Grantee: Upstate/Downstate Housing Alliance

North Star Fund makes Rapid Response grants year-round to support organizing and activism in response to urgent threats or breaking opportunities for organizing.

Most of these grants go to organizations that have received grants through our other programs, enabling them to respond to events that emerged since their latest grants. Rapid Response grants support our grantees to be nimble and in some cases can help to bring their campaigns the final steps to victory.

Our Rapid Response grants in the second half of 2018 allowed for a powerful response to Amazon’s new headquarters, fought deportation of immigrants, supported the statewide housing justice fight, and more!

CAAAV Organizing Asian American Communities – $5,000 for building power against Amazon’s new headquarters (HQ2) in Long Island City. Awarded December 2018. As of January 2019, this organizing project is ongoing.

Families for Freedom (FFF) – $2,500 for an emergency campaign to reinstate FFF’s hotline in detention centers. Awarded October 2018. As of January 2019, the FFF hotline is back up and running.

Grannies Respond – $2,000 for a caravan to McAllen, Texas in order to take action to end family separation. Awarded September 2018. As of fall, 2018, the caravan successfully made it to Texas to be part of the vocal, nationwide movement of people demanding an end to family detention and family separation.

Mekong NYC – $5,000 for stopping the sudden mass deportation of Cambodian and Vietnamese immigrants who’ve lost protected status. Awarded December 2018. As of January, 2019, most of the 46 detainees were deported, although 22 members of Congress signed a letter to the White House and ICE will now give 14 days notice to people they plan to arrest.

Newburgh LGBTQ+ Center – $5,000 for organizing against hate crimes in the Hudson Valley. Awarded August 2018. As of January 2019, this organizing project is ongoing.

New York Civic Engagement Table – $5,000 for a voter education campaign about a city ballot initiative to expand participatory budgeting. Awarded September 2018. As of November 2018, the ballot measure passed overwhelmingly, bringing participatory budgeting to every corner of New York City. 

Upstate/Downstate Housing Alliance – $5,000 for a statewide retreat to build momentum for an expansive, inspiring, and successful rent law fight in 2019. Awarded October 2018. Follow-up: the alliance held a successful retreat in Rochester, New York, to lay out their plans for an active session where housing rights will be at the forefront.

Yonkers Sanctuary Movement – $5,000 for responding to the mass eviction of undocumented families in Yonkers due to landlord negligence. Awarded November 2018. As of January 2019, most of these families were able to return to their homes. 

Thanks to your support, these communities are able to organize and respond to injustice. You can support these grants along with hundreds of others by making a gift to North Star Fund.

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