the public good.”

The $50 billion in donor advised funds provides an opportunity to address pressing social problems. The Noyes Foundation will partner with donors and wealth advisers who want to make a quicker impact in promoting environmental and social change.

Noyes Foundation's New Address

The Noyes Foundation has moved to:

122 East 42nd Street, Suite 2501, New York, N.Y. 10168

We are on the corner of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue. Our phone number and email address remain the same: 

212-684-6577 and

Position Announcement - President - Noyes Foundation

The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation seeks its next President following the announcement that Vic De Luca, the current President, is leaving his post in November after 16 years at the helm of the Foundation and nine years as a program officer. To learn more about the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, look for us on Facebook and visit the website.

To apply, please submit a substantive cover letter and resume. All applications are due no later than September 1, 2015.

All questions about the search can be addressed to Ellen Gurzinsky, Search Consultant. NO phone calls please.


Agricultural Justice Project is "Supplier of the Year" 

The Food Justice Certified Label

Whole Foods Market presented its 2015 “Responsible Sourcing” award – for developing and preserving the integrity of the Food Justice Certification Label – to Agricultural Justice Project’s board members and co-founders: Nelson Carrasquillo, Coordinator, Comité de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agrícolas, CATA, the Farmworker Support Committee  (Noyes grantee and EAT4Health Fellow) and Marty Mesh with Florida Organic Growers. The Food Justice Certified label is considered by many as the gold standard in social justice certification, and reflects CATA’s and other AJP collaborators' commitment to developing and advancing standards for the fair and just treatment of people working in organic and sustainable agriculture. Displaying this label means that producers have met rigorous standards, negotiated by stakeholders in the food system, that include living wages, safe working conditions and collective bargaining rights. It also means consumers can trust that their food comes from a just source.

AJP’s domestic social justice certification initiative and its Food Justice Certified label allow family-scale farms to distinguish their products from industrialized organic products. The Food Justice Certified label can now be found in 60 Whole Foods stores nationwide, and its use and effectiveness continues to grow. This highly prestigious award was given to only 19 recipients from a pool of more than 100,000 global suppliers.

Leah Cohen, AJP’s general coordinator, said “being recognized by Whole Foods Market for our work on Food Justice Certification has opened the door for more dialogue regarding worker rights, fair wages, and workplace health and safety. This is an important step toward better working conditions and terms for farmworkers, farmers, and all those who labor in the food system all the way to the checkout stand.”

Celebrating 20 Years of Activism!

NLIRH 20th Anniversary Gala FlyerThe National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health celebrated its 20th anniversary (video) with a packed room of friends and supporters. The Somos Poderosas! (We are Powerful) Moblizing our Communities for Salud, Dignidad, y Justicia gala honored powerful Latina leaders, such as Dolores Huerta, the Honorable Lucy Flores, DREAMers’ Moms USA, and actress Diane Guerrero. While recognizing the egregious conditions confronting Latinas and their families, the evening was filled with exuberant, straight-from-the heart activism. Congratulations to Jessica Gonzales-Rojas, NLIRH's Executive Director, and its staff, board of directors, and  allies for their amazing work and dedication! 


NLIRH 20th Anniversary Gala Group Shot

Farmworker Association of Florida Wins Award

FWAF Receives Sapphire AwardThe Florida Blue Foundation’s 2015 Sapphire Award was presented to the Farmworker Association of Florida  for its Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health Program. The $100,000 award came with a video highlighting FWAF’s pesticide and reproductive health work. FWAF's Board Chair, Isidoro Quezada, accepted the award during the two-day symposium celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sapphire Awards, established to recognize those who have made significant, positive impacts on health-related outcomes for Florida's at-risk people and communities.

The Sapphire Awards and Symposium is Florida’s only statewide event that recognizes organizations, programs and individuals that have demonstrated excellence and innovation in community health. 


Nuestro Texas Holds Human Rights Hearing

The Nuestro Texas Campaign - NLIRH and CRRIn recognition of International Women’s Day, the Nuestro Texas campaign – a joint effort between the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights – hosted a women’s human rights hearing in the Rio Grande Valley.

A Reproductive Justice Agenda for LatinasThe campaign (video) focuses on the lack of access to reproductive health care in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, one of the poorest regions in the U.S. that has a large immigrant population and some of the harshest barriers to access health care , Two reports were jointly produced by NLIRH and CRR: Nuestro Texas: The Fight for Women’s Reproductive Health in the Rio Grande Valley, which describes existing conditions; and Nuestro Texas: A Reproductive Justice Agenda for Latinas, is a blueprint for action that discusses state policies for promoting the health and human rights of Texas Latinas. 

NLIRH IssuesWith statewide closures of family planning clinics and the loss of services in the Valley, local women are educating themselves about their reproductive health and rights, and mobilizing their communities to advocate for policies that uphold their human right to health care. The Texas Latina Advocacy Network serves as a voice and advocacy presence statewide. TX LAN mobilized hundreds, even as it rained, to rally in Brownsville for human rights in their communities. The next day, dozens of women provided powerful testimony on the horrors they have experienced in attempting to access health care services in such a regressive political environment, and the collective actions they are taking as change agents.

Furthering Agricultural Justice

Sign warns of dangerous pesticides sprayed on cropsThe Farmworker Association of Florida, Beyond Pesticides and Florida A&M School of Law co-hosted the annual National Pesticide Forum in Orlando, bringing together leading scientists, policymakers and activists to focus on agricultural justice, including the impact of pesticide use on human health and the environment, particularly as it relates to farmworker protections.

World-renowned scientists Dr. Louis Guillette and Dr. Tyrone Hayes, who did precedent-breaking research on the effects of pesticides on reproductive rates of alligators and the feminization of frogs, shared their visions that significant scientific research must lead committed scientists to advocacy outside the lab to protect wildlife, human health and the planet.

Jay Feldman, Beyond Pesticides, presents Dragonfly Award to Tirso Moreno, FWAFDuring the forum FWAF General Coordinator, Tirso Moreno, received Beyond Pesticides’ 2015 Dragonfly Award.

The Forum gave FWAF staff an opportunity to learn about current science and policy information; discuss and compare agricultural regulations and their impacts on farmworkers on the local, state, and national levels. It also gave scientists and policy advocates an opportunity to see the effects of current policy on the ground. The conference included a Toxic Tour in the Apopka area, led by former Lake Apopka farmworker and community organizer Linda Lee, and farmworker and community organizer Miguel Zelaya, providing a first-hand view of the history and legacy of industrial vegetable farming impacts in Central Florida.

Tour attendees included former EPA employee and author of Poison Spring, Evaggelos Vallianatos, who issued this call for change: “Farm workers still do the most dangerous work in America. They deserve better. In fact, they deserve land rather than slavery. Help them to become family farmers to raise our food and strengthen our democracy.”

Advocating at the Intersection of Worker, Environmental, Immigrant, and Reproductive Justice and Rights

California Health Nail Salon Collaborative - Advocacy EducatorsAfter more than a decade of advocating for the health, safety and rights of nail salon and cosmetology workers, the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative is receiving the national attention it merits. The New York Times' two-part series, Unvarnished,  along with other media coverage, exposed how nail salon workers are exploited on a variety of levels. These workers are disproportionately immigrant Asian and Latina women working in an unregulated industry without wage or environmental protections. 

California Health Nail Salon Collaborative - MissionThe Collaborative has nearly 40 member organizations that jointly organize nail salon workers, policy-makers and consumers to take action on these issues. In a Vox interview,  Julia Liou, a CHNS Collaborative co-founder, recalled her work at a community health clinic where Asian American nail salon workers came in with health concerns "from breathing difficulties to dermatitis — and workers who had breast cancer, reproductive impacts such as miscarriages, wondering if their children had developmental delays." Workers didn't know there was any connection between their health complaints and the salon products they were being exposed to every day. But Liou says many common products in nail salons have been linked to reproductive and neurological health dangers.

National Asian and Pacific American Women's Forum Recently, the New York Healthy Nail Salon Coalition, led by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, and other advocacy groups such as the National Asian and Pacific American Women’s Forum that released Removing the Topcoat: Understanding Federal Oversight of Nail Salons, applauded Governor Cuomo’s proposed legislation on nail salons as “groundbreaking” and “precedent setting.” According to the NY Coalition, thousands of nail salon workers throughout New York, also mostly Asian and Latina immigrant women, are exposed daily to dangerous health hazards on the job, and wage theft. The Governor’s comprehensive plan demonstrates the intersection of environmental and reproductive justice and immigrant and worker rights. Integrating issues that impact low-income communities is a winning strategy that is effectively educating and activating communities around the country.

Federation of Southern Cooperatives' New Executive Director

Cornelius Blanding, Executive Director, Federation of Southern CooperativesCornelius Blanding began his work with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund seventeen years ago as an economic development intern, gaining experience in rural and international development, business development, management and marketing. His work as a project director and the Director of Marketing and International Development for the Federation enabled him to specialize in marketing capacity development, strategic planning, and rural and international program development, implementation and management.

Cornelius led several special initiatives of the Federation, including its international work in Africa, the Caribbean and around the world; and disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina, Alabama tornadoes and the Haiti earthquake. He directed a Department of Labor-funded rural workforce development project through cooperatives; headed a project with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS-USDA) on conservation practices and easements for Federation member-farmers and was involved in a pilot urban agriculture project in Cleveland, OH. He also developed the "Cooperative Roundtable" to "connect emerging and people of color cooperatives in the South with the more established cooperative movement in the Nation."

Federation's logo is symbolic of it work in the cooperative movementA significant piece of Cornelius’ future work at the Federation will include the promotion and development of the cooperative movement, nationally and internationally. He said, "I am looking forward to serving the membership of the Federation and moving our cooperatives forward so they may better serve Southern communities." 

Cornelius Blanding and Ralph Paige new and former EDs of FederationAfter serving as the Federation’s executive director for 30 years, Ralph Paige passed the baton to Cornelius who paid tribute to Ralph as a "mentor and friend who worked untiringly with great dedication for three decades to build the Federation and support our membership to realize the vision of social and economic justice in the South through cooperatives, credit unions and community based development."

Women Worldwide Honor Rana Plaza Victims Call for Worker Justice

Rana Plaza is Everywhere Demonstration - GGJGrassroots Global Justice Alliance and members of the U.S. Chapter of the World March of Women took part in a global 24-hour feminist action in April commemorating the second anniversary of the fire and factory collapse at Rana Plaza in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 people, most of them female factory workers. As they honored the dead, they celebrated an announcement by The Children’s Place that the corporation would contribute $2.5 million to the Rana Plaza Trust Fund set up for the workers’ families, and was asking other retailers to follow its lead.

Rana Plaza Collapse - Diaster“As a direct result of worker solidarity between workers in Bangladesh, Mozambique, Brazil, the Philippines, the U.S. and Europe, we are seeing corporations finally pay what they owe to workers,” said Emily Lee, Co-Chair of the U.S. Chapter of the World March of Women. “We will continue to keep up the pressure until Zara, Walmart, and others contribute to reach the $30 million goal so that Rana Plaza families and survivors are compensated for their tragic loss.”

"As garment workers in the Southwest, we know that Rana Plaza happens everywhere, and we are taking to the streets today to be a part of women here and around the world saying no more —Ya Basta!," said Viola Casares of Fuerza Unida in San Antionio.

Women participated in a global feminist call for actionThe Rana Plaza collapse remains the deadliest disaster in the history of the garment industry worldwide. On that morning, workers refused to enter the eight-story Rana Plaza factory building because there were large and dangerous cracks in the factory walls. The workers were forced to go in to work after they were told they would lose the whole month’s pay if they refused. The factory made clothing for U.S., Canadian and European clothing labels and retailers, such as Walmart, The Children’s Place, Benneton, Zara, and Mango. Eighty percent of the workers were young women ages 18-20. 

The Children’s Place surfaced as a critical target in the campaign for justice for families of the Rana Plaza workers last month when they arrested 27 workers who were attempting to deliver a letter requesting full and fair compensation to the children who were orphaned, to the injured workers and to the families of the people who were killed.

The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation was one of more than 100 religious orders, financial managers, pension funds, and foundations that signed on to letters to over 40 companies asking them to ensure factory owners have the financial capacity to address health and safety remediation requirements. The letters were sent to companies that are part of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, and the Rana Plaza Trust Fund.