RDLF News: Issue 6

We were thrilled to hear positive words from so many partners after our last newsletter. In this issue, you'll find our grantees featured in the news, opportunities for nonprofits and individuals, and a curation of recent articles written by our Journalism grantees.

Quinto Elemento's Alejandra Xanic

Alejandra Xanic, co-founder of the RDLF grantee Quinto Elemento, recently spoke to LatAm Journalism Review about the current challenges of journalists in Mexico. "I believe we journalists in Mexico face a daily smear campaign that is affecting the way people receive us at home," said Xanic.
Quinto Elemento's Alejandra Xanic

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Xanic lists the challenges that journalists face in Mexico, one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. She states that in the current technological environment, “social media violence should be considered as much of a threat as physical violence … as the former can translate into the latter.” She goes on to paint a vivid picture of the effect journalism has in Mexico and strategies to protect its future, including the work she’s doing with MásterLAB.

The RDLF is proud to support Quinto Elemento. In addition to their quality investigative journalism, their collaborative approach demonstrates that journalists can accomplish more when they work together.

Click to read more.

More Grantee Highlights

The Seeds of Vandana Shiva

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In partnership with the RDLF, The Seeds of Vandana Shiva was recently released for streaming on Vimeo, Amazon, and iTunes / Apple Play after a successful festival run. The documentary focuses on the people, circumstances and seminal events in Vandana’s life that guided her purpose as an ecological activist.

From the directors' statement: "Vandana speaks for an ecological vision for food and farming in which we can regenerate the environment and human democracies. Our hope is that Vandana’s extraordinary story will act as a catalyst for more awareness around the issues, and to inspire audiences to be part of the change."

Click to watch the trailer.

Our Partners in the News

Illustration by Andjela Padejski

We are always excited to see news outlets write a story about the amazing work our partners are doing every day. Here are just a few articles that came out recently:

Upcoming Opportunities

Volunteer at Pocket Con 2023!

Pocket Con is a free single-day convention for Chicago youth founded by Elgin-Bokari Smith from our grantee SGLAI. It focuses on work by artists of color, particularly African American authors and artists, as well as comics with a primary character who is Black. This is a fun, powerful event that gives children from underrepresented groups the representation they deserve.

Pocket Con is looking for volunteers for this year's event. Volunteers must attend training at the end of November. Click here to register.

Job Opportunities

Grants and Training Opportunities

Photo credit: Communities in Schools of Chicago

  • Healing Illinois is a racial healing initiative of the IDHS designed to support organizations across the state to begin, or continue, the work of racial healing. There are information sessions on November 1st and November 20th. Application deadlines are November 10th and December 1st.
  • Restore Justice hosts free trainings for individuals and organizations interested in advancing change in Illinois through the legislative process in Springfield. They have upcoming training opportunities in November and December, but also offer custom training for organizations.
  • Communities in Schools of Chicago's Youth Mental Health First Aid program is designed to help adults identify, react to and support children (typically ages 8-18) experiencing mental health or addiction issues, or who are in active crisis. The next certification course is on December 5th.

What We're Reading

Photo credit: Beth LaBerge/KQED

A curation of articles recently published by our grantees.

We'd like to hear from you!

Thanks for reading! We have an open call for content from our partners to highlight the brilliant work they're doing in the community. If you are an established partner with The Reva and David Logan Foundation and you would like to see your event, achievement, job opening, etc. in our next newsletter, please reach out to Sabrina Boggs, Communications Coordinator at sabrina(at)loganfdn(dot)org.

In addition, we are frequently reposting our grantees on our social media, so make sure to follow us and tag us in your posts! Links to our socials are below.

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