Grants In Action

The Pennsylvania Innocence Project, a Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative grantee, identifies cases of wrongful conviction. This summer, the group helped exonerate and release Kenneth Granger, who was wrongfully incarcerated for 28 years.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania First Suburbs Project, a Future Fund grantee, recently brought together leaders from financially distressed areas at a conference called Building One Pennsylvania to seek bipartisan solutions to common challenges facing Pennsylvania’s communities.

In October, the National Taxi Workers Alliance, of which grantee Taxi Workers Alliance of PA is a member, became the first nontraditional labor organization to join the AFL-CIO since the United Farm Workers Union in the ’60s.

Racial and Economic Justice Fund grantee Eastern North Philadelphia Coalition is a leader in Take Back Vacant Land,a coalition dedicated to gaining community control of 40,000parcels of vacant land in Philadelphia. In September, the coalition spurred City Council members Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and Bill Green to introduce a new bill to reform Philly’s vacant land policy.

Future Fund grantee Campaign for Working Families, a member of the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces, led the push for a law to ensure that companies doing business with the City of Philadelphia provide paid sick days to workers. The law goes into effect in July 2012 and benefits thousands of Philadelphians.

Disabled in Action & Taxi Workers Alliance of PA, both Racial & Economic Justice Fund grantees, won a lawsuit filed against the Pennsylvania Parking Authority for its failure to provide wheelchair- accessible taxis.

Disabled in Action & Taxi
Workers Alliance of PA, both
Racial & Economic Justice
Fund grantees, won a lawsuit
filed against the Pennsylvania
Parking Authority for its failure
to provide wheelchair-
accessible taxis.