Meet our 2020 Movement Building Fund Grantees

March 12th 2020

We are excited to announce our 2020 Movement Building Fund grantees! While each Movement Building Fund grantee takes a unique approach to their work, all are doing transformative systems change work in one of the following issue areas: anti-violence, digital and media justice, disability justice, displacement, economic justice, education, environmental justice, food justice, or water. Grantees were selected by our inaugural Community Table using a participatory grantmaking model. The table includes local community organizers, leaders, artists, and advocates.

2020 Movement Building Fund Grantees:

Collective for Disability Justice is a coalition dedicated to combating ableist policies and amplifying the voices of people with disabilities through an intersectional lens.

Detroit Safety Team is an organization working to redefine safety, engage conflict and create intentional structures of social practice that support community centered healing.

Freedom Team is an organization working to dismantle the prison industrial complex by centering formerly incarcerated and criminal injustice system impacted people in the work of implementing a just transition: moving away from exploitative economies, and toward environmental justice, climate justice, and a world without prisons.

Healing by Choice! is a circle of women of color health and healing practitioners in Detroit who offer a range of healing modalities for self-care and the reduction of racial harm in mind, body, spirit, and institution.

Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition is a statewide coalition working to achieve a clean, healthy, and safe environment for Michigan’s most vulnerable residents in alignment with the environmental justice (EJ) principles.

Michigan Welfare Rights Organization is a non-profit union of public assistance recipients and low-income workers in Michigan. Their goal is to organize recipients and low-income workers to fight for our rights, to eliminate poverty in this country and to build an army prepared to battle or the economic and human rights of millions of disenfranchised Americans.

Key characteristics we sought in Movement Building Funds grantees included the following:

– empower marginalized communities in Detroit, Highland Park, and/or Hamtramck, who have been left out of decision-making processes affecting their own lives;

– are accountable and responsive to their community’s needs

– involve the affected community in shaping issue priorities and helping to sustain the organization; and

– works to develop and strengthen their own leadership as they create and implement community organizing strategies.

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