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Finalists for 2019 Winning Victories Grants

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The Winning Victories Grant program supports initiatives designed by alumni of Antioch College to accelerate the development and deepen the impact of public good and social justice in communities in the United States and around the world.

This year, two grants of $20,000 each will be awarded to alums from the class of 2000 or later.

Twenty-one young alumni committed to making a difference in the world submitted proposals. Each proposal was carefully and independently scored by two alumni reviewers. Five proposals with the highest overall scores were selected.

Finalists will present their proposals at Reunion, Saturday morning July 13, 2019. Voting for the winners will take place immediately after the presentations, and the two winning grants will be announced at the Celebration Dinner the same night.

The 2019 Winning Victories finalists are:

Anzia Bennett ’03 lives in Albuquerque, NM, where she uses the power of local food to create economic opportunity, improve community health, and build community.

Her proposal, Three Sisters Kitchen: Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program will connect 50 food-insecure households with free, fresh, locally-grown food, and nutrition education for 20 weeks, celebrating local food traditions, and creating stable markets for small farmers.

Jesús Canchola Sánchez 00 lives in Chicago, IL, where he works as a labor union communications director and filmmaker; his first feature length movie premiered recently.

His proposal, Pepito tiene una muñeca/Pepito Has a Doll will publish the story of a boy whose only friend is his doll, form partnerships with LGBT organizations and promote children’s freedom to play outside traditional gender norms.

Josh Hershfield 08, lives in Los Angeles, CA, where he writes songs and acts on stage and screen.

His proposal, Rise: The Musical, will bring to audiences a story of resisting tyranny and hate and fighting for human dignity, and will inspire current struggles for justice around the world.

Lela Klein 02 lives in Dayton, OH, where she is the co-founder and Executive Director of Co-op Dayton, a non-profit cooperative incubator.

Her proposal, Creating a Cooperative Economy in the Rust Belt: Co-op Dayton aims to build economic power from the ground up with blue collar workers in Dayton, Ohio, by developing a network of worker-owned businesses.

Addison Nace 17 lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she serves on the board of Natik. This fall she will begin a PhD in Design Studies.

Her proposal, Artist Residency in Mexico with Mujeres Sembrando la Vida Cooperative will foster collaborative education in design, marketing, weaving techniques, and cultural property rights, creating equitable relationships between Mayan weavers and international artists.