Advocacy - Bread for the City

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Building Power for Change

Bread for the City is a social justice organization, and we strive to help our clients build power in their own communities. In 2015, we launched our Advocacy Department to provide support to client-led campaigns that aim to end the drain of affordable housing in DC. We do this by training clients and community leaders in community organizing. These leaders then organize on their own, reaching out to their own networks to connect with people that our staff could not. As a result of this approach, we are able to turn up in significant numbers when needed: at rallies, council hearings, etc.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our community organizers have been working to advocate for a #JustRecovery, and have coordinated our efforts to support grassroots mutual aid networks across the city. 

It is this type of grassroots movement that, when sustained over a period of years, leads to real change.

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Welcoming Ría Thompson-Washington: A Champion for Justice Joins Our Advocacy Team
With over two decades of experience in grassroots organizing and advocacy, Ría has been at the forefront of empowering Black and Latine communities. ...

Advocacy & Community Organizing Staff

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Aja Taylor

Advocacy Director

Ms. Taylor joined Bread for the City as a Community Organizer in the Community Lawyering Project in 2012, and became the organization’s first-ever Advocacy Director in the fall of 2015.

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Ría Thompson-Washington

Associate Director of Advocacy & Organizing

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Terri Acker

Client and Community Organizer

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Leonard Edwards

Data and Community Organizer

Client Advisory Council

Bread for the City’s Client Advisory Council offers feedback and insight to help the organization to better provide meaningful and impactful programming and services. The CAC also works with staff on outreach efforts and accountability.

Current Officers
President – Jeronda Hilton
Vice President – Brita Jackson
Secretary – Christie Gardner
Treasurer – Paula Blue
Sergeant at Arms – Beatrice Evans

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Bread for the City’s services are made possible through the support of thousands of donors like you. Without your support, we would not be able to provide the food, clothing, social, legal, advocacy, and medical services that we do to 10,000 DC residents every month. Thank you!

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