Grants in Action

Resources for Racial Justice in Philly and Ferguson grantee Organization for Black Struggle (OBS) was able to hire full-time staff with Bread & Roses’ financial support this year. Recently, OBS organized public support and won a consent decree — an important amendment between the city and the Department of Justice that will help to ensure the fair treatment of citizens by police.

The Black Radical Organizing Collective received an Opportunity Fund grant for their inaugural Black Radical Tradition Conference, which was held in January at Temple University. The conference, which was free and open to the public, featured speakers including Angela Davis and Cornel West.

Black Radical Tradition Conference participants walk down Broad Street in the March for our Future in January. Photo credit: Black Radical Organizing Collective.

Black Radical Tradition Conference participants walk down Broad Street in the March for our Future in January. Photo credit: Black Radical Organizing Collective.

X-Offenders for Community Empowerment, a Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative grantee, successfully lobbied to amend Philadelphia’s 2011 “Ban the Box” legislation. The new amendment, passed in December 2015, prohibits employers from conducting criminal background checks before making offers of employment and limits employers to accessing only the past seven years of an applicant’s criminal history.

Future Fund grantee Sisterly L.O.V.E. hosted a workshop, Keeping Our Sisters Safe, that allowed trans women to share and learn new strategies for keeping their community safe in Philadelphia. The workshop focused on avoiding police harassment.

In January, Racial & Economic Justice grantee ACT UP Philadelphia published two reports aimed at providing fair housing for people living with HIV and AIDS. The reports are available on the ACT UP Philadelphia website.