Grants in Action

Phoebus Criminal Justice initiative grantee Pennsylvania Innocence Project helped win a new trial for Eugene Gilyard, a North Philadelphia man imprisoned since 1998. The group supports prisoners who were wrongfully convicted and advocates for procedural reform.

Pointman Soldiers Heart Ministry, a Future Fund recipient, is pressuring the city to increase services available to vulnerable veterans by establishing a Department of Veterans Affairs. In October, representatives of City Council agreed to work with the group to change to the city’s veteran support structure.

Following a string of violent crimes against taxi workers, the Taxi Workers’ Alliance of Pennsylvania, a Racial and Economic Justice Fund grantee, successfully demanded that the Philadelphia Parking Authority install surveillance cameras, alert systems, and other security features in its cabs, increasing safety for Philadelphia’s cabdrivers.

Several Bread & Roses grantees — including ACTION United, Jobs with Justice, Juntos, and Philadelphia Student Union — are working tirelessly to demand additional revenue for Philadelphia’s schools, increase charter school accountability and oversight, and establish community control over education. As members of the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools, they have held dozens of rallies and kept the education debate at the forefront of the city’s consciousness.

PSU Members holding signs that read "Fund Our Schools"

Photo credit: Philadelphia Students Union
PSU members and other community groups rallied on Broad Street on September 8, the day before school started in Philadelphia.