Meet the Resisters Envisioning a Better Tomorrow, Our February Grant-Making Cycle

Resist.
Dear Resister,
This moment requires us to shift, not only to meet today’s challenge but also to envision and build tomorrow’s world. Our grantees have always risen to the occasion, and this past grant cycle is proof that no matter who is in office when stewarded by the people most impacted- the essential work of justice continues.
[Image Description: 2021 February Grant Cycle infographic. Background image is a black and white image of BLM protestors]

I’m thrilled to report that we redistributed $200,000 to 48 grassroots groups transforming their communities, tackling injustices, and making the impossible possible. We awarded eight new multi-year grants – the most ever in our 53-year history, moving us towards sustained movements and a sustainable future. [Click to enlarge the infographic].
But as Resist grantees are establishing networks for mutual aid, responding to community needs amid a pandemic, and continuing their fight for justice and liberation, the need for grassroots groups is ever-growing. Our grantees need you. The movement needs you. When you make a recurring gift to Resist, it allows us to redistribute funds sustainably and better meet our grassroots groups’ most pressing needs. 
Below you can read about four of our Hell Yeah! Grantees, groups that exemplify all of the radical, innovative, and necessary work happening on the frontlines of movements for social justice. Our grantees have always known that maintaining the status quo only benefits the few and not the many. This is why they work tirelessly to resist the systemic oppression faced by the most marginalized communities while reimagining the alternatives to pave the way for the new world.
[Image Description: Members of the Disabled Rights Action Committee pose for a picture in front of a brick building. Nine of the members are standing and two are in wheelchairs.]
Disabled Rights Action Committee1 works to establish equal rights for people with disabilities by enforcing federal and state laws. They are working towards a world where discussions about accessibility happen every day and in every space and where city planners, policymakers, and community leaders begin from a place of universal design, creating events and spaces designed to be accessible to the broadest range of minds and bodies. Part of what they do is help other organizations make their events more accessible, ensure local housing and businesses are ADA and Fair Housing Act compliant, and advocate for programs and policies that improve the accessibility of public transit, protect and serve individuals with disabilities through social support services, and provide alternatives to institutionalization. They need support to continue providing support for disabled and at-risk individuals most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
[Image Description: A faded yellow sign reads: “We refuse to be enemies. Riverside Community Catholic Worker. Below is a white banner that reads: “End 287g” a heart with chains breaking from it and below it “free them all.”]
Envisioning a world without cages, policing, and borders, ICE out of East Tennessee2 works to build community alternatives to ICE and policing in East Tennessee. They work in relationship with impacted folks to continue their Rapid Response efforts, which primarily focus on their community-run hotline for people in need of assistance for police/ICE encounters and violence related to white supremacy. IOFET has also launched an End 287(g) Campaign to force the local Sheriff to stop renewing its contracts with the federal ICE agency and divest from the city police department while investing in community solutions.
[Image Description: Members of the Indigenous People’s Power Project pose for a picture with colorful signs. There is a large banner hung from yellow scaffolding that reads: “Stoodis Action Camp P3”.]

Indigenous People’s Power Project3 provides nonviolent direct action training, campaign support, and community organizing tools to support Indigenous communities taking action in defense of their homelands. They are working towards self-determination, equipping communities to work for themselves and not just existing as a ward to the United States. Their work acts as a framework to strengthen the wisdom and knowledge in their communities. They have trained about 5,500 people during the Standing Rock protest against the DAPL pipeline and need funding to continue supporting and training more members.

[Image Description: Three members of Project Hajra are sitting and holding up a sign that has Arabic characters and the words “tao people” encircled in hearts.]

A multi-year grantee, Project Hajra4 is a membership-based, peer-supported, transformative justice initiative based in Southeast Queens, New York. They see the root cause of gender justice as power, connected to state and other regime violence, and understand that immigrant women of color have been doing creative organizing work to end the violence without recognition. Together, these lay the foundation for a long-term vision to deepen transformative justice models in their community and free their communities from interpersonal and state violence by organizing around three main focus areas: secure and affordable housing, building futures, and abolishing prisons and police.

To the brave frontline communities leading the work, organizing, envisioning solutions, and building a better tomorrow: we stand with you. In this critical moment, it is our responsibility to make your work more possible, and we pledge to do just that.

There’s a new world coming; our grantees are on the ground, ensuring that. Join us in making their vision a reality and become a movement sustainer today.

 

In solidarity,
Kathy
Director of Communications and Storytelling
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  1. Disabled Rights Action Committee
  2. ICE out of East Tennessee
  3. Indigenous People’s Power Project
  4. Project Hajra

 

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