The 2016 Grantees of the Criminal Justice Initiative are here!
This year we got 50 applications (more than ever before!) from grassroots organizations all over the country. And last week, we granted $195,000 to 15 organizations that blew us away. They are working on issues from police violence, to the hyper-criminalization of trans people of color, to the rights of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, to immigrants’ and migrants’ justice organizing.
We are really proud of our docket! All of the organizations we granted to are led by people of color who are directly impacted by the issues they are working on. But as always, we read about so much amazing organizing that we wished we could support more.
This year, we have also earmarked $20,000 for organizing in Native American communities and will create a specific strategy to best support the needs of first nations people, who suffer one of the highest rates of incarceration and police violence yet have the lowest rates of media coverage and funding.
Check out CJI's 2016 Grantees!
BreakOUT!, New Orleans, LA - $20,000
Organization for Black Struggle, St. Louis, MO - $20,000
Puente Movement, Phoenix, AZ - $20,000
Voice of The Ex-Offender (VOTE), New Orleans, LA - $20,000
Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, Birmingham, AL - $15,000
Ex-prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement (EPOCA), Worcester, MA - $15,000
Justice Now, Oakland, CA- $15,000
California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP), San Francisco, CA - $10,000
Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), New Orleans, LA - $10,000
Justice Committee, New York, NY - $10,000
Workers Center for Racial Justice, Chicago, IL - $10,000
Families For Justice As Healing, Jamaica Plain, MA - $7,500
Racial Justice Action Center, East Point, GA - $7,500
Release Aging People in Prison, New York, NY - $7,500