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2016 Portland Momentum: Fight the Far Right

The 2016 Momentum Giving Project focusing on Fighting the Far Right raised over $72,000 to help fund organizations working to assert a vision for our future that directly competes with conservative values and the ideologies that go with them. Participants immediately clarified for themselves that this fight is not against people (even people within the ranks of far right organizations), but involves winning many over who might otherwise become politicized by a rhetoric of scarcity, distrust, and fear. 

                                                                                                              

Giving Project Members: Leslie Wright, Laura Nitti, Dianne Riley (SJF Oregon Director), Shoshanna Holman, Rob Cato, Melody Martinez, Allison Brinkhorst,  & Cece Beckwith.  Not Pictured: Emiko Badillo, Michelle DePass.  

We're proud to announce the 2016 Fight the Far Right Grantees: 

 

Unite Oregon (formerly Oregon Action) / Medford, OR
Oregon Action works across urban and rural divides to build a unified intercultural movement for justice in Oregon.  We develop leaders and empower our community to directly confront racism and xenophobia, while we also unite diverse populations to fight for fundamental change on issues that the right tries to exploit involving poverty, defunded public services, and wealth inequality.\

Peace & Justice League of Spokane / Spokane, WA 

The Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane, now celebrating 40 years, engages everyday people to build a just and nonviolent world through community organizing and grassroots leadership development for human rights, economic justice, and peace. In our conservative-dominated region, we unite the voices and actions of isolated but progressive everyday people across issues to advance criminal justice reform and police accountability, defeat anti-immigrant bigotry and racism, and mobilize against war and militarism. We support youth and other grassroots people as leaders to build our inter-generational, regional movement organizing with an intersectional racial equity lens. Because we are co-organizing and demonstrating the power and will of underrepresented people in Eastern Washington, we believe investing to build grassroots political power in Eastern Washington is the smartest way to invest in changing our state's political landscape.

Voices of the Sacred / Missoula, MT
Voices of the Sacred is a Native youth and young adult empowerment and leadership development organization. We empower Native youth and young adults to find their voices through the expressive arts and utilize nonviolent direct action to create change within their respective communities. To do so, through our workshops, Voices of the Sacred will, 1. Expand the environment of and therefore the awareness of participating youth through travel and exposure to other Indigenous communities around the world, 2. Build their capacity by providing the technical skills, tools and education around social and environmental issues that impact Indigenous communities to create change, 3. Connect them to and provide real world opportunities to practice and improve upon their skills and abilities. 4. Provide the resources needed to accomplish and maintain the goals they set for themselves.
 
Rural Organizing Project / Scappoose, OR
Our 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.

Causa Oregon / Salem, OR
Causa works to improve the lives of Latino immigrants and their families in Oregon through advocacy, coalition building, leadership development, and civic engagement. Latino immigrants and their families are the heart of Causa and inspire, implement, and champion our work. 

Montana Human Rights Network / Helena, MT
MHRN is a grassroots, membership-based organization with over 1,800 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.