Justice with Dignity Grants List

Total Granted YTD 2018: $418,250

A New Way of Life Re-entry Project

California
$20,000

For the Southern California chapter of All of Us or None to (1) provide community outreach and support for legal clinics, ensuring broad access to opportunities available due to recent criminal justice reforms, such as Prop 47; and (2) support justice system-involved members’ leadership development that will positively impact their communities.

Californians United for a Responsible Budget (Fiscal sponsor: Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs)

California
$25,000

For the overall work of CURB, a coalition of nearly 80 grassroots organizations working to reduce the number of people imprisoned, the number of prisons and jails, and to shift state and local spending from corrections and policing to human services.

Center for Death Penalty Litigation: Strategic Litigation and Communications in North Carolina and Beyond

North Carolina
$65,000

For work in North Carolina aimed at maintaining the de facto moratorium on use of the death penalty, including impact litigation, public education, and trial assistance. Trial assistance in other states will also be provided.

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

California
$20,000

General support for organizing, policy advocacy, and communications strategies to reorient public policy and resources away from police and prisons and toward education, jobs, housing, and healthcare for low-income communities of color that have been hit hardest by criminalization and mass incarceration.

Equal Justice USA

National
$90,000

To support the Breaking Cycles of Trauma Project’s work to build a healing justice system by centering on racial equity and the needs of impacted and underserved individuals and communities and shifting the national and local narrative around trauma, race, and violence.

Essie Justice Group

California
$20,000

General support for work to form a decarceration advocacy network of women with incarcerated loved ones to push for transformative policy and social change.

Healing Dialogue and Action (Fiscal sponsor:  Community Partners)

California
$25,000

To bring together people affected by youth violence (family of murder victims, family of youth sentenced to extreme adult prison terms, and formerly incarcerated people who were sentenced as youth) to create greater understanding and healing, as well as to build their leadership skills and do joint advocacy related to the sentencing of youth.

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

California
$25,000

General support for their work to train and mobilize formerly incarcerated people and their families to be leaders in the movement to end mass incarceration and to promote safe and healthy communities. Work includes policy advocacy, public education, grassroots organizing and leadership building, legal advocacy, and impact litigation.

No and Low Use Project (Fiscal sponsor: Center for Death Penalty Litigation)

National
$65,000

To support the No & Low Trials Project’s work to prevent new death sentences and executions in states with no or low use of the death penalty.

Montana Abolition Coalition (Fiscal sponsor: ACLU of Montana Foundation)

Montana
$10,000

To support statewide public educational outreach and grassroots organizing regarding the death penalty in Montana.

Promise of Justice Initiative

National
$36,250

To support the Special Litigation Project’s strategic litigation that aims to influence local, state and national work challenging the death penalty.

Promise of Justice Initiative

Louisiana
$32,000

To support the LA Repeal Project, to engage in organizing aimed at strategically harnessing broad support against the death penalty in Louisiana.

Silicon Valley De-Bug

California
$25,000

To support De-Bug’s bail reform work through their Participatory Defense Network, in order to bolster partnerships between community-based organizations and public defenders in response to the landmarkHumphrey decision that changes pre-trial detention rules in California.

Women’s Foundation of California

California
$25,000

For the Criminal Justice cohorts of the state and local government Women’s Policy Institutes, highly effective leadership and public policy training programs which amplify the voices of community leaders in California, training them to be policy advocates and champions for justice.

Total Granted 2017: $1,095,000

8th Amendment Project (Fiscal sponsor: Proteus Fund)

National
$100,000

To support collaboration, analysis and media to expose prosecutorial misconduct and excessive, cruel and arbitrary punishment in the U.S.

8th Amendment Project (Fiscal sponsor: Proteus Fund)

National
$170,000

General support for their work in leading a coordinated national strategy to end the death penalty in the United States.

American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education: Death Penalty Due Process Review Project

National
$50,000

For the Serious Mental Illness Initiative, whose aim is end the use of capital punishment for individuals with severe mental illness.

American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California

California
$20,000

To support their Prosecutorial Accountability Project that promotes community-based education to transform the culture of California prosecutors with a goal of reducing incarceration.

A New Way of Life Re-entry Project

California
$20,000

For the Southern California chapter of All of Us or None to
(1) provide community outreach and support for legal clinics, ensuring broad access to opportunities available due to recent criminal justice reforms, such as Prop 47; and (2) support community members’ advocacy for new reforms and for community-based services.

Californians for Safety and Justice (Fiscal sponsor: Tides Center)

California
$170,000

For (1) Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice: to promote new safety priorities rooted in prevention and community health by elevating the voices of crime survivors ($120,000) and (2) General Support ($50,000) for work promoting smart justice strategies that increase public safety and reduce justice system costs.

Californians for Safety and Justice (Fiscal sponsor: Tides Center)

California
$5,000

To support a gathering of advocates, elected officials, key partners, and funders on the occasion of CSJ’s 5th anniversary.

Californians United for a Responsible Budget (Fiscal sponsor: Justice Now)

California
$25,000

For the overall work of CURB, a coalition of over 70 organizations working to reduce the number of people imprisoned, the number of prisons and jails, and to shift state and local spending from corrections and policing to human services.

Center for Death Penalty Litigation: Strategic Litigation and Communications in North Carolina and Beyond

North Carolina
$22,000

For work in North Carolina aimed at maintaining the de facto moratorium on use of the death penalty, including impact litigation, public education, and trial assistance. Trial assistance in other states will also be provided.

Congregations Organizing for Prophetic Engagement-COPE

California
$15,000

To support the broad civic engagement work of COPE in San Bernardino that in 2018 will be focused on public education forums and voter registration.

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

California
$20,000

General support for organizing, policy advocacy, and communications strategies to reorient public policy and resources away from police and prisons and toward education, jobs, housing, and healthcare for low-income communities of color that have been hit hardest by criminalization and mass incarceration.

Equal Justice USA

National
$90,000

For the Crime Survivor Racial Equity Project: To assist victim service providers in underserved communities to build their capacity, access new resources, and expand their reach and to expand EJUSA’s Police/Community Initiative which develops trauma-informed responses to violence and puts racial equity and the needs of crime survivors at the center of a healing justice system.

Equal Justice USA

National
$33,000

To support organizing, policy campaigns, and communications to demonstrate a growing national consensus against the death penalty. 2018 efforts are focused primarily in Florida, Delaware and select other states as well as with select constituencies such as conservatives, evangelicals and communities of color.

Essie Justice Group

California
$20,000

General support for work to to form a decarceration advocacy network of women with incarcerated loved ones to push for policy and social change.

Essie Justice Group

California
$50,000

To support Essie’s contributions to the California Coordinated Campaign for Bail Reform, including building a broad based statewide coalition and co-leading statewide grassroots organizing and leadership development for the campaign.

Fair Punishment Project (Fiscal sponsor: Tides Foundation)

National
$50,000

To expand strategic and coordinated opportunities to further death penalty abolition in the United States.

Healing Dialogue and Action (Fiscal sponsor: Youth Law Center)

California
$25,000

To bring together people affected by youth violence (family of murder victims, family of youth sentenced to extreme adult prison terms, and formerly incarcerated people who were sentenced as youth) to create greater understanding and healing, as well as to build their leadership skills and do joint advocacy related to the sentencing of youth.

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

California
$25,000

General support for their work on policy advocacy, public education, grassroots organizing and leadership building, legal advocacy, and impact litigation to advance full civil and human rights for prisoners and formerly incarcerated people; and work to ending mass incarceration and promote safe and healthy communities.

No and Low Use Project (Fiscal sponsor: Tides Foundation)

National
$50,000

To support the No & Low Trials Project’s work to prevent new death sentences and executions in states with no or low use of the death penalty.

Promise of Justice Initiative

Louisiana
$25,000

To support work to challenge the death penalty in local, state and national levels, including work to develop litigation strategies and assistance in filing of pleadings that challenge the constitutionality of the death penalty.

United Way of Santa Cruz County: Shared Safety in Santa Cruz

California
$10,000

To support a collaboration between the United Way of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz County Probation and Californians for Safety and Justice which aims to pilot implementation of CSJ’s Blueprint for Shared Safety, a comprehensive model for transforming county approaches to tackling public safety issues by putting the needs of victims/survivors of crime at the center.

Witness to Innocence: Death Penalty Abolition Campaign

National
$75,000

For support work to incorporate exonerated death row survivors in targeted state campaigns to reform, restrict, or repeal the death penalty and to assist efforts for reform in specific counties with excessively high levels of death sentences.

Women’s Foundation of California

California
$25,000

For the Criminal Justice cohorts of the state and county Women’s Policy Institutes, highly effective leadership and public policy training programs which amplify the voices of community leaders in California, training them to be policy advocates and champions for justice.

Total Granted 2016: $838,000

Atlantic Center for Capital Representation (Fiscal sponsor: Texas Defender Service)

Pennsylvania and Delaware
$35,000

To reduce death sentences through litigation, advocacy and strategic communications efforts targeting the activity of District Attorneys with established records of prosecutorial misconduct.

A New Way of Life Re-entry Project

California
$20,000
For the Southern California chapter of All of Us or None to provide community outreach and legal support to ensure broad access to Prop 47 relief to qualifying community members as well as advocacy for needed community-based services.

American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education

National
$35,000
For the Serious Mental Illness Initiative, whose aim is end the use of capital punishment against individuals with severe mental illness.

Californians for Safety and Justice (Fiscal sponsor: Tides Center)

California
$30,000
To support collaboration with the National Center for Youth Law’s public education campaign highlighting personal stories of people sentenced as adults while they were children, to inform the public about the need for juvenile and criminal justice reform.

Californians for Safety and Justice (Fiscal sponsor: Tides Center)

California
$170,000
For (1) Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice: to promote new safety priorities rooted in prevention and community health by elevating the voices of crime survivors ($120,000) and (2) Criminal Justice Advocacy Network to increase coordination and information sharing among advocacy organizations statewide ($50,000).

Californians United for a Responsible Budget (Fiscal sponsor: Justice Now)

California
$23,000
For the overall work of CURB, a coalition of over 70 organizations seeking to reduce the number of people imprisoned, the number of prisons and jails, and to shift state and local spending from corrections and policing to human services.

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

California
$20,000
To support organizing, policy advocacy, and communications strategies to reorient public policy and resources away from police and prisons and toward education, jobs, housing, and healthcare for low-income communities of color that have been hit hardest by criminalization and mass incarceration.

Equal Justice USA

National
$75,000
For the Crime Survivor Racial Equity Project: To assist victim service providers in underserved communities to build their capacity, access new resources, and expand their reach.

Equal Justice USA

Oklahoma
$12,500
For the Oklahoma Communications Campaign, to support communications, public education, and organizing efforts in relation to use of the death penalty in Oklahoma.

Equal Justice USA

National
$57,500
For the Death Penalty Program which uses organizing, policy campaigns, and communications to demonstrate a growing national consensus against the death penalty. Work for 2017 includes: amplifying the voices of Evangelicals and conservatives; linking the death penalty to the racial justice movement (in particular in outlier counties in Florida); and advancing or sustaining repeal in specific states.

Equal Justice USA

National
$25,000
For the development of EJUSA’s new Criminal Justice Trauma Network. Funds will support a two-day convening of this emerging network of people who have been personally impacted by trauma either within or outside the justice system and who are working together towards a trauma-responsive justice system.

Essie Justice Group

California
$20,000
To support work to expose and end the harm that incarceration has had on the lives of women and families through fostering loving connections between women, conducting advocacy, and driving research.

Healing Dialogue and Action (Fiscal sponsor: Youth Law Center)

California
$30,000
To bring together family of murder victims and family of youth sentenced to extreme adult prison terms to create greater understanding and healing, as well as helping these people affected by youth violence build leadership skills and do joint advocacy related to the sentencing of youth.

JustLeadershipUSA

National
$15,000
For California-based members of the 2017 cohort of “Leading With Conviction”- a national leadership development program for formerly incarcerated people to lead local and national efforts in advocating for criminal and juvenile justice reform.

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

California
$25,000
For All of Us or None to advance the leadership of formerly incarcerated people speaking in their own voices about the necessity of changing policies to advance their civil and human rights, end mass incarceration and promote safe and healthy communities.

Murder Victims Families for Reconcilitation

National
$25,000
For the Southern Organizing Initiative, to organize victim family members in Charleston in an effort to disrupt and dismantle the death penalty in South Carolina in the aftermath of the 2015 murders at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Church.

National Center for Youth Law

California
$45,000
To support a public education campaign highlighting personal stories of people sentenced as adults while they were children, to inform the public about the need for juvenile and criminal justice reform.

Phillips Black Project

National
$25,000
For the No and Low Executions Project, to prevent executions in states that functionally don’t use the death penalty.

Reprieve US

National
$25,000
For the Stop Lethal Injection Project (SLIP), to support efforts to reduce executions in the USA.

The Bronx Defenders

National
$30,000
For the project Linking Death Penalty Abolition to the Racial Justice Movement to support research, writing, and advocacy about the overlay of prosecutorial misconduct, discriminatory jury practices, and continued use of the death penalty.

Utah Justice Coalition

Utah
$25,000
For the project Utah Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty for statewide public educational outreach and grassroots organizing regarding the death penalty in Utah.

Witness to Innocence

National
$50,000
For the Death Penalty Abolition Campaign, to support exonerated death row survivors as spokespersons in targeted state and county efforts and to educate the public about the prevalence of wrongful capital convictions.

Women’s Foundation of California

California
$20,000
For the Criminal Justice Cohort of the Women’s Policy Institute, a leadership and public policy training program.

 

Total Granted 2015: $520,000

A New Way of Life Re-entry Project

California
$15,000
For the Los Angeles/Long Beach chapter of All of Us or None , particularly for the grassroots organizing led by formerly incarcerated people.

Californians for Safety and Justice (Fiscal sponsor: Tides Center)

California

$170,000

(1) for Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice: curriculum development, training, and subgrants to victims’ organizations ($100,000) and (2) for the Criminal Justice Network and clearinghouse website ($70,000)

Californians United for a Responsible Budget-CURB (Fiscal sponsor: Justice Now)

California
$20,000
For the overall work of CURB, a coalition of over 40 organizations seeking to reduce the number of people imprisoned, the number of prisons and jails, and to shift state and local spending from corrections and policing to human services.

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

California
$15,000
To support organizing, policy advocacy, and communications strategies to reorient public policy and resources away from police and prisons and toward education, jobs, housing, and healthcare for low-income communities of color that have been hit hardest by criminalization and mass incarceration.

Carolina Justice Policy Center, Death Penalty Project

Southeast
$25,000
For efforts to reduce public support for death sentencing in North Carolina and offer support to community leaders and families of Charleston, South Carolina following the massacre at Mother Emanuel Church.

Equal Justice USA

National
$75,000
For the Crime Survivor Racial Equity Project: To promote a more informed understanding of how to actually deliver safety and justice through making expanded funding from the Victims of Crime Act accessible to underserved communities..

Equal Justice USA

Florida, Texas
$39,000
To raise the voices of conservatives and people of color in exposing injustices – particularly racial disparities and prosecutorial misconduct – in Florida and Texas related to frequency and application of death sentences.

Essie Justice Group Fiscal sponsor: Women’s Foundation of California

California
$10,000

To support work to expose and end the harm that incarceration has had on the lives of women and families through fostering loving connections between women, conducting advocacy, and driving research.

Human Rights Watch

California
$20,000
For Healing Dialogue and Action to bring together family of murder victims and family of youth sentenced to extreme adult prison terms to create greater understanding and healing, as well as helping these people affected by youth violence build leadership skills and do joint advocacy related to the sentencing of youth.

JustLeadershipUSA

National
$15,000
For California-based members of the 2016 cohort of “Leading With Conviction”- a national leadership development program for formerly incarcerated people to lead local and national efforts in advocating for criminal and juvenile justice reform.

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

California
$25,000
For All of Us or None to advance the leadership of formerly incarcerated people speaking in their own voices about the necessity of changing policies to advance their civil and human rights, end mass incarceration and promote safe and healthy communities.

Murder Victims Families for Reconcilitation – MVFR

National
$5,000
For the organizational effectiveness activities related to the 2015 leadership transition of this organization of family member survivors of homicide and/or execution seeking to abolish the death penalty.

Promise of Justice Initiative

Louisiana
$26,000
For the Caddo Parish Race and Justice Project, to demonstrate the ongoing legacy of racial bias and prosecutorial misconduct in the application of the death penalty in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, and the impact it has had on communities of color.

Southern Coalition for Social Justice

Southeast
$25,000
For the Racial Equity Project to improve the resonance of the national death penalty abolition strategy in communities of color and the broader criminal justice community, and advance the strategy in specific states.

Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles (fiscal sponsor: Community Partners)

California
$15,000
For their “Engaging and Empowering Grassroots Partners” work, aimed at public education and engagement related to Proposition 47 relief for communities most affected.

Women’s Foundation of California

California
$20,000
For the Criminal Justice Cohort of the Women’s Policy Institute, a leadership and public policy training program.

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