Grantees

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Year: 2016

Demilitarization of territories and bodies: annual gathering of the Latin American and Caribbean Antimilitarist Network (RAMALC)

Organization: SERPAJ-Paraguay
Year: 2016

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Demilitarization of territories and bodies will be an international gathering of antimilitarist and nonviolent activists in Asunción, Paraguay. The event will connect local and international grassroots organizers struggling against militarization, and to support nonviolent struggle against militarism in Paraguay. The gathering is also the annual meeting of RAMALC, of which SERPAJ PY is a member. Since 2014, RAMALC has been gathering annually, developing nonviolent strategies against militarism in the region, with a strong emphasis on the impact of extractive industries to local communities. The gathering will include: seminars, workshops, a nonviolent action and visits to communities resisting local militarization

Health Care is a Human Right People’s Report: Phase II Release and Mobilization

Organization: Southern Maine Workers Center
Year: 2016

Fund: Social Justice Fund

SMWC’s Healthcare is a Human Right (HCHR) committee is building the collective power of low-income people to win a universal, publicly-funded healthcare system in Maine. During Phase I of the campaign SMWC established a grassroots base by collecting 1000 surveys documenting people’s healthcare experiences and conducting free clinics. SMWC is seeking support for Phase II campaign activities including: 1) printing a report that summarizes the results of the surveys, profiles members’ stories, and makes policy recommendations; 2) organizing a series of HCHR People’s Report townhall meetings; 3) implementing a media strategy that will raise the profile of the campaign. 

Nuestras Escuelas (Our Schools) workshop series

Organization: Center for Participatory Change
Year: 2016
Project Location: Erwin , United States

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Nuestras Escuelas addresses racial disparities and structural racism within the public schools of Buncombe County, NC, focusing first on organizing with parents and students within the Erwin District.  These disparities are reflected not only in student achievement gaps, but also in many barriers to parent and student involvement, leadership, and inclusion within the schools system.  Nuestras Escuelas organizes with parents and students to advocate for their own communities within institutions that have traditionally excluded and marginalized their voices. This request is for a workshop series to increase the capacity of parent and student leaders in the project.

“NO HUMAN INVOLVED”: the criminalization of sex work, the violence of incarceration and public education strategies to create change

Organization: Moral High Ground
Year: 2016

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Cyber Security Trainings and Protests Rapid Response

Organization: Black Movement-Law Project
Year: 2016

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Work with grassroots organizations on enhancing their digital security preparedness.

Fort Collins Homeless Coalition Decriminalization Campaign

Organization: Fort Collins Community Action Network
Year: 2016

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Fort Collins Homeless Coalition Decriminalization Campaign: education, empowerment, and action for homeless activists and their allies.

Heartland Leadership Project

Organization: Heartland Center for Jobs and Freedom, Inc.
Year: 2016
Project Location: Kansas City , United States

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Classroom and event space and for the printing of course materials for the Heartland Leadership Project a project designed to advance the leadership skills of low-wage workers fighting to improve their jobs and their lives. Through a series of courses and workshops, low-wage workers involved with the fight for $15 an hour and union rights will expand their oratory and organizing skills.

Inclusion of Non-violence Strategies in Tibetan School Curriculum

Organization: Active Nonviolence Education Center
Year: 2016
Project Location: Dharamshala , India

Fund: Social Justice Fund

ANEC with Department of Education, Central Tibetan Administration have initiated to introduce Nonviolence Strategies in school curriculum via many means such as translating short stories of nonviolence in Tibetan, organizing seminars, debates and workshops in respective schools.

We are going to translate and publish three illustrative story books based on nonviolence into Tibetan language, which contains eight short stories.

We are going to conduct five days training on nonviolence principles and practical for forty seven Teacher Training Students, who are going to be teachers in Tibetan schools in which we are going to introduce nonviolence curriculum.

Interference Archive capacity building workshops

Organization: Interference Archive
Year: 2016
Project Location: New York , United States

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Host 5 skill-building workshops for our volunteer community of approximately 40 active volunteers

International Campaign for Land Rights and Food Sovereignty in Haiti

Organization: Other Worlds
Year: 2016

Fund: Social Justice Fund

The International Campaign for Land Rights and Food Sovereignty in Haiti responds to one of the largest, cross-cutting issues Haitians are facing: the need to secure land rights against a corporate frenzy of land grabbing for mining, free trade zones, large-scale tourism, and agribusiness. Through ground-breaking research, distribution of accessible educational materials in English and Creole, and capacity-building support, this campaign is focused on strengthening the ability of peasant and other grassroots Haitian movements to protect their land as a key path to livelihood, economic security, preservation of community, and food sovereignty.

Year: 2015

Burundi Nonviolence Initiative

Organization: Center for Peacemaking Leadership
Year: 2015

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Families United Against the Death Penalty

Organization: Community Resource Initiative
Year: 2015

Fund: Social Justice Fund

A series of holiday organizing, informational and mutual support meetings among families of death row prisoners in California

Human Rights Education & Action2015

Organization: Unidad Latina en Accion
Year: 2015
Project Location: New Haven , United States

Fund: Social Justice Fund

 

This project aims to raise awareness among immigrants and non-immigrants about the
root causes of migration and build a coalition to take action on global justice issues.

Inside the Activist Studio

Organization: Campaign to Bring Mumia Home
Year: 2015
Project Location: Brooklyn , United States

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Inside the Activist Studio (IAS) is an interview style, web-based series that will feature the life history of a different activist in every episode.

IVAW Speakers Bureau

Organization: Iraq Veterans Against the War (National Office)
Year: 2015

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Establish a Speaker's Bureau by training veteran IVAW members across the country to become spokespeople against U.S. militarism at home and abroad

Rise Up 2015 Criminalization Leadership Development Program

Organization: Rise Up Georgia
Year: 2015
Project Location: Atlanta , United States

Fund: Social Justice Fund

 

In the wake of recent events, Rise Up Georgia has served as a regional hub for a growing movement to tackle over-policing and criminalization in our communities. Over the course of 2015, we will continue to recruit young people of color and LGBTQ youth to participate in a variety of power building education sessions and trainings in order to develop a new generation of leaders to be at the forefront of this struggle. We also will begin conducting research in order to identify possible local reforms that would improve the relationship between law enforcement and our communities.
 

Unity for the Community/Unidad por la Comunidad

Organization: Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates
Year: 2015
Project Location: St. Louis , United States

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Project expenses and staff support of volunteer leadership. U4C is an immigrant-led community group focused on fighting racial profiling and discrimination, advocating for inclusive access to housing and services, and working toward increased cooperation among diverse immigrant and non-immigrant residents.

Why BDS? What It Can Do?

Organization: Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice
Year: 2015

Fund: Social Justice Fund

 

The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice (RCF) officially supports the call from Palestinian civil society for boycott, divestment, and sanctions until Israeli occupation ends and Palestinians enjoy equal rights. We have endorsed and supported BDS campaigns and engaged in BDS education, networking, and action. This month, we have formed a BDS Committee, with the goal of invigorating and deepening our commitment to BDS. We request resources to provide for review of existing BDS outreach materials and creation of our own outreach tools to be used for our organization's BDS efforts and by partner groups, as well.
 

Year: 2014

No Escpape: Exposure to Toxic Coal Waste at State Correctional Institution Fayette

Organization: Abolitionist Law Center
Year: 2014

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Prison Reform Public Education Project

Organization: Coalition for Effective Public Safety
Year: 2014

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Race Circus Project

Organization: makeShift Circus Collective
Year: 2014

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Revitalization Project and Restoration Mechanisms for Community Cooperation in Building Peace in the Highlands Means of Fizi in Democratic Republic of Congo

Organization: Femmel Rurales Amies de la Paix et Developpment (Friendly Rural Women of Peace and Development)
Year: 2014

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Truth Speakers

Organization: Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Network
Year: 2014

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Year: 2013

Black Priorities Project

Organization: People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER)
Year: 2013

Fund: Social Justice Fund

For the Black Priorities Project, to carry out listening sessions with low-income Black residents in the San Francisco area to identify key forces displacing Black families, and to develop a comprehensive policy agenda that will help Black residents stay in or return to San Francisco.

Dispatches from Solitary

Organization: Solitary Watch
Year: 2013

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Intern stipends to facilitate Dispatches from Solitary, which seeks to inform, support, and enrich the growing movement against solitary confinement while giving those directly affected a voice in the movement.

Eastern Mediterranean Conscientious Objectors Network strategic gathering

Organization: Connection e.V.
Year: 2013

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Eastern Mediterranean Conscientious Objectors Network strategic gathering, bringing together activists from antimilitarist movements in Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Greece, Turkey and elsewhere to exchange experiences and strengthen collaborations.

Educate Minnesota residents about reducing government funding of military

Organization: Minnesota Arms Spending Alternative Project
Year: 2013

Fund: Social Justice Fund

To educate Minnesota residents about the need to reduce government funding of the military industrial complex and redirect funds to serve the basic needs of people in local communities.

Educate the public about the role of Cornell NYC Tech and its sponsors

Organization: New Yorkers Against the Cornell-Technion Partnership (NYACT)
Year: 2013

Fund: Social Justice Fund

To educate the public about the role of Cornell NYC Tech and its sponsors—Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Cornell University and Google Inc.—in developing and deploying communication surveillance technologies used in drones by military and police forces around the world.

Education about gender-based violence and human rights

Organization: Voice of Women Uganda
Year: 2013

Fund: Social Justice Fund

For a campaign to educate community leaders and families in the Ssenge, Kasengejje and Naluvule communities about gender-based violence and human rights, and to train women in these communities as change agents to reduce gender-based violence and seek justice.

Hibakusha Stories Project

Organization: Youth Arts New York
Year: 2013

Fund: Social Justice Fund

For Hibakusha Stories, involving survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings in Japan in a series of interactive workshops, seminars and public conversations at New York City area high schools and universities about the dangers of nuclear weapons and nuclear fuel.

Lhakar Academy - Tibetan School of Leadership and Change

Organization: Tibet Action Institute
Year: 2013

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

In April 2013, the Muste Institute's International Nonviolence Training Fund (INTF) granted $4,000 to Tibet Action Institute for Lhakar Academy - Tibetan School of Leadership and Change, a three-week training program in nonviolent campaigns, strategies, leadership and skills.

New, youth-led PSU chapter at E-Cubed Academy

Organization: Providence Student Union
Year: 2013

Fund: Social Justice Fund

To organize a new, youth-led PSU chapter at E-Cubed Academy, providing students with an opportunity to get involved in an accessible youth organizing after-school program, where they can organize for a greater voice in school-level decisions that impact them, and mobilize with other youth beyond their school around education and other social justice issues.

Outreach and education among military families

Organization: Military Families Speak Out, Metro Chapter
Year: 2013

Fund: Social Justice Fund

For outreach and education among military families, deployed members of the military, veterans, peace activists and the general public, with the goal of uniting and strengthening efforts to end war and redirect resources to social needs.

Popular Education Institute for Grassroots Peer Advisors

Organization: Center for Participatory Change
Year: 2013

Fund: Social Justice Fund

For the Popular Education Institute for Grassroots Peer Advisors, bringing together grassroots social justice groups in western North Carolina to build capacity and collective power and share skills and knowledge to achieve their goals.

Pressure TIAA-CREF to divest

Organization: We Divest Campaign
Year: 2013

Fund: Social Justice Fund

To educate and mobilize a grassroots base to pressure financial services company TIAA-CREF to divest from companies that profit from Israel's occupation of Palestine.

Rural Engagement Internship Project

Organization: Georgia Women's Action for New Directions
Year: 2013

Fund: Social Justice Fund

For a Rural Engagement Internship Project promoting cleanup and environmental monitoring at the Savannah River Site nuclear weapons facility and challenging the expansion of the nuclear Plant Vogtl.

The Cost of War: A Focus on Drones

Organization: Peace & Justice Center
Year: 2013

Fund: Social Justice Fund

For The Cost of War: A Focus on Drones, a campaign to educate the public in Vermont about the consequences of the military use of unmanned aerial drones.

Truth Tour

Organization: Lakota Solidarity Project
Year: 2013

Fund: Social Justice Fund

For the Truth Tour, taking traditional grassroots Lakota elders and activists from the Pine Ridge Reservation to New York, Washington and other cities to present evidence and educate the public about the ongoing genocide of the Lakota people.

Year: 2012

Bridging Common Voices Against the Death Penalty in Idaho

Organization: American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho Foundation
Year: 2012

Fund: Social Justice Fund

A campaign to educate, organize and mobilize Idaho residents to challenge the use of the death penalty.

 

Bringing People Together for Education Justice

Organization: Education for Liberation Network
Year: 2012

Fund: Social Justice Fund

For Education for Liberation Circles, bringing together people from across the country who are involved in education justice issues to determine how the work they are doing in their own communities can be more effectively connected.

Building Nonviolent Activism in Korea

Organization: Korea Solidarity for Conscientious Objection (KSCO)
Year: 2012

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

A Training for Trainers, scheduled for October 2012, to build a local network of nonviolence trainers and increase popular awareness of nonviolent activism in Korea.

Grassroots challenging of collaboration between federal immigration authorities and local law enforcement

Organization: Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition
Year: 2012

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Challenging the collaboration between federal immigration authorities and local law enforcement through political education, leadership development, and building strategic alliances to expand the power of grassroots social action.

Grassroots Organizing Against Federal Immigration Custody

Organization: Olneyville Neighborhood Association
Year: 2012

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Grassroots organizing and education to build a statewide movement in Rhode Island to demand that local police stop holding and transferring immigrants to federal immigration custody.

 

Nonviolence Training in Cairo

Organization: Refugees United for Peaceful Solutions (RUPS)
Year: 2012

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

"The Practice of Active Nonviolence: Training for Trainers," a 10-week program in Cairo empowering 12 trainers with practical organizing skills to help their communities engage in nonviolent campaigns. The participants are refugees from Sudan, Eritrea, and Somalia.

Organizing Against Transportation of Plutonium Bomb Cores

Organization: Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment
Year: 2012

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Education and organizing in local communities to build public pressure against a National Nuclear Security Administration plan to transport plutonium bomb cores between facilities in Los Alamos, New Mexico and Livermore, California.

Promoting Stories from Prisoners Serving Life Sentences

Organization: Steering Committee for the Honor Program/The Other Death Penalty Project
Year: 2012

Fund: Social Justice Fund

For the mailing and promotion of “Too Cruel, Not Unusual Enough,” an anthology of stories from prisoners serving life sentences without possibility of parole.

Stipends for community organizers of the “Under Tents” campaign

Organization: Fòs Refleksyon Ak Aksyon sou Koze Kay (Force for Reflection and Action for Housing, FRAKKA)
Year: 2012

Fund: Social Justice Fund

For stipends for community organizers of the “Under Tents” campaign for housing rights in Haiti.

Supporting community leaders of color in advancing human rights in the criminal justice system

Organization: Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Year: 2012

Fund: Social Justice Fund

For the Grassroots Initiative for Organizing and Transformation Project, supporting community leaders of color in developing local policy campaigns, educating the public, and building a membership base to advance fairness and respect for human rights in the criminal justice system.

Supporting Student Interns Working For Nonviolent Activism

Organization: Peace Action Fund of New York State
Year: 2012

Fund: Social Justice Fund

For stipends to support two student interns working to develop and promote nonviolent activism for peace and justice among New York students.

Year: 2011

Balkan Youth Peace Actions

Organization: Mladinski Inicijativi (Youth Initiatives)
Year: 2011

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

“Balkan Youth Peace Actions”, a five-day nonviolence training bringing together young activists from the region and giving them an opportunity to explore the ways and means of mutual regional peace activism.

Indigenous/Pastoralist Communities Training

Organization: Frontier Indigenous Network
Year: 2011

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

An Indigenous/Pastoralist Communities Training, building capacities and skills among women and youth peacebuilders from warring communities to nonviolently engage their communities in resolving resource conflicts.

Internship Program Mobilizing Public Support Against Federal Funding Of Nuclear Weapons

Organization: Los Alamos Study Group (LASG)
Year: 2011

Fund: Social Justice Fund

For an internship program to mobilize public support for redirecting federal funding from nuclear weapons toward a sustainable future for New Mexico. By distributing well-researched informational materials and organizing community meetings and actions, LASG recently won a victory: the federal government postponed plans to build a plutonium manufacturing complex — a flagship nuclear warhead project — at Los Alamos.

 

Leadership Development Internship In "Re-Routing the Prison Pipeline" Campaign

Organization: Ex-prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement (EPOCA)
Year: 2011

Fund: Social Justice Fund

For a leadership development internship, part of the “Re-Routing the Prison Pipeline” campaign. Last year EPOCA helped win a state law barring employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history. Now the group uses a “Ban the Box Hotline” and outreach posters to ensure that the law is respected.

Mobilizing Wisconsin Residents To Press For Redirecting Military Spending Toward Social Needs

Organization: Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice
Year: 2011

Fund: Social Justice Fund

For “Bring the War $$ Home,” educating and mobilizing Wisconsin residents to press for redirecting military spending toward social needs. WNPJ develops key resources for the campaign, supports communities in presenting local “war $$ home” resolutions, and shares a digital “cost of war” counter for high-profile public displays.

Nonviolence Skills Training in Uganda

Organization: Center for Conflict Resolution (CECORE)
Year: 2011

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

A nonviolence skills training with active members and leaders of political parties and other stakeholders in Uganda’s political process.

Organizing And Mobilizing The Underemployed And Unemployed Within Louisiana

Organization: A Community Voice (ACV)
Year: 2011

Fund: Social Justice Fund

To organize and mobilize the underemployed and unemployed within Louisiana through community labor partnerships. ACV has held leadership trainings, created a hiring hall matching unemployed people to employment options, held community meetings and actions that led to new jobs for local residents, and engaged with local churches to support union organizing campaigns.

Promotion of Youth of Peace Into The Atsinanana Region Of Madagascar

Organization: Mouvement International pour la Réconciliation à Madagascar (FIEFA / MIR-MAD)
Year: 2011

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

For the “Promotion of youth of peace into the Atsinanana Region of Madagascar” training project, strengthening the capacity of young leaders and peace promoters of Toamasina, Brickville and East Fenerive in peacekeeping and conflict prevention.

Teaching The History And Strategies Used By Martin Luther King

Organization: Culture of Peace Alliance (COPA)
Year: 2011

Fund: Social Justice Fund

For a series of nonviolence trainings teaching the history and strategies used by Martin Luther King during the civil rights movement. COPA organized trainings throughout the region, helped create a “Peace Warriors” after-school program at a local high school, and hosted an Art & Peace Activity Center for kids at the Annual Tucson Peace Fair.

Training in Basic Active Nonviolence

Organization: Minyiri Development Group
Year: 2011

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

A four-day training in Basic Active Nonviolence in May 2011 with 30 local community leaders, with the goal of increasing their understanding of the value and effectiveness of nonviolence and encouraging them to initiate alternative dispute methods.

Training With 20 Youth Performing Artists in Kenya

Organization: Amani Communities Africa
Year: 2011

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

A training with 20 youth performing artists from the Kibera, Mukuru and Mathare informal settlements in Nairobi County, equipping them with knowledge about and skills in nonviolence and gender issues for the purpose of replicating the training throughout their communities using art as a medium.

Training With Women At the Sumud Story House

Organization: Arab Educational Institute
Year: 2011

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

A training with women at the Sumud Story House to help them prepare for an open air art installation (Wall Museum) challenging the Israeli Wall around Rachel’s Tomb in the north of Bethlehem. Sumud means resilience in Arabic.

Year: 2010

Da Force—the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Task Force on Racial Disparities

Organization: Reflect & Strengthen
Year: 2010

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Reflect and Strengthen was started in 2001 by eight young women who were survivors of violence, sexual abuse, incarcerated family, absent fathers, and loss of loved ones to preventable diseases. This grassroots collective now has a core membership of up to 36 working-class women ages 14-30 who take a holistic approach to organizing in order to create personal and social transformation. Our grant goes for Da Force—the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Task Force on Racial Disparities—a group of community members working since 2007 to eliminate unfair treatment of youth of color and to expand the use of alternatives to detention.

Active Nonviolence Strategies with Tibetan refugees

Organization: Active Nonviolence Education Center
Year: 2010

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

For a Training/ Workshop/ Open Forum Discussion on Active Nonviolence Strategies with Tibetan refugees.

Campaign supporting the Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment and sanctions

Organization: Minnesota Break the Bonds: Divest for Justice in Palestine!
Year: 2010

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Minnesota Break the Bonds is made up of Palestinians, Jews, Christians, Muslims, students, professionals, parents, community members and allies, working together to educate and mobilize Minnesota residents to press Israel to comply with international law and end its occupation of Palestine. This grant goes for a campaign supporting the Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment and sanctions by building public pressure on the state of Minnesota to divest from Israel bonds.

Center for Strategic Alternatives Political Action Training, helping Palestinian community members

Organization: Palestine Solidarity Project
Year: 2010

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

For the Center for Strategic Alternatives Political Action Training, helping Palestinian community members to develop autonomous strategies of nonviolent resistance to displacement and violence.

Community Honor and Resistance Nonviolence Training

Organization: Whatcom Peace & Justice Center
Year: 2010

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

For a “Community Honor and Resistance Nonviolence Training” on the Lummi Nation Indian Reservation, as part of efforts to create an active, inclusive, community voice for peace and social justice in Whatcom County.

Community Organizing and Awareness Project

Organization: Alternatives to Incarceration Council (ATIC)
Year: 2010

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Formed in July 2008, ATIC addresses the reality that half of Florida's more than 100,000 incarcerated residents are jailed for nonviolent, victimless third degree felonies. Our grant goes for the Community Organizing and Awareness Project, building public support for reassessing nonviolent crimes, limiting mandatory sentencing and encouraging alternatives such as diversion programs.

Disarmament Summer project

Organization: Think Outside the Bomb
Year: 2010

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Think Outside the Bomb started in 2005 as a project of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Youth Empowerment program, and became an autonomous youth collective in 2009. This grant goes for the Disarmament Summer project: a cross-cultural alliance of youth working in partnership with indigenous communities in New Mexico to build a grassroots, consensus-based, nonviolent direct action movement. Their goals: stop the expansion of the nuclear weapons industry and achieve healthcare and environmental justice for communities directly affected by the nuclear industry.

gender rights of orphans and widows affected by HIV/AIDS

Organization: Nansana Women Development Association (NWDA)
Year: 2010

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Founded in 2004, Nansana Women Development Association (NWDA) is a community-based development organization that seeks to improve living conditions and alleviate human suffering in Wakiso district, which surrounds Uganda’s capital, Kampala. This February 2010 grant, held over from the Social Justice Fund’s December cycle, goes for a campaign seeking protection and support for the property and gender rights of orphans and widows affected by HIV/AIDS.

Human Rights Promoter Project

Organization: Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition
Year: 2010

Fund: Social Justice Fund

The Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition is a membership-based coalition of immigrants, allies and organizations promoting human rights, dignity and social and economic justice for immigrants. The Coalition formed in the spring of 2006 as immigrants were mobilizing across the U.S. in response to repressive national legislation. This grant goes for the Human Rights Promoter Project, training immigrant leaders to organize in defense of their rights under the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and to educate others through the creation of human rights committees.

Internship program of G.I. Coffeehouse

Organization: National G.I. Coffeehouse Support Network
Year: 2010

Fund: Social Justice Fund

The National G.I. Coffeehouse Support Network works to build up existing G.I. coffeehouses as organizing hubs for active duty soldiers and recent veterans challenging militarism and injustice, and to support the formation of new coffeehouse initiatives. This grant goes for an internship program to support the core functioning and long-term sustainability of the network’s existing coffeehouses: Under the Hood Café, near Fort Hood, Texas; Coffee Strong, near Fort Lewis, Washington; and Norfolk OffBase, located in Norfolk, Virginia near 14 major military installations.

Mount Taylor Sacred Sites Prayer Run

Organization: Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE)
Year: 2010

Fund: Social Justice Fund

MASE is a coalition of community-based organizations from communities adversely impacted by uranium mining. In a region that produced almost half of the uranium used by the U.S. from 1948 to 1988, many former mine workers are still sick, and communities are devastated by contaminated air, water and soil. This grant goes for the Mount Taylor Sacred Sites Prayer Run, an action to unite and reinvigorate people who have been working to stop new uranium mining in the region, and let the mining companies know that these communities will not allow uranium mining to resume.

Non-violent resistance training with Combatants for Peace members

Organization: Combatants for Peace
Year: 2010

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

For a Training in Non-Violent Action – Learning the Comprehensive Meaning of Effective Non-violent Resistance, an educational and participatory workship to be held with Combatants for Peace members in Beit Jalla, East Jerusalem.

Nonviolence Training Involving Croatian War Veterans

Organization: Miramida Centar – Regional Peacebuilding Exchange
Year: 2010

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

A nonviolence training involving Croatian war veterans in a campaign to create a nongovernmental voice in a truth and reconciliation process to help document and investigate war crimes.

Sweatfree Community project

Organization: St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America
Year: 2010

Fund: Social Justice Fund

This committee began in 1977 as the Greater St. Louis Latin America Solidarity Committee, focusing on disappearances and human rights cases in Chile and Argentina. As liberation struggles and US intervention intensified in Central America, ecumenical groups deepened their involvement, forming the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America in 1981. This grant goes for the Sweatfree Community project, educating and mobilizing St. Louis area residents to press local municipalities to apply fair labor standards to their purchasing policies.

Three-day active nonviolence training with Kwale Interfaith

Organization: Kwale Interfaith Youth Association
Year: 2010

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

For a three-day active nonviolence training with 25 leaders from this youth association.

Voices of Experience Tour

Organization: Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty
Year: 2010

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Since 1986, this network has been mobilizing grassroots community-based activists to educate and organize the Connecticut public in opposition to capital punishment. This grant goes for the "Voices of Experience Tour," in which family members affected by violent crime speak out about their opposition to the death penalty in public events and through the media.

Yo Soy Testigo (I am a Witness) Campaign

Organization: Coalición de Derechos Humanos
Year: 2010

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Coalición de Derechos Humanos (Human Rights Coalition) is a grassroots organization founded in 1993 to oppose the militarization of communities along the southern U.S. border and promote respect for human rights. This grant goes for the Coalition’s Yo Soy Testigo (I am a Witness) Campaign, a collaborative effort to encourage community participation in documenting and educating about law enforcement abuses, particularly local authorities’ collaboration with U.S. Border Patrol.

Year: 2009

“Getting it together in the Global Economy,” an event

Organization: - PICA – Peace Through InterAmerican Community Action
Year: 2009

Fund: Social Justice Fund

PICA is a grassroots, member-based organization in Bangor, Maine which has been working for more than 20 years for human rights and a fair economy. This grant goes for “Getting it together in the Global Economy,” an event scheduled for April 2010 which will bring together labor, immigrant and community activists, people of color, educators and students to build broader alliances in Maine for worker and immigrant rights and fair trade. The event is part of “kNOw US AND THEM,” a program of education and grassroots organizing connecting immigrants, displaced workers, and their allies.

Building capacity in nonviolence for social movements in Oaxaca

Organization: Grupo de Reflexión
Year: 2009

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

To build capacity in nonviolence for social movements in Oaxaca. An intensive training involved 50 participants from Catholic base communities, indigenous and campesino communities organizing for territorial and resource rights, organic farmers, unionized teachers and other social movements. A follow-up public discussion of nonviolent strategies was attended by 85 people, including students, professors, activists and leaders, in the city of Oaxaca.

funds for the Other Death Penalty Project

Organization: - Steering Committee for the Honor Program / The Other Death Penalty Project
Year: 2009

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Operating out of a state prison in Los Angeles County since 2000, the Honor Program gives imprisoned people an opportunity to work on specific self-improvement and rehabilitative goals and projects which benefit the community. Our grant goes for the Other Death Penalty Project: led and comprised solely of prisoners serving life without the possibility of parole, this project organizes prisoners to raise awareness about how life without parole sentences comprise an unjust “other death penalty.”

grassroots nonviolence training for women group leaders of villages

Organization: Peace Makers Society Cameroon
Year: 2009

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

For a participatory grassroots nonviolence training for women group leaders of villages involved in inter-tribal conflicts.

international conference investigating the links between local nonviolent livelihood struggles and global militarism, to be held in India in late January 2010

Organization: War Resisters' International
Year: 2009

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Since 1921, War Resisters’ International (WRI) has been promoting nonviolent action against the causes of war, and supporting and connecting people around the world who refuse to take part in war or in preparations for war. Our grant goes for an international conference investigating the links between local nonviolent livelihood struggles and global militarism, to be held in India in late January 2010.

Nonviolence training for community leaders in Nairobi

Organization: Community Initiative for Change (CIC) Trust
Year: 2009

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

For a gender and nonviolence training for community leaders within informal settlements in Nairobi for sustainable post-conflict peace building.

nonviolence training with Forthspring staff and community activists

Organization: Forthspring Inter Community Group
Year: 2009

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

For a nonviolence training with Forthspring staff and community activists, designed to develop skills within the group and local community to address the legacy of conflict.

nonviolent action and encouraging leadership development among women in kolkata

Organization: Swadhina
Year: 2009

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

For a training promoting awareness about nonviolent action and encouraging leadership development among women to help them organize nonviolently for justice.

pastoralist communities to use nonviolent strategies

Organization: Kenya Pastoralist Journalist Network
Year: 2009

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

For a training to build the capacity of pastoralist communities to use nonviolent strategies to confront and prevent violence and armed conflict in their areas.

Resistance for a Nuclear Free Future, a national gathering

Organization: Nukewatch
Year: 2009

Fund: Social Justice Fund

Founded in 1979, Nukewatch is an environmental and peace action group dedicated to the abolition of nuclear power and weapons. This grant goes for Resistance for a Nuclear Free Future, a national gathering scheduled for the July 4th weekend, 2010, with the goal of increasing awareness and action around nuclear issues through discussions, workshops, nonviolence training, celebration and direct action. The gathering will be hosted by the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, another past Muste Institute grantee.

training for activists and community workers from Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro

Organization: RAND – Regionalna Adresa za Nenasilno Djelovanje (Regional Address for Nonviolent Action)
Year: 2009

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

For a training for activists and community workers from Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro, to provide them with tools to strengthen nonviolent action and group conflict transformation throughout their communities and the region.

training on nonviolence in seoul

Organization: Korea Solidarity for Conscientious Objection (KSCO)
Year: 2009

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

For a training on nonviolence and conscientious objection.

Training with 20 young activists from Dora

Organization: Mizrahi Democratic Rainbow - New Discourse
Year: 2009

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

For a training with 20 young activists from the ethnically mixed Dora neighborhood, who are organizing themselves to change the current academic system because it creates and perpetuates economic inequalities between ethnic groups and limits educational options. The training came out of a longterm awareness process facilitated by Mizrahi Democratic Rainbow-New Discourse, in which community members learn about the root, structural causes of the social injustices they face and build campaigns for change.

Year: 2008

“Initiative for Nonviolence in Russia (including Chechnya)”

Organization: House for Peace and Nonviolence
Year: 2008

Fund: International Nonviolence Training Fund

For the “Initiative for Nonviolence in Russia (including Chechnya),” a nonviolence training for young activists.