Our third round of Let Us Breathe grantmaking concluded in July 2016 with $68,000 invested in organizing for police accountability, innovative approaches to community healing, and advancing leadership of Black women and girls, and LGBTQ and immigrant community members.
Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) is pushing for legislation that would substantially reduce the number of encounters between police and residents that are based on profiling and discrimination.
CPR is calling on the New York City Council to pass legislation ending discriminatory “stop and frisk” practices and related discriminatory policing, ensuring respect of New Yorkers’ rights, and far more vigorous oversight of the NYPD.
Harriet’s Apothecary is an intergenerational, healing village led by the brilliance and wisdom of Black Cis Women, Queer and Trans healers, artists, health professionals, magicians, activists, and ancestors.
Harriet's Apothecary is committed to co-creating accessible, affordable, liberatory, all-body loving, all-gender honoring, community healing spaces that recognize, inspire, and deepen the healing genius of people who identify as Black, indigenous, and people of color and the allies that love us.
The UndocuBlack Network's mission is to “blackify” the undocumented immigrant narrative in the U.S. and facilitate access to resources for the Black undocumented community. The Network is organized and led by African, Afro-Latinx, and Caribbean undocumented folks fighting to create intersectional movements by uplifting the lives of those most affected.
The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) believes that a thriving multiracial democracy requires racial, social and economic justice for all. African Americans and black immigrants are stronger together and we can win by becoming leaders in the fight against structural racism and systemic discrimination. BAJI was formed to bring Black voices together to advocate for equality and justice in our laws and our communities.
African Communities Together
African Communities Together (ACT) fight for civil rights, opportunity, and a better life for families here in the U.S. and back in Africa. ACT empowers African immigrants to integrate socially, get ahead economically, and engage civically.
Audre Lorde Project
The Audre Lorde Project (ALP) is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, ALP works for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, ALP seeks to responsibly reflect, represent and serve our various communities.
Girls for Gender Equity
Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) is an intergenerational grassroots organization committed to the physical, psychological, social, and economic development of girls and women. Through education, organizing and physical fitness, GGE encourages communities to remove barriers and create opportunities for girls and women to live self-determined lives.
Faith in New York
Faith in New York's mission is to develop grassroots leaders and equip congregations to move significant public policy change that supports a vision of a more just New York with excellent public schools, violence-free neighborhoods, access to good jobs, adequate and affordable health care, decent housing for all, and a place where people of all backgrounds can fully participate in economic and civic life.
Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP) works to get elderly and infirm people out prison. The RAPP Campaign mobilizes currently and formerly incarcerated people, their families, and other concerned community members to raise public awareness about the destructiveness of mass incarceration and the benefits to society in releasing aging people.