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Fusion Partnerships Wins Social Activist Award

We hope you’ll join us in congratulating NCDD supporting/founding member Polly Riddims and the wonderful team at Fusion Partnerships on recently being awarded the Social Activist Award from the Justice Studies Association. We are proud to count Polly and her team as part of our NCDD community, and we hope you’ll take a moment to read the Fusion team’s statement on their award below. 

On Friday, May 30, 2014, Fusion Partnerships, Inc. received the Social Activist Award from the Justice Studies Association in recognition for their continuing work for justice and well-being in Baltimore. The award was presented during their 16th Annual Conference “Revisiting to Revisioning: Restorative Justice to Transformative Justice” at Towson University, May 29-31, 2014. Polly Riddims, Managing Partner and Jim Kucher, Board Chair were there to accept the award.

Through collaborative action, including fiscal sponsorship, Fusion Partnerships works to be a catalyst for social justice and peace. Fusion currently provides fiscal sponsorship and incubation support for over 65 community based program in the Baltimore region working for social change. These projects are making a difference in areas of youth development, health and nutrition, gender and LGBT issues, criminal justice reform, racial justice, and the arts.

Fusion was established in 1998 to educate and facilitate community building and collaborative efforts toward social change. Through work in the community, Fusion found many underserved grassroots community leaders with great new ideas, entrepreneurial projects and innovative strategies, struggling to do their best with little financial support and without access to the nonprofit resources. Fiscal sponsorship provides an opportunity for individuals or groups tocarry out their ideas, where they can succeed and grow, and create a space for collaborative work and sharing of resources.

Justice Studies Association (JSA) is an international not-for-profit membership association established in 1998 to:

  • Foster writing and research about, the practice of, and activism for, justice without violence;
  • Provide venues in the form of an annual conference and a journal of progressive thought to tackle pressing issues of criminal, social, restorative, and economic justice;
  • Foster a sense of community among scholars, activists and practioners of justice interested in creating a global community in which the needs of all are met; and
  • Welcome scholars from all disciplines to think and write about issues of justice from an interdisciplinary and global perspective.
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An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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