1996 Roster of
Grants and Sponsorships
The A.J. Muste Memorial Institute makes small grants to
grassroots groups doing nonviolent organizing for social justice. Click
here to read our grant guidelines. A print copy of the guidelines
and latest grant roster of grants can be obtained by writing us at 339
Lafayette St., New York, NY 10012, or by calling (212)533-4335.
Note: grantee groups marked with an asterisk are recipients
of grants awarded by our International Nonviolence Training Fund (INTF).
Click here to read the guidelines for the INTF.
Arise for Social Justice, Springfield, MA:
For translation and accessibility costs of a New England-wide summit of
low-income people’s rights organizations.
Association for Union Democracy, Brooklyn, NY: $1,000
For the Minority Workers Rights Project, helping workers of color and
immigrants who face discrimination on the job and from union officials.
Bound Together Books Prisoners Literature Project,
San Francisco, CA: $500
For expenses of sending free books to prisoners, and for printing informational
flyers about the project.
Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Los
Angeles, CA: $1,250.
For a poster exhibition on racism and anti-Semitism entitled "Race,
Lies and Stereotypes," which will premiere in the Fall of 1996.
Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors, San
Francisco, CA: $1,500
For the "Providing Youth with Non-Violent Alternatives to the Military"
program, to counter the military’s stepped-up recruitment efforts and
educate youth about military life, alternative ways to finance college,
information about the draft and conscientious objection. Website: http://www.libertynet.org/~ccco
Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, Albany, NY: $750.
For the Labor & Environment Project, a coalition effort to educate the
public about issues of corporate subsidy abuse in New York State. Email:
Community Coalition for Economic Conversion, Uncasville,
For work with local unions on an "Action Plan for Jobs," developing
civilian employment options to replace disappearing defense jobs in
Daufuskie: One Island/Two Worlds, New York, NY:
For post-production expenses of a video documentary about the consequences
of resort development on low-income residents of a South Carolina island.
Empty the Shelters, Atlanta, GA: $1,500
For the Olympic Accountability Project, following up on organizing work
around the impact of the 1996 Olympic Games on Atlanta’s low- income
and homeless residents.
Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice, Gainesville,
For "Walk for the Earth: A Journey for Future Generations," a 725- mile
walk to address environmental racism and related issues in Florida.
Future Leaders Network, Brooklyn, NY: $1,000
For scholarships for low-income participants at the Summer Institute,
training young people to be more effective activists and organizers.
International Nonviolent Initiatives, Waltham, MA:
Fiscal sponsorship for educational programs fostering nonviolence internationally.
International Peace Bureau, Geneva, Switzerland:
Fiscal sponsorship for educational work promoting disarmament and international
Karuna Center, Leverett, MA: $2,000*
For "Affirming Women’s Strength forPeace," a one-week training for indigenous
women in Nepal to build strength and skills for the promotion of peace
Kurve Wustrow/IFOR, Wustrow, Germany: $1,500*
For an "International Training for Nonviolence in the Context of War
or Armed Conflict," which took place in April 1996 in Germany. Email:
La Raza Centro Legal, San Francisco, CA: $1,000
For the San Francisco Restaurant Workers Project, organizing non- unionized
low-income latino and immigrant restaurant workers.
Las Americas Refugee Asylum Project, El Paso, TX:
For an outreach coordinator for the Justice for Women and Children Program,
training immigrant and refugee women in leadership and self-advocacy
MIRamiDA, Pakrac, Croatia: $2,000*
For grassroots peace-building trainings for participants recruited from
all countries of the former Yugoslavia. Email: email@example.com>firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater New York,
New York, NY: $1,667.25
Fiscal sponsorship for educational materials promoting peaceful alternatives
in Latin America. Website: http://home.earthlink.net/~dbwilson/nsnhome.html
The Nonviolence Web, Philadelphia, PA: $1,000
To set up free sites on the World Wide Web for activist groups working
on nonviolent social change. Website: http://www.nonviolence.org
Organization for Peace and Disarmament in Southern
Africa (OPEDISA), Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: $2,500 *
For a workshop in March 1996 to train mediators and negotiators for
Peace Brigades International/USA, Berkeley, CA:
For the Guatemala Nonviolence Training Program, providing trainings
and workshops on peace education for groups in Guatemala who request
this assistance. Website: http://www.igc.org/pbi
Pennsylvania Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty,
Capital Area Chapter, Carlisle, PA: $600
For a day long public educational program in Harrisburg featuring prominent
anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean.
Project on Youth and Non-military Opportunities,
Encinitas, CA: $1,000
For distribution of the new multimedia computer program CHOICES and
other materials to educate young people about the realities of the military,
alternatives for financing college, and careers in peacemaking and social
change. The CHOICES program can be downloaded for free from ftp://ftp.igc.org/pub/Choices/chcs1w3.exe
Rocky Mountain Peace Center, Boulder CO: $2,000
For the Prisoner Rights Project, educating the public about conditions
in control unit prisons, and advocating for an end to these prisons.
Bill Sutherland, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania: $2,000
Fiscal sponsorship for participation in an international conference
on conscientious objection, held in Chad.
Turning Tide Productions, Wendell, MA: $1,000
For a national grassroots tour of "An Act of Conscience," a documentary
about war tax resistance focused on the story of Randy Kehler and Betsy
Corner, whose house was confiscated because they refused to pay taxes
to protest military spending.
United for a Fair Economy, Boston, MA: $1,400
For the Street Theater Project, using entertainment and comedy in public
spaces to provoke thought and social action on issues of economic justice.
War Resisters International, London, England: $202.35
Fiscal sponsorship for educational activities promoting nonviolence
and international cooperation. Email: email@example.com
War Resisters League/National, New York, NY: $24,979.70
Fiscal sponsorship for educational activities and publications promoting
nonviolence and alternatives to war. Website: http://www.warresisters.org
War Resisters League/New England, Norwich, CT: $1,80
25 Fiscal sponsorship for educational activities, publications, trainings
Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty,
Seattle, WA: $1,250
For a statewide public education campaign against the death penalty
in 1996, marking the 20th anniversary of the reinstatement of capital
punishment in the US and in Washington state.
Westchester People’s Action Coalition (WESPAC),
White Plains, NY: $500
To expand WESPAC’s Quick Response Network into a citizens’ movement
to close the Indian Point nuclear power plants. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Western New York Peace Center, Buffalo, NY: $1,000
For a series of introductory meetings and presentations on nonviolent
conflict resolution for activists and organizers in the city of Buffalo.
In addition, the Muste Institute operates the Freeman Internship
Program, providing a stipend to interns working in the War Resisters League
national office. [link to WRL’s Freeman Internship flyer] This program was
established through a bequest from Ruth and Harrop Freeman. Distributions
to interns in the program during 1996 totalled $3,500.
1996 Totals 22 Direct Grants: $ 23,500.00 5 INTF Grants: 9,000.00
Sponsored Funds: 41,600.20 Freeman Intern Grants: 3,500.00 Total distributions: