2013 Latino Organizing Fund Grantees
This fund supports grassroots community organizing in Latino-led and Latino-serving organizations. It was made possible through a gift from the Saba Chai Five Foundation.
El Comité de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas (CATA) received a grant to organize Mexican migrant workers at Chester County packing houses to fight for better treatment and working conditions.
JUNTOS mobilizes Latino immigrant families in Norristown, largely from Mexico, to protest police harassment and learn about their rights.
Ceiba, a coalition of four Latino-serving organizations, works to ensure that a city-run home repair program is fully accessible and inclusive of Spanish-speaking homeowners.
New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia organizes faith congregations to take action on immigration reform through education, storytelling, and direct-action campaigns.
PhilaPOSH received a grant to organize Spanish-speaking temporary workers, who are often exploited due to their legal and economic status, to resist unsafe working conditions and labor violations.
Media Mobilizing Project organized with thousands of immigrant families, including Mexicans and Central Americans, to overturn a recent law that prohibits undocumented immigrants from getting driver’slicenses in Pennsylvania.
2013 Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative Grantees
A partnership with the Phoebus Fund family foundation, this initiative provides grants for criminal justice reform activism. Grantees target issues that include police accountability, racially biased sentencing policies, growth of the for-profit prison industry, the criminalization of youth, and the death penalty.
Books Through Bars supplies books to hundreds of incarcerated individuals in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania who have limited access to reading materials. They also educate the public about the negative effects of mass incarceration on communities through a large drop-in volunteer program and youth service-learning opportunities.
combines progressive advocacy, collective leadership, and support-system development to empower returning citizens and their families to dismantle the prison plantation industry.
The Goldring Reentry Initiative aims to reduce recidivism in Philadelphia. Participating social work students at the University of Pennsylvania are trained to design individualized discharge plans for people who are transitioning out of prison, linking them to the health, employment, housing, and education services necessary for their successful reentry.
Human Rights Coalition organizes ex-prisoners, family members of the incarcerated, and their allies to replace the prison system with restorative justice practices and rehabilitative programs. The coalition is running a campaign to end solitary confinement in Pennsylvania.
New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia campaigns to protect the rights of immigrants. Its members are staging a direct-action campaign to pressure Mayor Nutter to end collaboration between the Philadelphia Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Pennsylvania Innocence Project litigates cases to exonerate the falsely accused. Its members also work with law enforcement agencies to address the systemic roots of wrongful conviction.
Reunification Transportation Services brings the incarcerated and their family members together by providing bus and van services to remote correctional facilities in Pennsylvania. These families advocate for fair treatment of incarcerated people in prisons.
Why Not Prosper empowers women ex-offenders to reenter society and move toward positions of power and leadership.It offers pre-release mentoring and live-in residence at the Why Not Prosper House.
Witness to Innocence organizes exonerated death row survivors to campaign for a moratorium on death penalty prosecutions. The organization also provides peer support for exonerees. X-Offenders for Community Empowerment is a group of formerly incarcerated activists. After successfully passing the Ban the Box bill to eliminate the section of job applications requesting criminal histories, they are working to ensure its enforcement by holding business owners
accountable to the legislation.
The Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project (YASP) is a youth-led organization fighting to repeal legislation that allows Pennsylvania courts to try youth as adults. YASP empowers its youth leaders through direct action campaigns, as well as art, poetry, and music workshops.
2013 Future Fund Grantees
This fund supports organizations that are working on emerging issues or developing new approaches to social justice activism. These groups may employ one or more effective strategies, such as: cultural work, media advocacy, and political education.
Boat People SOS-Delaware Valley (BPSOS) responds to the needs of Vietnamese residents of Philadelphia and Camden Counties. BPSOS will mobilize community elders to take action concerning immigration, public education, and health care reform.
Norris Square Neighborhood Project builds power through arts and media programs for youth, community leadership, and the celebration of Latino culture. They will organize youth to develop a violence prevention plan within the Kensington community.
Pointman Soldiers Heart Ministry works to secure economic benefits and health care for vulnerable veterans. They will petition
the city to hire a director of veterans’ affairs and to use the resources allocated by the state for veterans.
Student Labor Action Project at Penn (SLAP) builds student and worker power through direct action campaigns for economic justice. SLAP is partnering with Penn dining hall workers to demand higher wages and earned sick days in campus dining halls.
2013 Racial & Economic Justice Fund Grantees
This fund supports groups that are engaged in direct-action community organizing in the Delaware Valley to promote racial and economic justice at the local, state, national or international policy levels.
Asian Americans United (AAU) combats prejudice against the Asian immigrant community in Philadelphia. Through workshops on institutional violence, AAU empowers students to pressure the School District of Philadelphia to adopt strict policies condemning racial violence.
ACTION United is the state’s largest low-and moderate-income community organization. A founding member of the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools, ACTION United will mobilize parents to contest school closures and demand more resources for
Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land unites over 40 faith, labor, and community groups to push for a policy that gives communities control of vacant lots in their neighborhoods. The coalition’s goal is for City Council to pass a bill creating a Land Bank We Can Trust, so community groups and residents can turn blight into affordable and accessible homes, community gardens, and local businesses that proivide jobs and services.
Philadelphia Jobs with Justice is a coalition of labor unions, community groups, religious congregations, and student labor solidarity organizations. Their Good Neighbors campaign will petition Mayor Nutter to implement a policy requiring non-profits to pay property taxes on any land used for noncharitable purposes in order to fund essential public services.
Philadelphia Student Union (PSU) provides guidance to Philadelphia public high school students as they campaign for quality education. PSU is creating more student-led chapters city-wide in order to build its membership capacity to demand education reform.
Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower & Rebuild (POWER) connects Philadelphia faith congregations to engage in broad-based, multi-issue organizing. POWER is urging the Philadelphia International Airport to adopt living-wage policies for its retail employees and organizing parents to fight for better public education.
Restaurant Opportunities Center of Philadelphia (ROC) is a collective of food workers dedicated to improving wages and working conditions in the Philadelphia restaurant industry. ROC is preparing to launch its Dignity at Darden campaign pressuring the Darden Restaurant Group, one of the nation’s most influential restaurant corporations, to increase wages and paid sick leave for all employees.
Taxi Workers Alliance of PA empowers low-income taxi drivers to better their working conditions. Its members are developing a driver-owned cooperative to free themselves from private dispatch companies that charge significant monthly fees.
Offered monthly, Opportunity Fund grants are intended for special projects that are not part of an organization’s ongoing work or for emergencies. These activities are frequently in response to rapidly emerging issues and might include demonstrations and rallies, coalition activities, conferences/forums, or outreach materials.