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Muthi Reed with Scribe Video Center

What do you do? I am an artist artist/community media facilitator. My work is about empowering people to make their own media, tell their own stories. Right now, I’m talking and listening to my family members, conducting oral history. I’m looking at this town where we grew up in the 80s and 90s. Crack was big then and it affected my family and our neighborhood. I want to think about our story as an opportunity to think about what we carry from that experience—what do we keep and let go of? What are the vestiges of that time that is in our lives today, how is trauma recycled and how do we personally manifest the pain of that time in our lives now? How are we in conversation with the made up wars— “war on crime” & “war on drugs.” In a sense I’m asking, what our own rhythmic call & response should be.

What is your why? Why do you do what you do? There’s a lot that doesn’t get expressed in Black culture. We have been pigeon holed to a visibility factor and I enjoy disrupting that. Whose stories are told, what is depicted? I like to work with every day people who you may never see on television. These folks are working class, queer, women, Black people. My work is about documenting every day life stories. Some people are living their lives; having tea with their grandmother—that can be activism & political too. That’s what I like to document, not the glorified stories of media. I like to validate people stories and to hear the richness of people stories. Feels more real to me than just the sensational acts of every day life.

What moment or experience motivated you to become an organizer/fighter of justice? Louis Massiah of Scribe Philadelphia, a neighborhood & grassroots video organization, came to college. His approach was so beautiful to me because it was about every day life and about the city I come from where people do the mundane stuff in such a beautiful way. I wanted to document my city and the people living in it. Seeing his stories made me see differently and I learned to dig into the most political—how we live our lives every day. His movies and working with him helped me develop my listening ear so I know how to really listen to people. People want to be heard. They want you to bear witness.

How has your work been different over the past year? My response has been migration so I can be close to those who matter to me. I now structure my time around family and community because those are the political entities that I want to work for. I work with people I can see and who are around me—that’s the political for me. I’m more conscious of local politics. I’m also understanding that there is a need for more visibility. Self presentation and representation is more important than ever. Being more embellished and taking up more space is what I’m doing more of. There is something in my training that says that talking is how you are visible but there are other ways. It’s important to be the mirror—a reflective force that is aware, quiet, present, and ready . My movements are more deliberate. I’m trying to draw out another narratives.

The ask: I am working on an installation called ▽The House of Black Infinity△. Part studio practice, part migration practice; The work uses public walking, portraiture, photographs, seeds, and recipes/remedies as materials for research study into translocal Black ceremony, gesture, posture, vernacular, love, and memory. I am continuing my studies into Blackness- defining scope and prismatic appeal through the gathering and rendering of first-person artifacts and offering some queered up “talk back” in conversation with mainstream popular media stories about Black folk. Any money raised with AMP will support ▽The House of Black Infinity△. Expenses include transportation, installation, food, and production fees.

Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods

Vision: NBN seeks to strengthen neighborhoods in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County NC by supporting a wide range of community-based initiatives. NBN believes that long term change in communities only happens when residents participate in creating solutions.

Impact: Through the ‘Organizers Circle’, and the ‘Neighborhood Network’, community members and organizers connect with one another, attend biweekly tutorials, workshops, and community potlucks. The Neighborhood Network currently has over 200 members, who have helped to build the capacity of many local businesses.

National Council of Negro Women- Spelman Section

Vision: The NCNW mission is to lead, develop, and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities. NCNW fulfills this purpose through research, advocacy, and national and community-based services and programs on issues of health, education, and economic empowerment in the US and Africa.

Impact: Through various signature initiatives including family bonding, self empowerment, and accountability workshops, as well as community service days, field trips and more, The NCNW engages its members both locally and through global outreach.

Art and Resistance Through Education

Vision: ARTE is an organization that uses art, design, and technology to empower young people to develop creative solutions and bring awareness to local and global human rights challenges, fostering leadership opportunities to train and organize other young people in their own communities.

Impact: From using murals as a collective way to take action, and create safer communities for LGBTQ people in the South Bronx, to working with men incarcerated at Rikers Island on creating a visual piece on women’s rights and gender equality, ARTE works to creatively address a wide range of issues stemming from inequity and injustice.

Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement

Vision: COPE is a faith-based organization, established by a core group of pastors, whose missions is to train and develop the capacity of religious and lay leaders in congregations and across California to protect and revitalize the communities in which they live, work, and worship.

Impact: Through leadership training, civic engagement, prisoner reentry and educational programs, to community organizing and empowerment, COPE seeks to support communities across California through a host of faith-led initiatives.

Aids Resource Center of Wisconsin

Vision: The AIDS Resource Center envisions a world without AIDS, and strives to assure that everyone with HIV will live a long and healthy life. At the forefront of HIV prevention, care and treatment, the AIDS Resource Center is dedicated to providing quality medical, dental, mental health, and social services for all people with HIV.

Impact: Through legal services, housing programs, a food pantry, various medical clinics, prevention, and mental health services, The Aids Resource Center serves the greater Milwaukee community in various ways through long term prevention and by meeting immediate needs.

Transgender GenderVariant intersex Justice Program

Vision: TGI Justice Project is a group of transgender, gender variant and intersex people—inside and outside of prisons, jails and detention centers—creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom. TGI Justice seek to create a world rooted in self- determination, freedom of expression, and gender justice.

Impact: A grassroots re-entry program supports formally incarcerated people to intervene in the immediate harms and crises of re-enetry, and works to collectivize and politicize the process of community re-entry. Through legal aid clinics, mail writing campaigns,visitation programs, leadership development and more, TGI Justice works to build community in and outside prisons, and works toward equitable and humane solutions.

TheGreensboro Mural Project

Vision: The Greensboro Mural Project is an arts organization that engages the people of Greensboro in the process of creating murals through dialogue across the community. The Greensboro Mural Project uses public art as a tool to communicate, record history, and make Greensboro more beautiful.

Impact: The Greensboro Mural Project has painted a handful of large-scale murals across the city of Greensboro rooted in bringing to fruition visions of a more just, equitable, and peaceful community. Currently, the Greensboro Mural Project is a part of an art residency at Revolution Mill, in Greensboro along with other local artists.

Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement

Vision: EPOCA believes in grassroots mobilizing as a tool of systems change and organizing. From re-entry programs to engaging in fights for progressive policy change, EPOCA acts as a frontline leader in criminal justice policy and reform.

Impact: In 2013EPOCA fought and won “Ban The Box.”  In 2017, EPOCA launched the Freedom Cities campaign with a call for people to meet with local law enforcement officials and request their positions on policies and rules that can block cooperation with anti-immigrant and anti-refugee political agendas. And recently, EPOCA successfully advocated for the Criminal Reform Justice (CRJ) Act Amendment Bill. The CRJ will help ex-offenders have a better chance at obtaining gainful employment and safe housing. The felony threshold was also changed in this bill from $250 to $1200.

 

Trans Sistas of Color Project- Detroit

Mission: Trans Sistas of Color Project aims to uplift, influence and impact the lives and well-being of trans women of color in the Metro Detroit area.

Impact: Through self-defense courses, GED course, annual gatherings, and continued grassroots fundraising, Trans Sistas of Color Project directly supports trans women in Detroit through of myriad of direct services, and through long-term organizing efforts.

Beloved Community Center of Greensboro

Vision: Drawing from the life and work of movement social leaders, the BCC’s connection to the social justice movement started long before it’s official founding 20 years ago. Through community building, community organizing, advocacy and other forms of coalition building, the BCC continues to work towards building a “Beloved Community.”

Impact: Through various initiatives including the ‘Civic Engagement and Democratic Justice’ program, the ‘Poor People’s campaign’ and the ‘National Council of Elders’ the BCC mobilizes across Greensboro for and with working class people, people of color, and other historically marginalized groups, whose leadership and voices has been sidelined.

Social Justice Learning Institute

Vision: SJLI is dedicated to improving the education, health, and well being of youth and communities of color by empowering them to enact social change through research, training, and community mobilization. SJLI envisions communities where education empowers individuals to use their agency for the purpose of improving each other’s lives.

Impact: SJLI addresses health disparities through community development that is culturally relevant, and builds the capacity of individuals to make healthy decisions in their personal lives. The Educational Equity program specializes in culturally relevant learning, teaching, and curriculum development, including a creative arts summer course, which works in partnership with the ‘Health Equity’ program, which includes a ‘Health Fellowship’ program, an ‘Inglewood Farmers’ Markert’ and a community supported agriculture project, amongst much else.

 

 

Youth Alive!

Vision: Youth Alive’s! mission is to prevent gun violence and in turn create young leaders across Oakland, through a prevention, intervention and healing program. Youth Alive’s! works to educate and train young leaders to create more peaceful communities, interrupt cycles of violence, curb retributive justice, and to provide ongoing trauma support.

Impact: In ‘Teens on Target,’ students affected by violence learn to honor and use their own stories as a catalyst for change; STAT is a tool that helps identify neglected symptoms of trauma and to offer relief to the sufferer; Intervention specialists work with victims of violence at their hospital bedsides to curb retaliation, offer support and a path towards safety and healing.

Alliance of Families for Justice

Vision: AFJ seeks to end mass incarceration by empowering the formerly incarcerated and their families holistically, through re-entry services, legal referrals, advocacy and communication skills training, and voter registration trainings/ education, increasing the capacity of communities affected by incarceration to be civically engaged.

Impact: AFJ offers legal, pro bono attorneys, welcome home events, packages, voter registration support, and year long “buddies” to ensure a safe and productive return to civil society. AFJ trains family members and formerly incarcerated individuals in advocacy and communications skills that empowers them and amplifies their voices. Through regional conferences, community meetings and celebrations, and an annual ‘March for Justice,’ AFJ mobilizes through strategic planning and grassroots events.

Cook County Justice for Children

Vision: CCJC works to support troubled children and families towards stable, productive, and healthy lives. CCJC is rooted in a model of compassionate and effective justice. CCJC seeks to develop and strengthen both the linkages to, and voices of those directly impacted by the Court system.

Impact: CCJC supports transparency of the administration of the Juvenile Court & Detention Center, advises the court on effective protocol and procedures, raises awareness and understanding of the role of court, detention center, while minimizing the number of youth removed from their families and exposed to detention or incarceration.

The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence

Vision: The Idaho Coalition seeks to engage voice to create change in the prevention, intervention, and response to domestic violence, dating abuse, stalking, and sexual assault. The Idaho Coalition works to be a leader in the movement to end violence against women and girls, as well as men and boys before violence has occurred.

Impact: Through prevention and response initiatives, including legal assistance, The Idaho Collective builds programming capacity, organizations, and systems through providing communities with safe, compassionate, trauma-informed, inclusive and accessible services to adolescents and adults, and their children exposed to violence.

Rainier Beach Action Coalition

Vision: RBAC is a grass roots neighborhood development action coalition devoted to implementing neighborhood responsive renewal and development, focusing on the implementation of the Neighborhood Plan Update. RBAC works to promote quality education, living wage jobs, affordable transportation and housing, and build neighborhood capacity.

Impact: RBAC holds town hall and ‘action team’ meetings for Rainier Beach stakeholders and residents to learn what is going on in Rainier Beach, and to share their ideas for addressing the critical issues impacting Rainier Beach. RBAC also holds an annual ‘Back 2 School Bash,’ providing school supplies to underserved students and families.

Oakland Community Organization

Vision: OCO envisions an Oakland that is a safe and vibrant city united in ethnic, religious, and economic diversity. OCO’s vision is guided by their belief that dignity, respect and equality are a fundamental right of every family in this country.

Impact: OCO has helped secure the passage of  a parcel tax measure providing $16 million annually for violence reduction and community policing; led Community Benefits Coalition to secure agreement for 450 units of affordable housing and 300 new union apprentice construction jobs; organized legal support forums for immigrant families seeking citizenship; supported family oriented immigration reform legislation, amongst much else.

CTCORE- Organize Now!

Vision: CTCORE is dedicated to building communities of racial justice freedom fighters to dismantle systemic and structural racism in Connecticut. CTCORE’s three-pillared organizing frame includes: reparations, systemic inequity, and worldwide systems and institutions.

Impact: CTCORE organizes using numerous tactics rooted in multi-issue coalition building. CTCORE achieves its mission through movement building & local base building with issue-focused statewide network building. CTCORE has engaged the greater Connecticut region in their multi-issue campaign, in an effort to address racial disparities and as a framework for addressing policy reforms.

Ohio Organizing Collaborative

Vision: OOC is an innovative statewide organization uniting community organizations, faith institutions, labor unions and policy groups across Ohio. OOC seeks to build a social movement with the capacity to shape a new Ohio economy that expands opportunity, promotes racial and gender equality, and increases democratic participation through voting and day-to-day organizing.

Impact: OOC has run successful non-partisan civic engagement programs moving voters to the polls and connecting them with existing issue organizing and leadership development programs. OOC’s viable hybrid volunteer/staff program have built credibility in hard-to-reach communities and can translate civic engagement work into ongoing involvement.

 

 

FoodLab Detroit

Vision: FoodLab is a community of food entrepreneurs committed to making the possibility of good food in Detroit a sustainable reality. Foodlab designs, builds, and maintains systems to grow a diverse ecosystem of triple-bottom-line food businesses as part of a good food movement that is accountable to all Detroiters.

Impact: Foodlab helps food businesses start, grow, and contribute to the greater good by incorporating triple-bottom-line values into long-term vision and day-to-day operations; connect businesses across social and sector boundaries and; works with their partners on big-picture projects in service of our vision to make good food a reality for all Detroiters.

Campaign for Alternatives to Solitary Confinement

Vision: The goal of CAIC is sweeping reform of New York’s use of solitary confinement and other forms of extreme isolation in state prisons and local jails. Currently, CAIC is working toward the passage of the Humane Alternative to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act in the New York State Legislature.

Impact: CAIC holds monthly meetings, workshops, vigils, actions, town halls and more in an effort to change New York State legislation on solitary confinement. In addition to this work, CIAC also seeks to elevate the voices of previously incarcerated people who have been in solitary confinement in an effort to shed light on this human rights issue.

North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Vision: NCCASA is a statewide alliance working to end sexual violence through education, advocacy, and legislation. NCCASA provides support, information, advocacy, and education for North Carolina’s rape crisis programs, college campuses, organizations, and individual members. NCCASA also remains a legislative change agent.

Impact: Through annual conferences and trainings, legal and policy work, and a host of ‘Domestic Violence Service Providers,’ NCCASA engages and supports survivors, advocates, and allies across North Carolina in a multitude of ways.

Community Book Center

Vision: The Community Book Center is an African American centered book store, as well as an arts and crafts gift shop, serving as a community center for the greater New Orleans community.

Impact: Not only does The Community Book Center serve as a book store for its New Orleans community, but The Community Book Center also holds annual Kwanza celebrations, workshops on economic success, community development and more, as well as book talks, and documentary screenings.

A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project

Vision: ANWOL works to empower, organize, and mobilize formerly incarcerated people as advocates for social change, by providing housing and re-entry programs, case management, pro bono legal services, advocacy, policy development, family reunification, and individual healing work.

Impact: 1,000+ women/children have found safety and support in re-entry homes; 300+ women have been reunited with their children; 3,500+ formerly homeless people have acquired items needed to establish their own homes; since its inception in 2007, ANWOL’s legal department has provided pro bono services to thousands and more.

Center for the Study of Race and Equity

Vision: The Center aims to publish cutting-edge implications for education policy and practice, and to unite scholars researching topics pertaining to equity and race in education. The Center has collaborated on funded research projects and reports, as well as environmental assessment activities.

Impact: Past research and publications produced by the center includes the ‘New York City Black and Latino Male High school Achievement Study,’ ‘Black Student Suspension in the South,’ and ‘Racial Disparities in Ferguson, Missouri Schools.’

Rethink

Vision: Rethink supports youth of color in becoming thoughtful and capable leaders through the process of critically rethinking educational experiences, and taking action to create transformative systemic change.

Impact: Through Rethink’s leadership development programs, ‘Roots Crew Clubs’ and ‘Branch Division Collectives,’ Rethink engages young organizers across New Orleans, through paid internship opportunities, and by challenging young people to think critically about their social and political identities in relation to their education and beyond.

Hartford Food System

Vision: Hartford Food System engages in a system-based approach that focuses on the root causes of food system issues— recognizing the importance of emergency food activities, and the importance of long term answers to issues of food sovereignty.

Impact: The Hartford Mobile Market, a part of the Hartford Food System, aims to address the lack of access to affordable and high-quality produce across Hartford. The year-round mobile market is targeted to low-income neighborhoods in and around Hartford. The Mobile Market’s produce is grown at the Hartford Urban farm.

The Community Action League

Vision: TCAL’s mission is to empower and improve the economic, political and social conditions of community residents within Antelope Valley and Los Angles. TCAL is a grassroots movement focused on establishing community bonds and on building a community, governed and empowered by the people.
Impact: From TCAL’s ‘Seniors First’ initiative to ‘ELITE: Elevating Leadership impact on the Economy,’ TCAL has various organizing based programs that engage and protect the civil rights of low income people in the Antelope Valley and wider Los Angeles community.

Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth

Vision: Coleman Advocates believes that all children and families deserve access to high quality education, living wage jobs, family-supporting benefits and affordable housing. Coleman believes that the voices and perspectives of low-income youth and parents are essential to developing real solutions for underserved public schools.

Impact: From the nation’s first tax set-aside for children’s services, alternatives to incarceration for vulnerable youth, to landmark education equity reforms, Coleman members have developed, advocated for, and won policy and budget changes that have improved conditions and expanded opportunities for children and families in San Francisco.

Dignity in Schools

Vision: NESRI works to build a broad movement for economic and social rights, including health, housing, education and work with dignity. Based on the principle that fundamental human needs create human rights obligations on the part of the government and private sector, NESRI advocates for public policies that guarantee the universal and equitable fulfillment of these rights.

Impact: NESRI works with community orgs to strengthen their campaigns and effect change. NSERI brings an inclusive human rights approach that builds power, shifts narratives and debates, and changes policies by putting people’s experiences at the center and bridges divisions between issues and communities.

Banana Kelly Improvement Association, Inc.

Vision: BKIA’s mission is to contribute to a revitalized, safe and economically vibrant South Bronx through development and management of affordable housing, community organizing, and provision of supportive services.

Impact: Since BKIA’s inception, the focus has been on neighborhood preservation and community development. Much of BKIA’s development has occurred in currently occupied buildings. Thus, BKIA has been able to not only preserve housing, but also low income tenancies of Bronx community members, while also preventing homelessness and the financial and social costs associated with homelessness.

Families for Freedom

Vision: FFF is by and for families facing and fighting deportation, made up of detainees, former immigrant prisoners & individuals at risk of deportation. FFF seeks to repeal unjust immigration laws, to build the power of immigrant communities as communities of color, and to provide a guiding voice in the growing movement for immigrant rights as human rights.

Impact: FFF has various campaigns at the intersections of criminal justice, immigrant rights, and equity. FFF’s current campaigns: Stop Secure Communities and Stop and Frisk; Close Etowah; Deportee International Justice; Justice for Tiombe; Private Prison Divestment Campaign, and; American Kids, Immigrant Families.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Vision: SRLP works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence. SRLP seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming.

Impact: SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for the underserved communities through legal services and programs, trainings, and strategic, policy driven campaigns. SRLP has a Direct Services, Public Education,  Fundraising and Finance, Collective Development and Movement Building team.

Laundry Workers Center

Vision: LWC addresses the need for community-based leadership development geared toward improving the living and working conditions of workers in the laundry, warehouse, and food service industries, as well as their families. LWC’s work aims to combat worker abuses which are endemic in low-income communities.

Impact: Laundry Workers Center has four active programs which members can participate in: Workplace Justice Campaign, The Progressive Block Leadership Institute, The Research and Policy group, and Solidarity, a network of member-led organizations and coalitions.

Community Voices Heard

Vision: CVH is working towards building a society in which the systems that govern, foster racial, social and economic justice not exploitation – particularly for low-income people of color. CVH seeks a society in which all people are treated with mutual respect and when privileges of one group do not exist.

Impact: CVH organizes around local and state-wide issues, including job security, participatory democracy, housing and public transportation. CVH leads a Special Projects organization, leading the projects: #NOCuts Coalition, East Harlem Neighborhood Planning & Rezoning, Ramarley Graham Youth Organizing Fellowship, Participatory Budgeting NYC, and Member Congress.

How Our Lives Link Altogether!

Vision: H.O.L.L.A! is committed to working for a world where young people from oppressed communities are engaged in movements for social justice. H.O.L.L.A! sees their work as intersectionally bound to movements around the world, and as historically tied to the work of previous generations. H.O.L.L.A! works to provide spaces where young people can explore and heal from trauma and historical oppression while they transform their communities.

Impact: H.O.L.L.A! brings youth and their communities together to engage critically in power and privilege. H.O.L.L.A! enables young people in their to access services, pursue learning opportunities, & sustain relationships with each other and communities of resistance. H.O.L.L.A! facilitates young people’s journeys to power through relationship building, community organizing, political education, and by providing resources.

Mexican American Student Alliance

Vision: Masa partners with Mexican and Latino children, youth, and families in the South Bronx to develop strong learners and leaders who fully participate in and contribute to the larger community. MASA envisions a community that is civically engaged, empowered, and educated.

Impact: Masa offers a broad range of direct services and referrals; supports children from 18 months through college and beyond, through each stage of their development; and promotes civic engagement and community organizing while delivering services.

The BLK Projek

Vision: The BLK Projek seeks to address food justice and economic development by harnessing the local, good food movement and creating small business and career opportunities for underserved women and youth of color.

Impact: Through culturally relevant education, beautification of public spaces, urban gardening, and community programming, The BLK Projek creates easily accessible resources for underserved women. The BLK Projek works to strengthen overall mental and public health, create viable pathways out of poverty, and supports local growers.

DRUM: Desis Rising Up and Moving

Vision: DRUM’s long-term vision is to build the power of immigrant workers in the U.S in unity with all workers and communities for human rights. DRUM see’s their movements for justice in the U.S. rooted in working in solidarity with people of the Global South for just global trade, economic, and foreign policies.

Impact: DRUM has mobilized and built the leadership of thousands of low-income, South Asian immigrants to lead social and policy change that impacts their own lives- from immigrant rights to education reform, civil rights, and worker’s justice. DRUM’s membership of over 2,400 people represents the South Asian Diaspora.

Arab American Association of New York

Vision: AAANY’s mission is to support and empower the Arab Immigrant and Arab American community by providing services to help them adjust to their new home and become active members of society. The aim for AAANY is for families to achieve the ultimate goals of independence, productivity and stability.

Impact: Through adult education, advocacy/ civic engagement, DACA organizing, social services, youth organizing/programming, and mental health services, AAANY serves as a bridge between the Arab community and the greater NYC community, fostering more understanding of Arab culture and immigrant issues.

Northwest Bronx Community Clergy Coalition

Vision: NBCCC believes that grassroots leaders are essential to a healthy democracy that is on the road to equity and social justice. NBCCC has a tradition of broad-based, membership driven, social justice community organizing. NBCCC seeks social, economic, environmental, and racial justice for all of the Northwest Bronx.

Impact: NBCCC builds power through relational organizing and issue campaigns that recruit and train individual and orgs, energize institutions, win concrete victories improving material conditions for community members, change public and private policies that affect the Northwest Bronx, and alter the relations of power. NBCCC’s multi-issue approach relies on a united constituency constructing shared power in campaigns to relieve the immediate and material suffering.

Campaign for Citizenship

Vision: CCISCO is committed to building civic engagement and increasing public participation by those most affected by injustice in Contra Costa County. CCISCO is a multi-racial, multi-generational, interfaith federation of 20 member institutions representing 38,000 families across the region.

Impact: Some key victories include: Shifting more than $5 million in alternatives to incarceration and housing, employment and services; Played a key role in helping to pass the “California Homeowner Bill of Rights”; Organized more than 80 night walks and engaged over 2,000 participants in taking concrete actions to reduce gun violence.

 

 

Drug Policy Alliance

Vision: DPA envisions a just society in which the use and regulation of drugs are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. DPA’s mission is to advance those policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and to promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies.

Impact: DPA is leading the fight to reduce the death, disease, crime and suffering associated with both drug use and drug prohibition. DPA has been at the forefront of most, major drug sentencing reforms over the past two decades. DPA has also played a pivotal role in roughly half of the campaigns that have legalized medical marijuana in the U.S.

Brotherhood of Elders Network

Vision: BEN is an intergenerational network of men of African ancestry who foster environments where Black boys and young men are empowered to flourish. BEN strives to institute positive changes in the beliefs, behaviors, and overall achievements of Black boys and young men.

Impact: BEN advocate for males of African ancestry from infancy to adulthood. BEN leverages their resources and relationships to benefit Black boys and men, maintain cultural connections to African heritage, as well as work to advance and preserve the health and wellness of their community.

The Audre Lorde Project

Vision: ALP is an LGBTQ, Two Spirit, People of Color center for community organizing. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building. ALP works for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, ALP seeks to responsibly reflect, represent and serve their various communities.

Impact: ALP’s primary strategy is community organizing inclusive of leadership development. ALP defines community organizing as a strategic process for building people’s collective power to achieve self-determination and justice. ALP uses community organizing as a strategic process for building people’s collective power to achieve self-determination and justice.

Freedom, Inc.

Vision: Freedom Inc.’s vision is to inspire and restore power to those most affected by violence through leadership development and focusing on community.  All of Freedom Inc.’s efforts are specific with regard to language, gender, generation and culture, so that they can ultimately produce lasting forms of social, political, cultural, and economic change.

Impact: Freedom, Inc. engages low- to no-income communities of color, working to end violence against all people of color. Freedom Inc. creates healthy communities by campaigning against systemic violence, creating their definitions of identity and resiliency, while empowering all community members as agents of change.

National Black & Food Justice Alliance

Vision: NBFJA is a coalition of Black-led orgs working towards cultivating and advancing Black leadership, institution building and organizing for food sovereignty, land and justice. NBFJA seeks to achieve this by engaging in organizing for black food and land, increasing visibility of Black led work, and advancing visions for just and sustainable communities.

Impact: NBFJA believes that centering a transformative organizing approach allows for the creation of a long term strategy. NBFJA raises visibility via mapping Black food and land work, resources, and strategies as a means of connecting Black people entering this work with resources to do so, in addition to investing in basic infrastructure to build out self-determining food systems and economies.

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Vision: Following in the footsteps of Ella Baker, EBCHR organizes with Black, Brown, and low-income people to shift resources away from prisons and punishment, and towards opportunities that make communities safe, healthy, and strong through engaging in a process of truth and reinvestment.

Impact: EBCHR has helped close 5 out of 8 CA youth prisons and helped usher in an 85% reduction in the youth prison population; secured millions of dollars for reentry programs and services; created CA. first-ever support and advocacy network for over 1,400 families of incarcerated youth amongst much else.

Brave New Voices

Vision: By making the connection between poetry, spoken word, youth development and civic engagement, Youth Speaks aims to deconstruct dominant narratives in hopes of achieving a more inclusive, and active, culture. By providing free arts education to youth with limited access, Youth Speaks seek to empower young people with opportunities to discover and develop their own voices.

Impact: Poet Mentors facilitate writing, reading and speaking workshops. The Mentors serve as part of a classroom discourse. By sharing their own works, and providing  feedback for youth, mentors offer narrative and expository texts that are written in their original and natural language, collectively transforming the classroom from a site of teacher-centered instruction to a community that promotes student-centered thought and dialogue.

The UndocuBlack Network

Vision: UBN is a multigenerational network of currently and formerly undocumented people, with shared visions of an inclusive immigrant & racial justice movements that advocate for the rights of Black undocumented individuals. UBN’s mission is to “Blackify” the country’s understanding of the undocumented population and to facilitate access to resources for the Black undocumented community.

Impact: UBN is building local chapters in NY, LA and DC, and also establishing a mental wellness initiative to underscore and address trauma in immigrant communities. Additionally, UBN is working with several partners to create resources or adjust current ones, so they are accessible to the Black undocumented community.

Blueprint NC

Vision: Blueprint believes in a state in which every person can achieve their true potential and in which every community can thrive… where people and neighborhoods are safe, healthy and just. Blueprint seeks to address racial injustice, the massive gap between the richest and poorest, and the privatization of public resources for private financial gain.

Impact: Blueprint provides opportunities for training, resource sharing and convening for partner organizations that use civic engagement and education to advocate for a healthy democracy that works to remove barriers and to provide the resources communities need to achieve opportunity, security and well-being.