Our second round of Let Us Breathe grantmaking concluded in September 2015 with $200,000 invested in organizing for police accountability, innovative approaches to public safety and for an end to “broken windows” policing. Here are the 20 Black-led and allied organizations that are grantees in the final round of this unique fund.
African Communities Together
African immigrants organizing for immigration reform, access to higher education, language access in city services, and economic opportunity through the development of cooperative businesses.
Audre Lorde Project
Black LGBTQ community members and allies defining community safety and building strategies to intervene in racist police encounters or gender-based violence.
Black Lives Matter NYC
Black activists creating a digital platform and trainings to highlight the impact of the criminal justice system on Black women, LGBTQ, and gender nonconforming individuals and how to work for change.
Black Trans Media
Black transgender artists creating the Black Trans Film Festival and other cultural events to highlight their experiences with violence and criminalization and their work for change.
Black Youth Project 100
Black youth ages 18-35 doing street outreach to get Black youth involved in actions with a Black feminist lens for police accountability and economic justice.
South Asian youth coordinating efforts between anti-bullying and anti-school-to-prison-pipeline movements in solidarity with Black youth.
Equality for Flatbush
Residents of Flatbush and East Flatbush, Brooklyn who are promoting police accountability and affordable housing in their neighborhoods, and organizing “dollar van” drivers against police harassment.
Faith in New York
Faith-based communities mobilizing through the “Live Free New York campaign” against discriminatory school suspensions, mass incarceration, and employment discrimination based on criminal convictions.
LGBTQ youth of color organizing against “quality of life” policing, including harassment of young people for sitting, standing, or eating in public spaces.
Girls for Gender Equity
Travel for NYC activists to the Movement for Black Lives Convening in Cleveland, Ohio in July, 2015.
Supporting Black families who’ve lost loved ones to the police, helping them publish their stories online and pursue justice through the legal system.
Black faith communities mobilizing against violence, murder, suicide, and death from HIV/AIDS in Black LGBTQ communities, and creating a welcoming culture for LGBTQ members in Black faith institutions.
Producing a strategic communications campaign to tell the stories of Black New Yorkers impacted by police violence and working for community resiliency.
Millions March NYC
Mobilizing a new generation of anti-racist Black activists for direct actions, marches, and rallies against police violence.
Currently and formerly incarcerated people and allies working to halt the inhuman practice of solitary confinement in New York state facilities.
Coordinating and training members of Cop Watch teams across the city to document police encounters and prevent discrimination, violence, or harassment.
Supporting LGBTQ immigrants in local detention facilities and campaigning against solitary confinement in immigration detention facilities.
Formerly incarcerated people and allies working for the compassionate release, parole, and pardons of low-risk elders in the prison system.
Black young people and elders engaging in restorative circles, dialogues, and healing workshops to address the trauma of poverty, violence, incarceration, and over-policing.
The Black Institute
Faith leaders and impacted community members in Staten Island organizing for police accountability.
Urban Youth Collaborative
Youth of color pushing for better preparation of students for college by local schools, and ending the overreliance on harsh discipline policies in schools that lead to suspensions, arrests, and high drop-out rates.
Photo courtesy of Black Trans Media