Spring 2004 Grantee List
- Action for Community Empowerment ($6,000) www.actionace.org
To fund the Youth Organizing program, a peer-led community organizing and leadership development program for young people in Harlem.
- API AIDS Ad Hoc Committee (Esta Armstrong Fund grant designee) ($4,000)
To establish an organizing and training drop in-center; provide skill development and social justice training to people living with AIDS and their allies; and develop a training model for other immigrant communities seeking to fight HIV/AIDS discrimination.
- Centro Hispano "Cuzcátlan" ($6,000)
To strengthen the United Tenants' Coalition and The Rufus King Park Neighborhood Association by increasing membership and impacting city policies on housing rights.
- Coalition of Institutionalized Aged and Disabled ($2,000) www.ciadny.org
To organize and educate adult home residents to advocate for themselves; increase staff in nursing homes; and ensure consumer protection for assisted-living residents.
- Community Action Project ($6,000) www.capbrooklyn.org
To improve the quality of life for residents of Flatbush and East Flatbush; obtain better funding for schools through increased parental involvement; and ensure vital services are available to recent immigrants.
- Desis Rising Up and Moving ($4,000) www.drumnation.org
To build leadership among families of detainees; and launch community-based campaigns through the Immigrant Justice and Youth Power! projects.
- Families United for Racial & Economic Equality ($6,000) www.furee.org
To advocate for better wages and working conditions for people of color; secure access to education and training instead of workfare assignments; and develop leadership among our 100+ new members.
- Green Worker Cooperatives ($4,000)
To foster environmental and economic justice by developing worker-owned and environmentally-friendly businesses in the South Bronx.
- Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees ($6,000)
To support our transition to a membership-based organization with a greater focus on organizing, educating and mobilizing the Haitian community in New York City.
- Latino Gay Men of New York ($2,000) www.lgmny.org
To support VOCES, a leadership development & community training program for young adult gay men.
- Mirabal Sisters Cultural and Community Center ($6,000)
To organize Latinos (mostly Dominicans) in Hamilton Heights around issues of environmental justice, education, arts and popular culture, youth affairs, and family and social violence.
- NYC AIDS Housing Network ($6,000) www.nycahn.org
To continue our struggle for affordable housing and healthcare for people living with HIV/AIDS, especially low-income people of color.
- Public Housing Residents of the Lower East Side ($6,000)
To change the public perception of public housing residents and advocate for expanded employment opportunities.
- Battered Women's Resource Center ($2,000) www.vowbwrc.org
To continue and expand the "Voices of Women" project, which provides leadership training and development opportunities to survivors of domestic violence.
- b-healthy! ($2,000) www.b-healthy.org
To help low-income youth learn about their personal health and make connections between food/agriculture and the socio-economic health of their communities.
- Metro NY Health Care for All Campaign ($4,000)
To coordinate advocacy strategies for health care reform locally, regionally and nationally.
- Metropolitan Council on Housing ($2,000) www.metcouncil.net
To expand organizing among immigrant communities; recruit tenants to become active leaders of the organization; and continue workshops on tenants' rights.
- NYC Coalition to End Lead Poisoning ($4,000) www.nmic.org/nyccelp.htm
To eradicate lead poisoning and promote environmental justice in New York City by ensuring that city government pass and enforce effective laws.
- Queens Rainbow Community Center ($4,000)
To serve the varied needs of the racially, ethnically and culturally diverse LGBTSTQ communities in Queens by providing activist opportunities, educational programming and social services.
- Unity Fellowship Breaking Ground ($4,000)
To provide LGBTSTQ youth of color in Brooklyn with daily necessities, political education and support through our LIFE program.
Cultural, Film & Video
- American Indian Artists, Inc. ($2,000) www.amerinda.org
To expand programs serving Native American artists in NYC such as a web-based roster, production of Talking Stick Native Arts Quarterly and promotion of an anthology of new Native American writing.
- Chica Luna Productions ($4,000) www.chicaluna.com
To train young women of color to promote social justice in their communities through media literacy, organizing, advocacy and filmmaking through our "Media Justice Project."
- Community Based Media ($4,000)
To fund the creation and discussion of films by young people of color, and host screenings and training for the incarcerated community.
- Fanm Lakay ($2,000)
To support the production of our weekly radio show which serves as a forum for the Haitian community, especially women and girls.
- Groundswell Community Mural Project ($2,000) www.groundswellmural.org
To solidify the organization's current curriculum and training model, diversify its roster of artists, and expand programming into new communities.
- Kongo ($6,000)
To help us attain non-profit status and more effectively use Haitian drumming as a medium for community-building and training for at-risk youth and people in the prison system.
- Third World Newsreel ($2,000) www.twn.org
To bring low-income media artists of color together to produce short documentary films on the state of the U.S. through the "A Call For Change" Project.
Resources for Organizing
- Center for Immigrant Families ($4,000)
To expand upon our work engaging low-income immigrant women of color in local organizing efforts; and to further the human rights of all immigrants in NYC.
- Institute for Labor and the Community ($2,000) www.ilcprojects.org
To provide immigrant youth with crucial information, training and organizing skills to fight for their rights and job safety through the Young Immigrant Worker Project.
- May First Technology Collective ($4,000) www.mayfirst.org
To continue providing technology assistance and resources to New York City's grassroots social justice organizations.
- NMASS National Mobilization Against Sweatshops ($2,000)
To build leadership and awareness through the "Hear Our Stories" video project; and to educate communities across NYC about working conditions in the U.S.
- NYC IMC Indypendent Newspaper ($2,000) www.imc-nyc.org
To continue and improve progressive media coverage of local, national and international issues; and increase the capacity of progressive media to serve as a tool for organizing in underserved NYC neighborhoods.
- NYC Organizing Support Center ($4,000) www.nycosc.org
To transform the organization into a movement-building center, launch new programming initiatives, and engage a diverse group of partner organizations.
- Project Reach ($2,000) www.projectreachnyc.org
To empower youth to proactively organize for social change through on-going youth organizing initiatives, technical assistance and trainings.
- Quilombo NYC ($4,000) www.quilombonyc.org
To organize and engage working class and low-income youth of color in social justice work and provide stipends for youths participating in Quilombo Summer.
- Sylvia Rivera Law Project ($4,000) www.srlp.org
To train transgender youth to lead social justice movements and increase public education, training and policy collaborations within the LGBTSTQ community.
- Truth Force Training Center ($2,000) www.truthforcenyc.org
To train NYC organizers in the philosophy and strategy of nonviolent resistance -- "truth force" -- and to contribute to the power of local justice movements.
- United Trainers and Boxers Association ($4,000)
To better the quality of life for Puerto Ricans and residents of the South Bronx through sports, cultural, political and educational programs.