Strategic Opportunities for Support (SOS) Rapid Response Fund
Why the SOS Fund now?
From the Muslim ban to rescinding DACA and increased criminalization of immigration, to state backing of white supremacists and killer cops, to the criminalizing of protesters, the current political landscape is a rapidly changing fight for our lives and the earth. Organizations working on the ground are challenged to respond powerfully and strategically with limited time and resources to a never-ending string of affronts. These moments all provide many opportunities to grow the resistance movement for justice and safety in this country through increased outreach, education, and activity.
Because of CJI’s positioning within, rather than adjacent to, the movement, organizations often reach out to us for support for urgent actions and strategic movement convenings. Previously, we have not been able to provide support outside of our regular grantmaking cycle.
CJI is launching the Strategic Opportunities for Support (SOS) Rapid Response Fund to provide flexible and immediate funding to organizations building strength at critical junctures. Standard grant amounts are up to $2,500.
Examples of what the SOS Fund supports:
- Organizations sending organizers to convenings or strategic locations where resistance is happening in response to killings by police, conditions in prisons and detention centers, mass deportations, etc.
- Mass mobilizations of organizations working to end state-sanctioned violence
- Individual and collective healing after moments of collective trauma related to state-sanctioned violence
- Key gatherings to build movement strategy among coalitions and across broad sectors of the resistance movement
To apply, please fill out the SOS application on Submittable: https://criminaljusticeinitiative.submittable.com/submit
SOS Fund Grantees:
Arab American Civic Council: No Muslim Ban Ever Campaign and Town Hall
In partnership with local civil rights organizations, refugee resettlement agencies, and immigrant-based community groups, the AACC will conduct a town hall meeting in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Muslim Ban.
- Raise awareness about how the Muslim Ban will affect the communities targeted by the decision.
- Provide resources, training, and opportunities on the effort to push back against the ban and other racist policies.
- Connect and reconfirm mutual commitment with other immigrant communities and communities of color, to address the Ban and other issues that affect them all.
Council on American-Islamic Relations – Minnesota: 1,000 Who CAIR, Challenging Islamophobia & Defending Civil Rights II
1,000 Who CAIR, a civil rights rally of approximately 1,000 Muslims and non-Muslim allies, will gather in solidarity on July 21, 2018. Civil rights speakers, politicians, singer-songwriters and others will lead a uniting experience in support of Muslim brothers and sisters, as the struggle is far from over in the fight against Islamophobia in Minnesota.
Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights
GLAHR will continue building a culture of resistance among grassroots community statewide against hate legislation, racial profiling, detentions and deportations. They will:
- Strengthen and grow comites populares – local community organizing defense hubs – statewide, and develop leadership by those most impacted.
- Implement a grassroots education campaign to amplify the need for criminal justice reform and its intersection with immigration.
- Work in local coalitions to broaden legal/policy strategies to push back local law enforcement – the initial contact criminalizing communities of color into the deportations pipeline – and push forward policy change.
- Provide a salary for an organizer associate.
Northwest Defense Center Resistance: Deportation Defense
To silence her outspoken activism, NWDC Collective member Maru Moral Villalpando has been targeted for deportation by the US government and now needs legal defense. Costs include lawyers' fees and stipends for other staff to take on her work for NWDC, as she must now devote most of her time to resisting deportation. This case is strategic due to Maru’s decision to make her case public, placing herself at great risk. This is to draw attention to an urgent social need and injustice, and to the larger movement in support of immigrant rights. As well as supporting Maru, NWDC has been approached by many others at risk of deportation seeking assistance to help them defend themselves.