As you consider making year-end contributions, we ask you to reflect on the unique work that the Muste Institute has done for the past 35 years, and continues to do:
• providing thousands of grants to the most grassroots local, national and global projects promoting nonviolent action for social and economic justice, helping people like you to spread your giving to groups you might otherwise never have even heard about;
• providing tens of thousands of dollars in rent support to activist groups including War Resisters League and Met Council on Housing through the sheltering mission of our building program;
• sustaining dozens of organizations and projects such as SOA Watch, United for Peace and Justice and International Solidarity Movement through our sponsorship program;
• launching exciting grantmaking initiatives bolstering nonviolence training around the world, counterrecruitment education here at home, and grassroots gatherings in Latin America.
The new year will bring new challenges, but with your help, the Muste Institute will continue to strengthen the global movement opposing war and militarism and building economic and social justice.
Please renew your commitment by making a generous contribution today.
As we have reported in past issues of Muste Notes, the building at 339 Lafayette Street in downtown Manhattan that houses the Muste Institute and our social justice movement tenants is in need of serious structural repair.
After investigating several alternatives, consulting with architects and engineers, and engaging in a great deal of deliberation and personal and organizational soul-searching, the board has voted to move toward a sale of the property and the purchase of a new home for the Institute and our tenant organizations.
While we are saddened to leave our current home, we look forward to new opportunities, and a chance to refocus our energies and resources on strengthening all of our program work, including our mission of providing low-cost office space to grassroots groups dedicated, as we are, to nonviolent social change. The dialogue on this matter has generated several interesting long-term possibilities, and we
Your continued support is not only valuable, it is indispensable as we face the challenges of this transition.
Social Justice Fund Grants, December 2009
Our Social Justice Fund makes grants for grassroots activist projects in the US and around the world, giving priority to those with small budgets and little access to more mainstream funding sources. The next deadline is April 19, 2010. Guidelines are at http://ajmuste.org/guidelin.htm. If supporting social justice activism is important to you, please DONATE NOW to help us expand this important grantmaking program.
PICA–PEACE THROUGH INTERAMERICAN
STEERING COMMITTEE FOR THE HONOR PROGRAM/THE OTHER DEATH PENALTY PROJECT
WAR RESISTERS’ INTERNATIONAL
Counter Recruitment Grants, October-December 2009
The Muste Institute’s Counter Recruitment Fund makes small grants for grassroots efforts to inform young people about the realities of military service, help them protect their privacy from recruiters and refer them to non-military education and employment options. Our next deadline for proposals is February 8, 2010. Guidelines are on our website at www.ajmuste.org/counter-recruit.htm.
American Friends Service Committee, Chicago Chapter, Chicago, IL: $1,500 for the Social Justice Spring Break and Summer Institutes, a plan to offer social justice activism training to 40 high school students during spring break and summer vacation. www.afsc.org/chicago/ht/display/
Bash Back! Denver, Denver, CO: $1,000 to develop materials and resources that speak directly to LGBTQI youth considering joining the military.
Cleveland Peace Action Education Fund, Cleveland, OH: $1,000 for Alternatives to Military Recruitment, a program to expand efforts to counter the methods used by the military recruiters in Cleveland’s high schools and to provide accurate information to students and their parents. www.peaceactioncleveland.org
Peace & Social Justice Center of South Central Kansas,Wichita, KS: $1,000 for a plan to expand an existing opt-out campaign to 10 additional school districts in south central Kansas, and to provide
United for Peace and Justice, New York, NY: $1,500 for leafleting to educate students and parents about Opt-Out and recruiter access, as well as surveying New York City schools on adherence to the Department of Education’s guidelines on recruiter access. www.unitedforpeace.org
The Adalys Vázquez Solidarity Travel Fund (formerly known as the NOVA Travel Fund) helps grassroots activists from Latin America, the Caribbean and indigenous territories throughout the hemisphere to participate in regional meetings. In August and October 2009, the Adalys Fund made 16 grants totaling $15,352.30 to groups based in Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay and Peru. The Adalys Fund’s next deadlines are February 1 and April 1, 2010. Guidelines are on our website in English at www.ajmuste.org/novaintro-eng.html, and in Spanish at www.ajmuste.org/novaintro.html.
Asociación Juventud 2000 (Youth Association 2000), Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala: $600 in August for 40 indigenous women activists to participate in the Encuentro de Mujeres Indígenas del Nororiente de Guatemala (Gathering of Indigenous Women of Northeastern Guatemala), held September 28-30, 2009 in El Estor, Izabal, Guatemala.
Asociacion de Promotores Chaco, El Sauzalito, Chaco, Argentina: $700 in August for up to five local indigenous and rural activists to travel together to an international gathering on local knowledge, territory rights and conflict resolution, organized by Fundacion Plurales, held October 28-31, 2009, in Córdoba, Argentina.
Centro de Derechos Humanos “Juan Gerardi”, Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico: $650 in August for human rights promoters from 10 local grassroots committees to participate in a regional meeting of the “OASIS” Human Rights Network held November 7-8, 2009, in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico.
Centro de Formación de Misioneras Indígenas (Training Center for Indigenous Missionary Women), Pucahuaico, Imbabura, Ecuador: $1,500 in August for María Magdalena Pupiales Cuasque and María Lucila de la Torre González to participate in the IV Encuentro Latinoamericano de la RED DECOS (4th Latin American Meeting of RED DECOS, Sustainable Community Development Network), held October 14-20, 2009, in Asunción, Paraguay.
Cooperativa Multiactiva de Productores Leche Consumo “El Quebracho” (Multi-active Cooperative of Milk Producers), Santa Cecilia, Paraguay: $1,300 in August for Venancia Ferreira Páez and Wilma Mendoza to travel together to an international gathering on local knowledge, territory rights and conflict resolution, organized by Fundacion Plurales, held October 28-31, 2009, in Córdoba, Argentina.
Frente Indígena y Campesino San Martineco (San Martineco Indigenous and Campesino Front), San Martín Jilotepeque, Guatemala: $1,111.90 in August for María Martina Martín Yool to participate in the Encuentro de Mujeres del Pre-Encuentro Latinoamericano de Organizaciones Populares (Women’s Meeting within the Pre-Meeting of Latin American Popular Organizations), held October 10-12, 2009 in Tucumán, Argentina.
Fundación Creando Futuro (Creating Future Foundation), Viedma, Rio Negro, Argentina: $600 in August for five youth directors, two workshop facilitators, and one person from Fundación Creando Futuro to participate in the 6º Festival Iberoamericano De Cortos “Imágenes Jóvenes En La Diversidad Cultural”, (Images of Youth and Cultural Diversity), held October 14-21, 2009 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Grito de los Excluidos/as Mesoamericano, San José, Costa Rica: $647 in August for Sofía Cortés Sequeira of Movimiento Alternativa de Izquierdas, MAIZ (Costa Rica) to represent Grito de los Excluidos/as Mesoamericano at the Pre-Encuentro Latinoamericano de Mujeres de Movimientos Populares (Latin American Pre-Gathering of Women from Grassroots Movements), held October 10-12, 2009, in Tucumán, Argentina. www.gritomesoamerica.org
Grupo de Mulheres Negras Nzinga Mbandi (Nzinga Mbandi Group of Black Women), Piracicaba, SP, Brazil: $1,462 in August for community health organizers Márcia Chagas and Mayara Souza to participate in the XI Congress of the Asociación Latinoamericana de Medicina Social (ALAMES, Latin American Association of Social Medicine), focused on "Health in the political and social agenda of Latin America," held November 14-19, 2009, in Bogotá, Colombia.
La Vía Campesina/Comisión de Agricultura Campesina Sostenible (Commission of Sustainable Campesino Agriculture): $1,500 in August for Dorotea Vásquez of Fundación de Promotora de Cooperativas (FUNPROCOOP, El Salvador) and Salomón Ruiz Díaz of Movimiento Campesino Paraguayo (MCP, Paraguay) to participate in the 2nd International Meeting of the Agroecological Movement and Internal Meeting of the Via Campesina Sustainable Peasant Agriculture Commission, held November 15-23, 2009 in Havana, Cuba. www.viacampesina.org
Movimento dos Pequenos Agricultores-MPA (Movement of Small Farmers), Candangolandia, DF, Brazil: $1,500 in August for Ana Isabel M. Ramalho and Charles Reginatto to participate in the “Intercambio com organizações do Campo de Venezuela para construir estratégias na produção de alimentos e na Formação Política”, (Exchange with Rural Organizations in Venezuela in order to Build Strategies within Food Production and Political Formation), held November 5-13, 2009 in Venezuela.
Red Nacional por la Defensa de la Soberanía Alimentaria en Guatemala -REDSAG, Chimaltenango, Guatemala: $371.40 in August for Marta Fidelia Quib Cú to participate in the Taller de Economia Solidaria “Otra Economía Es Posible” (Solidarity Economy Workshop "Another Economy is Possible"), held October 12-30, 2009, in Panama. www.redsag.org
Vida-Integracion-Desarrollo-Amor - VIDA (Life-Integration-Development-Love), Puente Piedra, Peru: $440 in August for Claudia Rodríguez Martínez of VIDA to participate in the Regional Conference of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) for Latin America and the Caribbean, scheduled for late January 2010 in Curitiba, Brazil.
Espacio Psicosocial para el Fortalecimiento Comunitario EPFIC A.C. (Psychosocial Space for Community Strengthening), San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico: $800 in October for eight representatives of the organizing commission of the IX Congreso de Psicología de la Liberación (9th Congress of Liberation Psychology) to travel to El Salvador to participate in forums and other activities held November 11-17, 2009, honoring the victims of the war in El Salvador.
Fórum Paulista de Mulheres Autônomas de Prevenção as DST/AIDS e Combate a Violência (São Paulo Autonomous Women’s Forum for the Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases/AIDS and to Combat Violence), São Paulo, Brazil: $1,000 in October for Cintia Souza, Carla Martins and Sandra Consuelo Barros to participate in the V Foro Latinoamericano y del Caribe en VIH/SIDA e ITS (5th Latin American and Caribbean Forum on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections), held in Lima, Perú, November 21-23, 2009.
Red de Personas Viviendo con VIH-Sida Zona Oeste (Network of People Living with HIV-AIDS Western Zone), Buenos Aires, Argentina: $1,170 in October for four activists living with HIV to participate in the V Foro Latinoamericano y del Caribe en VIH-Sida (5th Latin American and Caribbean Forum on HIV-AIDS), held November 21-23, 2009 in Lima, Peru. www.reddepvvs.org.ar