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2012 Economic Justice Giving Project Grants

Each Grant is $9, 370

Got Green (Seattle, WA) – Got Green organizes, educates, and advocates to ensure that low income communities and communities of color in Seattle and South King County gain equal access to and reap the benefits of the green movement and green economy: green jobs, healthy food, energy efficient and healthy homes, and quality public transportation. This grant will support two campaigns: The Women in the Green Economy Project develops the leadership of low income women of color in SE Seattle through the “Access to Healthy Foods” campaign. The Construction Jobs Equity Project supports unemployed workers of color to organize for a “targeting local hiring” policy that will open up living wage, green construction jobs – especially along the transit corridor and around light rail stations.

Indian Peoples Action (Butte, MT) – Indian Peoples Action (IPA) works in Montana’s urban areas, rural and border towns of several Indian reservations to organize for social, economic and racial justice. IPA applied for funding to increase its statewide efforts to engage and build leadership of those most affected by institutional racism to organize locally through direct action and peaceful, sustainable solutions. Specifically, their focus will be on two campaigns that are centered on the rural Crow Reservation and the Cheyenne Nation- who face severe neglect and discrimination in their access to healthcare; including slow response time from the local ambulance service and woefully inadequate healthcare provided by the local Health Service Hospital.

Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (Woodburn, OR) – Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) is Oregon’s farmworker union dedicated to improving working and living conditions in farm labor by empowering workers to understand and take action against systematic exploitation and all of its effects. PCUN works to institutionalize a fair labor system.  Members of PCUN participate in marches, rallies, forums and civic hearings on issues such as immigration, labor rights, fair housing and discrimination.  

VOZ Workers’ Rights Education Project (Portland, OR) – Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project (Voz) is a worker-led organization that empowers immigrants and day laborers to gain control over their working conditions through leadership development, education and community organizing. Day laborers represent the most vulnerable tier of the workforce. Voz is a crucial community convener in the movement for the day laborer rights community. Organizing activities take place in the MLK Worker Center which works as a non-commission hire site for day-laborers where disenfranchised day laborers get support to become leaders in fighting their economic struggle, discrimination, oppression and wage theft.