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Fall 2019 Grantees
$100,000 in grants to 20 projects/coalitions:
All Hands On Deck DC
All Hands on Deck is a series of events featuring the stories of current and past residents that have been displaced from Washington, D.C. This event series aims to educate, organize, and ultimately mobilize support for organizing campaigns defending communities against displacement.
The Reimagining Community Film Screening and Public Education Workshop
The Reimagining Community Film Screening and Public Education Workshop Tour is an alliance of three media production and community health and wellness groups that have produced several award-winning documentaries in conjunction with D.C.’s progressive social change community to support their issues and campaigns. In order to reach the under-resourced, traditionally-oppressed, and marginalized communities that were the intended audience for all of these films, this alliance will work with public housing communities, public libraries, women’s shelters, among other community centers to screen these films. Additionally, this project works with the Movement for Black Lives Coalition and other social change organizations to set up panel discussions and workshops to follow each screening.
Work-Pod: Reimagining Job Attainment for Deaf Survivors of Violence
The Work-Pod strives to create paths of opportunities and agency for Deaf Survivors of Violence (DoSoV) through job attainment skills. By holding active roles in this process, these individuals become prepared to confidently develop economic sustainability when opportunities are provided. The program will provide workshops, professional development trainings, and a multilingual toolkit that are designed to be intentional and equitable.
The 411 Collective is a unique artist of color-led street art collective that uses murals and public art to support community empowerment and social justice work. In partnership with friends and allies, the Collective seeks to shift the conscious of the masses, empower and support our communities, and challenge systems of violence. Mural projects, community workshops, and creative spaces provide inspiration and access to tools for self expression and empowerment. Additionally, the 411 Collective aims to strengthen campaigns for social, economic, and environmental justice through strategic art direction and action.
Black & Indigenous Transgender Safehaus
ABlack & Indigenous Transgender Safehaus is a collective led by mostly Indigenous Trans People that focuses on housing, employment, and the food scarcity crises that face Black and Brown Trans people over the age of 25 in DC. The project utilizes a home to provides short to long term housing and community, along with other resources including food, safe transportation, legal resources, access to education, assistance with interpretation, and assistance medical care and insurance.
BTCC - Grandfamilies United Project
BTCC – Grandfamilies United Project works to empower low-income, black women and men raising grandchildren through building partnerships, developing organizing practices, and investing in their futures. This project helps grandfamilies collaborate and deepen connections that promote cultural change among black women and men raising grandchildren with limited resources. Special emphasis is placed on sustainable-living, mentoring, advocacy, outreach, and building a DC task force to coordinate services and support for grandparents.
Crushing Colonialism’s mission is to uplift and tell the stories of Indigenous people through multi-media work while supporting those doing the work. Our collective is founded and operated by Indigenous people working in a variety of media fields across the world. We work to increase the pay and employment of Indigenous media makers while also promoting their work, providing funding for media projects, and increasing access to professional and legal representation. In doing this we control our narratives in order to crush colonialism.
Garden Concert Series
Each farm season, the Garden Concert Series provides live music and freshly made meals, supporting Black & Brown people in music, farming, and lifestyle and strengthening community culture, one concert at a time.
HAQ (Halal And Queer) Collective
The HAQ (Halal and Queer) Collective emerged out of multiple community-based projects over the last few years, focusing on creating intentional healing spaces for DMV queer Muslims. In creating and providing these spaces, we co-power members of our communities to come together, collectively build capacity for queer Muslims, and share their expertise and knowledge across cultures and generations. While our spaces aim to acknowledge collective and individual traumas we have undergone, we also understand that focusing on trauma can be reductive and reactive. This is why we focus more on healing and connection, which will help us build collective liberation.
In One Peace: Community Healing Collective
In One Peace is a DC based community healing collective that embodies and creates practices to build restorative and sustainable approaches to social justice and communal wellness.Through designing community based programs and products, the aim is to collaboratively build beautiful, healthy, self reliant, and equitable communities for those most impacted by racial, environmental, and economic injustices.
International Capoeira Angola Foundation-DC Chapter (FICA DC)
The International Capoeira Angola Foundation, in partnership with the Remembering YoU Historical Digital Archival Project (Georgetown University), Howard University, and Dunbar High School are empowering students to explore their own personal stories and through mentorship in archival and community ethnography, be enabled to record and archive the “pre-gentrification” social and cultural history of the U Street NW corridor. In tandem with learning community archival strategies, Capoeira Angola and Afro-Brazilian Dance are used as vehicles for self-exploration and development and personal story telling.
Long Live GoGo
Long Live GoGo’s mission is to empower, preserve, and protect the true meaning of being a native Washingtonian. Long Live GoGo is a member-led organization whose mission is to build local power and to intervene in displacement inflicted on our communities by the government and its constituents.
On the Ground News Productions
“On the Ground: Voices of Resistance from the Nation’s Capital” gives a voice to the voiceless 99 percent at the heart of American empire. The award-winning, weekly hour, produced and hosted by Esther Iverem, covers social justice activism about local, national and international issues, with a special emphasis on militarization and war, the police state, the corporate state, environmental justice and the left edge of culture and media. The show is heard on two dozen stations across the United States and is archived at https://onthegroundshow.org/.
ONE DC Black Workers Center Chorus
The Black Workers Center Chorus voices the concerns of D.C. tenants and workers and their families, through music. The group draws attention to the need for living wage jobs and safe affordable housing for local residents who are being threatened with poor health and safety conditions, as well as unemployment and homelessness. Where speeches and letters have failed, a group of people harmonizing together and articulating their demands in song, may gain the attention of the press and the broader public. The hope is to expand this work by encouraging more of the affected people to share their stories, songs, and poems at Open Mic fir Housing Sites events throughout the city.
Outlines Unnoticed In Life Organization
Outlines Unnoticed In Life Organization, a.k.a. OUILO (pronounced: wee-low), is an organization whose mission is to support women experiencing homelessness by engaging them to find internal and external solutions for emotional, social, and mental obstacles as well as mobilize for protests against the lack of resources for government-funded programs.
P0STB1NARY was birthed in February 2019 as an intervention to the lack of support and resources for gender-expansive artists and musicians. The immediate priority is the safety and creative development of people of trans and gender variant experiences. We are committed to actualizing a P0STB1NARY, TRANSGENRE future where we are free to live as our most authentic selves, and thrive in a world for us, by us.
Project Caring Strength
Project Caring Strength trains purpose-driven caregivers in emotional and knowledge-based skills so they can mentor others. The goal is to enable caregivers, who are often suddenly faced with new responsibilities, to continuously transform their experience from a potential obligation into a gift.
2020 - 40 Years and Still Running
“2020 – 40 Years and Still Running” is a film project that tells the story and sings the song of the Salvadoran community in DC. This film project is an artistic collaboration between Salvadoran-American poet and performer, Quique Aviles, and Mark Perkins, an African-American filmmaker. Both live and work in Washington, DC – the only city in the U.S. where the majority of Latinos are from Central America. Their collaboration represents the larger context of DC, where Central Americans landed in a Black city whose residents knew little about where they were from or why they were here. The film will be released in 2020.
Sadiki Educational Safari Inc
Sadiki’s mission is to elevate, celebrate, and empower young people through the art, history, and culture of Africa through educational travel abroad opportunities for Black youth in marginalized communities. In June of 2019, a group of students traveled to Tanzania and created a video capturing the history of Tanzania and their experiences at the United African Alliance Cultural Center, with the theme of unity and liberation. The UAACC was founded by former Black Panthers Pete and Charlotte O’ Neal. The project includes a presentation by our youth to other youth groups across the city to encourage them to become heroes like Baba Pete and Mama Charlotte and work for liberation of our people in the area of mass incarceration.
Starting With Today, Inc.
In May 2018, Starting With Today, a Washington, D.C. Metro Area based nonprofit, launched THE SHAPE UP: The Barbershop Talk Series at Lee’s Barber Shop in Southeast, Washington, D.C. to reduce financial, physical and cultural barriers that prevent Black men from utilizing mental health services. THE SHAPE UP monthly sessions and podcast are led by licensed Black male therapists and/or professionals with a curriculum specifically designed for Black men. As THE SHAPE UP continues to expand, SWT will continue to host group counseling sessions and podcasts that are moderated by Black therapists and/or professionals and take place at least monthly at selected community-oriented barbershops. The group sessions are themed to address common issues within the community. We believe this collective work promotes mental wellness, healthier conversations, and better life balance in the households of the participants and ultimately elevates the communities we serve.
Fall 2019 Grantmaking Team: Anj Chaudhry, Brenda Perez, Brigette Rouson, Diana Alonzo Jabari Zakiya, Jay Forth, Keri Nash, Kristi Matthews, Lisette Miller, Mark Robinson, Nkechi Feaster, Sade Moonsammy, Sujata Bhat, Tamira Benitez, Tia Watkins, Thomas Blanton. Facilitator: Ericka Taylor
Spring 2019 Grantees
$100,000 in grants to 24 projects/coalitions:
A Black Lives Matter DC POD committed to finding non-police solutions to intra-community violence and ending police brutality, terror, and murder through principled action, community defense, mutual aid, and building alternatives. For more information, visit their website
Angels of Hope Ministries
A thriving ministry located in Southeast DC leading a “Save Our Homes” initiative to train, organize, and mobilize affordable housing residents in Ward 8 against displacement. For more information, visit their Facebook page
Black Youth Project 100 DC
A member-based and volunteer-run organization of Black 18- to 35-year-old activists dedicated to seeking justice and freedom for all Black people by building a diverse collective of activists who focus on transformative leadership development, engage in nonviolent direct action organizing, advocate in the local and national spheres, and learn through radical pro-Black political education, all in pursuit of Black Liberation. For more information, visit their website
Caras Lindas Podcast, La Pax Film Collective, and Como Seá Collective
A collaboration of local media projects coming together to document the contributions of Black women in organizing and advocacy work by producing a full-length documentary about three DC area icons: Casilda Luna, Linda Leaks, and Luci Murphy.
Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS)
A grassroots organization that uses comprehensive, community-based solutions through an intersectional lens to eliminate public gendered harassment and assault in the DC metropolitan area. For more information, visit their website
Darfur Women Action Group
A women-led anti-atrocity advocacy group, founded by a Darfuri genocide survivor, which strives to empower the most affected communities of the crises in Sudan who live as refugees in the DC area by building strong leadership among those who are historically excluded and enabling them to lead and foster positive change within their local communities. For more information, visit their website
DC Unity and Justice Fellowship
A collective gathering of people passionate to see racial unity and justice in our city working to promote Christ-centered racial unity and justice through education, training, authentic relationships, and spirit-led action.
An organization whose mission is to promote and preserve the Igbo language by teaching students a language that is perishing at the hands of globalization, culturally biased pedagogies, and white supremacy. For more information, visit their website
Fair Budget Coalition
A coalition that brings together human and legal services providers, community members directly impacted by poverty, professional advocates, faith organizations, and concerned D.C. residents to advocate for a District budget and public policies that address poverty and human needs. For more information, visit their website
Family and Friends of Incarcerated People
A coalition that brings together human and legal services providers, community members directly impacted by poverty, professional advocates, faith organizations, and concerned D.C. residents to advocate for a District budget and public policies that address poverty and human needs. For more information, visit their Facebook page
Jewish Women of Color Marching - DC
A group of Jewish Women of Color (JWOC) working to amplify their voices in the greater (and predominantly white-passing) DC Jewish community, mobilizing within the JWOC community to stand in solidarity with other groups of color within DC, and providing the safe and healing space many need as a result of the systemic racism, micro-aggressions, and isolation felt in the Jewish community and in the greater world.
Justice for Muslims Collective
An organization with the mission of combatting institutional and structural Islamophobia in the DC metro area through political education, grassroots organizing, mobilizations, and building alliances across movements. For more information, visit their website
Latino GLBT History Project
A volunteer-led organization founded in April 2000 to respond to the critical need to preserve Latinx LGBTQ history and promote tolerance and acceptance of the community by the public. The historic collections range back to the mid 1980’s and consist of pieces from notable LGBTQ organizations and groups. The original collections also include materials of Latino bars, restaurants, leaders, divas, DC Latino personalities, and more. For more information, visit their website
Many Languages One Voice
An immigrant-led movement organization, building power within the District of Columbia. MLOV’s strategies include organizing, advocacy, collaborative work with partners, and protected time for narrative/story documentation by those most directly impacted by the interlocking and multiple systems of oppression they encounter and confront. For more information, visit their website
No Justice No Pride
A collective of organizers and activists from across the District of Columbia working to end the LGBT movement’s complicity with systems of oppression that further marginalize Trans and Queer individuals. NJNP members are black, brown, queer, trans, gender non-conforming, bisexual, indigenous, two-spirit, formerly incarcerated, disabled, white allies and together we recognize that there can be no pride for some of us without liberation for all of us. For more information, visit their website
Pan African Community Action, Powerful Beyond Measure, and Starting With Today
A coalition effort that strives to disrupt capitalist media messaging through programs designed to increase media literacy. Their programming includes literacy programs for children, teens, and adults; caregiver workshops; financial literacy workshops; and career enhancement workshops.
Peace Fellowship Church
A multi-ethnic, multi-socioeconomic, gospel-centered church in the heart of Deanwood that leads D.C. Peace Walks, a faith-based effort to dramatically reduce gun violence in the city through non-violent street marches, cultivating relationships, and connecting people to resources. For more information, visit their website
A collective that brings together stakeholders from all segments of the food system to generate new relationships and to remove barriers that keep Queer-Trans People of Color from engaging in agriculture as a means of personal sustenance and empowerment. Serving as a resource to the community by providing monthly skill shares in minority languages such as American Sign Language and Spanish and ensuring an increase in health and economic security though food justice education.
Stand for Art
A coalition formed by Stand for Art, Kiss of Oshun, and High Priestess J working to support low/no-income LGBTQIA people of color in moving through individual and collective grief and trauma, into deeper wholeness, clarity, empowerment, and leadership.
The Butterfly Village
A six-week personal development workshop designed to help at-risk teen girls and young women (ages 12-18) comprehend, process, and manage emotional components of trauma.
The National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens
An organization working to support social, civic, and political reintegration of DC residents upon release from incarceration. The Network serves, organizes, and empowers a critically underserved population in the District of Columbia, particularly in Ward 7 and 8, prioritizing policy reforms, community leadership, and a client- centered approach to reentry. For more information, visit their website
A media initiative created by Ernestine Wyatt, long-time DC resident and great, great, great-grand niece of Harriet Tubman, that seeks to create an accurate narrative of the life and work of Harriet Tubman. The project hopes to debunk mythical quotes and stories attributed to the famed abolitionist in the hopes of using Tubman’s true accomplishments and exploits to inspire and motivate others to take action towards advancing social justice.
Voces Sin Fronteras
A bilingual graphic memoir collection by the Latino Youth Leadership Council (LYLC) in partnership with Shout Mouse Press. Through this professionally published book, the youth of LYLC share powerful true-life stories–in both essay and comics form–about their own immigration and transformation with the mission to inspire, motivate, and educate their readers about the human face of immigration. This project will continue the outreach and advocacy work required to develop and execute leadership and speaking opportunities for youth authors. For more information, visit their website
A prison theatre organization giving individuals who are incarcerated a platform to have their voices heard using Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed techniques with the goal of reducing recidivism rates and affecting prison reform. For more information, visit their website
Spring 2019 Grantmaking Team: Brenda Perez, Brigette Rouson, Jabari Zakiya, Jay Forth, Jordan Carter, Kristi Matthews, Lisette Miller, Mark Robinson, Nkechi Feaster, Roberto Tijerina, Rubie Coles, Sujata Bhat, Tamira Benitez, Tia Watkins, Thomas Blanton. Facilitator: Ericka Taylor
Lists of Past Grantees
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