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Policing the Homeless: Broken Windows ‘On Steroids”

In New York City, San Francisco, Denver, Dallas, Los Angeles, and many smaller cities, the impact of failed housing policies that do not provide affordable living options for residents go back decades. But instead of correcting these policies, local authorities have empowered police departments to pursue strategies of homeless removals, sometimes in conjunction with Business Improvement Districts and other civic groups.

Is Democracy Funding Undemocratic? Funding Civic Engagement in an Era of Protest

The United States is on the verge of an upsurge in democratic participation in cities and communities across the country, but will traditional civic engagement funders take notice?

Shifting Gears for Racial Justice

Following five years of targeted grantmaking designed to build the capacity of a field of Muslim, Arab and South Asian (MASA) organizations and strengthen civil rights protections in a national security context, the SRC is now moving forward with a renewed strategy – one that is more directly aligned with the natural trajectory of the field and serves to integrate these issues and communities into the broader rights movement.

Learn about opportunities for funders to support organizing at the intersection of police accountability and racial justice.

FUNDING NEEDS AND OPPORTUNITIES

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A Message From FFJ Leadership: In Solidarity With Chicago & Minneapolis

While the shooting in Minneapolis is in itself an abhorrent act, we see it as part of escalating harassment and violence against social movements and social inclusion. Such a trend of activities are abhorrent but not surprising. What is in fact most concerning is the virtual silence by government institutions and leaders. The failure of government agencies to take action reveals a severe lack of accountability to the people.

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Feature: Freedom Inc.’s Creative Response to the Criminalization of Black Communities in Madison, Wisconsin

FI works at the intersection of prison abolition, LGBT rights, education rights, and reproductive justice. FI aims to challenge the fundamental root causes of violence through leadership development and community organizing in Black and Southeast Asian, particularly Hmong communities in Madison.

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Headwaters Foundation for Justice Launches Emergency Fund For Black Lives

...to provide grants to Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC). These two groups have inspired, mobilized, and supported hundreds of community members to call out and change police violence against people of color.

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RESOURCES FOR PHILANTHROPY

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From Grievance to Governance: 8 Features of Transformative Campaigns

By Jodeen Olguín-Tayler, Let’s Talk: At the Heart of Movement-Building – A Blog of the Movement Strategy Center

January 26, 2016

One morning last December, I found myself at the Ford Foundation watching Anna Galland, Ai-jen […]

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Chicago Has Spent Half a Billion Dollars on Police Brutality Cases—And It’s Impoverishing the Victims’ Communities

Settlement generally come out of city budgets, not police budgets, and in Chicago these payouts compound the city’s financial distress, leaving less money for public services and forcing cuts.

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Grantmakers for Girls of Color

Fostering Shared Learning and Collaboration.

Grantmakers for Girls of Color brings together the latest research, data, news, and insights to promote collective strategizing and partnership across philanthropy.

This growing collection of resources captures new knowledge and insights […]

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Unjust: How the Broken Criminal Justice System Fails LGBT People

[This report] documents how pervasive stigma and discrimination, biased enforcement of laws, and discriminatory policing strategies mean that LGBT people are disproportionately likely to interact with law enforcement and to have their lives criminalized.

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Making Black Lives Matter Initiative Website Launch

The Making Black Lives Matter Initiative site will provide background on Hill-Snowdon’s MBLM Initiative that is focused on supporting Black-led organizing in order to help revitalize and strengthen the institutional and political power of the Black community. The website describes Foundation’s framework for supporting Black communities to develop the power necessary for them to thrive and introduces the Black Social Change Funders Network as a vehicle to help philanthropy better coordinate its efforts to achieve social change in the Black community.

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Executives’ Alliance Foundation Leaders “Ban the Box”

Leaders from 42 foundations announced today that they have "banned the box" by adopting fair chance hiring policies or ensuring that questions about criminal convictions do not appear on applications for employment with their foundations.

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