2015 Spring Momentum Giving Project Grantees
Black Lives Matter Portland (Portland, OR)
We are a group of Black and non-Black POCs and allies united in the struggle for Black and African liberation. We stand with the Black Lives Matter movement against all forms of state violence including systemic racism, police brutality and misconduct, mass incarceration, criminalization, and displacement and gentrification. We work to build power and organize in the communities that are most affected by issues of state violence and police brutatliy - particularly Black women, trans women, and gender variant folks.
BlackOut WA is a Washington State based Black advocacy group with a focus on building capacity around political advocacy & civic engagement for families of African descent. We seek to develop the "People's Plan for Justice." This plan, which has evolved out of the "No New Youth Jail" campaign, will (1) build on a holistic and relational process for black centered organizations and organizing efforts to develop alternatives to our criminal/ juvenile justice systems as well as (2) strengthen community based institution building and (3) enhance anti-racist political infrastructure.
Center for Intercultural Organizing 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. During the 2015 Oregon Legislative Session, CIO and its partners introduced an End Profiling bill that appears poised to pass. However, a change in law alone is insufficient to ensure community members know their new rights under the policy and utilize mechanisms to hold police accountable. We will activate the coalition, leadership, and base. The public will we have successfully mobilized during the legislative session to demand real change and ensure the bill is effectively implemented.
Indian People's Action's (IPA) mission is to work in Montana urban areas, border towns of serveral Indian reservations to organize for social, economic and racial justice. IPA is deliberate through its training and listening sessions to cross the boundaries of race and class among those participating.
* Integrate analysis of police profiling into IPA’s ongoing work on the “continuum of criminalization.”
* Incorporate training on profiling and the school to prison pipeline into youth leadership training.
* Use participatory research to reassess the Billings Police Department’s treatment of the urban Indian population in Billings.
* Based on research results, work with impacted IPA members to identify demands, build community support, and pressure BPD for changes through local events and media strategies.
* Build a leadership team of 5-7 IPA leaders to shape and lead the next steps in this work.