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Immigrant Rights Fund Update: Our First Action Fund Grants

In February, we announced that our Immigrant Rights Fund would support ongoing civil resistance and organizing efforts—including community-building, bystander training, public education, action planning, and event logistics—through a new Action Fund with grants up to $2,500.

Here are the first of our Action Fund grants, deployed on a rolling basis. These projects represent a broad range of events and activities taking place this Spring to engage Brooklyn’s immigrant communities in “know your rights” trainings, May Day actions, anti-deportation organizing, as well as political leadership development.

If you are a part of a nonprofit, fiscally-sponsored group, or neighborhood organizing project that is planning an upcoming event to advocate or organize for immigrant rights, learn more about how to access support from our Action Fund here.

Action Fund Grants – Spring 2017

  • Black Alliance for Just Immigration: Support for May Day 2017 activities, including a political education session highlighting issues affecting Black immigrant workers—including economic inequality, unemployment, racial discrimination, and the impact of harsh immigration enforcement practices.
     
  • New York Communities for Change: Support for a new member-led community defense network in Flatbush to protect its Latinx, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern immigrants from deportations, police brutality, and mass incarceration.
     
  • OCA-NY Asian Pacific American Advocates: Support for an immigrant forum—"Where Can Immigrants Living in Fear and Uncertainty Get Help?”—bringing together elected officials, government agencies, law professionals, and community organizations to assist Asian immigrant communities with legal advice and immigration fraud alert, at the Chinese Promise Baptist Church in Sunset Park on Saturday, June 10.
     
  • The New American Leaders Project: Support for “Ready to Rise,” a training for 120 first- and second-generation immigrant women and women of color in New York City that will demystify the political process and embolden them to run for public office, on Friday, June 9.
     
  • Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services: Support for four free "Know Your Rights" workshops in Spring 2017 for East New York's Bangladeshi community, designed to empower immigrants and address fears by providing accurate legal education in Bengali.

See the a full list of our grants to date in 2017.

Liane Stegmaier

Director of Communications
These projects represent a broad range of events and activities taking place this Spring to engage Brooklyn’s immigrant communities in “know your rights” trainings, May Day actions, anti-deportation organizing, as well as political leadership development.