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No More Money Bail

Vision: National Black Mama’s Bail Out Day will give incarcerated mothers an opportunity to spend Mother’s Day with their families and build community through gatherings that highlight the impact of inhumane and destructive bail practices on our communities!

Impact: In 2017, the campaign was able to help free more than 200 Black people who were incarcerated pretrial because they could not afford bail. This year, more than 20 organizers around the country are involved in the campaign.

 

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.

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.

CAAAV

Mission: CAAAV builds grassroots power across low-income Asian immigrant and refugee communities in New York City to address the problems in our communities, target their root causes, and enact institutional change for racial, gender, and economic justice.

Impact: CAAAV currently has three programs organizing low-income Asian immigrants in Chinatown and Queensbridge Public Housing for racial, gender, and economic justice: Chinatown Tenants Union, Public Housing Organizing Project and Asian Youth in Action.

All of Us or None

Vision: is a grassroots civil and human rights organization fighting for the rights of formerly- and currently- incarcerated people and our families.  We are fighting against the discrimination that people face every day because of arrest or conviction history.  The goal of All of Us or None is to strengthen the voices of people most affected by mass incarceration and the growth of the prison-industrial complex.

Impact: In Oakland, All of Us or None worked with other community organizations to win modifications in current injunctions and a moratorium against any new injunctions. In response to changes in California’s criminal justice policies over the past few years, aka “Realignment,” we organize campaigns to stop jail expansion and support alternative proposals and visions for public safety.

Black Lives Matter Hudson Valley

Mission: To build local power and to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.

We affirm the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. Our network centers those who have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.

We affirm our humanity, our contributions to this society, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.

The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation.

Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

Mission: To defend the human rights of our people and promote self-determination in our community. We understand that the collective institutions of white-supremacy, patriarchy and capitalism have been at the root of our people’s oppression. We understand that without community control and without the power to determine our own lives, we will continue to fall victim to genocide. Therefore, we seek to heighten our consciousness about self-determination as a human right and a solution to our colonization. While organizing around our principles of unity, we are building a network of black/new Afrikan activists and organizers committed to the protracted struggle for the liberation of the new Afrikan nation – by any means necessary!

Causa Justa :: Just Cause

Vision: Causa Justa :: Just Cause envisions equal rights for people of color, immigrants, women, and all oppressed and exploited people. We envision an end to racism, and want to build a society based on self-determination, social justice, and solidarity.

Impact: Over the past five years, CJJC has brought together thousands of Latino and Black residents of San Francisco and Oakland to fight for housing and immigrants rights. The organization successfully passed over a dozen tenants rights ordinances in our two cities. We have fought deportations of our immigrant communities, winning sanctuary city status in both cities and later helping to get motions passed by both counties pledging due process and not to cooperate with ICE on immigration holds.