33 Grants Advance Social Justice

by Anonymous (not verified) on September 14, 2013

sept 14

Byline: Margarita Ramirez, Deputy Director of Grantmaking

This year a total of $984,000 was allocated to 33 outstanding community organizing groups working on economic, environmental and LGBT justice. Please join us in celebrating the great accomplishments, past and future, of these community organizers! (The grantees appear in alphabetical order.)


ACCE Institute - $100,000 (two-year grant)

To lead organizing among low income, senior and working class homeowners and tenants who are impacted by the foreclosure crisis.

Asian Pacific Islander Equality-LA (API Equality-LA) – $35,000

To positively engage API Angelenos on LGBT issues, particularly marriage equality and immigration reform. (Fiscal sponsor: Asian Pacific American Legal Center) 

Black Women for Wellness - $15,000 

For its Sisters@Eight program and to develop grassroots leadership to advocate for eliminating racial and gender health disparities.

Californians for Justice Education Fund - $18,000  

To ensure successful implementation of its “Healthy Schools Zones” resolution for the Long Beach Unified School District, and to improve diversity awareness and alternatives to violence.


CLEAN Carwash Initiative - $12,500

To support workers' rights for 10,000 carwash workers with a focus on campaigns in South Los Angeles. (Fiscal sponsor: Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance)

Coalition for Economic Survival - $30,000

To support community organizing and advocacy activities with low income tenants to build tenant leadership and preserve affordable housing. (Fiscal sponsor: Los Angeles Center for Economic Survival)

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles - $100,000 (two-year grant)

For its Los Angeles-based work on protecting and empowering immigrant workers and their families through community organizing, civic engagement, and education.

Community Asset Development Re-Defining Education - $20,000

To support South L.A. parents in breaking the school-to-prison pipeline by reducing push-out through school discipline and implementing alternatives to suspension and zero tolerance.

East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice - $15,000

To support its work towards a healthy environment for communities that are disproportionately suffering the negative impacts of industrial pollution. (Fiscal sponsor: Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs)

Filipino Migrant Center - $10,000

To support efforts among immigrants and youth in the Carson area around immigration reform and rights for domestic workers.

Gay-Straight Alliance Network - $35,000

To support three youth-led campaigns for district-level changes in policies to make high schools free from violence, name-calling, and harassment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Gender Justice LA - $30,000

To improve health care access in the transgender community and to improve the critical relationship between the transgender community and the Los Angeles Police Department.

Housing Long Beach - $20,000

To change the existing imbalance of power in Long Beach by promoting policies that assure housing preservation, affordable housing, and living wage jobs.

InnerCity Struggle - $80,000 (two-year grant)

For general operating support of its work to ensure education and economic justice for the communities of East Los Angeles.

Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California - $25,000

To carry out its movement building strategies with low-wage working communities particularly in the areas of day laborer and economic development among its six community job centers.

Khmer Girls in Action - $20,000

KALBTo support campaigns to challenge punishments-based school policies and practices currently operating to push low income youth of color out of school.

Korean Resource Center - $10,000

To encourage civic participation of the Korean American community to support the state revenue increase policy to protect affordable housing and health and human services.

Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance - $35,000

To support organizing campaigns to build its base and leadership as a community union with the power to set standards for equitable development in Koreatown.

Community rightsLabor Community Strategy Center – $45,000

For the No-to-Pre-Prison campaign to challenge zero-tolerance policies, truancy/tardy tickets, police misconduct, and other practices that fuel push-out by low income Black and Latino high school students in L.A.

LA Voice - $25,000 

To train hundreds of leaders throughout Los Angeles in the skills of community organizing in order to promote public policy that advances equity in health, education, immigration and housing.

Los Angeles Black Worker Center - $20,000

To support its work on policies and practices that impact quality workforce development in the African American community. (Fiscal sponsor: UC Regents)

Los Angeles Community Action Network - $36,000

For its economic and racial justice work, including community organizing and leadership development in the areas of tenant rights, housing preservation, civil rights, economic development, and healthy food access.

People Organized for Westside Renewal - $36,000

To develop leaders in low income communities in Pacoima, Westside LA, and San Pedro to preserve public housing stock; enforce the Mello Act; and protect neighborhood public schools from privatization.

Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California - $28,500

To clean up the private care giving industry and support local organizing work of the Los Angeles Workers in Action (LAWIA).

Pomona Economic Opportunity Center - $20,000

To support its Anti-Impounds Campaign to change discriminatory traffic enforcement and impound policies that use racial profiling to target immigrant drivers.

Restaurant Opportunities Center of Los Angeles  - $20,000

To launch workplace justice campaigns against low-road employers engaged in discrimination, exploitation, and abuse in the L.A. restaurant industry.(Fiscal sponsor: Restaurant Opportunities Center United)

Southeast Asian Community Alliance - $10,000

To build power among Southeast Asian youth and their communities by fighting for equitable economic development.

Southern California Education Fund - $20,000

To support a strategy aimed at making strong and specific wins around health enrollment, affordable housing, and public education.

Strategic Actions for a Just Economy - $30,000

To support efforts to eliminate slum housing, expand tenants’ rights, reform redevelopment, build community capacity and vision in land-use planning, and improve jobs and income in the Figueroa Corridor.

Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education - $30,000

To build a power base that will hold the city accountable to building a health public sector with the capacity to invest in the safety net and employment of low income communities of color.

Tenemos que Reclamar y Unidos Salvar la Tierra-South L.A. (T.R.U.S.T-South LA) - $18,000

To support organizing campaigns to revitalize the surrounding neighborhood with transportation, recreation, and food access to promote healthy living and economic vitality.

Unión de Vecinos - $15,000

To support its work on the preservation of affordable housing across the cities of Los Angeles and Maywood.

Youth Justice Coalition - $20,000

For its campaign against the use of gang databases and gang injunctions; reduce L.A. County’s over-reliance on incarceration; impact California’s extreme sentencing of youth; and challenge L.A.’s School-to-Jail Track.