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BALLE

Vision: Balle works to build an ecosystem that accelerates the momentum toward an economy that works for all. Balle’s work is grounded in deep engagement with the ‘Local Economy Leadership Network’ across the U.S. and Canada, who are using Balle’s ‘Local Economy Framework’ to create healthy, equitable communities.

Impact: Through Community Investment, the first cohort of the Local Economy Foundation Circle committed to aligning more than $2.5 billion in collective investment assets to support local economic growth. The first four cohorts of Balle fellows include 76 fellows that serve 87,500 local businesses and impact another 1.5 million people through policy.

US Human Rights Network

Vision: USHRN is a national network of organizations and individuals working to build and strengthen a people-centered human rights movement in the U.S. where leadership is centered on those most directly affected by human rights violations, and the full range of diversity within communities is respected and embraced.

Impact: Through multi-sector projects and campaigns run by its 300+ members, USHRN has spearheaded various human rights efforts including the “National Human Rights Cities Alliance,” and the “Coalition on Human Rights to Water and sanitation,” amongst much else, elevating the voices of those most vulnerable to human rights violations.

JASS- Building Women’s Collective Power for Justice

Vision: ASS is dedicated to a feminist vision of social and political transformation, where all people live with freedom, respect and wellbeing. This vision calls for the rights of all people to be recognized, respected and protected, and for the redistribution of resources that ensures their wellbeing as well as a sustainable planet.

Impact: Through regional teams across the globe, JASS trains local leaders, strengthens community organizing, builds broad alliances, and helps link grassroots solutions to global advocacy. Using creative communications and documentation strategies, JASS publicizes the innovative ways women are addressing serious global issues that are impacting their daily lives.

SpiritHouse

Vision: SpiritHouse is a multigenerational Black women-led cultural organization, who use art, culture and media to support the empowerment and transformation for the most systemically marginalized communities. Spirit House works to uncover and uproot the systemic barriers that prevent communities from gaining the resources, leverage and capacity necessary for long-term self-sufficiency.

Impact: Through transformative justice trainings, ban the box campaigns, the ‘Fostering Alternatives to Drug Enforcement” coalition, and through intentional healing and mourning process, SpiritHouse organizes locally within North Carolina, and connects its work to national justice movements, with shared visions of equity and liberation.

Southerners on New Ground

Vision: SONG envisions a sustainable South that embodies the best of its freedom traditions and works towards the transformation of our economic, social, spiritual, and political relationships. SONG envisions a multi-issue southern justice movement. that unites us across class, age, race, ability, gender, immigration status, and sexuality. Song is committed to recognizing collective humanity.

Impact: SONG develops leadership, builds their membership base, and identifies and carries out community organizing projects and campaigns. All of SONG’s work strives to bring together marginalized communities to work towards justice and liberation for all people.

Journey for Justice Alliance

Vision: J4J is intentionally creating a space for organized low-income and working class communities who are directly impacted by top-down privatization and school closings efforts. J4J member’s organizations are built and led primarily by parents and youth of color and fight for community-driven school improvement. 

Impact: J4J aids local organizing through technical assistance and helping to nationalize local fights. J4J is led by a coordinating committee and a national director with decades of experience in community organizing, and utilizes this collective experience to provide their member groups in various training in areas.

Anti Police- Terror Project

Vision: APTP is a Black-led, multi-racial, intergenerational coalition that seeks to build a replicable and sustainable model to eradicate police terror in communities of color. APTP is a group of concerned and committed institutions, organizations, and individuals dedicated to ending state-sanctioned murder and violence.

Impact: Through various direct-action trainings and events including ‘Reclaiming King’s Radical Legacy March,’ first responders trainings, monthly meetings, supporting families and communities affected by the criminal justice systems, and through the creation of policy platforms, APTP works to uplift POC affected by the U.S. criminal system, and build more resilient communities.

Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition

Vision: MSSC seeks to act as organizing body, leadership development organization, and vehicle to support and advocate for LGBTQ youth in Mississippi. MSSC seeks a diverse coalition membership in order to build statewide visibility and the support needed to achieve its mission.

Impact: MSSC trains students and allies to make schools safer while fighting for long-term policy change. Since 2008, The Safe Schools Coalition has worked directly with young people to build programs, events, and partnerships that reflect and work to address the needs of its communities from Cleveland to Gulfport.

Pillars of the Community

Vision: Grounded in the Islamic faith tradition, Pillars is committed to embracing and celebrating the culture of Southeast San Diego. Pillars strives to counter the criminalization of its community through organizing, leadership development, and strategic partnerships. Pillars vision is for a healthy and thriving Southeast San Diego, which reflects the rich and diverse culture of all its members.

Impact: Through extensive surveying, and a range of programs run out of the Pillars ‘Storefront’ including: know your rights trainings, the ‘Peoples Power’ civic engagement initiative, and the series, ‘Reclaiming our Stories’ a community-based storytelling and writing group, Pillars is able to engage its community in criminal justice reform and faith-based restorative healing.

Children’s Defense Fund

Vision: CDF works to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood. CDF provides a strong, effective and independent voice for children who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves.

Impact: CDF works closely with state and local child advocates as well as national organizations serving children through a variety of campaigns and initiatives. CDF champions public policies that expand opportunities for youth to grow up in safe neighborhoods, access comprehensive health coverage, and be educated in positive learning environments.

Black Women for Wellness

Vision: BWW is committed to the health and well-being of Black women and girls through health education, empowerment and advocacy. BWW aims to expand healthcare access, reduce toxic hair care chemicals that are prevalent in communities, and to build political advocacy in California and beyond.

Impact: BWW runs programs and initiatives centered in wellness and policy change including ‘Sisters in Control Reproductive Justice’ which supports reproductive justice policy. In addiction to this, BWW hosts ‘Sisters in Motion’ a health/wellness program, as well as ‘Sisters With Opions’, supporting access to quality health care, and the the community forum series, ‘Sisters @ Eight.

New York State Leadership Council

Vision:  NYSYLC is an undocumented youth led, membership led, organization that empowers immigrant youth to challenge the broken immigration system. NYSYLC is a volunteer run organization aims to give undocumented youth the tools and space to organize and create change in their communities.

Impact: NYSYLC has worked to support and mobilize undocumented youth across NY through leadership development and grassroots organizing. NYSYLC pioneered “Coming Out of the Shadows” rallies; formed and supported, hubs for undocu-organizing and college-specific advocacy; led national and state advocacy initiatives to raise awareness. 

Vera Institute of Justice

Vision: VIJ envisions a society that respects the dignity of every person and safeguards justice for everyone. VIJ’s mission is to drive change; to urgently build and improve justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities.

Impact: VIJ works with others who share their vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of today—from the causes and consequences of mass incarceration, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement, to the unmet needs of the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those harmed by crime and violence.

Justice Policy Institute

Vision: JPI is dedicated to reducing the use of incarceration and the justice system by promoting fair and effective policies. JPI envisions a society with safe, equitable and healthy communities; just and effective solutions to social problems; and the use of incarceration only as a last resort.

Impact: Through research, communications strategies and technical assistance, JPI informs advocates policymakers and the media about fair and effective approaches to justice and community well-being. JPI reframes the conversation around justice for all, and advances a new paradigm for improving the well-being of all people and communities.

Center for Court Innovation

Vision: The Center seeks to help create a more effective and humane justice system. The Center stands at the crossroads of action and reflection, doing and thinking. The Center works to dream up new ideas and then go out and test them in the real world.

Impact: The Center creates operating programs to test new ideas and solve problems, with the goal of ultimately achieving systems changes. The Center tests their original research to determine what works, and what doesn’t, and provide expert assistance to justice reformers globally.

Right to Counsel Coalition

Vision: RTCNYC began as a coalition of advocates, tenants, academics and legal services providers in support of right to counsel for low-income tenants who face eviction in New York City. RTCNYC works to transform the nature of the housing court system- turning legislative laws to rights, specifically for working-class and low-income tenants.

Impact: RTCNYC spearheaded the passing of a bill, which ensures at the end of 5 years, all income eligible tenants will be ensured an attorney when fighting their eviction in housing court. The bill also provides for NYCHA tenants whose cases happen in administrative hearings, to have representation as well.

The Sentencing Project

Vision: The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.

Impact: The Sentencing Project’s work includes the publication of groundbreaking research, aggressive media campaigns, and strategic advocacy for policy reform. As a result of the Project’s research, publications, and advocacy, many people know that this country is the world’s leader in incarceration.

Association on American Indian Affairs

Vision: AAIA focuses on areas that are vitally important to Indigenous life, but not adequately addressed by government or other organizations. In addition to providing assistance in the area of national policy, AAIA also works on a grassroots level and are the oldest policy/advocacy Native non-profit in the country.

Impact: AAIA played an integral part in drafting the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, and the Tribal Governmental Tax Status Act. AAIA has established orgs. like the Medicine Wheel Coalition for the Protection of Sacred Sites, and negotiated landmark agreements to protect sacred lands. AAIA also awards scholarships to Native American college and graduate students nationally.

The National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association

Vision: NANAINA is dedicated to the health and well-being of the American Indian and Alaska Native people. NANAINA unites American Indian/ Alaska Native (AI/AN) nurses and those who care for AN/AI people to improve the health and well-being of AI/AN people, by using traditions and innovation to achieve health equity.

Impact: Chapters and groups of American Indian Nurses promote and support AN/AI students, nurses, and allied health professionals. This is accomplished through the development of leadership skills, continuing education, and advocacy for improved health care through culturally competent health care to the AN/AI community.

National Native American AIDS Prevention Center’s Viral Hepatitis C (HCV) Awareness Program

Vision:  NNAAPC’s mission is to eliminate HCV/HIV/AIDS and confront related health and social determinants that negatively impact American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian peoples, with a vision of “Seeing native communities free of HCV/HIV where health, wellness, and balance are celebrated.” 

Impact: NNAAPC program staff provides technical assistance, training, workshops, and facilitated discussions relevant to HIV in Native communities across the nation through the use of Native-directed approaches. NNAAPC also works to develop prevention activities and efforts to fight this in Native communities.

 

Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations

Vision: WEWIN’s vision is to strengthen and sustain tribal cultures for the benefit and destiny of the children; To educate about tribal cultures and history of native people, and of current issues affecting their being; To promote honest dignified tribal leadership; To support and encourage tribal leadership.

Impact: WEWIN holds an annual conference to deepen and to draw upon cultural values to create stronger networks, impact public policy, help foster economic growth, continue personal and professional development, while offering encouragement and support for Indigenous women across the United States.

 

Make the Road New York

Vision: MRNY builds the power of Latinx and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.

Impact: MRNY’s approach to reducing poverty and empowering communities enables MRNY to win broad-based reforms in NY. MRNY’s holistic model integrates multi-issue, multi-generational organizing work with an array of wraparound services that create a space of safety and support for entire families.

Chhaya CDC

Vision: Chhaya works with New Yorkers of South Asian origin, advocating and building economically stable, sustainable, and thriving communities. Chhaya aims to develop a framework that will achieve long-term stability for South Asians in NYC, enabling them to create positive, lasting change in their lives.

Impact: Chhaya offers free direct services, education and outreach, community organizing, research and policy, as well as  local and citywide coalition-building. Chhaya’s work encompasses tenant rights, financial capacity building, sustainable homeownership and much more.

Food Chain Workers Alliance

Vision: The Alliance believes in a truly sustainable food system- a food system that is democratically controlled by communities that would produce food that everyone needs to lead productive lives. This would lead to jobs with dignity, livable wages, and would create an equitable food system that works for all.

Impact: The Alliance, which is made up of coalition of worker-based organizations, works together to build a more sustainable food system that respects workers’ rights, based on the principles of social, environmental and racial justice, in which everyone has access to healthy and affordable food.

Migrant Justice

Vision: MJ’s vision is to build the voice, capacity, and power of the farmworker community and engage community partners to organize for economic justice and human rights.

Impact: Through ongoing investment in leadership development, members deepen their skills in community education and organizing for systemic change. From this, members have defined community problems as a denial of rights and dignity and have prioritized building a movement to secure these fundamental human rights.

Organizations United for Respect at Walmart

Vision: OURW envisions a future in which retail companies treat their employees with respect and dignity, and where Walmart leads this effort. OURW envisions a world where everyone can succeed in their careers, Walmart can succeed in business, customers receive great service and value.

Impact: OURW’s purpose is to help Walmart employees as individuals or groups in their dealings with Walmart over labor rights and standards and their efforts to have Walmart publicly commit to adhering to labor rights and standards.

Good Jobs Now!

Vision: GJN envisions a vibrant and thriving economy where all Detroiters have equitable access to resources. In order to achieve this vision, low and moderate-income Detroiters, and especially people of color within the city, must develop power to affect change at the state level.

Impact: GJN is building a powerful movement that will transform Detroit through leadership development, issue and electoral organizing, legislative advocacy, and grassroots mobilization. This is being done through cultural and political education, leadership development, and civic engagement.

Family and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children

Vision: FFLIC is working to build a society based on the principles of racial justice, human rights, and full participation through their fight for justice for youth. FFLIC seeks to build a truly democratic, multiracial organization whose membership reflects the communities they come from.

Impact: Through empowerment, leadership development, and training, FFLIC works to keep children from prison and support those who have and their families. In 2003, after years of work, FFLIC helped pass the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2003. This led to the closing of the Tallulah Correctional Center for Youth in 2004.

Girls for Gender Equity

Vision: GGE envisions a society with optimal institutional and social systems that foster the growth and fulfillment of all its members. GGE provide programs that develop strengths, skills, and self-sufficiency in girls and women and help them make meaningful choices in their lives.

Impact: Through education, organizing and physical fitness, GGE encourages communities to remove barriers and create opportunities for girls and women to live self-determined lives. GGE provide programs that develop strengths, skills, and self-sufficiency in girls and women.

Sadie Nash Leadership Project

Vision: SNLP is designed to strengthen, empower, and equip young women as agents for change in their lives and in the world. SNLP seeks to question and redefine the nature of leadership and to promote perspectives and practices that are cooperative, accountable, ethical, and effective.

Impact: The young women of SNLP work together to understand and alter the undemocratic culture and structure of society and to improve the lives of those, including themselves and their communities, who have been marginalized or oppressed.

Southside Together Organizing for Power

Vision: STOP works to build the power of residents on the Southside of Chicago. STOP works to fight for human rights through organizing, popular education, and leadership development amongst people most directly affected by issues like gentrification, displacement, and incarceration.

Impact: STOP’s accomplishments include stopping the displacement of over 600 low income black residents, bringing immediate redress to human rights violations occurring in the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, stopping the closure of four south side mental health clinics, winning a commitment to build the only medical trauma center on the south side of Chicago, and working in coalition to win $1M of investment into restorative justice alternatives to incarceration.

Rising Tide Capital

Vision: RTC’s works to assist struggling individuals and communities to build strong businesses which transform lives, strengthen families, and build sustainable communities. RTC’s vision is to build a replicable model for high-quality entrepreneurial development services that can be locally adopted  and used as a catalyst for economic and social empowerment.

Impact: RTC provides business development services by helping individuals start and grow successful businesses; build communities through collaborations with other non-profits, higher education institutions, corporations, and public agencies; and create a scalable program model with measurable impact which can be replicated in communities of need across the U.S.

Community United Against Violence

Vision: CUAV works to build the power of LGBTQ communities to transform violence and oppression. CUAV supports the healing and leadership of those impacted by abuse and mobilize broader communities to replace cycles of trauma with cycles of safety and liberation.

Impact: CUAV mobilizes members to participate in campaigns led by coalition partners. As members of FREE-SF, CUAV helped to win due process for immigrant youth in 2009, and a resolution limiting collaboration between local law enforcement and federal immigration in 2011, and again in 2015. In 2015, as part of the No New Jail SF Coalition, CUAV helped reject the proposal to construct a new jail in SF.

California Alliance of African American Educators

Vision: CAAAE seeks to provide programs and services to students, families, and teachers in order to create culturally conscious African American students who are life-long learners and critical thinkers. CAAAE works to create a forum for the exchange of ideas and strategies to improve the educational opportunities and achievement for African American students.

Impact: CAAAE engages its constituency through various educational programs, college readiness initiatives, as well as professional development breakfasts. The ‘Green Scholars Program,’ for students interested in STEM has attributed to a 90% 4-year graduation rate for its graduates.

 

Cooperation Jackson

Vision: CJ works to build a solidarity economy anchored by a network of cooperatives and worker-owned, democratically self-managed enterprises. CJ works to develop a cooperative network that will consist of a federation of local worker co-ops, a developing cooperative incubator, an education and training center, and a cooperative bank or financial institution.

Impact: CJ intends to establish a network of interlocking institutions that will help stabilize rents, provide affordable “green” housing, create quality living wage jobs, and lay a foundation for the sustainable transformation of Jackson’s economy through cooperative enterprise and solidarity economics.

Youth Organizing Institute

Vision: YOI is a popular education leadership development program dedicated to empowering the lives and experiences of young people. “YOI envisions a world that Ella Baker worked for. In her words: “The older I get the better I know that the secret of my going on… Is when the reins are in the hands of the young, who dare to run against the storm.”

Impact: YOI supports young organizers and movement building through three main initiatives. YOI’s training fellowship supports leadership development course. The Summer Freedom School focuses on developing organizing praxis. Lastly, YOI launched ‘Solutions Not Suspensions’ and fought for a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions for Level 1 offenses.

Wisconsin Jobs Now!

Vision: WJN is committed to fighting income inequality from the bottom up and building stronger communities. WJN works toward five major goals: Winning higher wages for workers. Improving job conditions. Ensuring healthy and secure neighborhoods. Encouraging grassroots leadership. And elevating the voices of marginalized communities.

Impact: WJN’s current initiatives include, organizing low wage workers in fast food and retail positions; Securing living wage standards for private sector jobs supported by public funds; Coordinating block captain networks throughout urban neighborhoods to galvanize community involvement in elections and issue campaigns and; leadership development training.

Put People First! PA

Vision: PPF! PA is a vehicle for everyday people across Pennsylvania to unite, build power, and claim human rights. PPF! PA’s current campaign is for the human right health care. The goal of this campaign is to pass legislation that insures universal  health care in Pennsylvania.

Impact: In 2017, won Healthcare Town Halls for public comment as part of the insurance rate review process. In 2016 over 600 people came together to win the first public hearing on Obamacare rate increases in Harrisburg. In 2016 produced the report  Beyond Coverage: Putting People First in PA’s Health Care System.

4 Your Epiphany

Vision: 4YE is a identity and empowerment organization that utilizes innovative approaches that connects all participant’s to a limitless future. 4YE’s Vision is to implement strategies, skills and tools making education and success equal for all.

Impact: As of 2015 4YE has served over 5,000 youth, educators and urban millennials in the Sacramento Region. 4YE implements programs to help close the achievement gaps in health, social, and academic disparities in education and success.

The Movement for Black Lives

Vision: m4bl is a collective of more than 50 organizations across the country, representing thousands of Black people nation-wide who are working towards creating a platform that centers, and is rooted in Black communities. m4bl recognizes the intersections of shared struggle and oppression, and thus liberation.

Impact: m4bl has created a comprehensive platform and list of demands, aimed at dismantling systemic and institutional oppression, and particularly state-sanctioned violence against Black communities. Through supporting local, national, and international policy, m4bl seeks to enact this platform into legislation.

IgniteNC

Vision: Ignite NC is a statewide coalition of youth organizers, mobilizing around multi-issue campaigns rooted in justice and equity. Through their fellowship program, IgniteNC organizes summits and workshops, to cultivate young leaders through skill building, collective leadership, and through building a shared, intersectional analysis around power, liberation, and oppression.

Impact: Since the start of March 2018, IgniteNC has held an “Activist Academy” connecting over forty young organizers in Greensboro, as well as a basebuilding and videography training, equipping young organizers with a multitude of tools and connections. Since its founding, IgniteNC has trained over 150 young people in its Fellows Program.

African Communities Together

Vision: ACT empowers African immigrants to integrate socially, get ahead economically, and engage civically.

Impact: ACT led the fight to ensure that NYC’s language access policy is truly representative by including several top languages spoken by immigrants that were not included in the original policy. In response to the Ebola crisis, ACT spearheaded a successful campaign for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for three West African nations: Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. And to call attention to the plight of refugees and the need for more humane policies, ACT organized “City of Refuge,” a New York City-wide mass action.

Black Youth Project 100

Vision: BYP100 is a national organization of youth activists and organizers creating freedom and justice for all Black people. BYP100 envisions a world where Black people have economic, social, political, and educational freedom.

Impact: In 2015, BYP100 hosted our first National Day of Action to End State Violence Against Black Women & Girls. More than 22 cities participated in direct actions lifting up names of Black women, with an emphasis on young, queer, trans and femmes, victims of police violence. During the 2014 midterm elections, BYP100 led a three-state GOTV program in Illinois, Michigan, and North Carolina resulting in engagement with nearly 10,000 young Black registered voters. In 2016, following the police killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA and Philando Castile in Minnesota, as well as the shooting of five police officers in Dallas, BYP100’s re-centered the conversation in the media and beyond to redirect the heat towards the organizations that work to protect police power at any cost.