WHO WE FUND
Blue Heart exists to elevate the stories and fund the solutions of grassroots communities addressing today's most entrenched social challenges.
We channel funding from our members to grassroots partner organizations. In the Bay Area, we fund one organization each month, and in the Salish Sea we currently fund one per quarter.
Our model for choosing organizations to fund is relational. Our past partners nominate other grassroots organizations for us to fund, keeping power in the hands of people on the ground.
The leadership team of Peacock Rebellion
Staff members of Planting Justice
Cat Brooks & The Anti Police-Terror Project
We partner with organizations that:
Build the political and cultural power of low-income communities and/or communities of color
Use participatory, grassroots processes to achieve their goals
Do work in the bioregions of our current chapters
Are currently active, have an organizational structure, and have the capacity to put funding into immediate action
Are recommended and/or vouched for by our existing partner organizations
Please note: Organizations do NOT need to be a registered 501c3.
We are always looking for new organizations to support. If you know of an organization that meets our criteria, please nominate them using the form below.
Community Kitchens was born from folks involved in food collaborating with folks involved in art. Maria Alderete and her husband shifted from running a restaurant to building a meal program at the beginning of the pandemic. They leveraged their restaurant following to support those that most needed food. Over 4,000 members of our Oakland community are unhoused and face food insecurity. They bring together more than 50 local restaurants and 10 community groups to create and distribute meals every day to unhoused, at-risk youth, and shut-in or low-income seniors. Community Kitchens has served over 50,000 meals to Oakland’s unhoused and shut-in seniors. They currently provide 10,000 meals a month.
Their work has evolved into local political organizing to get the county to provide better benefits and food support. A central pillar of their work is community building, recognizing that a meal is more than nourishment, it also builds community and collaboration.
Freedom Community Clinic's purpose is to provide whole-person healing for Bay Area communities and build a new medical system that centers community healing modalities.
Check out our interview with Bernadette "Bernie" Lim, Founder at FCC, doctor by day and organizer by night. She started out with $500 to create pop-up community healing clinics to prioritize the healing of Black, brown, and immigrant communities. It’s not just about giving care, but also about legitimizing community healing modalities. They showed up at protests, with massage therapists and acupuncturists and herbalists coming out of the woodwork ensuring that Black and brown bodies could find rejuvenation and rest.
They now provide local community healing clinics at UC Berkeley and have two community healing centers in Berkeley and Oakland. They are now being asked by hospitals and clinics to provide healing to their staff. The majority of their support has come from the grassroots, with many, smaller donations demonstrating the community’s overwhelming support for this model.
FEEST is a grassroots food justice organization in Seattle. FEEST’s base has over 85% reliance on free lunch programs and 90% BIPOC. In these communities it is much harder to transit and access affordable and healthy foods. FEEST started as a dinner program, building their base by cooking culturally significant meals at schools and igniting new imaginations about experimentation and relationship.
From this foundation of joy, youth build power, talk politics, and train up in tools relevant to social change. For example, FEEST helped get police out of public schools through inside and outside pressure to end the contract between Seattle public schools and the police department. This win was a powerful demonstration of collective power to get to a ‘yes’ when the target wanted to say ‘no’, and helped move FEEST from being more of an advocacy organization to focusing on organizing.
Homies is a grassroots organization in East Oakland building youth power and nimbly responding to community needs. We also want to give a shout-out and welcome to all our new members recently! Particularly those joining our new Pacific Northwest chapter whose donations go to our quarterly PNW grassroots partners.
Homies Empowerment started out as an after-school program using an asset-based lens to work with gang-impacted youth. They mirror positive assets that typically attract youth to gangs: a sense of belonging, protection, rites of passage, and meeting basic needs. Their after-school program evolved to become a set of Ethnic Studies and Leadership courses offered throughout Oakland schools. They created Homies Dinners where youth across gang lines could eat together, which evolved into HECHOS (Homies Empowerment Community High for Our Success) a community school for youth who have been pushed out of traditional schools.
BAY-Peace is a youth-led organization on a mission to support young people in transforming violence, particularly normalized and systemic violence.
One in four youth who come from neighborhoods in East and West Oakland, where 30% of the population lives in poverty, are incarcerated. BAY-Peace rallies youth around winning local political campaigns (No Coal in Oakland, Prop 57, etc.), gives paid opportunities to develop vocational skills, and provides a huge range of workshops for youth to understand and fight for their visions for a different world.
With a board of youth advisors and board of elders, BAY-Peace is constantly changing, responsive and flexible to the evolving political landscape and the growth of BAY-Peace youth leadership as artists.
Urban Peace sees community violence as just a symptom of state violence, like poverty and hunger, and design their programs to address the root causes. They’ve been focused on breaking down the barriers in neighborhoods to further systems change work. Healing has been part of the model since the beginning, understanding that healing is at the root of creating cultural change, including the healing that happens through movement. Part of trauma is hopelessness, and organizing can be the healing antidote. They recognize healing and change is a long process and they invest in leaders and community to ensure they stay in movement for the long-haul.
Their Leaders in Training program works with high schoolers to change policy and release their creative expression. They are also expanding their base-building work in a number of communities, with leaders emerging that are excited to lead events, actions, and campaigns. Free Our Kids is working to confront the implications of probation in the county, both influencing current policies and shaping future ones.
PKC is a Bay Area-based movement to bring healthy, loving food experiences to those marginalized by our food system. In the time of holidays where food brings us together and clarifies our values, PKC demonstrates how food can heal and build power. For 12 years, they have been hosting community meals as steps towards cultural resilience, workshops on food and social movements, and exhibitions on the social politic of food.
PKC creates accessible, healthy, and loving food spaces, such as their frequent celebration of the Black Panther Party with a free breakfast serving over 500 community members in Oakland in partnership with youth organizations. This year, to honor the 55th anniversary of the Black Panther Party, they hosted a conversation between Mila Terry-Koon and BPP alum Ericka Huggins about intergenerational activism and the legacy of the BPP survival programs.
Queer the Land is a Seattle-based organization with a powerful vision for queer, transgender, and Two-Spirit Black/Indigenous/people of color (QT2BIPOC) collectively owning their land and labor. It was founded in 2016 by QT2BIPOC community-based organizations Building Autonomy and Safety for Everybody and the Queer & Trans Pan-African Exchange.
They are building a cooperative network, political home, and community center for working-class QT2BIPOC in the greater Seattle area, which would include both transitional and semi-permanent housing and an organizing space. Earlier this year they just acquired a 12-bedroom home in Seattle and will be starting to build their dream! Blue Heart is proud to support their vision and expanding grassroots power.
Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network is an all volunteer-run effort on Duwamish land in the Seattle area to spread mutual support in the trans Black and Brown community. They work to make solidarity not just about embodying the values, but also the action.
Currently, they are raising money to buy an apartment building to provide affordable housing to the community. They worked last year and this year to grow Black pride in Seattle, specifically making safer spaces for trans Black and Brown folks during Pride. The Network is a project of love to continue a lineage of mutual aid, and weave community support with movement building.
Sogorea Te’ Land Trust is an Indigenous women-led organization that collects a voluntary tax from Bay Area residents to purchase land to return to the Ohlone peopl. They are successfully rematriating the Bay Area, most recently with a house in East Oakland. Investing in land trusts is a way to rematriate land to Native people and to encourage Bay Area residents to reflect on their responsibility to local Native people. As a federally unrecognized tribe, the Ohlone have no reservations or protected land bases.
In the words of Corrina: “This land trust is a way for us as human beings to come back to being human beings. A way for us to learn how to treat each other with respect. A way for us to re-envision the Bay Area. We can create a healing for the people that are here. Not just the Ohlone people, but all people that exist on this land.”
California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative started when a group of activists saw the horrific impact of nail salon products and practices on their workers, and have organized to win tangible improvements in the lives of those workers.
Nail salon workers - 78% of whom are low-income and the majority of whom are Asian immigrant women of reproductive age - are exposed to chemicals that cause cancer, reproductive harm, and asthma daily due to the products that they handle.
The Collaborative is winning worker protections and fostering the creation of “healthy salons” by educating and developing the leadership of workers, conducting research about health outcomes, advocating for more just policies at the state level, and raising public awareness. They passed AB-2125, which created a program within the Department of Toxic Substances Control to increase the number of salons adopting safer and better working conditions.
Roots of Labor Birth Collective and Black Women Birthing Justice are two organizations in the Bay Area providing support to women of color, and trans and nonbinary folks, before, during and after childbirth.
Black women face significantly higher maternal mortality risk, across income and education levels, and Indigenous women face infant mortality rates at 1.6 times the rate of white women. Doulas are the most effective and culturally relevant intervention for this epidemic. Roots of Labor Birth Collective and Black Women Birthing Justice are creating transformative community-led solutions by providing doulas of color to birthing people (including incarcerated folks) and hosting doula trainings. Justice looks like ensuring that women and trans folks are empowered to make healthy decisions for themselves and their babies.
The Self-Help Hunger Program (SHHP) was started by Aunti Frances, a long-time Oakland resident who has experienced houselessness and living in a shelter. She started giving warm, home-cooked meals to six homeless folks who were on her block, which then blossomed into a weekly community event. Aunti Frances and her small team of co-chefs carry on the tradition of the Black Panthers’ Free Meals program, using a portion of their own Social Security checks each month to provide hot meals for over 50 people each week rain or shine.
In the words of Aunti Frances: “We seek to provide any and all human services that an individual or family may need to, not merely survive, but to thrive. We don't just feed the homeless, we feed the hungry.”
Source: Yakima Herald
Trabajadores Unidos por la Justicia (Workers United for Justice) is a new union, of almost entirely Latinx women, for fruit warehouse workers in Yakima, Washington. In honor of the long history of organizing for worker rights, we are excited to lift up Trabajadores Unidos por la Justicia as they fight for their dignity and livelihoods.
Just this last month, the union is continuing to put the company’s toes to the fire, with outcomes that might set new precedent for union organizing in the county. They are protesting the interference of Allan Bros, a fruit company, in their unionizing efforts. As the President of Trabajadores Unidos por la Justicia, Agustin Lopez, stated, “We are organizing this union because we want to be treated with dignity and respect at work, because Allan Bros. needs to recognize that our lives and safety matter”.
With a staff of just three youth, YUCA has moved mountains. Here are just a few of the remarkable wins (full list here):
Won $20 million in Affordable Housing Funds for EPA in 2016, while creating a vanguard in Partnerships between Facebook and the EPA Community.
Successfully passed three critical measures to protect renters and ensure an affordable city.
Supported and trained over 150 low-income youth of color as core youth organizers and 650 low-income youth of color as members to become actively involved in community campaigns in East Palo Alto and the region.
CCWP was founded in 1995 as an inside/outside collaboration among women and trans prisoners, former prisoners, and supporters. CCWP understands that racial and gender justice is central to the project of dismantling the prison industrial complex. This systemic analysis not only defines all movements for social change, but also informs how CCWP works in coalition. They understand that by working in movement ecosystems they can achieve bigger wins on policy, shifts in public narrative, and collective healing.
Source: Banteay Srei
With only one full time staff member - Hamida Yusufzai - Banteay Srei is the leading voice against sex exploitation and trafficking in Oakland, particularly for Asian & Pacific Islander (API) women.
Oakland is a hot spot for sex trafficking, which disproportionately impacts API women. Banteay Srei provides a safe space, sex positive education, community building activities, and leadership development for API women to foster cultural pride and self-determination.
California is the top state for human trafficking, 74% of which is sex trafficking. Banteay Srei seeks to end trafficking by not just providing programs for women that have been impacted, but also building culturally-inclusive, educational, and empowering spaces for at-risk women so they aren’t impacted in the first place. For example, the Bong Srei leadership program (“older sister” in Khmer) trains alums to become youth leaders, providing intensive training throughout the academic year on topics from conflict mediation to health education.
Acta Non Verba challenges oppressive dynamics and environments in Oakland through urban farming. A vibrant space for children and families to learn about and cultivate nutrition & healthy living, ANV works in communities where 99% of the students qualify for free and reduced school lunches and only 17% of Latinos and African Americans consume the recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables, because of lack of access to healthy food stores.
ANV runs a summer camp, an after school program, and a CSA program. All the money made from the CSA goes into a bank account to directly support the children that are participating in their programs.
Health Justice Commons uses popular education to infuse a disability justice lens across our health systems - specifically to educate health providers and those most impacted about the failures of the medical industrial complex.
For example, HJC launched a national medical abuse hotline, which provides peer witness and support to those impacted, and also documents & exposes the pervasiveness of MIC abuses. HJC also runs six-week intensives on understanding and transforming the MIC, focusing on climate justice and disability justice as perpetuated by the MIC.
HJC is led by crip and chronically ill folks, is majority queer and BIPOC, and is all volunteer-run. The organizers use their experience to lead the work, and uplift the vision of health care workers owning their labor, centering healing within medicine, and uplifting alternative ways of restoring health.
East Oakland Collective is working to ensure the deep roots of East Oakland stay safe, vibrant, and healthy. With just a team of three, East Oakland Collective is doing everything from feeding people and housing people, to reimagining local public policy from the ground up.
Materially, they provide farm to table produce boxes for unhoused and food insecure folks. In the first 45 days after shelter-in-place, they went from providing 400 to 4,000 meals every day to those that needed them. They’ve now been funded to provide emergency food and COVID-care kits to their community (delivered within 24 hours of a positive case).
In building long-term economic power, they created the East Oakland SuSu Lending Circle Program. The program offers individuals 0% interest savings loans with free monthly financial education to support participants in personal budgeting, debt management, first time home ownership, and small business incubation.
Source: Hangar en Santurce
Hangar en Santurce is a grassroots group working in Puerto Rico. They are responding to the interlocking economic, political, and ecological crises of Puerto Rico by providing space for activists and organizers to plan and strategize. For example, El Mercado Queer is an underground economy that Hangar foments where small business folks can incubate and launch.
In founder Lale’s words: “Hangar is where we put into practice the idea that ‘Our bodies are our first political home’”. At its heart, Hangar is a space for folks to feel free. “We use our bodies, our liberties, and our art as tools”.
Siembra is a Latinx organization in North Carolina supporting families impacted by ICE and organizing Latinx voters to elect pro-immigrant candidates. Grassroots organizations like Siembra need funding in this moment to not only build a powerful progressive wave at the ballot box this November, but also to ensure communities have the self-determined power they need to defend their rights no matter the candidate that wins.
In 2019, 110 of Siembra’s members across the state successfully pressured a veto of HB 370, which would have required sheriffs to work with ICE. They supported 59 families impacted by ICE detention and trained 340 people to ‘watch’ ICE in their neighborhoods. They won over $60,000 in back pay and damages for members in immigrant worker wage theft campaigns. And they knocked hundreds of Latinx voters’ doors in Durham to win the largest housing bond referendum in NC history, which will provide $95 million for affordable housing.
Black Abolitionist Network was started by a group of organizers in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, committed to developing abolitionists and defunding the Chicago Police Department.
Often Blue Heart supports grassroots organizations that have been organizing for years, or even decades. We are excited to support this relatively new formation, as seed funding for emerging grassroots organizations is critical for supporting vibrant and evolving movement ecosystems. BAN is founded by seasoned organizers that have stitched the network’s demands from the landscape of campaigns that have taken root across Chicago around police brutality and racial justice.
Source: 67 Sueños
67 Sueños is an organization that organizes marginalized undocumented youth and youth from mixed status families affected by violence, mass incarceration, deportation, and poverty. 67 Sueños’ work centers on three pillars: political education of youth, truama healing, artivism (e.g., poetry/songwriting, murals, chalk art, banner/poster making, and guerilla theater), and ‘real life learning’ as young social justice ambassadors in the broader community.
Run by just two staff members, 67 Sueños was created because the majority of migrant youth were not being included in national debates about their future. They seek to uplift migrant youth voices and counteract toxic narratives about the criminalization of migrants. Check out their page of youth stories for powerful tales of artistry and youth activism.
This month Blue Heart members are giving to APIENC and receiving a very special commissioned print created in collaboration by APIENC members Madhvi Trivedi-Patha and Kevin VQ Dam. Since the last time we partnered with APIENC, they’ve made a beautiful new website to paint their vision: check it out.
As a hub for leadership development, community building, the preservation of oral histories, and trans justice movement building, APIENC is a force building real power amongst trangender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary Asian and Pacific Islanders across the Bay Area.
Source: Sins Invalid
Sins Invalid incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, particularly queer and gender-variant artists of color. They push normative paradigms by challenging what ‘normal’ and ‘sexy’ mean, painting an alternative picture of beauty and sexual inclusivity that our world desperately needs.
Sins Invalid supports artists in multidisciplinary performances and they also offer political education workshops for deepening our collective analysis of and commitment to action on disability justice.
POOR Magazine is a poor people-led/Indigenous Peoples-led arts organization dedicated to providing revolutionary media access, art, education and advocacy to folks in poverty. POOR is a past partner of Blue Heart, and you can check out our stirring interview with POOR founder Tiny and fellow organizers Laure and Muteado from 2017.
POOR Magazine continues to advance their critical programming (check out the People Skool, The Homefulness Project, POOR Radio, and the Stolen Land tour), and they are also doing what they do best in the face of COVID-19: provide critical & strategic analysis for the movement left and their base of poor & Indigenous folks.
Source: Black Organizing Project
Black Organizing Project (BOP) is a powerful Oakland-based group training up black organizers to fight the school-to-prison pipeline. As BOP says, “Policing in schools is a public health issue”. BOP is pushing the frontiers of community organizing, visioning safe communities, and evolving youth leadership. BOP cultivates the courage in black organizers to name that seemingly intractable future where their communities are free from oppression and terror. In a moment of global crisis, that vision, and the support of Black youth voices, has never been more important.
BOP has an impressive track record. They have won new policies and implemented programs for youth to think critically about topics like school pushout, criminalization of black and brown youth, capitalism, and slavery. They nourish black art and culture, such as their “OurStory” political education series on topics like black love, black art, and black history.
When $4.6B was spent on media in the last election, and only $160M on organizing, it’s not hard to see why we still see a suite of wealthy white men making the decisions for our nation.
Mijente is one of the groups working to build the Latinx grassroots organizing base mobilizing for this election. Their decision to make their first political endorsement of the Bernie campaign is a signal of how important this election is for immigration policy and the liveability of the U.S. for communities of color. Don’t miss our interview with Mijente Director Marisa Franco for her dynamite analysis here.
“Organizing teaches us that no one is coming to save us. We transform ourselves in order to save ourselves, and each other.”
Youth Together is sounding that heartbeat by building the leadership and self-determination of multi-racial youth so they can shape their own educational systems. Check out their Theory of Change.
Youth Together has designed programs to specifically address the gaps youth see in their own schools. For example, their program FRESH (Freshman Retaining and Expanding Scholarly Habits) aims to close the transitioning gap between middle and high school so freshmen can kick off high school on the right foot. They also host internships, workshops, and on-campus youth centers for students and parents to learn how to organize in their schools around educational inequities. In a moment where youth are those painting more just visions for our country, we are honored to support a 24 year old organization that is building youth power for the long-haul.
Source: BlackOUT Collective
BlackOUT is a ‘think and do shop’, that supports black-led organizations building campaigns that are interconnected, strategic, and innovative. They provide local, regional, and national trainings on direct action, and provide a hub for innovative strategic planning to support the Movement for Black Lives. They also help steward the Black Land and Liberation Initiative seeking to reclaim and secure land for black communities nationwide.
BlackOUT plays roles in each of the Movement for Black Lives organizing ‘tables’, helping advance their platform. They are also managing Ruckus Society, and making steps towards being both the structural hub and the ‘living example’ of liberation work.
The UndocuFund provides direct funding to undocumented immigrants in Sonoma County and their families to help with fire-related expenses. Between October 2017 and December 2018, it raised and distributed roughly $6 million in direct assistance to almost 1,900 families whose lost homes, possessions and earnings in the fires.
Undocumented immigrants displaced by the climate-change-fueled disaster weren’t receiving support because they weren’t applying for aid out of fear of government crackdowns, were scared of being targeted in shelters or didn’t have needed identification for shelters, or couldn’t communicate with non-Spanish-speaking volunteers. On top of this, undocumented workers already have higher rates of occupational injuries and a higher prevalence of chronic disease, to complicate fire-related health impacts.
UndocuFund is currently raising funds to support those displaced by the 2019 fires in Sonoma County.
Source: The Case Photography
PKC creates accessible, healthy, and loving food spaces, such as their frequent celebration of the Black Panther Party with a free breakfast serving over 500 community members in Oakland in partnership with youth organizations. Mirroring the Party, PKC understands we cannot shift our political ecology without being grounded in and materially serving the communities most impacted by the systems of oppression driving that ecology. In their words: “The goal of the People's Kitchen Collective is not only to fill our stomachs, but also nourish our souls, feed our minds, and fuel a movement.”
El/La is a grassroots organization led by and for transgender Latinas (TransLatinas), based in San Francisco. They support the survival and improve the quality of life of TransLatinas in the Bay Area. In their words: “We respond to those who see us as shameful, disposable or less than human. We are here to reflect the style and grace of our survival, and to make new paths for ourselves.” El/La emerged in 2006, and is based on 10 years of HIV prevention campaigning by the founding team. They continue to offer HIV prevention services for TransLatinas, as part of a larger holistic set of programs to support the mental, emotional, physical, sexual, and economic health of transgender Latina women.
AgitArte is an organization of working class artists and cultural organizers who create projects and practices of cultural solidarity with grassroots struggles against oppression, and propose alternatives that generate possibilities for transformations in our world. They initiate and lead community-based educational and arts programs, along with projects that agitate in the struggles for liberation.
Source: Sins Invalid
Sins Invalid incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, particularly queer and gender-variant artists of color. They push normative paradigms by challenging what ‘normal’ and ‘sexy’ mean, painting an alternative picture of beauty and sexual inclusivity that our world desperately needs. They fearlessly explore sexuality on stage, presenting multidisciplinary performances from poetry to music, from drama to dance. They also offer political education workshops to organizations interested in deepening their analysis of and commitment to action on disability justice.
Based in San Francisco, and working nationally to shift the conversation around disability justice, Sins Invalid has profoundly changed our perspectives on access, disability, and power.
Source: Kwai Lam
Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS) is a community-based, all-volunteer organization offering culturally relevant activities for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Native Americans, and their families and friends. Two-Spirit refers to the shared understanding in Native American tribes that some individuals naturally possess both masculine and feminine spiritual qualities.
They are working to re-imagine and create Native American spaces and traditions that includes the Two Spirit community. They hold an annual Two Spirit Powwow, community drumming, and PRIDE activities. They have hosted eight powwows, with over 5,000 attendees, and have inspired the inclusion and visibility of Two-Spirit peoples at Native American events across the continent.
BAY-Peace is a youth-led organization on a mission to support young people in transforming violence, particularly the violence that we normalize and the violence that is systemic. One in four youth who come from neighborhoods in East and West Oakland, where 30% of the population lives in poverty, are incarcerated. BAY-Peace rallies youth around winning local political campaigns (No Coal in Oakland, Prop 57, etc.), gives paid opportunities to develop vocational skills, and provides arts and healing workshops for youth to understand and fight for their visions for a different world.
Source: Marin Independent Journal
POOR Magazine, a poor people led/Indigenous Peoples-led arts organization dedicated to providing revolutionary media access, art, education and advocacy to folks in poverty. They are not just visibilizing poor people, they are creating a movement, an organizing model, and a new story for changing how poor people self-determine their futures that is being taken up across the country. Even though they do a lot (People Skool! The Homefulness Project! POOR Radio! Stolen Land tour!), this organization is mostly volunteer-run. Blue Heart supported POOR Magazine in 2018, in various events, and is thrilled to be partnering again this month.
Source: Regenerate Nebraska
RegeNErate Nebraska is a growing community of local farmers, community groups, urban consumers, and everyday citizens working together for more local control over how their food is produced and distributed.
As RegeNErate says: “Everything comes from the soil — all that feeds us, nourishes us, provides us with strength and community. It’s who we are. Nebraskans know, as well as anyone, that soil is soul.” To share this principle, RegeNErate holds workshops and networks between farms to nurture a food system based on cooperatives, healthy food access, and carbon drawdown.
We are excited to be supporting ecological and social regeneration in the midwest!
Source: Peacock Rebellion
Peacock Rebellion is the only arts organization in the country led entirely by queer and trans people of color. They put on kickass comedy shows, provide a space for healing and creation in East Oakland, and spread a vision of social justice through their sassy art. Their major annual event, the Brouhaha Comedy Show, features a trans women of color comedy troupe (the only one in the country), attracts over 1,000 people, and has won national critical acclaim.
Most recently, Peacock Rebellion has been offering free Queer & Trans People of Color (QTPOC) yoga, providing weekly maker nights for the community, and hosting hackathons and careers days for queer and trans folks. Peacock is an example of an organization doing it all - rapid response and safety planning to mitigate the direct violence of our current political climate, nurturing resilience-based practices of healing and skill-building, and dreaming forward a movement for QTPOC liberation.
Black women face significantly higher maternal mortality risk, across income and education levels, and Indigenous women face infant mortality rates at 1.6 times the rate of white women. Doulas are the most effective and culturally relevant intervention for this epidemic. Roots of Labor Birth Collective and Black Women Birthing Justice are creating transformative community-led solutions by providing doulas of color to birthing people (including incarcerated folks) and hosting doula trainings.
With only two staff, APIENC is transforming how the stories of LGBTQ API youth are documented and shared, and providing home for their community in ways that they have never had before.
APIENC was created in 2006 as a response to a 6,000 person anti-marriage equality rally held by Chinese Christian leaders. Since then, APIENC has grown to work with LBGTQ organizations nationally and use storytelling, youth leadership development, videography, and art spaces to support API youth change makers. Now, APIENC’s mission is to “amplify our voices and increase visibility of our communities. We inspire and train leaders, establish intergenerational connections, and document and disseminate our histories.”
Source: Kevin Hume / SF Examiner
Greenaction is a multiracial grassroots organization that works with working class urban, rural, and indigenous communities to fight environmental racism.
One of Greenaction’s recent health justice campaigns is about the 450 acre lot of the Bayview-Hunters Point Shipyard site. It was used for nuclear research until 1974 and then the San Francisco city government began re-developing the site and turn it into residential lots in the late 1990’s amid the tech boom, though over 90% of the soil on the site is in fact still contaminated.
Greenaction has been the foremost watchdog group for this contamination cover-up - without their grassroots education and organizing with residents, class action lawsuit, and persistent work to hold the Navy and City accountable, this likely would have stayed well under the rug. And thousands of primarily black and brown Bay Area residents would have continued to be exposed to toxic contaminants with no recourse. This is what organizing for environmental justice looks like.
Source: East Bay Express
Indian People Organizing for Change (IPOC) is a grassroots organization led by Ohlone women who are fighting to preserve their sacred sites from further destruction and restore Native self-determination in the Bay Area.
The founders of IPOC, Johnella LaRose and Corrina Gould, have also launched the Sogorea Te Land Trust, which collects a voluntary tax from Bay Area residents to purchase land to return to the Ohlone people. Investing in land trusts is a way to repatriate land to Native people and to encourage Bay Area residents to reflect on their responsibility to local Native people.
Source: Woke Vote
Alabama is one of the hardest places in the United States for black people to vote. In the months leading up to last year’s Senate seat special election in Alabama, Woke Vote ran an entirely grassroots-funded campaign that did not rely on any traditional Democratic donor or PAC funding.
They were able to turn out thousands of first-time Black voters, many of whom previously believed they were not eligible to vote, due to Alabama’s notoriously intricate voter suppression laws.
Democrat Doug Jones upended Roy Moore and claimed a crucial Senate seat for Democrats. Woke Vote was the leading grassroots group responsible for his historic win. We are proud to support their work.
Source: One Step A La Vez
One Step works with 13-19 year olds to give them tools to lead and transform their communities in Santa Clara Valley. In 2008 a group of teens and founder Lynn Edmonds saw that their community was plagued with issues such as poverty, drug and alcohol use, family violence, and mental health challenges. They created One Step to provide more services to those in need, while building cultural awareness, creative power, and organizing skills among youth that have a different vision for their lives and families.