2019 Grantees

Each grant is made possible by a network of thousands of donors giving what they can to support movements for justice.

Future Fund

The Future Fund is a core fund at Bread & Roses that supports organizations working on emerging issues or developing new approaches to social justice activism. The money for these grants was raised by the 2019 Racial & Economic Justice Giving Project.

cinéSPEAK engages diverse audiences through neighborhood-based film programming and discussions that center the stories of individuals and communities that are underrepresented in mainstream cinema. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Comadre Luna Collective cultivates safe spaces of collective care among immigrant Latinx women of mixed status to empower them to make decisions about their bodies and life without fear and supports access to reproductive justice in Philadelphia. Facebook

LifeLines: Voices Against the Other Death Penalty is a multimedia project that works through prison walls to highlight voices of those serving death-by-incarceration sentences. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Make the Road Pennsylvania is a grassroots organization with a primarily Latinx and immigrant member base that is designing and delivering a survey to assess low-wage work benefits under a new Philadelphia labor law. Website | Facebook | Twitter

MOVES secures spaces and opportunities in which Black and Brown queer people build community, share resources, and thrive in order to shift culture towards a more just and inclusive framework. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

One Art Community Center is an urban eco-arts village that provides space, programming, and tools to nurture community self-determination and self-sufficiency. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Philadelphia Drug Users’ Union is a group of people at different points on the spectrum of drug using who are working to maximize their proven ability to keep themselves and their communities healthy and safe, and advocating to reduce the harm caused by failed policies of the war on drugs. Facebook | Twitter

Philadelphia Teamsters for a Democratic Union is a worker-led, grassroots movement that is organizing to change the Teamsters from a union dominated by high-paid white male officials to an anti-racist and inclusive worker-led movement that fights for economic and social justice for all workers. Website

Urban Tree Connection is an organization in West Philadelphia that is transforming abandoned open spaces into safe and functional spaces for community self-determination. Website | Facebook | Twitter


Gender Justice Fund

The Gender Justice Fund is a core fund at Bread & Roses that supports grassroots organizing to mobilize women, girls, transgender, and gender-nonconforming people to make change. The money for these grants was raised by the 2019 Gender Justice Giving Project.

African Family Health Organization provides culturally and linguistically sensitive health, human, and educational services to African and Caribbean immigrants and refugees and organizes to end female genital mutilation. Website | Facebook

Black and Brown Workers Cooperative works to empower Black and Brown workers organizing to resist gentrification and expand labor rights. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Comadre Luna Collective cultivates safe spaces of collective care among immigrant Latinx women of mixed status to empower them to make decisions about their bodies and life without fear and supports access to reproductive justice in Philadelphia. Facebook

Educators for Consent Culture is working to disrupt rape culture in Philadelphia schools through education and engagement of young people and adults to foster a culture of consent. Twitter

Girls Rock Philly is challenging patriarchy by empowering girls, trans youth, and gender-nonconforming youth by using music to promote gender justice. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Juntos works to improve the wellness of immigrants, people of color, and poor people by addressing domestic violence, providing resources for deportation and immigration, and organizing around immigration policy change. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance is a group of women and gender-nonconforming low-wage workers, most of whom are people of color and immigrants, organizing to demand rights for domestic workers and pass the Philadelphia Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. Website | Facebook

Pennsylvania Student Power Network is building a youth-driven movement working to demand transparency around violence, accommodations for survivors, and protections for trans and gender-nonconforming students in Pennsylvania. Facebook | Twitter

People’s Paper Co-op, an ongoing initiative by the Village of Arts and Humanities, connects formerly incarcerated women together with artists, civil rights lawyers, and policy makers to transform the narrative of reentry and end the cash bail system. Website | Facebook

Philadelphia Community Bail Fund is a grassroots, community-led bail fund whose mission is to end cash bail and pretrial detention and post bail for Philadelphians who cannot afford it. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Philly Thrive is driving a campaign against the Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery in Philadelphia, which continues to pollute working-class Black communities. They are creating a women’s circle to provide healing for women in the community during their campaign. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Sappho and LaRoyce Foundation creates a space where LGBTQ people and people of color can talk about their experiences and work on a campaign to change language in laws governing domestic violence in Pennsylvania to include same-sex couples and gender-nonconforming people. Website

Sisterly LOVE, a program of the Mazzoni Center run for and by trans women, provides members with leadership development and skill-building training. They aim to increase the capacity of trans women to organize and advocate around issues affecting their communities. Website | Facebook

The Womanist Working Collective is a collective of Black women and gender-nonconforming folks who are building participatory grassroots solutions to problems in their communities and working for social equality and environmental justice. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Women’s Community Revitalization Project is working to change the housing crisis experienced by working-class women and their families by building their leadership, engaging their households, and advocating for policy change. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Women’s Medical Fund is organizing to expand abortion access for individuals with low incomes through direct service and community organizing, working to support people who need abortions as well as lift insurance bans and eliminate barriers. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Immigration Justice Fund

The Immigration Justice Fund is a special fund at Bread & Roses that supports groups organizing within immigrant and refugee communities to build power and make change. The money for these grants was raised by the 2018-19 Immigration Justice Giving Project.

Agape African Senior Center helps elderly African immigrants and refugees cope with life in a new country, advocating to reduce and eradicate unjust laws, policies, and system practices that are discriminative towards them. Website

Asian Americans United is responding to anti-immigration political rhetoric by working against hate in Chinatown, informing voters of candidates’ positions on immigrant rights, developing a collaborative response to deportations and hate crimes in Asian communities, and connecting with youth organizers. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Coalition of African Communities empowers African and Caribbean immigrant communities, providing immigration and legal assistance, building a collective force, and increasing African and Caribbean immigrants’ participation in circles where decisions are made. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Comité de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agrícolas is a migrant farmworker organization that leads know-your-rights workshops and provides connections to legal advocates to assist workers to defend themselves against workplace raids. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Faith in New Jersey is a multi-faith and multi-racial network of faith leaders and communities working to address the needs of immigrant families under threat of deportation and detention and maintaining pressure on government officials to create legislative change to immigration laws. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Juntos works to improve the wellness of immigrants, people of color, and poor people by addressing domestic violence, providing resources for deportation and immigration, and organizing around immigration policy change. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Movement of Immigrant Leaders in Pennsylvania is a network of families across Pennsylvania fighting for driver’s license legislation; responding to police stops, raids, detentions, and deportations; and expanding their base by building a strong network of active members. Website | Facebook

New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia and Free Migration Project have partnered to create a new project, combining their expertise to address the short-term needs of families in sanctuary while organizing to change policy to construct a world where sanctuary is no longer needed. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance, a project of Philadelphia Jobs with Justice, is a group of women and gender-nonconforming low-wage workers, most of whom are people of color and immigrants, who organized to pass the Philadelphia Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights. Website | Facebook

Popular Alliance for Undocumented Workers’ Rights advocates for undocumented restaurant workers by organizing to raise public awareness and educate workers to achieve fair immigration laws and policies.

Puentes de Salud provides alternative health care for Philadelphia’s immigrant communities and is working to meet the pressing needs of immigrants through wellness, art, and behavioral health programs as well as education for children and adults surrounding immigration topics. Website | Facebook | Twitter

VietLead develops solutions to improve health, increase sovereignty, and develop Vietnamese and Southeast Asian leadership in solidarity with other communities of color through intergenerational farming, youth leadership, health navigation, healing, policy advocacy, and civic engagement. Website | Facebook | Twitter


Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative

The Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative is a core fund at Bread & Roses that supports groups organizing to address the root causes of the crises within the criminal legal system. The money for these grants comes from a partnership with the Phoebus Fund family foundation.

Address This!, a volunteer-run project of Books Through Bars, provides innovative social justice educational courses via correspondence with individuals currently incarcerated in Pennsylvania. Website

Amistad Law Project is a group of community organizers including formerly incarcerated people, attorneys, legal workers, activists, and organizers fighting to end the carceral state. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Ardella’s House provides transitional housing to women returning from prison and fights for the Dignity Act, which would address the needs of women in prison such as access to menstrual products, anti-shackling policies for pregnant women, and work to end strip searches done by men. Facebook | Twitter

DeafCAN!, a program of Christ the King Deaf Church, is working toward community organizing and advocacy with multiple Deaf community organizations to enhance and standardize access and accommodations for Deaf/hard-of-hearing inmates and people on parole or probation. Website

Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration is a coalition of organizations working to end mass incarceration, working against life-without-parole sentences, and building a movement led by people impacted by the criminal justice system. Website | Facebook

Healing Communities USA is led by formerly incarcerated people who are organizing faith communities to engage in campaigns working to change the criminal legal system. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Human Rights Coalition is an organization led by formerly incarcerated people and their families working toward transparency in the criminal justice system, the end of torture and abuse of prisoners, the end of solitary confinement, and accountability of prison officials and administrators for their actions and inactions. Website | Facebook

Movement of Immigrant Leaders in Pennsylvania is a network of families across Pennsylvania fighting for driver’s license legislation; responding to police stops, raids, detentions, and deportations; and expanding their base by building a strong network of active members. Website | Facebook

Reconstruction is led by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people who are developing a new justice paradigm, creating support systems and collaborations to address internalized systems of oppression. Website | Facebook

Sisters Returning Home provides services for women returning to society after incarceration and works with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Kintock, and other housing facilities to establish policies that are fair and give appropriate consideration to gender. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Why Not Prosper is led by formerly incarcerated women who support women returning from prison. They are working to decrease the number of women whose parental rights are terminated due to incarceration. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project is an organization led by formerly incarcerated youth that works to stop the trial of youth as adults, pressure local policymakers to keep youth out of adult jails, and expand their movement to new hubs. Website

Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project provides case support for youth facing charges in adult court as well as individuals who were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole when they were children and, due to a recent court ruling, are eligible for resentencing. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Racial & Economic Justice Fund

The Racial & Economic Justice Fund is a core fund at Bread & Roses that supports groups that are engaged in direct-action community organizing in the Philadelphia region to promote racial and economic justice. The money for these grants was raised by the 2019 Racial & Economic Justice Giving Project.

ACT UP Philadelphia is an organization working to end the AIDS crisis and the opioid epidemic through direct action. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Amistad Law Project is a group of community organizers including formerly incarcerated people, attorneys, legal workers, activists, and organizers fighting to end the carceral state. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Black and Brown Workers Cooperative works to empower Black and Brown workers organizing to resist gentrification and expand labor rights. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Movement of Immigrant Leaders in Pennsylvania is a network of families across Pennsylvania fighting for driver’s license legislation; responding to police stops, raids, detentions, and deportations; and expanding their base by building a strong network of active members. Website | Facebook

Philadelphia Community Bail Fund is a grassroots community-led bail fund whose mission is to end cash bail and pretrial detention, building awareness about cash bail and its repercussions on working-class people, especially people of color. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Project SAFE works to ensure the health, safety, and survival of people working in Philadelphia’s sex industry by providing education, advocacy, and support. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Soil Generation is a Black- and Brown-led coalition of activist gardeners, farmers, individuals, and community-based organizations working to ensure that people of color regain community control of land and food, address community health, grow food, and improve the environment. Website | Facebook

Urban Creators is a North Philadelphia-based collaborative that uses food, art, celebration, and political education as tools to foster self-determination, resiliency, and racial and economic justice. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

VietLead develops solutions to improve health, increase sovereignty, and develop Vietnamese and Southeast Asian leadership in solidarity with other communities of color. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project is an organization led by formerly incarcerated youth that works to stop the trial of youth as adults, pressure local policymakers to keep youth out of adult jails, and expand their movement to new hubs. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Opportunity Fund

Opportunity Fund grants are intended for special projects that are not part of an organization’s ongoing work. These grants are offered monthly. Learn more and see the list of 2019 Opportunity Fund grantees here.