Harness

Harness

Harness educates, inspires, and activates a community of artists, cultural strategists, social justice advocates and entertainment industry leaders to use the power of storytelling to imagine and create a more equitable world. Our programs and campaigns have catalyzed wide-scale support, prominent media coverage, inclusion in pop culture storylines, and transformative

Harness

Harness educates, inspires, and activates a community of artists, cultural strategists, social justice advocates and entertainment industry leaders to use the power of storytelling to imagine and create a more equitable world. Our programs and campaigns have catalyzed wide-scale support, prominent media coverage, inclusion in pop culture storylines, and transformative partnerships for AAPI and historically disinvested BIPOC communities across the country. Not only is our Executive Director AAPI and the largest community of color within our team identifies as AAPI, each of us has lived experiences to inform our strategies and priorities. We are also humble. All of our work aims to advance racial justice, gender justice and civic justice through an intersectional lens by taking direction from those most impacted by injustice. We are a team of community organizers, educators, communications strategists, and cultural narrative experts who are passionate about the work we do and utilizing a community organizing lens in our advocacy work. We measure our success by the membership of the Harness Community (we have over 150 community organizations in our network) and our reach (our campaigns have reached over 1 billion unique visitors through earned and social media). Moreover, we know that our organization is uniquely positioned as the entertainment industry leader in convening cultural change-makers and uniting them with social justice activists and movement leaders. While our work is broad in range - we take special care to feature both established and burgenoning AAPI artists and community leaders in Harness cultural strategies, programs and public storytelling strategies (examples of our AAPI Harness Community members include: Chloe Bennet, Zahra Billoo, Sherry Cola, Valarie Kaur, Lacy Lew Nguyen Wright, MILCK, Fawzia Mirza, Masami Moriya, Linh Nguyen, Geena RoceroTanya Selvaratnam, Ishita Srivastava, Polar Tropica, and many, many more.) Put simply, no other organization is able to unite the talent/artist community with social justice movements, nonprofits, and causes like Harness can. We've learned along the way that, when government and policy fail, cultural change is the key to building new energy and new movements for equity and justice.

About the Organization:

Harness educates, inspires, and activates a community of artists, cultural strategists, social justice advocates and entertainment industry leaders to use the power of storytelling to imagine and create a more equitable world. Our programs and campaigns have catalyzed wide-scale support, prominent media coverage, inclusion in pop culture storylines, and transformative partnerships for AAPI and historically disinvested BIPOC communities across the country. Not only is our Executive Director AAPI and the largest community of color within our team identifies as AAPI, each of us has lived experiences to inform our strategies and priorities. We are also humble. All of our work aims to advance racial justice, gender justice and civic justice through an intersectional lens by taking direction from those most impacted by injustice. We are a team of community organizers, educators, communications strategists, and cultural narrative experts who are passionate about the work we do and utilizing a community organizing lens in our advocacy work. We measure our success by the membership of the Harness Community (we have over 150 community organizations in our network) and our reach (our campaigns have reached over 1 billion unique visitors through earned and social media). Moreover, we know that our organization is uniquely positioned as the entertainment industry leader in convening cultural change-makers and uniting them with social justice activists and movement leaders. While our work is broad in range - we take special care to feature both established and burgenoning AAPI artists and community leaders in Harness cultural strategies, programs and public storytelling strategies (examples of our AAPI Harness Community members include: Chloe Bennet, Zahra Billoo, Sherry Cola, Valarie Kaur, Lacy Lew Nguyen Wright, MILCK, Fawzia Mirza, Masami Moriya, Linh Nguyen, Geena RoceroTanya Selvaratnam, Ishita Srivastava, Polar Tropica, and many, many more.) Put simply, no other organization is able to unite the talent/artist community with social justice movements, nonprofits, and causes like Harness can. We've learned along the way that, when government and policy fail, cultural change is the key to building new energy and new movements for equity and justice.

organizational budget

2 MILLION - 3 MILLION

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

National • Alabama • Alaska • Arizona • Arkansas • California • Colorado • Connecticut • Delaware • District of Columbia • Florida • Georgia • Hawaii • Idaho • Illinois • Indiana • Iowa • Kansas • Kentucky • Louisiana • Maine • Maryland • Massachusetts • Michigan • Minnesota • Mississippi • Missouri • Montana • Nebraska • Nevada • New Hampshire • New Jersey • New Mexico • New York • North Carolina • North Dakota • Ohio • Oklahoma • Oregon • Pennsylvania • Puerto Rico • Rhode Island • South Carolina • South Dakota • Tennessee • Texas • Utah • Vermont • Virginia • Washington • West Virginia • Wisconsin • Wyoming

organizational budget

2 MILLION - 3 MILLION

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

National • Alabama • Alaska • Arizona • Arkansas • California • Colorado • Connecticut • Delaware • District of Columbia • Florida • Georgia • Hawaii • Idaho • Illinois • Indiana • Iowa • Kansas • Kentucky • Louisiana • Maine • Maryland • Massachusetts • Michigan • Minnesota • Mississippi • Missouri • Montana • Nebraska • Nevada • New Hampshire • New Jersey • New Mexico • New York • North Carolina • North Dakota • Ohio • Oklahoma • Oregon • Pennsylvania • Puerto Rico • Rhode Island • South Carolina • South Dakota • Tennessee • Texas • Utah • Vermont • Virginia • Washington • West Virginia • Wisconsin • Wyoming

The Issue:

Our programs and campaigns seek to increase the participation of AAPI and BIPOC communities in civic engagement initiatives that change policies, elect values-aligned leaders, and shift power to create a world in which racial justice, gender justice, and civic justice are realized. We know that communities of color, including AAPI communities, are disproportionately affected by attacks on our civil rights and on our safety. And we know that misinformation and racist sentiments won't change until our communities are equitably represented in culture and popular media - the one area that touches all Americans, cutting across lines of difference. Harness envisions a world where human rights are protected by the power of people, through building community and using effective storytelling.

The Solution:

Harness educates, inspires, and activates a community of artists, cultural strategists, social justice advocates and entertainment industry leaders to use the power of storytelling to imagine and create a more equitable world. Our programs and campaigns have catalyzed wide-scale support, prominent media coverage, inclusion in pop culture storylines, and transformative partnerships for AAPI and historically disinvested BIPOC communities across the country. The Harness community amplifies the experiences of historically-disenfranchised communities to reach millions of people. We know that many of the most powerful culture-makers – artists, industry leaders, and media industry gatekeepers – aren’t always aware of their ability to be leaders in this work, aren't connected to communities enduring discrimination and oppression, and don't know how to wield their artwork and influence with intention. At the same time, some of our most powerful movement leaders don’t have the platform or resources to advance their cause. We gather, connect and empower Cultural Organizers to leverage their unique talents to advance civil rights by combining and uniting the forces of culture-makers and movement leaders. A recent example was our Black and Asian Solidarity Dinner in Oakland, CA. Black and Asian communities in Oakland have shared experiences of oppression. Unfortunately, overt displays of anti-Asian racism, xenophobia, and hate crimes and anti-Blackness exacerbated during the pandemic have caused misplaced anger and tensions between our communities. Harness partnered with cultural strategist Jeff Chang, Wakanda Dream Lab's Calvin Williams, Top Chef alumni Chef Tu David Phu and Chef Nelson German, and the Black Food and Wine Experience to host 50 community and cultural leaders to remind our communities that we are stronger together. We used food as an entry point into authentic connections, celebration, and storytelling that united us and showed our cultural commonalities, encouraging interconnection and solidarity. We also hosted rapid-response campaigns such as the "Showing up for the Asian American Community Salon" (March 19, 2021) and "Artist Salon: Fueling the AAPI Movement" (April 30, 2021).

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