Grants in Action

Heeding God’s Call, a Racial & Economic Justice Fund grantee, is keeping up the pressure on gun shops in the region. The group turned out over 250 people over Easter week for a vigil at Delia ‘s gun shop in Northeast Philadelphia and held another in August.

Youth United for Change, also a Racial & Economic Justice Fund grantee, successfully organized and rallied against City Council’s proposed bill to cut funding for accelerated schooling. City Council agreed to grant $8.2 million to the accelerated schooling budget.

Debate over this year’s city budget was enlivened by another Racial & Economic Justice fund grantee, ACTUP Philadelphia. The group disrupted the mayor’s budget address in March to demand that he provide housing for people living with HIV. And in June ACT UP organized a march from City Hall to a nearby fundraiser headlined by President Obama, demanding that the president and the mayor end the AIDS crisis by funding housing and treatment.

Faith leaders and allies rally to get a local gun store owner to sign a code of conduct that would prevent the illegal sale of handguns. Photo by: Linda Noonan