Always working to identify and support the best grassroots community organizing in the region, Bread & Roses Community Fund is now taking part in efforts to strengthen the region’s Latino communities.
In March, the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces—of which Bread & Roses and many of its grantees are members—again moved City Council to pass a bill requiring businesses with at least six employees to offer paid sick leave.
In the early 1970s, Rick Baron was among the group of activists who founded the People’s Fund, predecessor to today’s Bread & Roses. He has been involved as a donor, volunteer, and board member ever since.
Just before he was assassinated, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was working to strengthen ties between the civil rights movement and the fight for economic justice. Bread & Roses Community Fund honored this legacy by hosting a town hall meeting in January to highlight successful community-labor partnerships in our region.
Thanks to the support of thousands of individual donors, Bread & Roses grants and scholarships will soon be awarded to some of the many recent applicants now under consideration.
Planning is important, but some of the best community organizing happens on the spur of the moment.
While over a thousand people were rallying outside School District of Philadelphia headquarters in March, members of the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools—including Bread & Roses’ grantees Youth United for Change, Philadelphia Student Union, JUNTOS, Media Mobilizing Project, and Occupy Philly Labor Working Group —participated in a civil disobedience action inside the building.
“Being able to move money to causes that are led by people who are directly affected allows me to show solidarity.”
Racial & Economic Justice Fund grantee Heeding God’s Call brought attention to illegal gun sales at Colosimo’s Gun Center in 2010, resulting in the store’s closure by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. But the group’s goal is not to close gun shops but to get store owners to follow the rules