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2014 Social Justice Fund Grants

Total Grants (14): $26,658

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!

Abolitionist Law Center, Pittsburgh, PA: $2,000 in September to distribute “No Escape: Exposure to Toxic Coal Waste at State Correctional Institution Fayette”, a report on the serious medical problems related to pollution from coal fly ash among the prison population at Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution Fayette. abolitionistlawcenter.org

Coalition for Effective Public Safety, Boston, MA: $2,000 in June (via Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts) for the Prison Reform Public Education Project, to organize community forums about the harmful policies and practices contributing to overcrowding and mass incarceration in the state of Massachusetts.

Western Shoshone activists and leaders approach the gates of the Nevada Test Site and speak with the guards in an annual walk-run event drawing attention to the nuclear tests carried out on Western Shoshone land at the test site and adjacent Yucca Mountain. (Photo: Jeremiah Jones.)

Corporation of Newe Sogobia, Austin, NV: $2,000 in April for the Western Shoshone Cradle-to-Grave Radioactive Waste Awareness Project, protecting Western Shoshone lands, environment, and culture by providing information from a Native perspective on the effect of the nuclear cycle on the health and well-being of all life, and promoting effective comment and action around issues of nuclear testing, weapons and waste on Western Shoshone Treaty land. The grant “provided us with the opportunity to reach out across the country, to build a network, and to tell the story of how nuclear waste from nuclear reactors and military installations eventually impacts the culture and lifeways of our Native people,” the group said.

Femmes Rurales Amies de la Paix et du Developpment (FERAPAD, Friendly Rural Women of Peace and Development), Malinde-Fizi, Sud-Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo: $1,958.00 in June for cross-cultural seminars among people of the Babember, Bafuliru, Banyindu, and Banyamulenge Rwandaphone communities in the highlands of the Fizi region on the urgency of peaceful cohabitation.

Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees (HWHR), Brooklyn, NY: $2,000 in December (via IFCO-Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, Inc.) for the International Campaign to End Apartheid in the Dominican Republic, raising awareness about a call to boycott Dominican tourism and business in response to the Dominican Constitutional Court's September 2013 ruling that children born to undocumented immigrant parents after 1929 are no longer Dominican citizens. The ruling targeted Dominicans of Haitian descent, creating an apartheid system that renders four generations of Dominicans stateless and without rights. haitianwomen.wordpress.com

Participants engage with an exhibition of cultural materials produced by incarcerated people and their allies at the September 2014 opening of “Self Determination Inside/Out” at Interference Archive in Brooklyn. (Photo: Sarah Cowan.)

Interference Archive, Brooklyn, NY: $2,000 in April (via Fractured Atlas) for community programming to engage the public in the rich histories of social movements and to build connections between activists working in movements today. Projects supported by this grant include “Self Determination Inside/Out,” an exhibit and related film screenings, panel discussions, community dialogues and other public programs designed to spark dialogue about the history and future of grassroots resistance to the prison-industrial complex. interferencearchive.org

Race Circus Project artists gather in front of the space where community partner Freeside hosted the project's dialogue sessions. (Photo: Patty Gregory.)

makeShift Circus Collective, Atlanta, Georgia: $1,700 in June (via Clarkston Community Center) for the Race Circus Project, a public circus show aimed to create spaces for group dialogue about racism, segregation and current relationships among Atlanta's white, Black, Latino, and Asian residents. makeshiftcircus.wordpress.com

MOVICE Valle de Cauca, Movimiento de Victimas de Crimenes de Estado (Movement of Victims of State Crimes), Cali, Colombia: $2,000 in December (via Nomadesc, Asociación para la Investigación y Acción Social), to generate collective spaces and materials for memory and against impunity, in order to strengthen organizing and mobilizing by relatives of victims of forced disappearance in Buenaventura, Colombia.

Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, Colorado Springs, CO: $1,000 in April for Peace Camp 2014, a week-long program in July 2014 for children ages six to thirteen in the Pikes Peak region to learn about nonviolent communication, community activism, and peacemaking locally and globally. ppjpc.org

Project Hajra, New York, NY: $2,000 in April for women's empowerment groups to collectively address issues including interpersonal violence, the roots of violence, intersecting oppressions, safety and trust, and liberation and gender justice.

Richmond Peace Education Center, Richmond, VA: $2,000 in September for the Cost of War to Virginia Project, educating Central Virginia communities about the importance of shifting government spending from military to local and state needs. rpec.org

Shoruq Organization, Dheisheh Refugee Camp, Bethlehem City, Palestine: $2,000 in April for Voices of Resistance: Testimonies of the Elders of Dheisheh Refugee Camp, a specialized oral history initiative of audio and video interviews with survivors of the 1948 Nakba (the expulsion of Palestinians from their villages), with the goal to inspire, empower and fortify the Palestinian young people’s nonviolent resistance movement to 65 years of occupation.

Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC), Washington, DC: $2,000 in June to facilitate the participation of torture survivors and mentorship with Yohannes Birhane, a survivor living in San Antonio, Texas, as part of the Truth Speakers program and the TASSC Annual Survivor Week. tassc.org

Representatives of grassroots social movements from 33 African countries came together for the Pan African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network meetings in Cape Town, South Africa, in early July 2014. (Photo: Christine Schweitzer.)

War Resisters' International, London, UK: $2,000 in April for meetings to build the African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network, held in conjunction with WRI's July 2014 international conference in Cape Town, South Africa (‘Small Actions, Big Movements: The Continuum of Nonviolence’). The meetings brought together social movement representatives from 33 African countries, enabling the Network to greatly expand its ranks, strengthen its structure, and plan new actions and trainings. wri-irg.org