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2012 Social Justice Fund Grants

Total Grants (12): $21,000

The Muste Institute’s Social Justice Fund makes grants for grassroots activist projects in the U.S. and around the world. If supporting nonviolent action for social justice is important to you, please donate now to help us expand this important program. Thank you!

American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho Foundation, Boise, Idaho: $2,000 in September 2012 for Bridging Common Voices Against the Death Penalty in Idaho, a campaign to educate, organize and mobilize Idaho residents to challenge the use of the death penalty. acluidaho.org/issues/criminal-justice/deathpenalty

"Texas Can Do Better" march and rally against anti-immigrant bills in Texas. (Photo: Austin Immigrant Rigts Coalition.)

Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition, Austin, TX: $1,500 in June 2012 (via Austin Community Foundation) to challenge the collaboration between federal immigration authorities and local law enforcement through political education, leadership development, and building strategic alliances to expand the power of grassroots social action. austinirc.org

FRAKKA executive secretary Sanon Reyneld speaks at a press conference about Hurricane Sandy’s impact on displacement camps, and the need for a long-term government response to Haiti’s housing crisis. (Photo: Alexis Erkert.)

Education for Liberation Network, Chicago, IL: $1,500 in June 2012 (via Chicago Freedom School) for Education for Liberation Circles, bringing together people from across the country who are involved in education justice issues to determine how the work they are doing in their own communities can be more effectively connected. edliberation.org

Fňs Refleksyon Ak Aksyon sou Koze Kay (Force for Reflection and Action for Housing, FRAKKA), Port-au-Prince, Haiti: $2,000 in September 2012 (via International Development Exchange/Other Worlds) for stipends for community organizers of the “Under Tents” campaign for housing rights in Haiti. undertentshaiti.com

Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty helped organize this vigil at the Capitol in Atlanta on Sep. 21, 2011, to demand a stay of execution for Troy Davis. Georgia executed Davis despite the protests—and despite substantial evidence pointing to his innocence—but the state killing galvanized public sentiment against the death penalty. (Photo: Scott Langley.)

Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty, Atlanta, GA: $1,500 in June 2012 (via Southern Center for Human Rights) for the Grassroots Initiative for Organizing and Transformation Project, supporting community leaders of color in developing local policy campaigns, educating the public, and building a membership base to advance fairness and respect for human rights in the criminal justice system. gfadp.org

April 9, 2013: Lakota activists Charmaine White Face (at right) and Canupa Gluha Mani (at left) lead over 100 people in support of the Lakota Truth Tour on a march through New York City to the United Nations, where police barricades prevented them from delivering a official complaint of genocide documenting the injustices faced by the Lakota people. In June, a Lakota delegation met with United Nations officials and delivered the complaint. (Photo: Naomi Archer.)

Lakota Solidarity Project, Asheville, NC: $2,000 in December 2012 for the Truth Tour, taking traditional grassroots Lakota elders and activists from the Pine Ridge Reservation to New York, Washington and other cities to present evidence and educate the public about the ongoing genocide of the Lakota people. facebook.com/lakotasolidarity

Military Families Speak Out Metro Chapter, Brooklyn, NY: $1,500 in December 2012 for outreach and education among military families, deployed members of the military, veterans, peace activists and the general public, with the goal of uniting and strengthening efforts to end war and redirect resources to social needs. militaryfamiliesspeakout.com/nyc/

Members of Olneyville Neighborhood Association march for immigrant rights on May 1, 2011. (Photo: Olneyville Neighborhood Association.)

Olneyville Neighborhood Association, Providence, RI: $1,500 in June 2012 for grassroots organizing and education to build a statewide movement in Rhode Island to demand that local police stop holding and transferring immigrants to federal immigration custody. onaprovidence.org

Julia Stry, student organizer at the State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo campus, represents Peace Action New York State at the national nurses union rally that kicked off the NATO Counter Summit in Chicago on May 18, 2012. (Photo: Kathryn Rahill.)

Peace Action Fund of New York State, New York, NY: $2,000 in June 2012 for stipends to support two student interns working to develop and promote nonviolent activism for peace and justice among New York students. panys.org

Steering Committee for the Honor Program/The Other Death Penalty Project, Lancaster, CA: $2,000 in June 2012 (via Catalyst Foundation) for the mailing and promotion of “Too Cruel, Not Unusual Enough,” an anthology of stories from prisoners serving life sentences without possibility of parole. theotherdeathpenalty.org

Umi Hagitani of the No Nukes Action Committee speaks at an August 5, 2012 event organized by Tri-Valley CAREs across from the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab. “Foreclose on the Bomb, Not the People” marked the 67th Anniversary of the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment, Livermore, CA: $1,500 in September 2012 for education and organizing in local communities to build public pressure against a National Nuclear Security Administration plan to transport plutonium bomb cores between facilities in Los Alamos, New Mexico and Livermore, California. trivalleycares.org

Youth Arts New York, New York, NY: $2,000 in December 2012 for Hibakusha Stories, involving survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings in Japan in a series of interactive workshops, seminars and public conversations at New York City area high schools and universities about the dangers of nuclear weapons and nuclear fuel. hibakushastories.org

Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor Shigeko Sasamori engages with students at Brooklyn Friends School during a May 2013 visit organized by the Hibakusha Stories project of Youth Arts New York and supported by a Muste Institute grant. (Photo: Paule Saviano.)