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Are you a funder - grantmaker, affinity group, or donor - looking to find out how to best support community organizing and protests against criminalization and for black lives? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
April 7th: Please join us for a conversation with Alvin Bragg, New York's first special prosecutor for police-related civilian deaths, and the organizers and victims’ families who campaigned to create his position. Moderated by Kai Wright of The Nation, we’ll get an inside look at the special prosecutor’s role and what work lies ahead.
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.
JC members and leaders are New Yorkers whose lives are impacted by police violence, including families who have lost loved ones to the New York Police Department. Since 2004, Justice Committee has received 14 North Star Fund grants totaling over $150,000, including the 2015 Frederick Douglass Award.
Tides and its sister organization, The Advocacy Fund, work closely with funders and grassroots organizers to accelerate policing reform. Since 2010, we’ve been bringing people together to find innovative solutions for safer communities.
Have you found yourself thinking something urgently needs to change after seeing headlines about the latest abuses perpetrated by the criminal justice system? How did criminalization become a defining characteristic of American society? What can we in philanthropy do about it?
Watch Now: Funder Briefing on Policing Reform – Building on NYC Successes for a National Reform Movement.
In the past two years, Communities United for Policing Reform (CPR) has played a critical role in leading a campaign to pass landmark police accountability legislation in New York City and partnering with families of New Yorkers killed by police to secure executive action by Governor Cuomo to establish a special prosecutor for police killings throughout New York State. In spite of these victories, there remains much more to accomplish to transform police systems, policies, practices, and culture to be more accountable and transparent to the communities they serve. We invite you to join CPR and funders for a briefing to contextualize the recent victories and to learn how the philanthropic sector can partner with advocates to support this critical work.
In this Five Questions edition, Dagenais discusses the importance of bringing all Baltimoreans to the table — particularly those with limited access to opportunity — to achieve lasting, positive change.