Grants in Action

JUNTOS members protesting against deportations and detentions.

JUNTOS members held a concert and rally at Berks Family Detention Center in Leesport on July 11. Photo credit: Steve Pavey.

In February, current and former grantees won a multi-year campaign for legislation mandating businesses in Philadelphia with 10 or more employees to provide paid sick leave. New Sanctuary Movement, Restaurant Opportunities Center, POWER, Philadelphia Student Union, Taxi Workers Alliance, Jobs with Justice, and JUNTOS were all involved in this very important victory, which will impact up to 200,000 local workers.

Future Fund grantee Girls Justice League held a week-long summer institute in July that brought together 17 teenaged girls and two peer facilitators from across the region to build skills and strategies for advancing gender and racial justice in their schools and neighborhoods.

The Pennsylvania Revictimization Relief Act, also known as the “Muzzle Mumia Act,” which censored freedom of speech for incarcerated people, was overturned in federal court in April thanks to Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative grantee Prison Radio.

Racial & Economic Justice Fund grantee Urban Creators hosted their annual Hoodstock Festival on July 25 at the Life Do Grow Farm in North Philadelphia to build youth power and transform neglected landscapes into food hubs, social enterprises, and models of urban sustainability. Hoodstock was attended by more than 600 people, including artists, neighbors, and local business owners.

On July 11, Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative grantee JUNTOS organized a rally and concert at the Berks Family Detention Center, where some families that include infants have been detained for over a year under abusive conditions. The event was part of a national week of action to end family detention.