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2013 Grantees

Africatown Development Center - Seattle, WA.  Umoja P.E.A.C.E. Center's mission is to inspire and empower youth through Positive Education, Art, Culture & Enterprise (P.E.A.C.E.). This grant will help Africa Town to continue to empower the African descendant community, particularly youth, using education and practical tools that will encourage an economic redevelopment and community engagement in economic justice issues.

AFSC/Youth Undoing Institutional Racism - Seattle, WA.  The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice. Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR) program, created by alumni of the Seattle AFSC's Tyree School Freedom School, is a group of youth which meets weekly to analyze issues of racism in systems of education and juvenile justice and to organize for change. This grant will fund the EPIC (End the Prison Industrial Complex) Campaign -- a youth-led initiative to directly confront issues of racism in the King county juvenile justice system, then propose and advocate for holistic alternatives.

Beyond Toxics - Eugene, OR.  Beyond Toxics challenges the causes of toxic pollution in Oregon and empowers communities to enact lasting solutions to environmental health threats. They use environmental justice engagement and community-based health research to ensure human rights and environmental protection is supported by good science and a foundation of justice.

Black Prisoners Caucus - Monroe/Clallam Bay, WA.  Founded in 1972, BPC organizes inside the Washington State Reformatory to provide a medium for African American prisoners to work collectively to improve their family relationships, their facility, and the communities they are absent from but still belong to. This grant will support the new chapter at the Clallam Bay CorrectionCenter, a new prisoner-led education program at the Washington State Reformatory in Monroe, a continuing program to preserve and communicate the history of the BPC, and the BPC's ongoing work to inform, educate, and motivate change and to continue to promote a holistic understanding of the root causes that leads to incarceration.  

CAPACES Leadership Institute - Woodburn, OR.  CAPACES Leadership Institute was founded to prepare leaders with the political consciousness and capacity needed to lead and support social justice work.  Their focus is on developing more deeply and methodically the commitment and the skills of grassroots Latino leaders serving and organizing the Northern and Mid-Willamette Valley Latino community. It is becoming a permanent part of the Oregon farmworker movement, led by PCUN. The Institute will build the leadership capacity and political consciousness to sustain and expand that movement and to propel a host of related struggles, such as immigrants’ rights. This grant will continue providing and developing leadership programs aimed at grounding new leaders in social justice work and preparing emerging leaders for mid-level and top leadership for the Latino farmworker immigrant community and allies.

Causa Oregon - Salem, OR.  Causa Oregon’s mission is to foster a society that recognizes the contributions of immigrants and upholds the values of democracy, equality, and respect. Grants will support Causa's ongoing organizing for immigration reform, and the expansion of Causa's LGBTQ Radio Initiative: La Voz de Todos, a project of the LGBTQ Alliance Building Program, to Central Oregon -- part of a larger plan to eventually bring all components of the program—leadership classes, LBGTQ groups, alliance building, theatre and radio—to rural areas of Oregon where there are few resources for the LGBTQ Latino immigrant community. 

Center for Intercultural Organizing - Portland, OR  CIO is a diverse, grassroots organization that leads community-based efforts to protect and expand immigrant and refugee rights through education, civic engagement and policy advocacy, community organizing and mobilization, and intergenerational leadership development. Grants will fund CIO's ongoing organizing for immigration reform as well as its initiative to build internal capacity in order to ensure a supportive organizational structure that meets the needs of all of its constituents, emphasizing the needs of LGBTQ members.

Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes - Seaside, OR.  Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes currently seeks to revitalize their Tribal Heritage and Culture, and to gain Federal Restoration. This grant will provide support to research, organize and prepare documents necessarily to submit the Tribes' Bill for Restoration to Congress through Congressional Representative(s). They will also work to gain local, regional and tribal support; prepare for and attend Congressional Hearings.

Colectiva Legal del Pueblo - Burien, WA.  Colectiva's mission is to build the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through advocacy, education, and legal services, committed to: (1) representing low-income, people of color and disadvantaged individuals and communities who otherwise would not have legal representation; (2) having a concrete impact that moves us towards eliminating structural inequality; (3) bringing a multi-disciplinary approach to causes and matters even when it is difficult to do so; (4) pursuing community empowerment by collaborating with community organizations and individuals to design strategies to address the issues they identify as most important to them; and (5) being a non-hierarchal collective organization that internally practices what they are struggling for while being respectful of every person’s contribution. This grant will fund Comunidades en Resistencia (Communities in Resistance), focusing on building deportation defense strategies within the community, by organizing, educating and empowering the undocumented communities.

Community to Community Development - Bellingham, WA.  C2C is a place based, women-led grassroots organization working for a just society and healthy communities. C2C is committed to systemic change and to creating strategic alliances that strengthen local and global movements towards social, economic and environmental justice. Grants will support C2C's organizing at the intersection of farmworker justice and immigration reform,and its ongoing campaign to end racial profiling.

The Equality State Policy Center - Casper, WY. ESPC's mission is to work through research, public education, and advocacy to hold state and local governments accountable to the people they represent, and help Wyomingites participate effectively in public policy making.  Founded in 1993 as a progressive coalition in a conservative, rural state, the ESPC now has 29 member organizations representing conservation, labor, professional, and other social justice groups, and three program areas: government accountability, tax and fiscal policy, and Wyoming working people. 

FEEST (Food Education,  Empowerment and Sustainability Team) - Seattle WA. FEEST creates possibility by bringing young people to the table to cultivate their leadership and advocacy skills for building greater community health and equity.

Gender Justice League - Seattle, WA.  GJL works to empower trans* activists and their allies to fight oppression based on gender and sexuality in Washington State and to create a community where trans people can live their lives safely, true to themselves, and free from discrimination. GJL uses the term trans with an asterisk-trans*-as an umbrella term to include those who identify as transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, Two Spirit, and those medically labeled or those who identify as intersex). 

Got Green - Seattle, WA.  Got Green is a people of color-led organization based in South Seattle that works to ensure that the benefits of the green movement and green economy - green jobs, access to healthy food, energy efficient and healthy homes, and public transit - reach low-income communities and communities of color. We do this by cultivating leaders - especially 18-35 year olds - to educate, advocate, organize, and build coalitions. Grants will fund general operating and  will fund people of color led community organizing to win 1)Targeted Local Hiring Ordinance for green construction jobs; 2) Public funding for the Fresh Bucks Program to make locally grown produce at Seattle farmers’ markets affordable to low income families of color; and 3) Pathways for young workers of color to enter and be heard in the green movement.

Hilltop Urban Gardens (HUG) - Tacoma, WA.  HUG's mission is to develop systems for food sovereignty and create racial and economic justice. HUG does this by building a neighborhood-based network of urban farms and gardens. HUG creates opportunities for our community to be inspired, connected, and supported while working to unearth and transform root level causes of oppressive systems.

Idaho Community Action Network - Boise, ID.  ICAN empowers disenfranchised Idahoans to create the power necessary to create systemic changes that positively impact low income communities and communities of color. We are dedicated to the following principles: Empowerment of disenfranchised people and development of new leadership; diversity; a stable, membership-driven funding base; the democratic process within and outside the organization; and non-violent action in the spirit of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Idaho Safe Schools Coalition - Boise, ID.  Idaho Safe Schools Coalition, is a grassroots partnership of youth, parents, educators and community members dedicated to ensuring that each child feels safe attending school. Our mission is to help Idaho schools become safer places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The goals of the Coalition are to help schools decrease and respond to incidences of harassment and victimization and to better meet the needs of students who are perceived and/or identify as LGBTQQ (queer), as well as children of queer families. In order to achieve our goals, we focus on systemic change and programming that can transform Idaho schools toward becoming safer places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Incarcerated Mothers' Advocacy Project - Gig Harbor, WA.  IMAP is a coalition of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women, law students, lawyers, social service providers, and activists who seek to change the rights of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women in the State of Washington. We believe that the incarceration of women, and further, the separation of incarcerated mothers from their children due to incarceration, is a form of violence and reproductive oppression. We envision a day in which women of every color, ability, class and sexual orientation are able to help shape the policies that affect them and their families. In such a world, the rights of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women as persons and mothers would not only be respected but also supported. This grant will support leadership development for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated mothers, help provide legal education to incarcerated mothers, and engage them in developing policy strategies to reduce the chances of family separation and incarceration of women and girls in Washington.

Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance - Bozeman, MT.  MIJA is a statewide non-profit organization working for immigrants rights. Montana has a rich history of immigration, but in recent years the contributions that immigrants have made to our State have sometimes been overshadowed by negative stereotypes and false myths. MIJA works to educate the public about our migrant communities, and provide services to empower these communities.

Montana Human Rights Network - Helena, MT.  MHRN is a grassroots, membership-based organization with over 1,600 members and seven local affiliate groups. Our mission is to promote democratic values such as pluralism, equality, and justice; to challenge bigotry and intolerance; and to organize communities to speak out in support of human rights principles and democratic institutions.

Montana Women Vote - Missoula, MT.  Montana Women Vote is a statewide coalition that works to engage, organize, and mobilize low-income women as informed voters, policy advocates, and community leaders. Montana Women Vote believes that civic action, policy change, and leadership development can together shift the balance of power and improve the lives of those in poverty.

Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas - Woodburn, OR.  Mujeres is a group of farmworker women who create economic development, promote leadership among women in their community, and strive to improve their living and working conditions. Mujeres recognizes that women overcome exploitation and injustice when we organize and reclaim our rights. 

Native Youth Leadership Alliance - Beverly, WA and Pablo, MT The Native Youth Leadership Alliance (NYLA) invests in young Native American leaders to create culturally based community change. This funding will support the Native Youth Leadership Alliance in strengthening collaborations between NYLA fellows in the Northwest focusing their leadership and organizing work on traditional foods and food sovereignty.

OPAL - Portland, OR.  OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon organizes low-income communities and people of color to achieve a safe and healthy environment where we live, work, play and pray. We work to create opportunities for meaningful participation in decision-making and build power to address root causes of environmental racism and oppression. OPAL is the preeminent grassroots environmental justice organization in Portland metro, with long-standing relationships in the community and a track record of successful movement building and organizing.

PFLAG Portland Black Chapter - Portland, OR.  Portland's African-American/Black PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) chapter promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and secure equal human rights. PFLAG provides an opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. 

Powder River Basin Resource Council - Sheridan, WY.  PRBRC works to empower citizens to raise a voice in decision that will impact their environment and lives. Conservation of Wyoming's unique land, mineral, water, and clean air resources consistent with responsible use of those resources to sustain the livelihood of present and future generations. Preservation and enrichment of our agricultural heritage and rural lifestyle.

Red Lodge Transition Services - Portland, OR.  The mission of Red Lodge Transition Services (RLTS) is to prevent the incarceration of Native Americans and provide assistance to incarcerated Native Americans who are proactively working toward creating a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities. Our organizational goal is to promote and develop culturally competent pre and post incarceration programs that aid in prevention, foster responsibility, and promote respect and the empowerment of the individual, family and community.

Right 2 Dream Too - Portland, OR.  R2D2 is working to create a safe, clean, self governed community environment for economically distressed residents of Portland through the  establishment of a place where people living on the streets can have their basic needs met until they’re able to access another form of housing. We also provide peer based support services to said residents to assist them in the pursuit and actualization of their life goals and aspirations with regard to housing, education, and work.

Rural Organizing Project - Scappoose, OR.  ROP works to development and maintain local pro-justice organizations that allow small town Oregonians to demand true democracy and dignity.  ROP also challenges white supremacy, bigotry, and anti-democratic policies at every turn in order to transform the culture of rural Oregon in a way that ripples from the local outward to the state and federal. ROP's mission is to strengthen the skills, resources, and vision of primary leadership in local autonomous human dignity groups with a goal of keeping such groups a vibrant source for a just democracy.

SAFE - Seattle, WA.  Standing Against Foreclosure & Eviction (SAFE) is a community organization whose mission is to fight for racial, social and economic justice and gender equality by fostering working class power through direct action, coalition building, education, and advocacy. In organizing poor and working class people of diverse cultures and nationalities, we shall encourage individual empowerment and community leadership to generate a movement effecting systemic change and societal transformation.

Seattle Young Peoples' Project - Seattle, WA.  Seattle Young People’s Project is a youth-led, adult supported social justice organization that empowers youth (ages 13-18) to express themselves and to take action on the issues that affect their lives. At SYPP, young people gain an anti-oppression analysis, learn grassroots community organizing skills, and take action for positive community change.

The Organization for Prostitution Survivors - Seattle, WA.  OPS accompanies survivors of prostitution in creating and sustaining efforts to heal from and end this practice of gender-based violence. OPS was started by survivors of prostitution and their allies to end the violence of prostitution and change cultural norms supporting it. OPS envisions a world of gender equality and mutuality, a world free from all forms of oppression and exploitation. OPS recognizes that men’s entitlement to demand sexual access to the bodies of ‘others’ in prostitution is a legitimized and entrenched practice based on an identification with dominance, which requires the sexualized subordination of members of historically victimized and oppressed groups.

The-TREE Institute - Portland, OR.  Works to develop our leadership, organizing and advocacy capacity for collective action to dismantle social and institutional oppression by creating knowledge together for power and resources sharing through the practice of methodologies that can assure everyone’s participation and evolution as human being.

Village of Hope - Seattle, WA.  Village of Hope's mission is to work in cooperation with other organizations and with elders, children, youth and adults to share resources, knowledge, creativity, and experience to build a strong and healthy community where people are liberated to live powerfully in every aspect of their lives. 

Voz Workers' Rights Education Center - Portland, OR.  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. Voz operates the MLK Jr. Worker Center in Portland, which connects hundreds of workers a week with local employers and jobs.

WinWin Network/Greater Spokane Progress - Spokane, WA Greater Spokane Progress, an affiliate of the WinWin Network, is a regional network of the Win/Win Network that consists of 30 organizations and leaders working together to create long-term change in Eastern Washington. GSP works on campaigns that address the root causes of systemic problems and builds our local political power.

Women of Color Alliance (WOCA) – Boise, ID.  WOCA’s mission is to unite women of color in a common bond to achieve social, economic and political justice in Idaho. This grant will continue to strengthen and support the Women of Color Alliance by providing the funds necessary to provide infrastructure and trainings on leadership development and internalized racial oppression by and for women of color.