Che Gossett, Jason Walker, and Imani Henry offer a view of how nonprofitization of the fight against HIV/AIDS created a divide between service provision and movements for social change, and how nonprofits providing service provision often rely on hierarchical models and funding sources that leave out the people most impacted.
BCRW and The Engaging Tradition Project at Columbia University co-convened a conference called Queer Dreams and Non-Profit Blues to examine the critiques emerging from queer and feminist activists and scholars about the impact of funding on social movement agendas and formations. During the conference, Hope Dector from BCRW and Dean Spade from The Engaging Tradition Project conducted interviews with many of the speakers about their analysis and strategies related to the conference themes. These interviews were edited into 30 short videos that aim to bring these critical perspectives into an accessible format for use in activist spaces and classrooms. These videos highlight the type of knowledge production that is possible when the boundaries between activism and the academy are actively traversed.
This video is Part 1 in a series of 3 videos about organizing around HIV/AIDS.